Chatuchak is the largest weekend market in the world. Located in the heart of bustling Bangkok, it is home to more than 8000 market stalls that offer a plethora of products, including Thai handicrafts, home decor, clothing, plants and even live animals. More than a Mecca for bargain hunters, Chatuchak Market is also a popular venue to indulge in a vibrant and delectable cuisine the Thais are known for.
Inspired by the lively and intoxicating ambiance of Chatuchak Market, Jatujak brings to the Philippines Thailand’s culinary treasures in a cozy and modern setting. With its vibrant violet-colored walls, art fully decorated with Thai spices and memorabilia, Jatujak captures the street-side appeal of Thai food and brings it home to the Philippines.
Offering an array of lip-smacking dishes that perfectly marry Thai cuisine’s four fundamental taste, hot, sweet, sour and salty, Jatujak takes diners on an unforgettable gastronomic adventure to Thailand with its refreshing Thai salads, heartwarming soups, zesty curries, savory rice platters and other Thai favorites.
Nestled in select malls across Metro Manila, Jatujak is the perfect place for anyone looking to experience the authentic flavors of Thailand.
Jatujak already summed up what I was about to say. Let’s just go to their food, shall we?
Beef Noodle Soup originally came from China and Taiwan but Nua Tun is Thailand’s version of it. I see no difference except for the fact that it’s too sweet for this kind of soup. I don’t know if that’s how Nua Tun should really be or they just mistakenly poured more sugar. However, the tenderness of the beef somehow made me forgot about the sweetness. I’m glad that it’s more of meat and noodles than greens but my mother isn’t happy about it because I’m a meat lover while she’s a veggie lover.
Even me, I don’t appreciate this photo because I had a hard time capturing this long thing while focusing on the three appetizers at the same time. But I don’t blame their plating. In fact, I like it and I like the thought of putting three appetizers, fried spring rolls, fresh spring tolls and shrimp cakes, in one, making it easy for me to choose among their appetizers. I didn’t like the shrimp cake that much. The fried spring roll is good when dipped to its sauce. But I’d still prefer the fresh ones with its cool wrapper.
Kaprao Talay is Chatuchak’s mixed seafood with basil. Mixed seafood, for me, will always be delish because it’s seafood and you know how much I fall for seafood. And here’s the basil that adds flavor to the delight. Every piece is delicious, especially the fish. I just wish that every seafood has an equal amount. They are very generous to fish and squid but the others are really countable. There are only two mussels and three shrimps, which means that each of us in the table only got one.
It isn’t obvious that we want everything with kaprao, right? Kaprao, I think, is Thai’s term for Basil. And what we have here is beef with basil. We didn’t notice it until all the food we ordered was set to the table. Anyway, I don’t like how this one is served. It’s seems that they just cooked the beef and veggies then simply tossed them into the plate. But the famous saying, “Don’t judge the book by its cover,” was applied to Kaprao Nua because it’s absolutely flavorful with a hint of spice.
And here’s another Kaprao-based dish. Kaprao Poo is Thailand’s version of soft shell crab in basil. Soft shell crab is delectable alone. It’s crispy on the outside and tasty on the inside. On the other hand, we all know that basil is one of the most favored seasoning herb – the reason why we ordered three Kapraos. But with Jatujak’s Kaprao Poo, I don’t think that they blend well. I honestly tasted bitterness to the combination. But don’t worry. We did finish it.
Yam Woon Sen
Jatujak’s Yam Woon Sen reminds me of the glass noodle my Chinese aunties serve during special occasions. I wonder if they’re just the same. After all, Yam Woon Sen is glass noodle and seafood salad in universal term. The bland noodles has a touch of hot spicy sour dressing which we found pretty good. The peanuts and the dried shrimp gives crunchiness to the salad and saltiness to the flavor while the Chinese celery and cilantro bring in freshness.
We bought Ruamit, Thailand’s halo halo, because it looks good on the menu, but when it was served, I was kinda disappointed because it looks different. However, I like the idea of using iced coconut milk instead of the usual ice. Am I right that it’s coconut? Either way, I must say that it makes it amazing and refreshing. I can’t say that it’s better than Philippine’s Halo Halo because it actually depends. It’s better than Conti’s Halo Halo, but Iceberg’s Halo Halo is better than it. Basically, it’s in between.
Cha Num Yen
If you opt to dine in Jatujak or visit Chatuchak Market directly, I suggest that you must have Cha Num Yen. Since we’re fond of milk tea these days, why don’t you try the authentic one which will let you experience Thailand in your palate? Although pricey, it’s absolutely worth it because it has a perfect blend of brewed tea and condensed milk, I think, which keeps it refreshing. It has a distinct taste that will let you know that this one’s owned by Jatujak