This fab mall’s street food option

THE Bangkok lifestyle mecca is the sixth shopping complex in the world that receives heavy foot traffic on a daily basis, most of which will be diners when the meal hour strikes.

 

CentralWorld mall is a lifestyle mecca
The lifestyle mecca know as the CentralWorld (source)

 

That shouldn’t be a problem. CentralWorld carries more than 100 dining options on its multi-leveled floors, including a food court at the top storey. Fancy fare to budget meals, hungry diners will have to find the cuisine that suits his or her taste buds (and his wallet).

 

A centralWorld restaurant at the Grove
A restaurant at The Groove of CentralWorld

 

The thrifty have more reason to rejoice with the mall adding another option to its long list—the street food.

Street food is my kind of “Bangkok thing” (shopping is another) and this giant mall made the popular Thai fare accessible to everyone, locals and tourists alike, by setting up a big tent at the CentralWorld Square, the largest outdoor activity area in downtown Bangkok at 8,000 square meters in area.

 

The concourse of CentralWorld mall is where the street food fair is held
Where the street food tent rises. The CentralWorld Square is the largest outdoor activity area in downtown Bangkok at 8,000sqm in area (source)

 

The square flanking the Ratchaprasong Road is vast. Even with an art installation and couple of shrines erected on its opposite ends there is still a generous space to hold fairs, just like this street food fair.

 

CentralWorld mall shrine in Bangkok
One of the shrines on the square

 

According to the time of the year other fairs spring up—beer fest in October. Other than this, the food display seems to be taking up much of the calendar.

 

Chic beerfest set-up at CentralWorld Bangkok
Not a club but certainly looks like one. A stylish beerfest set-up at the square in October.

 

October set-up at the concourse of CentralWorld Bangkok
One of three set-ups at the concourse of CentralWorld Bangkok. This one by a local brand, Chang.

 

The inside of the mall can offer cool comfort from the city’s heat and humidity, but there is something about hitting the streets and feast on delicious yet cheap food.

 

CentralWorld Bangkok street food market offerings
All about noodles. Phad Thai or hot noodle soup, find it at this mall’s street food market

 

Checiken stew and grilled prawn at the CentralWorld street food market
Tried this chicken stew once before & will try it again on my next visit. I forgot its name, but I know the other one is grilled prawn. Grin.

 

The “open kitchen”, the unpretentious “al fresco” vibe and and the droplets of perspiration your cotton shirt absorb as you eat in the heat (of the spicy food and weather) add to the charm of the street dining experience.

 

A dash of Japanese or a pinch of Chinese, find it at the street food market at the CentralWorld Bangkok
Takoyaki or dumpling, there is a wide variety of food choices at the street food market of CentralWorld

 

Although there are street food stalls down the road, CentralWorld’s is across its doorstep and a whiff of what’s grilling is enough to make you decide you need not to go any further. It commands you to take your pick and enjoy the food in the covered, common dining area.

 

Fresh fruit juices at the street food market of CentralWorld Bangkok
Coconut or sugarcane?

 

Smoothi at the street food fair of CentralWorld Bangkok
Or you can opt for a a mixed fruit smoothie

 

With the mall’s set up, seeking out my favorite barbecued chicken patty and sticky rice to match, and of course my all-time favorite Khao Neeo Mamuang (sticky rice with mango), is easy and most importantly, cheap (perhaps a few baht higher than “real” street food cost depending on the area). So are the other offerings such as fresh fruit juices, Phad Thai and other noodle dishes, pork and chicken stew and many more.

 

My food pick at the CentralWorld Bangkok's street food market
This hungry writer’s food stall of choice

 

I can't get enough of this Thai food- the sticky mango rice
Yes, this is my not-really-strange Thai food addiction

 

My three skewers of barbecued chicken patties, two servings of sticky rice portioned in clear plastic bags and bottled water cost 50Baht (P67), and the sticky rice with mango is 100Baht (P134), the total of which is a fraction of a cost than it’s fancier counterpart inside the mall. I was a very happy man. Busog!

 

Skwered chicken patties are my favorite at the street food fair of the CentralWorld Bangkok
Enjoying my 50Baht Thai comfort street food at the common dining area along the tent’s sidelines (mind the table’s flower arrangement)
My next trip will be in November. With the beer fest over, I am looking forward to another bout with my Thai comfort street food choices.

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