KohSpot has often times been compared to a blue whale. Huh? Yeah! We are giant, loved by most, feared by many and always cruising around looking for a good time. Similar to how a blue whale filters through gallons and gallons of poop water to find scrumptious little krill we scour the city for all things spectacular – filtering out the good, the bad and the ugly (more on the ugly later this week). Luckily for you, our sixth sense for awesomeness recently lead us to an absolute gem called Chote Chitr. Big ups to the blue whale technique!
Chote Chitr serves up sumptuous Thai food to a smattering of locals and a gaggle of tourists and expats. Having earned plaudits from both the BangkokPost’s food writer Suthon Sukphisit (who cares) and Austin Bush’s Foodblog (yawn) , not to mention the New York Times (whatever) , this place is listed in many travel guidebooks and is conveniently within walking distance of Khaosan Road. KohSpot had to investigate the hype.
We can safely say that Chote Chitr delivers. In fact, we have been back six times just to make sure. The curries and salads are popular, but what cannot be missed, and is easily the best version we have sampled anywhere in the Kingdom is the mee krob (95 baht). These crispy rice noodles served with a sweet and sour sauce and sides of sprouts, onions and leafy greens are best consumed while hot so take a seat, relax and chow down – n0 take-a-way allowed. Well, technically take-a-way is allowed but you would be a fool as the dish will clump together when it cools ruining the complexities of the ingredients. You’re welcome.
Every province in Thailand makes mee krob, and there are many varieties. But what completes the special recipe for Khun Tim, whose family has run Chote Chitr for more than a century, is the rind and juice of the som saa citrus fruit. It is absolutely mouthwatering. When prodded further about their secret recipe Khun Tim expressed that she doesn’t understand why other local chefs don’t incorporate som saa into their mee krob recipe. What a bunch of amateurs. For those who are looking to recreate the magic at home you can find som saa at Chatuchak market.
Also of note is the banana flower salad (95 baht), which nicely blends sour with sweet, and fried fish with spicy mango salad (200 baht), as the eatery has figured out how to fry a whitefish without leaving a dry, oily carcass, instead offering a moist serving. Nice work Chote Chitr.
You will be kicking yourself if you don’t drop by Chote Chitr during your next visit to Rattanakosin.
Location: 146 Soi Prang Phuthorn, off of Thanon Tanao, which is the road at the foot of Khaosan (the end with the Burger King). You have to head south from Ratchadamnoen Klang Road and the soi is on the right.
Mass transit: You can take buses down Ratchadamnoen, but there’s no BTS or MRT.
Hours: 11 am-9 pm Monday-Saturday. Closed Sundays