Thai Food at Tha Kha Floating Market (ตลาดน้ำท่าคา) – Don't Miss Aunty's Fried Oyster Omelet! [w/ subs]



00:00:00 – – My plate of hoy tod is coming along,
00:00:02 – and she just added the egg, and I love,
00:00:04 – she cracked on the egg, and then she chucks the eggshell
00:00:08 – into the bucket of eggshells, expertly.
00:00:11 – Oh, that's a beautiful thing.
00:00:13 – (cheerful instrumental music)
00:00:23 – Good morning everyone, it's Mark Wiens
00:00:24 – with Migrationology.com in Bangkok, Thailand.
00:00:27 – There are many different floating markets
00:00:29 – that you can visit when you come to Bangkok,
00:00:31 – and there are a couple right within Bangkok,
00:00:33 – I really recommend Khlong Lat Mayom, by the way,
00:00:36 – and then there are also some really famous floating markets
00:00:38 – about an hour and a 1/2 outside of Bangkok,
00:00:41 – in a province called Samut Songkhram,
00:00:44 – and some of the really famous floating markets
00:00:46 – like Damnoen Saduak, and Amphawa floating markets
00:00:49 – are all located there.
00:00:51 – But today, my wife and my sister and my mom,
00:00:56 – and our kids, a couple of our kids,
00:00:59 – we are gonna go on a day trip to Samut Songkhram,
00:01:02 – and hopefully go to a couple of kinda more lesser known
00:01:06 – floating markets, so stay tuned for this video,
00:01:09 – some lesser known floating markets and some delicious food
00:01:11 – coming up.
00:01:13 – Are you ready for another road trip, Mika?
00:01:16 – (woman singing lullaby)
00:01:18 – According to Google Maps, it's 86 kilometers
00:01:21 – from where we're leaving, and we're in the Bangna area
00:01:25 – of Bangkok, and it's gonna take an hour and 36 minutes
00:01:28 – to drive there.
00:01:29 – (cheerful instrumental music)
00:01:57 – You know when you're in the countryside
00:01:58 – when the dog just lounges in the middle of the road
00:02:01 – and you have to go around him.
00:02:03 – We are following Google Maps, and we're now
00:02:06 – on this small little jungle road, and I'm loving it.
00:02:10 – Oh, this is such a beautiful province,
00:02:12 – I love being around these areas.
00:02:25 – Achoo!
00:02:27 – We made it, this market is called Talat Nam Tha Kha,
00:02:31 – and the literal translation, talat is market
00:02:34 – and then nam is water, so it's a water market,
00:02:36 – and I'm already loving the simple,
00:02:40 – kinda slow feel of this market.
00:02:47 – When you arrive to this market, you walk through
00:02:49 – this little entrance section which is covered,
00:02:52 – and there's some souvenir shops, and then immediately,
00:02:54 – you get to the floating market section,
00:02:57 – it has such a quiet, peaceful, nice feel to it,
00:03:00 – there are plenty of boat vendors,
00:03:02 – some of which are selling ready-to-eat things,
00:03:05 – and then some people who are selling
00:03:09 – a variety of different ingredients, lots of bananas,
00:03:13 – some onions and some garlic and shallots,
00:03:16 – and then produce from their gardens,
00:03:18 – probably right from their gardens right at home,
00:03:21 – and they just load everything up onto their boat
00:03:24 – and then come to the market to sell.
00:03:27 – But what I really like is how small,
00:03:29 – and how friendly it is so far, and I just,
00:03:32 – actually, I haven't really walked around much yet,
00:03:34 – but I just came into the market,
00:03:36 – walked up this little bridge so I can just
00:03:38 – kinda get a birds' eye view of Tha Kha floating market.
00:03:49 – (woman speaking in foreign language)
00:03:54 – So far, the ladies selling things at this market
00:03:57 – are all very friendly, and they all wanna see Mika.
00:04:00 – Looks like they're buying something here.
00:04:03 – – Popiah! – Popiah.
00:04:11 – My sister Anyin just got some fresh spring rolls,
00:04:14 – and they are really hot and fresh, fried fresh.
00:04:19 – Mm!
00:04:20 – Oh yeah!
00:04:22 – Filled with mung mee noodles, and maybe carrots.
00:04:26 – Mm, they're good.
00:04:28 – Nice and hot still.
00:04:29 – (baby wailing)
00:04:36 – As you're walking along the edge of the water on the market,
00:04:40 – they have these coconuts set up
00:04:42 – where you can massage your feet.
00:04:45 – Kinda go like this, it kinda hurts!
00:04:51 – Am I doing it, (speaks in foreign language).
00:04:56 – (speaks in foreign language)
00:04:57 – It's coconut sugar.
00:04:59 – (woman speaking in foreign language)
00:05:02 – You can smell it, you can smell it.
00:05:05 – – [Anyin] It's supposed to be better, so I use that
00:05:06 – instead of regular sugar.
00:05:08 – – There's a lot of good produce at this market,
00:05:10 – and also, you can buy fresh coconut sugar,
00:05:12 – and coconut syrup, and lots and lots of bananas
00:05:16 – and coconuts.
00:05:17 – Hoy tod.
00:05:20 – Yeah.
00:05:30 – (woman speaking in foreign language)
00:05:35 – I am squatting down here on a floating raft,
00:05:38 – and I just ordered something called hoy tod,
00:05:41 – which is fried oysters with egg,
00:05:43 – and this is a beautiful stall,
00:05:45 – it is an amazing grandmother who is cooking up,
00:05:49 – and she is using charcoal on a hot plate,
00:05:52 – and adding in the batter, the oysters, and then egg.
00:05:58 – Oh, and it's just going up in a cloud of beautiful smoke.
00:06:10 – My plate of hoy tod is coming along,
00:06:13 – and she just added the egg, and I love,
00:06:14 – she cracked on the egg, and then she chucks the eggshell
00:06:19 – into the bucket of eggshells, expertly.
00:06:22 – Oh, that's a beautiful thing.
00:06:26 – Oh, I think that's some lard going in.
00:06:35 – (woman speaking in foreign language)
00:06:48 – There are bean sprouts in it, there's egg,
00:06:50 – there's the rice flour batter, as well as oysters,
00:06:54 – I asked her, they are oysters,
00:06:55 – and then also bean sprouts and cilantro,
00:06:58 – and then after it was finished,
00:06:59 – she dished it onto a plate, added some cilantro
00:07:02 – and then some pepper.
00:07:03 – And I'm sitting down here with my mom to eat.
00:07:13 – Oh yeah.
00:07:15 – It's good.
00:07:17 – Oh, the fresh, crisp bean sprouts, the oyster in there,
00:07:22 – and then like the gooey batter flour.
00:07:25 – As we were sitting eating that oyster omelet,
00:07:27 – I could smell the smoke coming down the canal
00:07:30 – from the grilling skewers of gai ping and maybe moo ping,
00:07:34 – I'm not sure, I think she mostly has chicken,
00:07:36 – but that sounds delicious right now,
00:07:39 – grilled meat on skewer.
00:07:41 – (woman speaking in foreign language)
00:07:43 – Okay, how many skewers would you like, ma?
00:07:51 – – [Mom] One or two.
00:08:01 – (woman speaking in foreign language)
00:08:09 – – [Mom] Sticky rice.
00:08:10 – (Mark speaking in foreign language)
00:08:19 – – We got a full baggy of grilled chicken, and also tab,
00:08:23 – which is liver, and liver's one of my favorites.
00:08:28 – Oh yeah.
00:08:32 – So creamy, and then it has a marinade on it,
00:08:34 – so it's a little bit sweet and a little bit salty
00:08:37 – at the same time, but with a really good,
00:08:40 – smoky flavor to it.
00:08:41 – (cheerful instrumental music)
00:09:04 – Oh, thank you!
00:09:13 – I stopped to buy some starfruit,
00:09:15 – starfruit is an excellent fruit,
00:09:17 – not only does it look cool, but it tastes incredibly good,
00:09:20 – so every opportunity I have for starfruit, I go for it.
00:09:27 – Mm!
00:09:30 – It is so juicy!
00:09:32 – Oh, that's just an entire mouthful of starfruit juice.
00:09:36 – Oh, that's delicious, and it's sweet and sour.
00:09:39 – The next snack that we got is called toong tong,
00:09:41 – and the literal translation is a golden little bag,
00:09:45 – or little pocket pouch, and it's a little wrapper,
00:09:48 – which is wrapped really nicely,
00:09:51 – and I think they had a minced pork version as well,
00:09:53 – but we got the one filled with corn and then deep-fried,
00:09:55 – and this is a little one-bite little gift,
00:10:00 – and you can see on the top, on the top it's very crispy,
00:10:02 – and then on the bottom is the pouch
00:10:04 – where it's wrapped up with the filling.
00:10:11 – Mm!
00:10:13 – Oh yeah.
00:10:14 – That's like a spring roll in different shape.
00:10:18 – That's fantastic.
00:10:19 – Oh, that is tasty.
00:10:22 – – Surprisingly good!
00:10:23 – – [Mark] It's more tasty than I thought it was gonna be.
00:10:24 – – Yeah, that's what I'm saying, like it was really good!
00:10:28 – – Ying is having a bowl of kway chap nankon,
00:10:31 – which are the rice noodle rolls,
00:10:33 – in like a braised soup, and I'm having just ba mee,
00:10:37 – which are the egg noodles, with pork,
00:10:40 – and there's some pork meatballs, I think in there,
00:10:42 – and also some daikon, I think it's daikon radish,
00:10:47 – which is also within the soup broth.
00:10:49 – Let me get a bite with some pork and with some noodles,
00:10:51 – there are also a lot of bean sprouts in here as well.
00:11:02 – Mm!
00:11:03 – Some good black pepper in there, or maybe white pepper,
00:11:05 – but that's just a simple, classic bowl of Thai noodles.
00:11:10 – Pork noodles.
00:11:11 – (cheerful instrumental music)
00:11:18 – (woman speaking in foreign language)
00:11:26 – I'm watching them make something
00:11:28 – which is called khao tom mad, which is rice,
00:11:31 – sticky rice mixed in a mixture,
00:11:32 – I think with coconut milk, and then
00:11:34 – they add in a banana and wrap it in a banana leaf,
00:11:36 – and then it's steamed, and it's a very popular Thai snack,
00:11:40 – but she was telling me that it's a bolan version,
00:11:43 – it's a traditional version.
00:11:45 – Very cool to watch them make it.
00:11:50 – Oh, okay.
00:11:51 – So this is the sticky rice mixture
00:11:53 – that includes sugar and coconut milk.
00:11:57 – (speaking in foreign language)
00:12:05 – They are making the khao tom mad
00:12:07 – over a little bit down there, overlooking the canal,
00:12:10 – and then they're selling them right here,
00:12:12 – so I just got some of the khao tom mad
00:12:13 – that they're making freshly right now.
00:12:15 – They're wrapped in doubles, and you unravel that,
00:12:20 – and then you got two banana leaf-wrapped packets.
00:12:28 – Oh, and you can feel that stickiness already
00:12:31 – from that coconut milk and that sugar in there.
00:12:39 – Oh, and what I love about things
00:12:40 – that are cooked in banana leaf
00:12:42 – is you can immediately smell the aroma,
00:12:44 – that banana leaf, it has such a wonderful aroma.
00:12:47 – The sticky rice just sorta melts
00:12:48 – into that coconut milk and the banana.
00:12:55 – Really gooey, sticky rice, and then just
00:12:57 – with a sweet and tart banana on the inside.
00:13:02 – This is one of my favorite Thai traditional desserts.
00:13:06 – You can really taste that banana leaf,
00:13:07 – which the steam embedded into it.
00:13:09 – We spent about two hours walking around this market
00:13:12 – and eating and relaxing, this is a fantastic
00:13:15 – little floating market, and I love how it's so quiet
00:13:17 – and peaceful and very, very friendly.
00:13:21 – They also offer boat rides, which would look really,
00:13:24 – really nice, but with the babies,
00:13:26 – I think we're gonna skip the boat ride,
00:13:27 – although if you come here, I think I would highly recommend
00:13:31 – the opportunity to take a boat through these canals
00:13:33 – and just relax, that looks really fun.
00:13:36 – And from here, we're gonna go see another floating market,
00:13:38 – which is not too far away.
00:13:40 – Yeah, there's another floating market about,
00:13:42 – it said about 15 minutes away that I wanna check out,
00:13:45 – so we'll just stop by there for a little bit
00:13:47 – and see how it is.
00:13:48 – (cheerful instrumental music)
00:14:05 – That was an absolutely beautiful drive
00:14:07 – through the coconut trees to get here,
00:14:09 – and that was about a 15 minute drive,
00:14:11 – and this is called Talat Nam Bang Noi,
00:14:14 – and it is right on the edge of the Mekong River,
00:14:18 – I can see it right up here.
00:14:19 – (jazzy folk music) Oh man, at first I thought
00:14:21 – that was a CD playing, that's a live band!
00:14:25 – Fantastic!
00:14:49 – I gotta give it up to the live music,
00:14:51 – that is a highlight of visiting this market.
00:15:01 – This is a really relaxed floating market as well,
00:15:03 – but it's right along the Mekong River,
00:15:06 – which is a huge river, and then kind of
00:15:09 – right in the parking lot on the side of the temple,
00:15:13 – so it's almost like a community,
00:15:14 – it almost has a community center feel to it.
00:15:17 – The girls and the babies are walking around
00:15:19 – the market shopping.
00:15:20 – This is a good shopping market,
00:15:22 – especially for little Thai things and souvenirs,
00:15:25 – and so I have taken this opportunity to sit on the bench
00:15:28 – near the water and eat some mulberries,
00:15:31 – and mulberries are, I think they're popular
00:15:34 – to eat at this market, they're kinda famous
00:15:35 – to eat at this market, and I like how
00:15:37 – she has made a mulberry, a little basket
00:15:40 – to hold the mulberries in, and then
00:15:42 – put the mulberries inside, and then she put it
00:15:44 – in a plastic bag, too.
00:15:48 – Oh yeah!
00:15:49 – Mm!
00:15:51 – Oh, that gives you an immediately burst of sourness,
00:15:54 – before any sweetness.
00:15:58 – Mm!
00:16:00 – Those are really good.
00:16:02 – (woman speaking in foreign language)
00:16:07 – Mika!
00:16:09 – We're walking around the market,
00:16:10 – and we came back to the car to feed Mika,
00:16:14 – and also, we're eating some snacks, so I'm gonna try.
00:16:17 – This one is khanom gluay, it's a banana
00:16:20 – grilled in a banana leaf, long and skinny.
00:16:24 – Let me break it in half, oh, very sticky.
00:16:28 – Loo at that, oh, it's hot, right off the grill.
00:16:37 – Mm!
00:16:40 – Yeah, it's really good.
00:16:42 – It's nice, you can taste the banana like,
00:16:45 – tastes like a dried banana with coconut,
00:16:48 – and then it has like a, it's almost like caramelized
00:16:52 – on the outside.
00:16:53 – Oh, Mika!
00:16:58 – What I really enjoyed today was visiting
00:17:00 – Talat Nam Tha Kha, that was the highlight of today.
00:17:03 – It's about an hour and a 1/2 outside of central Bangkok,
00:17:07 – and it's definitely worth the trip,
00:17:08 – that's one of the best floating markets in Thailand
00:17:10 – that I've been to, I just enjoyed the whole atmosphere
00:17:12 – of the market, and then we just kinda stopped here
00:17:16 – just because we were in the area,
00:17:17 – and those mulberries were delicious.
00:17:19 – I'm gonna end this video now, it's been a,
00:17:22 – yeah, just a great Bangkok day trip,
00:17:24 – and good to get out of Bangkok for a little bit,
00:17:26 – and I really love this Samut Songkhram Province
00:17:29 – in Thailand, and the relaxing markets,
00:17:30 – and the whole feel of the entire province,
00:17:33 – this entire area.
00:17:34 – Thank you very much for watching this video,
00:17:36 – please remember to give it a thumbs up if you enjoyed it,
00:17:39 – and also, if you're not already subscribed,
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00:17:46 – and I will see you on the next video,
00:17:48 – thank you for watching, goodbye from Samut Songkhram.
00:17:52 – (cheerful instrumental music)


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