Wednesday, April 23, 2014

MK Restaurant and a movie at Mall of Bangkapi

The Mo and I had about 10 hours to kill before we had to get on our international flight back home.  Luckily for us, Emirates allowed us to check our luggage early so we wouldn't have to drag it across the city.

We took a cab to the nearby the Mall of Bangkapi where there are lots of shops, restaurants, a movie theater and even an outdoor water park on the top floor.

The mall was a great way to experience the true lifestyle of the local Thai people in the city.  I felt like I fit in and no one knew we were tourists.  Everyone minded their own business and went on their own way.  Teenagers rocked the lasted fashion trends and giggled throughout the mall.  Couples held hands as they were on their way to dinner and a movie.

Young adolescent teen boys paid per minute to play the latest video games.  I guess that is their version of an arcade.

Unlike the beach towns we were at, no one was hassling us to buy souvenir trinkets, massages or taxi rides.

We grabbed lunch at a familiar Thai franchise restaurant called MK Restaurant. We thought it was neat that the restaurant had the same initials as us MK= "Mo & Kim".  The chain specializes in Suki hot pot, noodles, dim sum and roasted meat, almost similar to what you would find at China Town.

I thought the restaurant "mascot" on the table was cool.  He came in handy because he held a pen, toothpicks and napkins for each table.

The dim sum plates were below average.  They were too salty and left much to be desired.  We got crab puffs, roasted pork bun and shrimp shumai.

The braised pork spare ribs was delicious. It reminded me of a dish my mother makes called "Kaw chrouk" which is a 5 spice pork or beef stew with eggs.  The meat was extremely tender and fell off the bones.

I've never had green noodles before so we got an order of that with crispy pork.  The noodle came with a sauce and it was good.  The roasted duck with white rice was just as good as the ones in China town.

Our final bill: $ 14.00 USD

  • Diet Coke
  • Shrimp Shumai
  • Crab Puff
  • Pork Bun
  • Roasted Duck with Rice
  • Pork spare ribs
  • Green noodles with crispy pork
After our meal, we went to the cinema to watch Captain America 2, the English version with Thai subtitles. Ticket prices were about $ 6.00 USD.  I'm not sure if there was a price difference for a matinee since our show time was at 4:20 PM.  If I wasn't already stuffed, I would have got popcorn and a drink for only $ 2.00 USD compared to the price we pay in the states.

Our theater was almost empty.  There was 30 minutes dedicated to previews and advertising (the Mo actually kept track.)  Towards the end of the previews, the King's song came on and there was a message for everyone to stand up and salute the king.

The movie was great and it was a nice way to kill time.  Afterwards, we walked across the street to the nearby night and food markets and other shopping areas.  We headed back to Suvarnabhumi with some time before we were expected to check in.  

The cab ride was about $ 6.00 USD each way.

Farewell, Bangkok! Until next time.