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Jet Tik Foo Deep-Fried Catfish

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There's plenty on offer at Jet Tik Foo towards the north of Bangkok's Chinatown, but without a doubt the winner here is the deep-fried pillows of crispy catfish. Everything else is almost surplus to requirement.

The ultra-crisp discs, called pla duk foo, are made by barbecuing catfish, removing the excess moisture and pounded into a fluffy-like texture before being deep-fried in dangerously hot oil. A scattering of roasted peanuts adds a little nuttiness. They're good all by themselves, but the accompanying sour green mango salad dressed in fish sauce, lime juice, chillies, a few slices of raw shallot and coriander is an almost irresistible combination. You don't have to worry about them sitting around waiting for customers, the fryers are always on at Jet Tik Foo. They're big too, big enough to share between two or more as part of a larger meal.

The spot itself, a short walk north of Chinatown's famed neon-light Yaowarat Road, is nothing to write home about. Metal street tables and plastic chairs are set up pavement side next to a small shop and stall that's used as the seemingly chaotic cooking station and pass.

They open late morning and push on through to midnight every day, though they often close for holidays. Lunch is a busy affair, as is dinner. But you'll rarely have to wait for a table. A plate of deep-fried catfish with sour mango salad at Jet Tik Foo will set you back 120 THB (around $3.66), other dishes are similarly priced. The menu is in Thai which makes ordering a struggle, but many photos of the dishes are displayed on a large banner above the kitchen, so if in doubt just point.

What to order

Other than than the signature deep-fried catfish (which you shouldn't skip), there's plenty here to pair them with. The creamy tom yum goong, the classic Thai spicy and sour prawn soup, is excellent. As are the little clams stir-fried with a roasted Thai chilli paste and handfuls of Thai basil. More fried food comes in the form of pork meatballs blended with lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves and galangal ginger. And there's several other soups and fish dishes like gaeng som, a fiery sour Southern curry.Β 

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