Or Tor Kor Market
On day 2 of the Tag-a-long food tour, we paid homage to the Thais’ love of food with a long, lingering visit to the incredible Or Tor Kor market. Situated out near another famous market, Chatuchak, we bypassed the train today and jumped on board our tour mini van. The market was humming as we arrived and bursting at the seams with every type of fresh produce imaginable.
Whilst there was so much that was instantly recognisable, other foods and ingredients took us a little while longer to work out their origins, with many of the fresh fruit and vegetables native to Thailand.
This market, one of the most famous in the world, should not only be a stop on a foodie’s agenda. Any new visitor to Bangkok would be amazed at everything the market has to offer. It’s fun, vibrant, messy, smelly and organised all at the same time. You can forage, take photos, talk to the vendors and of course buy whatever you like to eat there, or take home.
There is fresh seafood, fresh fruit and vegetables, spices, herbs, the biggest stalls of garlic I’ve ever seen, desserts, coconut milk machines, men cooking pork neck on skewers, offal, curries of all kinds, it truly is never-ending. To cap it all off, the Thai people are some of the friendliest in the world and their hospitality is constantly evident in this market.
As we wove our way through the market, Acland and Dan stopped at a variety of vendor stalls, either to explain a food or ingredient to us, to allow us to taste something, or to buy food items that would eventually make up our sumptuous picnic lunch later on.
Words seem redundant when it comes to attempting to bring this market to life. Thank goodness I took heaps of photos as they are just so much better at creating a visual journey of everything that is great about these markets.