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Chu Jit Bua Loy Sesame Dumpling Ginger Soup

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There's no shortage of bua loy (literally translating to 'floating lotus') street stalls in Yaowarat, Bangkok's Chinatown. Glutinous rice balls, chewy and somewhat like bubble tea tapioca pearls, bob around in hot ginger soup or warm coconut milk. It's a favourite around these parts.

The best in town is found at Chu Jit Bua Loy where the speciality of the house are their dense glutinous rice flour dumplings stuffed with a nutty black sesame paste floating in hot, slightly spiced ginger soup.

It's a simple arrangement here - a metal pushcart with inset stock pots for keeping the ginger soup warm and poaching the dumplings. There's just a handful of wobbly metal tables, most take theres to go either in small bags or bowls.

Desserts at Chu Jit Bua Loy are inexpensive with prices hovering between 30 THB (US $1) and 75 THB (US $2.40) depending on the bowl. They aren't large, but one is good to share if you're at the start or tail end of a food crawl through Chinatown.

They don't have set times here but usually open around 5pm and close down whenever they sell out. Earlier is better.Β 

What to order

There are plenty more desserts on offer, though the signature black sesame dumplings are the signature here. Soupy bases start with either fresh milk, hot ginger broth or silky almost yogurt-like tofu. Then there's there's the toppings - deep-fried crunchy pa tong go dough sticks, slightly bitter gingko nuts (a much prized Chinese ingredient used for its medicinal properties) or wobbly grass jelly, a refreshing alternative on a hot Bangkok night. There's a set list on the menu, but the vendor can make any combination you wish.

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