For those looking for every fruit that’s not mango or durian, Bumroong Fruits has got you covered. Situated at a corner stall between a dozen other fruit shops, Bumroong Fruits, which has been selling in the market for 30 years, sells both local and imported products. Their apples are from America, their plums are from New Zealand, and right now, they recommend buying their ultra-sweet local lychees. Booths 5/8 and 5/9. Open Weekdays, 07.30-08.00, weekends 10.00-18.00.
Nuad has been in business for 30 years and is the most knowledgeable about beef in the market. Known for their quality cuts, carefully selected from local cattle farms, they sell soft, quality fillets at 600 baht per kilo, suitable to fry, bake and grill. Cheaper cuts would be the sirloin, at 450 baht per kilo, and the T-bone steak, at 350 baht per kilo. Booth 1/9 and 1/10. Open every day from 08.30-18.00.
MALEE OR TOR KOR SEAFOOD
Giant freshwater shrimp, giant squid and bags stuffed full of fresh crabmeat. Malee Seafood is the biggest shop selling fresh seafood in the market. You can find over 10 variations of shrimp in the store, with the jumbo freshwater shrimp going at 1,300 to 1,500 baht per kilo. The 30-year-old store gets its products from various places around Thailand, with the jumbo shrimp coming fresh from the Mae Klong River. Booth 2/15. Open every day 06.00-18.00. Call 02-271-0978.
For dried foods, head over to Kasemsap, right at the back of the market. Having sold dried products for 45 years, Kasemsap started out with only one product — their famous shrimp paste. As the years have passed, they’ve become known for their savoury dried shrimp, dried mussels, sun-dried salted mackerel and dried squid. Booths 3/57, 3/58, 3/63 and 3/64. Open every day 08.30-18.00. Call 080-046-1997, 02-279-8729 or 085-042-4424.
PRADIT FRESH VEGETABLES
With only five vegetable stalls in the whole market, Pradit Fresh Vegetables offers the most variety of greens. True to the name, the countless types of vegetables stacked neatly in the booth are fresh, colourful and also chemical free. Having sold in the market for 20 years, they sell products from local farms all over Thailand like Nakhon Pathom, Pak Chong, Chiang Mai and more. They recommend trying out their water mimosas and Brussels sprouts. Booths 3/17, 3/18 and 3/19. Open Weekdays 05.30-17.00, weekends 04.30-17.00.
JAE POOK’S KITCHEN
Jae Pook’s Kitchen has two stalls in the Or Tor Kor market. The first sells classic Thai curries and seafood dishes like crab and fish cakes, steamed sea bass with soy sauce, and fried grouper doused in sweet and spicy sauce. Most famous is their crab kanoom jeen naamya, (riceflour-noodles with crab curry), which costs 50 baht per set. Jae Pook’s second stall is close by, selling perfectly cooked and de-shelled seafood like grilled prawns and steamed crab with their seafood dip. It may be a bit pricey, but the taste is worth it. Booths 9/8, 9/9, 9/10 and 9/11. Open everyday 08.30-19.30.
Standing opposite Jae Pook is Mae Malee’s little corner shop. Considered the symbol of Or Tor Kor market, the shop, which has been running for more than 10 years, sells Thai dishes and seafood, and is most famous for its stir-fried river prawns. Dishes also include stir-fried pork ribs, fried crabmeat with curry powder and whole fried sea bass. Booths 9/11 and 9/12. Open every day 08.30-18.00.
KANOMTHAI KAO PEE NONG
When locals think of Or Tor Kor sweets, they think of Kao Pee Nong (Nine Siblings). In business for 30 years, Kao Pee Nong is like a museum of Thai desserts, selling classic Thai sweets like thong yip thong yod (eggyolk tarts), wun (jelly), kanom chan (layered sweet cake) and takoh (pudding with coconut-milk topping). And for those who want to try a bit of everything, they have baskets with a variety of different sweets. However, Kao Pee Nong doesn’t sell only sweets. They have a selection of savoury snacks like pork-filled tapioca dumplings and mini fish puffs as well. Booths 9/31 to 9/40. Open every day 08.30-18.30. www.kaopeenong.com.