SINGAPORE – Those who cannot get enough of Thailand can get their fill of the country’s food and merchandise at Chatuchak Night Market Singapore, which will return for its second instalment from Feb 7 to April 2.
The open-air night market – spread over 25,000 sq ft with 200 seats at The Grandstand – will feature 180 vendors, of which 60 are from Thailand. The Thai vendors come from different provinces and 30 of them will operate food stalls.
For instance, visitors can tuck into Thai kway chap from Lopburi province in central Thailand, cha chak (Thai teh tarik) from Satun province in southern Thailand and Thai otah from Phrachuap Khiri Khan, a town in western Thailand. The otah come in flavours of crab, prawn, fish and squid.
There will also be 50 food stalls run by local vendors selling Thai fare such as moo ping (Thai grilled pork skewers), boat noodles, grilled giant river prawns and coconut shakes.
Chatuchak Night Market Singapore is not officially linked to Bangkok’s Chatuchak Weekend Market, but 20 of the Thai vendors are from there, including King Octopus, which sells grilled baby octopus.
Some of the Thai vendors were last in Singapore in 2020 for the inaugural edition, which launched on Feb 4 with 200 stalls and was originally slated to run until May 3 that year. But the market had to be prematurely closed in March because of Covid-19 restrictions.
Mr Keith Tay, 40, the company director of event organiser Chatuchak Sg, says he incurred financial losses then, but declined to disclose the amount. But in the last three years, he had always hoped to bring the event back.
He started planning again six months ago, when pandemic measures were eased in Singapore. He made four trips to Thailand to source for vendors and iron out the logistics.
He says: “Even though travel restrictions have been lifted and many Singaporeans have visited Thailand in the last few months, the Thai food we have here is still limited. The night market will feature popular Thai food that is not commonly available here.”
Dishes include leng saap moo (spicy pork spine ribs) and luk chup, a Thai marzipan dessert shaped like miniature fruit.
Chatuchak Night Market Singapore
Where: The Grandstand, 200 Turf Club Road
When: Feb 7 to April 2
Open: 4 to 10pm, Tuesdays to Sundays