Talad Noi, in the neighbourhood
At the first glance, most people's first impression for Talad Noi's Area can start with "What on earth is this place!?!?". But once you get to know the area, the history behind this place, your impression might change to, well we hope you see the charm behind the imperfects, "Ahh....Interesting..."
Let me tell you what to expect from our unexpected Neighbourhood.
What is it about Talad Noi Area?
Talad Noi, is a part of Bangkok’s Chinatown starts from behind Odean Circle, continue along Chareon Krung Road, and down to Marine Department. It is acclaimed as one of the oldest part of Bangkok. Talad means “fresh market” and Noi means “small”. It was named as a rather small market in comparison to the main Talad Gao, the larger market rooted inYaowarat Road. Back in 1800’s the Chinese merchants started their trading business just down Songwad Road. Businesses such as rice, spices, herbs, and merchandise you can imagine were traded here. Listed old shop-houses over hundred years old are still under operations. Thanks to the regulations that stop them from knocking them down to build a shopping mall. The one and only Chinese school or Peui Ing, is still down there, and Sampheng Lane or the super small and crowded street is just one block away.
1. Sieng Gong or Chop-and-Sell Car Parts Shophouses
Talad Noi Area starts with Sieng Gong, from the begining of Songwad Road and Soi Panurangsi. You will start to see light industry area of car parts. Rough-looking men working almost barefoot with almost no protection to chop those engine into parts. This is the origin of this lucrative business in Thailand. Those engines can import from Japan's junk yard, or from stolen cars, then chopped, and resell in good price all over the Kingdom, or export to third countries like Africa or Pakistan. Most shops would call themselves in fancy name like Import-Export company.
(Joe Sue Gong Chinese Temple or Soon Leng Yee)
Joe Sue Gong Chinese Temple never lacks in activities. The temple receives countless visitors from Chinese-Thai, to European's tourists from walking-tour to bicycle tour. Celebration always seen as Joe Sue Gong has his birthday four times per year. You will see Chinese opera, Chinese karaoke, or candle- lit ceremonies, considering as excitement to photograph by our guests.
Vegetarian Festival (Thet Sagan Gin Jay)
Every year in front of our guest house, Saan Jao Joe Sue Gong, is very famous for celebrating the Vegetarian Festival. For two weeks in October, our small alleys filled with food stalls (vegetarian), thousands of pilgrims wearing white flooded the area for both religious reason and in search for excellence vegetarian food. Spectacular events are to be seen, such as hundreds of candles were lighten, Chinese opera was echoing, and sound of Chinese chanting is common.
3. So Heng Tai Mansion or “Baan Talad Noi”
Built more than 300 years in Tae Jew Chinese style, So Heng Tai Mansion or “Baan Talad Noi” is not open for public but you can walk by or checking it out from our rooftop restaurant. The architect is very spectacular and it will make you feel like you are in an old Kungfu movie.
4.1 Uuicnri cake at Talad Noi (Kanom Gui Chai Talad Noi)
Uuicnri cake or “Kanom Gui Chai” is served as snacks. This green vegetable, (shaped like onion but tastier and crunchier), were filled in thin melt-into-the-mouth white flour and then steamed. Accompanied with sweet black soya sauce with a hint of chili, it also comes with different filling such as taro (potato family) or bamboo shoot. This shop in particular, in our neighbor Talad Noi market, has recipe from great-great grandmother from China, and has been sold more than 50 years!
4.2 Marine Department Duck Soup (Ped Toon Jao Tha)
Great for duck noodle soup and other a la carte Thai dish, this shop is just opposite Marine Department. It can get very busy by weekday’s lunch time, when office people rushed for their lunch break. Prices are higher than usual noodle soups (50 Baht) but that is because of the duck quantity and quality.
4.3 Talad Noi Ginger Dessert (Tao Haui Nam Khing)
Along Chareonkrung Street, there are Ginger Dessert stalls. This Chinese soft tofu served with hot ginger soup accompanied with crispy crackers is local’s favorite, normally eaten as snacks. Do not worry that the heat from ginger soup will burn you up because for some reason, it actually cooled you down and give you some kind of inner strength.