If you've seen Netflix's series Street Food you'll be somewhat familiar with Jek Pui, the famous khao kaeng curry rice cart in Bangkok's Chinatown.
The rickety plastic stools of Jek Pui that once lined up along a background of faded Sino-Thai green shutters stood as one of the most photographed street food vendors in Bangkok, but for reasons I still don't understand it's not visited all that often by foreigners.
This culinary institution has been a staple of the district for over 50 years and while they have been moved from their iconic spot (their red stalls are now dotted along the alleyway behind) their curries are just as good as they always were.
Jek Pui isn't a place to linger over your food. If you have to queue, it won't be for long. Nab one of the red plastic stools and you'll quickly be asked for your order. If you're not sure, take a look in one of the large cauldrons and take your pick and your food will be delivered to eat on your lap. When you're done, the etiquette is to move on quickly for others.
It sounds like it has all the hallmarks of a place you don't want to visit - uncomfortable seating, no tables, brisk service, queues in peak hours. But trust me when I say, it's worth it. Jek Pui has refined their curries over the decades and there's a reason that they're full between the mid-afternoon and when they close.
They are famously good value, another reason for their popularity locally. Most of the dishes cost just 40 THB (around US $1.20), though you can ask for piset, meaning special or large for 20 THB more. And it's easier than ever to reach with the newly opened Wat Mangkon MRT Station just a few streets away.