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Back alley Bangkok has the FRIENDLIEST STREET FOOD SELLERS 🇹🇭

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Today I’m taking you to one of Bangkok’s best known street food areas but Chinatown. I’m joined b@hungrytoexplore as we head to three of our favourite street food joints in the area.

We headed down to a little alley at the back of Wat Mangkon MRT Station to meet some of the friendliest street food sellers you’re going to find in Bangkok.

He met Jae Ning (Man Not Wearing a Shirt) for some of the crispiest pork known to man with some incredible soups to boot.

Directly next door is Jae Kiew, who’s been selling some super rare Chinese pies for 40 years, with the family recipe dating back 130 years.

Again, another absolute legend!

Directions to Man With No Shirt
https://maps.app.goo.gl/ujA5CcNjQu5AGid97

Directions to Kiew’s Pie (130 Years) อิ่วก้วย เจ๊เกียว

https://maps.app.goo.gl/ujA5CcNjQu5AGid97

THIS IS REAL THAI BANGKOK FOOD

00:00 intro
01:13 bad joke
03:52 ordering crispy pork
05:35 eating crispy pork
10:42 Chinese pies

About the area:

Bangkok’s Chinatown, known as Yaowarat, is one of the oldest and most vibrant neighborhoods in the city. Its history dates back to the late 18th century, shortly after the founding of Bangkok itself.

Early History

Founding: When King Rama I established Bangkok as the capital of Thailand in 1782, Chinese immigrants were already a significant presence in the region. Initially, they lived in an area called Rattanakosin Island. However, when the king decided to build the Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew on that land, the Chinese community was relocated to the area now known as Yaowarat.
Development and Growth

19th Century: Chinatown began to flourish as a commercial hub. The Chinese immigrants, primarily from the Guangdong and Fujian provinces, established businesses, shops, and markets. The community played a crucial role in the city’s trade and economy.

Yaowarat Road: Constructed in 1891 during the reign of King Rama V, Yaowarat Road became the main artery of Chinatown. It is often referred to as the “Dragon’s Road” due to its curving shape.

20th Century to Present

Cultural Significance: Throughout the 20th century, Chinatown retained its cultural and commercial significance. It became famous for its bustling markets, gold shops, traditional Chinese medicine shops, and street food.

Tourism: Today, Chinatown is a major tourist attraction. It is renowned for its vibrant street life, festivals such as Chinese New Year, and a wide array of culinary delights.

Markets: Sampeng Lane and Talat Noi are notable markets where one can find a variety of goods, from textiles to antiques.

Economic Impact

Trade: Chinatown remains a bustling trade center, with numerous shops and businesses dealing in everything from gold to electronics.

Food Scene: It is particularly famous for its street food, attracting both locals and tourists.

Bangkok’s Chinatown stands as a testament to the enduring legacy and cultural contributions of the Chinese community in Thailand. Its blend of history, culture, and commerce makes it a unique and dynamic part of the city.
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My name’s Gary and I’ve been living in Bangkok for the past five plus years and travelling Thailand for over ten. I’m obsessed with Thai street food and it’s that obsession that led me to start this YouTube channel. I want to share my favourite hidden spots in Bangkok and the rest of Thailand so you can fall in love with authentic, local Thai food as much as I have!

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