Damnoen Saduak Floating Market is one of the many stops on our second day in Bangkok. It’s a foodie heaven and one of the coolest places ever, so I thought it deserved its own standalone episode.
A brief background on Damnoen Saduak Floating Market
The Damnoen Saduak Floating Market harkens back to the days of Old Bangkok, when it was still called “The Venice of the East.” Back then, Bangkok was covered by a network of canals called “khlongs.” These khlongs served as the main mode of transportation and commerce in the city. As such, many floating markets sprung along these canals.
Khlong Damnoen Saduak is considered to be the longest and straightest canal in all of Thailand. Dug on the orders of King Rama IV in 1866, this canal connects with the rivers Mae Klong and Tha Chin. Today, its floating market is the most popular in Bangkok and one of the most famous in the world. It’s a great place to eat street food, buy fresh produce, and get souvenirs.
Eating our way through Damnoen Saduak Floating Market
I’ve lived half my life in Bangkok, and I’ve been to Damnoen Saduak Floating Market so many times. But this is the first time that I’ve entered the market tourist-style: on a boat with my Soul Foodies. It’s something I’ve always wanted to do. Locals tend to simply drive up to the market, park their vehicles somewhere, and just walk around to find something to eat.
As for finding something to eat, you’ll find there are far too many choices there. But because life is better and sweeter when you start with dessert, we began our food trip with sticky rice and ice cream. I saw a stall that sells pink- and green-colored sticky rice, and that’s what we went for. As for ice cream, we had some coconut ice cream with different toppings—one of the best ice creams we’ve ever eaten, hands-down.
For lunch, we had boat noodle soup. Of course, we’re at a floating market, so we must have boat noodle soup. The best way to have your noodles is with water spinach, braised pork, and pork balls. Oh, here’s a pro-tip: Always ask for extra nam tok. Nam tok is pork blood, and it makes the soup thicker and so much yummier.
That’s not all we ate while we’re at the floating market. We also had kanom buang or Thai crispy sweet tacos. Kanom buang are crispy pancakes shaped like taco shells and filled with meringue. And then, there’s kanom krok—fluffy rice pancakes made of coconut and rice dough, cooked in an indented pan, and served with a generous helping of coconut sauce. So good!
Damnoen Saduak Floating Market is a true food heaven. You’ve got to see it and taste it to believe it. Watch the episode here: http://bit.ly/NFSSeason2Ep23