Crab meat noodle 2491 @ Yaowarat

Name: ก๋วยเตี๋ยวปู 2491 / Crab Meat Noodle 2491
Cuisine: Chinese
Address: Thanon Ratchawong, Bangkok.
Tel: Nil
Open: (to be updated)
Payment: Cash
Web: Nil
Remarks: ก๋วยเตี๋ยว is 'guay tiao' which is noodles in Teochiew, ปู means 'crab'.
Originally posted: February 2009
Last updated: -
Date visited: January 2009

I wasn't hunting for food when I walked down Thanon Ratchawong. But the framed newspaper cuttings hung on the small pushcart of "ก๋วยเตี๋ยวปู 2491" caught my attention and there, I stopped to take a look at this roadside vendor which serves crab meat noodles. The setup looks clean and they were really busy. I didn't exactly know what to order, so I told them I wanted a bowl of noodle soup and insisted that it must come with crab meat. And voila, few minutes later my order came. The noodle soup was accompanied by char siew (หมูแดง / roasted red pork), wonton (เกี๊ยว), shredded chicken, fresh veg and most importantly, crab meat. Well, the combo looks great but I find the noodles a tad too tough and the soup was also rather mild. I also had a Thai Oliang (Iced Black Coffee) which is, typically, very sweet.

Mont Nom Sod

Name: Mont Nom Sod
Cuisine: Snack
Address: 160/1-3 Dinsor Rd, Phra Nakhon Bangkok 10200.
Tel: 02 224 1989, 02 224 1147
Open: Daily from 2pm to 11pm.
Payment: Cash.
Web: Nil
Remarks: Nom Sod (นมสด) is Thai for fresh milk.
Originally posted: February 2009
Last updated: -
Date visited: 30th January 2009

My several recent visits to Mont Nom Sod were also met with setback. Recalling being there on my NY countdown trip, I was met with a notice on their shuttles that said "Renovation". Repeated visit on the 3rd day of CNY also met with the same fate as to Thipsamai. Moral of the story, stick to the central if you are coming to Bangkok during the CNY period. ^_^"

For the uninitiated, Singapore's homegrown Toastbox (sister chain of Breadtalk) takes after Mont Nom Sod, although the former failed completely as far as foods are concerned.

Apart from fresh milk, Mont is also known for their thick bread toasts which can be served with a great selections of spread ranging from butter to chocolate, condensed milk to peanut butter. But among all, the absolutely 'to-die-for' topping is none other then their fresh and heavenly Sungkayah (Jam made from Pandanus leaves and coconut). Or what is known as Kaya in Singapore.

There are some distinct differences between Singapore Kaya and Thai Sungkayah. Our Kaya is thick and concentrated. It is also usually dark and dull in color and has a strong taste of sweetness. Thai Sungkayah, on the other hand, is comparatively dilute (i.e. lower viscosity), less sweet, has smooth texture that comes in an inviting green. I prefer the latter. To appreciate how good this is, one should not give their steamed bread with Sungkayah dip a miss. The sungkayah is served warm in a small bowl.

Thipsamai Pad Thai

Name: Thipsamai Pad Thai
Cuisine: Thai
Address: 313 Mahachai Rd. Samranrat, Phra Nakhon Bangkok 10200.
Tel: (02) 221 6280
Open: Daily from 5pm to 3am.
Payment: Cash.
Remarks: This eatery has been colloquially known as Pad Thai Pradu Phee (ผัดไทยประตูผี).
Originally posted: February 2009
Last updated: -
Date visited: 29th and 30th January 2009

Thipsamai OJ My attempted visit to Thipsamai on the 3rd day of CNY was discouraging and almost uneventful. When we were at the vicinity, only 2 eateries out of the block of shophouses were opened for business. One of the two was selling Pad Thai and we were misled by the long queue awaiting outside this eatery. As the shop was small, all seats were taken. We were left standing outside contemplating our next move. I quickly noticed that the Pad Thai served by this eatery were soggy and it didn't seem to be as good it should be. I reflected this to my Thai friend who, after looking at the shop sign, realized that he has mistaken the shop for Thipsamai which is just 2 doors away. After getting our bearing right this time, what greeted us at Thipsamai was an half-shut shop! We asked the young lady who manned the partially-opened shop and was informed that they were observing CNY celebration. The eating place would not be opened until the next day (4th day of CNY). Although during this time, the shop continued to sell their famous orange juice (nam som). Eventually we left the place with empty stomach but not without a big bottle of fresh OJ which was really good. ^_^"

Undeterred by my fruitless trip, I returned to Thipsamai on the following evening and was duly rewarded.

On the day of my successful visit, I had their famous Pad Thai Song-Kreung (ผัดไทย ทรงเครื่อง THB150). I picked the Woon Sen (glass noodle or 冬粉 in Chinese) version. In this special order, one gets a big portion of Pad Thai with fresh shrimps topped with sliced green mangoes, thin strips of crispy cuttlefish and a generous serving of crab meat. The delicacy was then added with bean-sprouts, Chinese chives, coriander, lime juice, sprinkle of fish-sauce and finished it with some grind groundnuts before tossing it like Chinese Yu Sheng (鱼生).

CNY 2009 @ Yaowarat (Night trip)

Originally posted: February 2009
Last updated: -
Date of visit: 27 January 2009

I visited the Yaowarat bazaar in the day and left the place for a dinner appointment before dusk. After the meal, my Thai friends suggested to visit Yaowarat. Here I am, re-visiting the same place the 2nd time on the same day.

Getting there ...
The sky was dark and ferry services have stopped by then. We took a train to Hualamphong station. After which, it was 10 - 15mins walk from the metro station to Thanon Yaowarat. On tour way, we paid homage to Wat Traimit but that's another story.

Landmark & Map ...
Unlike my day trip which I began at the intersection of Grand China Princess Hotel, our walk now begins at the Odeon Gate, near Wat Traimit. See a map here.

CNY 2009 @ Yaowarat (Day trip)

Originally posted: February 2009
Last updated: -
Date of visit: 27 January 2009

Undeterred by the current economic climate, and blessed by cheap tickets offered by the 3 budget airliners, many Singaporeans continue to celebrate festive seasons, e.g.Lunar New Year, abroad.

For those who headed Bangkok last week for the CNY long weekends, the most commonly-asked question was, "Is Yaowarat open during CNY?". A short answer is, Yes and No.

No, the entire Yaowarat Road is cordoned off and closed for vehicular traffic.
No, most shophouses along the road, less the eateries, are closed.
Yes, Yaowarat is very much alive and kicking throughout the celebration.

About THAIoholic

THAIoholic, the blog, is setup with the initial intention of keepsake. As time goes by, I find it harder and harder for my gray cells (of what left) to remember traces of great places we have been to, good foods we savored but missed, details that I should remember but they slipped away unknowingly.

Then, we have also friends and folks asking little details I thought I should blog them here, because my pea brain is simply no good at recollections.

My partner is a devoted Buddhist, his religion forbids him, and therefore me, from taking beef. As such, it's unlikely that there will be any info about beef dish found in this blog.

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moo and kratai BODYholic, also known affectionately as moo ooan (a.k.a fat pig) by his little kratai noi (a.k.a little rabbit), has intense interests in Thai foods, traditional Thai architecture, coffee and cheesecakes. I've to add that I'm not a prolific blogger.


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