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MLive Market: a feast of upscale dishes in a street food market setting

One of the greatest things about Bangkok is running into pop-up food markets, or strolling along a road that’s simply blossoming with street vendors; being surrounded by the scent of freshly fried meatballs and the tap-tap sounds of a spatula, as well as an avalanche of mouther-watering dishes. But since the city’s traditional street food vendors that once lined the pavements of Bangkok were – sadly – banned, street food and its lovers have been at war with the fresh idea of “the new Singapore” that’s trying to be imposed on the city. After all, street food is what made Bangkok so special, and also what made so many Singaporeans want to visit our country.

But with the month of November greeting us with its culinary festivities, if you are a fan of the local food market, then you’re in luck. Here’s a food event that proves Bangkok is still the city thriving off its street food culture — something we all love and miss. So, rather than depriving yourself at a restaurant, getting depressed over the thought that the city’s street food culture has been wiped away from all the roads of Bangkok, MLive Market is here to cure your street food-sickness.

Starting from 10-18 November, 2018, MLive Market will be in front of The Renaissance Bangkok Ratchaprasong Hotel, featuring over 30 upscale culinary icons within the venues of Bangkok’s Marriott International’s hotels including:

Akira Back, Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen’s Park
La Tavola, The Renaissance Bangkok Ratchaprasong Hotel
Rossini’s and BarSu, Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit, a Luxury Collection Hotel
Jojo and The St. Regis Bar, The St. Regis Bangkok
Latest Recipe, Le Méridien Bangkok
57st Street, Marriott Bangkok Sukhumvit
Smooth Curry, The Athenee Hotel Bangkok
BBCo, JW Marriott Hotel Bangkok

With the goal of making fine dining more approachable to a wider customer base, the nine-day event aims to imbue visitors with a soulful street food vibe by bringing world-class cuisines from various first-rate restaurants within Bangkok but setting them under a more home-grown vibe, with the price of the food cut down by up to 50 per cent from the restaurants’ usual prices.

Diners can expect to indulge in various cuisine types such as Thai, Chinese, Italian, Mexican and Chinese — which will cater to all diet types. From small bites and savoury dishes to sumptuous desserts, check in with your favourite restaurants and celebrate the week away in Bangkok’s vibrant food scene. Watch the saucy pancetta pasta being cooked right in front of your eyes and take a wonderful big bite out of the delightfully crispy and hard-shelled beef taco, or have a try of the mushroom-shaped steamed buns.

Also be sure to enjoy daily on-stage performances from DJs and bands including The Skallywags, Thai duo Mild & Fuji, and rockers Danny Delany. Diners can also take part in food-centric activities such as chef battles (think cocktail war), wine-tasting master classes and even a chilli eating contest.

So, weekdays or weekend, escape momentarily from your daily diet and instead, spare a next few days for a gourmet feast at MLive Market. All guests who register via the website, www.mlive-market.com, between 10-18 November, will straight away receive THB 1,000 in vouchers. Starting from 11am to 9pm from Monday to Friday and 11am-10pm on Saturday and Sunday, show up and turn up in this culinary adventure.

For further information, visit their website, https://www.mlive-market.com/

Kankanit Wichiantanon
Writer, Bangkok
Kankanit is a writer by day and a baker by night. If there’s one thing you should know about her, it’s that she can wax poetic about food 24/7. Her daily routine is writing, cooking, eating, repeat. They are the things that inspire her from morning 'til night.