Or Tor Kor Market
631, 631 Kamphaeng Phet 1 Alley, Chatuchak, Bangkok
Or Tor Kor is a large undercover market famed for the quality of its produce. Here you can find a wide range of ingredients in a clean and fairly spacious setting but of course the price reflects that. Or Tor Kor in my opinion wasn’t massively more expensive than regular street stalls and fruit merchants but the range is much more impressive.
Walk right to the back of Or Tor Kor and that’s where you can find a food court, communal seating and an array of stalls selling delicious dishes. We opted for Satay with 20 sticks coming in at 40 Baht (£0.90) complete with peanut sauce and a garnish of pickled red onion and cucumber. Really tasty and good for sharing.
We then sampled some Thai crepes which are kind of a crispy pancake filled with a little soft meringue spread, possibly italian, or filled with strands of an egg yolk vermicelli. These small delights cost next to nothing around 10-20 Baht (£0.22-0.44) per crepe. Taste-wise they were crunchy and sweet, especially those filled with meringue, definitely a favourite.
Other stalls available include curries which on this occasion we didn’t try but all of them looked enticing. A plate of curry and rice, depending how much you have should be around 50-100 Baht (£1.10-2.20). Has to be on the list for next time!
Thai Sausage was on my hit-list for the food’s that I wanted to try. Watching Gordon Ramsay choke from the spice in one of these on his ‘South-East Asia Escape’ inspired me to hunt one down. Each sausage goes by weight but expect to pay around 40 Baht (£0.90) for one. The vendor will grab it off the grill and slice it up, place it in a bag with long skewers for you to enjoy. The flavour of this didn’t strike me so much as spicy but full on lemongrass flavour. Similar to a Thai red pork curry in a sausage form. Very tasty and another great option in terms of price.
On the way towards the exit we tried two fruits. Mangosteen and Durian. Both are said to go together and both are incredibly popular across the city. The Durian less so when it comes to transportation. Due to the smell given off by the fruit it is banned on public transport and for a nation keen on fish sauce you know that has to be bad! For me though the Durian didn’t give off any stench to make me run a mile at the thought of tasting some.
Mangosteens were up first from a gentleman taking great care to spray them with some sort of bottle, good enough for me! Mangosteens aren’t the cheapest fruit around and 100g came to 40 Baht (£0.90) and that was literally two Mangosteens. The gentleman kindly opened them up with a huge knife for us to eat. The appearance of the insides is almost like garlic cloves but once you bite into them the taste is sweet and delicious, almost like a cross between an apple and a grape.
Next up we went to try a loaf of Durian. We opted for the most expensive but also the smallest loaf we could find because a) we were getting rather full and b) if we didn’t like it at least we had sampled the best. So after parting with 200 Baht (£4.50) for a loaf of yellow goodness, was it worth it? In a word. Yes.
Durians texture catches you off guard, it’s like biting into fruity brioche, a hint of fruity taste but the texture and dominant flavour is almost like soft butter. It was fantastic and something ideal for making ice cream perhaps or swapping for dairy in a dessert, such a unique flavour and I would urge you to give it a go. It’s definitely worth the expense. If you can, search out ‘Kanyao’ Durian.
Or Tor Kor is a pretty easy market to reach from central Bangkok and a great way to work around stalls eating food from all over Thailand. On the weekends just beside Or Tor Kor there is Chatuchak Weekend Market which also specialises in food and also clothes.
Metro: Kamphaeng Phet, follow the signs for ‘Farmers Market’
Opening times: Daily 6am-7pm