With only a week here in Bangkok, Brett & I decided to check one of our favourite blog sites Migrationology.com and get the author’s advice on the best things to do and places to eat in Bangkok. We stumbled upon this:
And took a keen liking to the review of Little India – a small area of Bangkok which is home to a large portion of Indian-Thais, where you can sample some authentic Indian food. We were immediately keen to check it out – our raging obsession for Indian food has only grown since we left the country we loved so much back in June. We recently fueled the fire when (after already eating dinner) we discovered Sukhumvit’s “Dosa King” restaurant, and had to make a pit stop for one of our all time favourite Indian dishes… The Masala Dosa.
I’m pleased to say The Dosa King lives up to his name, and it was totally worth breaking the diet for this crepe-style pancake filled with potato, onion and masala spices, dipped in deliciously spicy sambal and tangy coconut chutney and… Oh shit. I’m drooling, sorry.
Anyway, where was I?
So yeah, we’d fed the beast that is our Indian food addiction and decided we HAD to find this secret Soi (alley) filled with authentic Indian food. We started the day with some shopping at MBK, but somehow every conversation turned to Little India and we couldnt delay the inevitable anymore. Diet be damned… We were getting our Indian on today.
So we high-tailed it to the nearest exit of MBK, found a tuk tuk driver who said it would be 200 baht to take us there. Whaaaaat… You’ve got to be kidding. Luckily we could come to a mutually beneficial agreement, and after a quick stop at a tailor shop who gives the tuk tuk driver a commission, he dropped us to the area known at Little India for 20 baht. Let the eating begin!
We wandered lost and hungry down downtrodden alleys lined with rubbish and construction junk and knew we were close… Chaos and messy streets? Oh yeah baby, this is Indian territory alright. I’ve never been so happy to have to side-step puddles, potholes and street dogs… It felt like India, in the good way that only someone who truly loves India can appreciate.
Soon we saw the sign of a street cafe/mini-mart which was highly recommended online, Punjab Sweets. This is it – We walked in and ordered 2 masala chai (Indian tea, so sweet and so tasty) immediately, as we began to drool over the menu. The menu wasn’t descriptive in the slightest but we knew what the items all were anyway, and the walls were lined with drool-worthy photos of the deliciousness awaiting us.
Now would be the part where I post photos of the delicious food, but as you can tell Indian food is our addiction so there was no time for happy snaps… The food was barely placed in front of us and we were lunging at it like rabid dogs. The feast was amazing – we shared a masala dosa, aloo paratha (Indian bread stuffed with potato curry, dipped in curd), and samosas swimming in channa masala (chickpea curry). We were fully loaded with carbs, our diet enemy, but we didn’t care – it was worth cheating for.
I saved my last mouthful of sweet, authentic and delicious masala chai and ordered my all time favourite Indian dessert… Gulab Jamun. A ball of sweet dough swimming in sugar syrup… You gotta try these little guys. Amazing.
We rolled out of Punjab Sweets, not before letting our meal go down as we watched Indian Bollywood movies on the TV screen with the local Indian clientele in the restaurant. This feels just like India… And all for less than 200 baht. Thank you, Little India.