Bangkok is like a cat, with nine lives. It’s always transforming itself into something surprising. Without announcing anything in too grand a fashion, it’s constantly growing and glowing like a brand new baby flower unfolding in the morning. The section of Charoenkrung Road, around Talad Noi area, is especially like that—seemingly flourishing overnight.
While I wonder and wander around this old school realm, the playful friendly colours of a mural painting on the side wall of the Oldtown Hostel shines its beam on me. The little roadway known as Charoenkrung Soi 28 is a new treasure, unfolding overnight (as I said before). I know already that the Black Pig Tattoo studio is inside this soi, to my left, but I know nothing about the inviting Chinese shophouse on my right. All I can see is that Little Market is the name written on the blackboard sign.
I step inside, and immediately the funky-retro shop smells good to me. My eyes rove over a proper coffee machine and the tempting, simple breakfast menu, but what catches and holds these eyes of mine is a burger. This is what my ‘farang’ photographer friend told me about. Paddy said this (burger) patty cures his home sickness!
Before food fully takes over my attention, I have a chance to admire the interior decoration, that gives the feeling of sitting in a friend’s living room with a wonderful mix-and-match style. Chinese bamboo lanterns hang over the counter like a string of Christmas lights, pop-art patterns are painted on the wall, and the polished stone cement floor is covered with a checkerboard pattern. And above it all, as a centerpiece, sit beautiful old-school portraits of our beloved King and Queen of Thailand.
Burgermeister Chet Adkins was formerly a chef for the Orlando Magic basketball team, and most recently helmed the kitchen at Ku De Ta Bangkok. Now he comes to flip the meat on the grill at his Little Market shop together with Jason Lang, a food lover and a veteran photographer, as well as other friends who are helping to turn this little joint into something special.
No need for me to say anything about how I want my meat to be cooked, as they know what they are doing with their burgers. I order the 270-day grain-fed Angus steak burger with cheese which comes with tater tots—what a unique treat! It arrives in the size of a homemade burger (not a giant “gourmet” burger, too big to hold on to). It’s comprised of a soft and delicious bun, hugging two juicy pieces of meat, perfectly portioned in a tower of taste (and suitable for my Thai-sized bite). One taste of the burger is a trip by itself. It’s succulent from top to bottom. The texture of the beef is soft but firm, and the bun is divine, both parts complimenting each other so well. I toss a couple of crispy tater tots in my mouth and start feeling greedy enough to order more right away. You know this feeling? The feeling of eating something so good and you don’t want it to end? Go and get that feeling at Little Market.
Address: Little Market is in Soi Charoenkrung 28, and open daily from 8am-8pm. They are only a month or so old. Check out their Facebook page for more info.