What to eat at JJ, Bangkok's weekend market

Phrik Yuak

Room 126, Soi 38/3, Section 2, 08-1648-2282.
This wooden khao gaeng shop, with its red clay plates, boran-style cutlery and coconut shells used as cups, is famous for its fresh ingredients. Make sure you try the delicious kanom jeen naam phrik (B40). The rich peanut sauce over noodles is a perfect combo with the deep-fried morning glory leaves. Dishes are around B50 each, and you need to get there early as they tend to run out fast due to the regular swarm of loyal customers.


Room 105, Soi 1, Section 4, 08-4098-3083.
Thanks to its numerous tables, you won’t have to wait for a seat, but a meal at this crowded eatery won’t be a tranquil experience. With some 20 somtam varieties ranging from B40-75, the must-order is obviously the classic somtam Thai (B40) which strikes a perfect balance between sweet, spicy and sour. The deep-fried chicken with sesame seeds (B60) has a scrumptiously sweet aroma and crisp texture. They do Vietnamese dishes, too; the naem neung (small B70, medium B130, large B170) is a best-seller for a good reason.

Raan Yaam Jae-Euang

Room 65, Soi 38/1, Section 2, 08-3343-2502
This tiny lot is an amazing one-man show starring Joe and his two run-down stoves. You will be waiting in line for a while here but it’s worth it. The must-try is the tom yam kung (B60). The secret of his soup isn’t just the fact that he puts coconut meat into the mixture but that he uses condensed milk, giving the tom yam a creamy texture while still maintaining its kick-in-the-mouth sourness and spiciness. A complementary dish to the famous soup is an order of Joe’s fluffy omelet with ground pork (B40). The rice is a bit dry here, but who cares when the main dishes are this good. Other must-haves are his yam dishes (B50-60), and thod man (fish cakes, B30-40). If you have an iron stomach, try some juicy blood cockles with spicy seafood sauce (B50).

Lann Cha

Room 122-123, Soi 3, Section 3, 02-513-0145/6
This tranquil spot boasting white couches, a garden bench and teashop is a great spot to recuperate thanks in part to its chill French soundtrack. Skip the smoothies and coffee and go straight for the vanilla tea latte (B65), a concoction of vanilla black tea, vanilla syrup and milk served on ice. They also have cakes and sandwiches on offer.

Louk Som

Room 079-080, Soi 38/2, Section 2, 08-1937-2675.
Uncle Add, the patriarch of this old school orange juice shop, has been squeezing OJ for 25 years. This time capsule has a steady stream of thirsty tourists and loyal customers which means the uncle ends up squeezing about 6,000 little oranges a day. The perfectly sour and sweet OJ comes in small (B12) and big glass bottles (B50). It’s one baht extra if you want ice.


Section 8, 02-272-4783
Comfortable seating, a live house music DJ and splendid cocktails. This spot has been around 12 years and is owned by a family that knows how to mix up an extra-smooth martini (B250), though the Long Island Iced Tea (B250) is their specialty. We know what you’re thinking: every single bar in Bangkok claims theirs is the best. The extremely potent concoction has the usual gin-white rum-tequila-vodka mix, but they also splash in some Kahlua and real lemonade—an eccentric twist to a classic drink.

Maprao Hawm

Soi 36, Section 1, 08-6510-1060.
The signs that you are at a legit Mapraw Hawm stall are the coconuts hanging on the parasols and the toothpicks bearing the insignia of the coconut ice cream shop. They serve their homemade coconut ice cream in young coconut husks. Not only is their i-teem kati refreshing, but they also give out free cups of coconut juice. Their second stall stands opposite the Phufa shop (opposite MRT Kamphaeng Phet).

Chatuchak Chao-Kuay Boran

Room 202 and 214, Soi 3, Section 3, 02-542-0732, 08-6568-7025
This homemade chao-kuay sticks to a traditional recipe, using brown sugar, not syrup. You can sit at the small shop while slurping on the slightly bitter and sweet noodles or take them to go in the bowl. You can also buy the tender black noodles packaged to take home.


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DJ Cleo P (Plerny Soraya), DJ Ape Shit (Mike Wong), CMYK party people, and more team up with Bacardi and create "Get Ya Swag On", a night of fresh fashion and fresh beats. Oct 18 at Demo.

Bangkok's newest DJ crew, Swagger, is not just about spinning records. Made of CMYK djs, former Thaitanium dancer and rapper Plerny Soraya (DJ Cleo P), and Channel V's Mike Wong (DJ Ape Shit), this crew wants to make fashion a statement at their next party on Oct. 18, 9pm-2am. Demo, Thong Lor 10. Here, DJ Cleo P talks to us more about what the new DJ crew is all about.

What's the story behind Swagger?

Right now, there's a lot of DJ crews. Some of them are good, some of them are so-so. Sometimes they play a lot of commercial stuff, but we want to try something new. There's no DJ crew in Bangkok right now that does Djs new music and represents fashion and style [as a highlight] together. We want to keep things fresh [in Bangkok].

Who's in Swagger and how'd you guys join up?

We knew each other already from passed gigs and we all saw the same need for this. We've got a mix of veteran dj's and entertainers who've been in the Bangkok nightlife scene for nearly a decade as well as some new faces and fresh sounds. They're all good Djs that have good style and get each other's. There's DJ Monster P and Ballistic from CMYK, who are going to warm up with dubstep, house and moombhatom, I'm going to play dirty dutch. DJ Ape Shit (Mike Wong) plays hard electro, and it was perfect because no one else in the crew plays that.

Where does the style aspect come to play?

We're hoping to breath some air into the Bangkok nightlife scene, introducing some new styles that haven't made it here yet and fusing fashion and art elements into the party. We want to collaborate with local fashion labels and artists.

So how should you dress?

Wear something swag. Wear what you wanna wear, dress like who you wanna be. Represent yourself.

What's in Swagger's future?

From now until January, we're going to put on parties and represent our fashion and style. But in a couple of months, we are going to do fashion shows as well. We also want to feature cool people, not just musicians and DJs, but also Thai style icons.


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On Sep 15, a post on the Pantip webboards revealed that many CCTV camera casings around Bangkok had no cameras inside. The BMA has apologized, but is still forging ahead to install 20,000 cameras by 2012. Here is a chronological breakdown of a CCTV deal gone bad.

Freelancer Discovers CCTV Cameras are Empty

Wisan Medsai, 51, a freelance photographer, exposed the truth about the empty CCTV camera cases in his neighborhood by posting pictures on the Pantip webboard.

How did you notice they were missing in the first place?
I was curious to see what a CCTV looks like so I used my flashlight to look inside the case. But there were no cameras inside! I wanted someone to tell me what this was all about so I posted my pictures on Pantip with the hope that someone could tell me that the BMA had simply removed the cameras to fix them or were about to install them. Then it became a big topic.

Do you support CCTV?
It’s better to have it, just in case something happens. But the thing that annoys me is that they put so many cameras in one place. Some intersections have 16 cameras. We’ll also never know if they really installed 10,000 cameras. Plus, what is the management behind it. Is there really a room to monitor them all?

What’s crime like in your neighborhood?
I don’t hear much news about crime here but I did see a warning sign from the police saying “This area is dangerous. Please be warned.“ The funny thing is, there isn’t a single camera where that sign is!

Will CCTV help make your area safer?
A little bit. I still see on the news that people rob supermarkets although they have CCTV. But, footage from CCTV is good evidence to prosecute the criminal.

What do you think about the explanation from BMA?
It’s irksome. They just shrug off all the guilt. If there are 500 empty camera cases from the last administration, then why don’t they fill empty ones before installing new ones?

“We didn’t really mean to deceive people. We used them [the fake ones] to mark spots first…and just showed people there were
cameras there.”
Former Bangkok governor Apirak Kosayothin

“I’m sorry for the people who asked police for footage and images from security cameras for evidence against suspects. The BMA told them that the cameras were broken when in fact they were dummy cameras.”
Suthon Anakul, Traffic and Transportation Department director-general

“CCTV leads to massive expense and minimum effectiveness. It creates a huge intrusion on privacy, yet provides little or no improvement in security. A combination of overdependence on CCTV and ineffective use of the cameras means this money could have been much better spent on more police officers.”
MP David Davis, former shadow Home Secretary (UK)



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