On my most recent trip to Bangkok, I finally had the guts to try their braised pork knuckles. I’ve been seeing it for 8 years now, but it’s only now that luck in finding the best one right away finally struck my food trip. On of our chefs, Lawrence, has been building up this “pata” or pork knuckle place for a really long time. He first had it in Chiang Mai, and had it again in a small pushcart in Pratunam…sadly, when we got to Pratunam, the pushcart was gone, but there was a restaurant serving pata on the next stall…he didn’t think it was the same one. Off we went to Sukhumvit 103 for the Tom Yum soup, but I was too drained from eating a hellish hot jumping salad usually found in Isan (one of Thailand’s spiciest food areas). I wanted something not too spicy, and so I went for their pata next door. It was quite tender, but it wasn’t mind blowing as Chef Lawrence said it should be.
Back in Pratunam, I had taken all my shopping load off our hotel, Ideal Residence, situated at the mouth of Pratunam Market. I was so hungry and the restaurant right in front of 7-11 was packed with people. The only thing I could understand were the letters X2…so I got my soda and entered the restaurant to see the pork knuckles and intestines deliciously simmering in front of the stall.
I pointed at the pork knuckle, intestine and egg and gestured the number 1, and the lady led me to a table that was already full except for one chair. I took out my soda and watched everyone eating. What was funny about this place was that it was full…and about 5 out of 10 tables were having DOUBLE orders of the noodles or pork knuckle for themselves. This place must be really good.