Fresh Congee in Bangkok
My aunt and I had some congee for dinner one night at a small small shop in an alley in Bangkok. It was right outside the hotel, which was in a neighborhood just north of the Mo Chit BTS station. Having grown up eating congee, usually the plain kind, I can really appreciate a nice hot bowl of congee. This isn’t your typical Bangkok street food, but it’s delicious and healthy! I had never thought to get congee in Bangkok, but it’s a nice alternative to fried food options.
I heart Bangkok
On my trip to Bangkok, my aunt and I stopped at a small shop in the alley going up to the hotel where I stayed. The shop itself only seemed to be open at night. The street just outside also had some tempting looking food carts. Some were serving hot Thai food and some were serving other cuisines like Indian prata. Walking by these carts, I felt like I was experiencing a part of Asia that I had been missing the past few months. For all the efficiency, cleanliness and organization that is Singapore, I sometimes wish there were food carts, but more on that later.
Get in my belly!
The only other hot Asian-style soup that I enjoy more might be salty soy milk soup (豆浆dòujiāng), fish congee or fish soup. I could write an entire essay on how doujiang and sticky rice balls are my favorite Chinese meal. I LOVE this kind of rice ball, with fried cruller, preserved vegetable, and pork floss. It was so sad to find out that my favorite restaurant in New York’s Chinatown (Coluck) closed down, which had sold this pairing since I was a toddler.
In any case, this bowl was nicely flavored by the meats that were cooked with the rice. Another good way to make congee is to use broth from chicken soup. Or even better, turkey broth made from turkey bones after Thanksgiving is a big treat!
Have you had congee in Bangkok?