We all have our own favourite ways to unwind on weekends. It’s supposed to be a special time, after all. The highlight of my time off is often breakfast, lunch, or a late lunch at Prik Yuak, a cosy gem hidden inside the sprawling Jatujak Weekend Market.
Coming to Prik Yuak is a familiar journey. There’s no shame heading down the trodden path. I know what I’m getting here, from the place to the plates. The staff greet you with a “please, take a seat,” and then let you choose a spot parallel to the fence or inside, in an open-sided corner. All the while, the owner Khun Ann and her team race from table to table, serving all sorts of food on terracotta plates and bowls.
After I take a seat, I walk up to the kitchen counter and pick from the popular Thai dishes that catch my eye. In Thai, this kind of food is called “khao kaeng,” which literally means rice and curry. At Prik Yuak, there are at least 10premade dishes ready to pile on to plates at any given time. I pick several, aligning a combination of tastes: spicy, sweet, sour, neutral.
I love her khai palo — egg, tofu, and pork belly in a broth rich with Chinese five spice — and khaeng loueng, a yellow soup from the south, and fried squid marinated in garlic and coriander roots. Brown organic rice from Khun Ann’s farm in the Northeast is the perfect foilto these powerful flavours.
The clean, clear, and fresh tastes champion Khun Ann’s style. Everything at Prik Yuak is well-balanced. The dishes are as satisfying at breakfast as at lunch. They tide me over until dinner.
The only downside is that I end up eating so much that I almost turn around and go home instead of sticking around and enjoying the market.
Prik Yuak is inside Jatujak Market. From MRT Kamphaeng Phet Exit 2, turn right toward the restroom and then right again; when you see a fresh orange juice stall on the right, turn in there. It’s only open on the weekend from 8am until 5pm.