“……… I DO THIS, MY WAY! …..”
Today my dear friends I invite you to Bangkok – for a visit to the largest outdoor market in the world – to be precise; to Chatuchak Weekend Market on Kamphaeng Phet 2 Road.
This market, also known as JJ Market is offering, with over 15,000 stalls, an eclectic variety of goods, from antiques to pets.
Going there is as much enjoyable as tiring – this place is literally huge, very crowded (even in the early mornings) and one can easily get lost in this rabbit warren of very narrow lanes.
But not to worry, there is always a smiling face helping you out and a place where to sit for “people watching” and, most of all, to enjoy one of their delicious foods.
My friend Yui one day invited me to accompany her to this Market since she wanted to buy a few items for her house in Bangkok. Good enough reason for me to have yet again another look at some of the stalls I was interested in on one of our previous visits to this vibrant city.
We arrived early, hoping to beat not only the rush of visitors but also the heat – but of course many people had the same idea and we found the place already somewhat crowded, but it did not spoil our fun at all.
After a few hours!! of walking, talking, bargaining and buying the items Yui had wanted, our feet started to object. What better idea than to go and have one of those wonderful foot massages, for which Thailand is famous for, amongst other things. I just love to have my feet massaged by a Professional that I, without fail, always fall asleep, but waking up totally rejuvenated.
Soon it was lunchtime and Yui took me to one of her favourite food stalls where she suggested I must try her friend’s Crab and Sweetcorn Soup. I do so love soups, of all kind (or nearly) and especially Thai soups.
Gratefully we sat down, ordered and very quickly a steaming bowl of my Crab soup arrived. It truly was so good, that I tried to make this at home once back here in India.
This dish is so easy to make and in fact only takes 20 minutes from start to finish.
So I will not let you wait much longer, but share with you my version of Chatuchak Crab and Sweetcorn soup.
(for 4 portions I used here…)
½ x pack of frozen Crabsticks (finely chopped)
¼ x pack of Thai Glass Noodles
½ x cup of frozen sweet corn
¼ x cup of the green only part of Spring Onions (finely chopped)
¼ x cup of Peanuts (dry fried)
1 ½ x cup of Vegetable Stock
1 x Tbsp Soya sauce
5 x Kaffir Leaves (or lime zest)
1 x Tbsp dry red chilli flakes (or more if you like the heat)
2/3 x Tbsp Lime juice
2 x tsp of Sesame Oil (or plain vegetable oil)
Salt (to taste)
How I made this:
In a large vessel I boiled the noodles in the vegetable stock with Sesame Oil.
Next I dry fried the peanuts, stirring all the time.
In a separate pan I sautéed, just for a couple of minutes, (in 1 tsp of oil) the chopped spring onion greens, the previously fried peanuts, Kaffir leaves, chilli flakes, lime juice and little bit of salt.
When this was done and the noodles cooked, I then transferred those to the above mixture and added the vegetable stock bit by bit to until I had the right liquid consistency.
Before serving I added all the chopped crabsticks and mixed everything well together and then served.
That’s it – enjoy.
Oh, whenever we hit Bangkok the Chatuchal markets were always amongst first places visited, and with a similar passion, very, very early in the morning many a time to walk around until blisters developed on feet 🙂 ! Was lucky to have one of my best girlfriends as a knowledgeable local guide . . . Have not made crab soup Thai style but shall copy: am lucky here as can access various kinds of fresh local crabs . . Our Thai glass noodles must be different to yours as I only have to pour hot water over them for a moment or two ere using at the last minute . . . . Thanks . . .
It always helps to have somebody local with you at those places. Re the noodles, I brought the pack back from Bangkok.
Thank you for taking us – a marvellous place for sure! Colourful and tasty…a feast for the eye and stomach.
thank you, Leya
The largest outdoor market in the world? Now, that’s got to be fun.
thank you, Jeff. Fun? yes, in a way – but you can imagine the crowd of people, the smell and sound – yes, you are right. FUN!
komm gut in die neue Woche.
Danke, Entschuldigung fuer die verspaetete Anwort. Heute ist wieder Sonntag, also wuensche ich Dir eine gute Woche.
I must admit that when I read the title of your post I thought, “sounds good, but no fresh crab here”. So, I was so glad when I got to the recipe and noted you used crab sticks in your soup. That makes it very doable and a soup I’ll make when the days grow shorter and winter says hello.
thank you, Ron and my apologies for the late reply. Although we, here in Kerala, are blessed with a sheer abundance of fresh seafood, but I have to confess, the local crab and I do not agree with each other. Sadly. But I love those crab sticks (and the company is very good, indeed), so versatile in soups, salads, sandwiches etc.