Tasty cluckers


Chicken for sale at Klong Toey market

Before I start, I should mention that Bangkok Glutton was selected by Feedspot as one of the top 30 Thai food blogs. Thank you. I did not know there were 30 Thai food blogs. Congratulations everyone!


Thais love their chicken. As do I. So it makes sense that, last month, when I was attempting to go vegetarian, it would be a bite of chicken that would break my resolve after a mere two days. Chicken is my Achilles heel. Even good-for-you, boring-ass grilled chicken breast, set in front of me on a plate by my scheming, undermining husband, garlanded with a mini-forest of steamed broccoli. Yes I swear, Your Honor, what did me in was that plate of food, the culinary equivalent of Mitt Romney.

Despite all of Chulalongkorn University’s best efforts, there is still wonderful chicken to be had in the Sam Yan market area — at least for the next three years. Gong Thui Gai Yang’s chicken is a standout: garlicky and juicy, wholesome with a smoky edge provided by all that endless fanning as the meat cooks on the grill.

Here I am, in a video shot by Scott Preston, talking about some of my favorite chicken from one of the street food areas set to disappear from Bangkok in the coming years. Go while you can, and indulge in some chicken, papaya salad and maybe even a bit of grilled pork collar with sticky rice. You won’t regret it.




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9 responses to “Tasty cluckers

  1. siamhomesource

    I’ve never had the guts to eat more than 1 or 2 chicken feet, they taste and smell like wet dog to me.

  2. Well said. Chicken is an irresistible temptation and a major threat for any new vegetarian. The dish has every glory of a Thai street dish.

  3. Jonathan King

    So I gather you believe the city’s campaign to Singapore-ize Bangkok is irreversible? A lot of people who don’t live in Thailand but have visited & marveled at Bangkok’s street food are annoyed, even upset about the news reports we hear that make it sound like city officials have set up various vital neighborhoods like dominoes and are tipping them over on some kind of schedule.

  4. Jaw

    Yay! Congrats!!!!

  5. You always get me laughing – amusing writing, and that video was fantastic. I have to go there when I get to BKK next winter. Thanks for the BEST THAI food blog ever!

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