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Jek Pui Curry Rice

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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.

What to order

If you want the full menu, make sure you arrive early. Jek Pui is most famous for their yellow curry with pork and it's the dish that sells out quickest. It's creamy without being overly rich and mild, though it can be pepped up with the chilli-laden soy sauce that loiters in jars on spare red stools. Opt for the optional slices of sweet cured Chinese pork sausage and slices of cool cucumber.

If their first choice is gone, fear not because the rest of Jek Pui's offerings are just as good. The Penang pork curry is excellent as is the springy fishball green curry which is best eaten with kanom jeen rice noodles. There's also roasted pork ribs cooked in a spiced chilli paste, red curry with beef, chicken stir fry with bamboo shoots and stir fried crab with chilli.

A final flourish to any of the plates is the optional kai palo, a whole boiled egg cooked in five spice and soy sauce.

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5.0 based on 1 reviews

amy
4 months ago.

yummy! bit of a shame they've moved from there original spot but the food at jek pui was delicious!!

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Reviews of Jek Pui Curry Rice

5.0 based on 1 reviews

amy
4 months ago.

yummy! bit of a shame they've moved from there original spot but the food at jek pui was delicious!!