Hubs and I watched many YouTube videos to check out the possible places to visit before our Bangkok visit. During this time, we saw many people talking about the budget-friendly food courts in Bangkok. The food court at Terminal 21 Asok was almost always mentioned in every video. So, hubs and I decided to check it out to find out if it’s truly good and affordable. To make a fair comparison, we also dropped by Platinum Mall’s food court. So, if you are up for some affordable good eats, hop on board the munching train and let’s go~! (´• ω •`)ノ

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About Terminal 21 Asok

Terminal 21 Asok is known for its destination-themed concept. Every floor in the mall is themed after a different city in the world, such as Tokyo and San Franciso, to name a few. With such an interesting concept and having so many people raving about it online, my friends and I visited this mall in 2013. And honestly? I think the experience was a bit underwhelming. The restaurants were not attractive, and shopping was average at best.

So when we saw people raving about Terminal 21 Asok’s food court (Pier 21), hubs and I were surprised. I mean, we have been there, but we did not check out the food court. And neither did we read that it was a MUST to visit it for good and affordable food. So, on this trip to Bangkok, hubs and I decided to give Terminal 21 Asok a try again, mainly for its food court this time. ⸜( *ˊᵕˋ* )⸝

Location of the Food Court (Pier 21)

The food court at Terminal 21 Asok is located on the fifth floor. Hubs and I went there around 3 PM, thinking there would be fewer people since it was the off-peak hour. Well, we were wrong. Even though the mall was quiet on our way up, the food court was rather crowded! (⊙_⊙) It took us a while to find a table, but luckily, we managed to grab one by the window. So yay! (๑˃ᴗ˂)ﻭ

A look at the interior of the food court at Terminal 21 Asok

How to Pay at the Food Court?

I think all the food courts in Bangkok work the same way, based on our past experiences. Payment at each food stall is made using a prepaid card instead of cash. So you must purchase the prepaid card at the counters, usually near the entrances. The good thing about their system is that you don’t have to worry about topping up too much onto the card since the excess would be refunded to you upon returning the card. So, if you are unsure how much you might spend in the food court, just top up a substantial amount with no worries! ( ´ ω ` )

Variety of Thai Cuisines All in One Place

There are a lot of food stalls in the food court, each selling a specific Thai cuisine. It makes it really convenient for you to try out various Thai cuisines in one place. Considering the affordability, you can also try out some stuff you are unsure of here without burning a hole in your pocket!

Since I was looking after our seats, hubs was in charge of ordering. And he went crazy with the ordering. Haha! There was so much food; I think people must wonder how two people can eat so much. (´・ᴗ・ ` ) Anyway, here is the list of items that we ordered:

A Quick Review of the Food and Price at Terminal 21 Asok’s Food Court

It was a feast, and surprisingly, we finished everything. Haha! Anyway, everything was generally quite good. My favourites were the khao kha moo, mango sticky rice and ice-blended watermelon. The braised pork leg meat was soft and tender, and the flavour was just right to be eaten with the rice. The mango sticky rice and ice-blended watermelon were our desserts; they were so good to end our meal. You can never go wrong with mango sticky rice. And the ice-blended watermelon was so refreshing after such a heavy meal. ⸜(*ˊᗜˋ*)⸝

My favourite items from the stuff that we ordered at Terminal 21 Asok's food court - Khao Kha Moo, Ice-blended watermelon and mango sticky rice

I was craving kanom jeeb after having some delicious ones at Chiang Mai’s Saturday Night Market. But sadly, the ones here did not match up. As I mentioned, since the price of food here is quite affordable, we can order things that we have never eaten before to try here without hurting our pockets if we don’t like it. Hubs got us the moo nam tok to try. I was a bit hesitant to try it since I had no idea what it would taste like. After taking a piece, I was surprised by how good it tasted! I highly recommend you try this dish out if you have not tried it before!

Some more food that we ordered and tried at Terminal 21 Asok's food court - Kanom Jeeb and Moo Nam Tok

Since hubs was the one ordering, I did not know the price of each item until he brought them over. I was surprised to learn that each item only costs 20 – 40 THB (~ SGD 0.77 – 1.55)! You can seriously have a feast here without burning any pockets. Moreover, the food that we had was actually not too bad. No wonder everyone has been raving about this place, and now we know why. (@´ー`)ノ゙

Information about Terminal 21 Asok Food Court

TERMINAL 21 ASOK FOOD COURT (PIER 21)

⏰ Opening Hours: 10 AM – 10 PM
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About Platinum Mall

Platinum Mall is a mall known for its wholesale pricing system. Locals and foreigners love to come here to shop since the more you buy from a shop, the cheaper an item can get. If you regularly visit Bangkok, you would definitely have come to Platinum Mall at least once. With all the shopping, the food court at Platinum Mall is a good place for shoppers to refuel and take a break from all the shopping. We never fail to drop by the food court for our lunch break whenever we shop at Platinum Mall. And that is what we did for this trip as well.

A view of the roads and buildings from our hotel in Pratunum, Bangkok
Photos were taken in 2013 and 2015, respectively, from our hotel room

Location of the Food Court

The food court at Platinum Mall is located on the sixth floor. Compared to Terminal 21 Asok’s food court, it was rather obvious that many more tourists were having their meals here. Everyone must be hungry after all the shopping and walking in the mall. (´・ᴗ・ ` )

Payment Method & Variety of Cuisine

Similar to Terminal 21 Asok’s food court, payment at Platinum Mall’s food court is also through a prepaid card. Purchase and top-up are similar, so you just need to purchase, top up and refund at the counters.

The place to buy your cash cash to use at Platinum Mall's food court
The revamped Platinum Mall food court (Nov 2023)

Since we always visit Platinum Mall every time we come to Bangkok, we know that there are a lot of food stalls here as well. It was one of the first food courts we visited. And back then, we were pretty amazed by the fact that we could try out so many Thai cuisines simply by dining at one location. ( ´ ω ` )

A Quick Review of the Food and Price at Platinum Mall’s Food Court

We did not order as much food here at Platinum Mall as we did at Terminal 21 Asok. To give a fair comparison, we tried to order something similar to what we had at Terminal 21 Asok’s food court. We had Khao Kha Moo, Tom Yum Goong, and Mango Sticky Rice.

Food that we ordered at Platinum Mall's food court - Khao Kha Moo, Tom Yum Goong and Mango Sticky Rice

After going to Terminal 21 Asok, it became apparent that the food at Platinum Mall pales in comparison. The khao kha moo was less flavourful. The rice that came with it was also not as tasty. The Tom Yum Goong was average at best. One thing that can never go wrong is the mango sticky rice that we enjoyed. Haha!

Price is also one hell of a difference! The food at Platinum Mall costs about 1.5 to 2 times more than Terminal 21 Asok’s food court. I honestly DID NOT expect such a big difference in cost and quality. w(°o°)w

Information about Platinum Mall Food Court

PLATINUM MALL FOOD COURT

⏰ Opening Hours: 9 AM – 8 PM
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Updates on Platinum Mall Food Court (Nov 2023)

Our recent visit to Platinum Mall’s food court caught us off guard. I expected it to look messy and old, like the last time we visited. But uh-uh. The food court was fully revamped! Actually, it seemed like there are more restaurants at Level 6 of the mall now, besides the revamped food court. (ノ´ヮ`)ノ*: ・゚

Now, the food court looks cleaner and more sparkly. Haha! It still doesn’t have the same vibe as Terminal 21 Asok, but it is already much better than its previous version. Similar to its former self, there is still a lot of variety. The food court was quite full when we were there around 2 PM.

The revamped food court at Platinum Mall

Since we did not visit Terminal 21 Asok this time, I cannot make a one-to-one comparison to the food there. We did try to order things that my parents had yet to try before we flew back to Singapore. Below is a quick sharing of what we had, how the food fared and how much it cost for your reference! (>ω^)

Something New: Green Curry and Guay Jap

I don’t remember how the topic of green curry came about, but it was something that I wanted my mum to try. The flavour was quite alright, but the consistency was too watery. When the staff was scooping it out for us, I was already telling hubs about the watery consistency. (´・ᴗ・ ` ) I was hoping the consistency would be thicker, like what you would expect from curry. Putting that aside, it really wasn’t too bad if you are craving some curry. This cost us 89 THB (~3.40 SGD), including an omelette with rice.

The green curry and guay jap we had at Platinum Mall's food court

Since we didn’t go to Yaowarat to try the delicious Guay Jab, I decided to order it here at 75 THB (~2.80 SGD). I opted for the MAMA noodles instead of the rice noodles to go with the broth. The broth is soy sauce-based instead of the peppery one that we had at Yaowarat. If you have eaten Zow Zow Instant Noodles before, the taste is similar. ( ´ ω ` ) I think it was okay in terms of flavour, but I prefer the one at Yaowarat. Hubs added a lot of chilli flakes to it, and the broth became so spicy. Haha! The innards did not have a weird taste, so I think, in general, they cleaned the parts quite well. (ᵔ◡ᵔ)

Something Old: Khao Kha Moo and Som Tam Thai

My parents ordered the food themselves and got a really safe choice, Khao Kha Moo. But instead of rice, they opted for noodles. It cost 110 THB (~4.20 SGD) each. I didn’t try their food, but the noodles and pork knuckles were quite salty from what they shared. So, they didn’t really like it. We tried khao kha moo from other places during our trip, and they knew how it tasted. So I guess it’s a no for the khao kha moo here again. Haha! (´・ᴗ・ ` )

The khao kha moo and som tam thai at Platinum Mall's food court

Since we didn’t have a lot of Som Tam Thai this time, we decided to order one, which cost us 60 THB (~2.30 SGD). My parents loved the som tam thai at Jodd Fairs, so I thought they would also like the one here. Well, it was good, but it was way too spicy! So, in the end, they didn’t have a lot even if they wanted to. If you can’t take too much spice, you better ask them to adjust the spicy level when ordering!

Something Unexpected: Taiwan Peanut Ice Cream Roll and Durian

Hubs spotted this stall selling Taiwan Peanut Ice Cream Rolls and said he wanted to buy it to try (75 THB = ~2.80 SGD). Haha! I was like, but this is Thailand. But oh well, I guess it was a good after-meal dessert. The same stall that sells this ice cream also sells durian! I was actually quite surprised to see it being sold in an air-conditioned area. (´・ᴗ・ ` )

Since it has been our wish to try Thailand’s durian, we grabbed the chance to try it! We got the Mon Thong durian, known to be the best in Thailand. It cost us 350 THB (~13.20 SGD) for one seed. It was definitely not cheap, but the seed was quite big. Interestingly, I don’t think the durian smells. The smell only came out when we “peeled” the fleshy part of the seed apart. So, this is one thing which I think is different from the durians we have in Singapore.

The Peanut Ice Cream Roll and Mon Thong durian that we had at Platinum Mall's food court

Apart from that, the next big difference is the texture. It was crunchy! It’s not the apple kind of crunchy, but it has a crunch. Usually, durians in Singapore are soft and creamy. There is the softer part of the flesh, but most of the flesh is crunchy. It just feels weird to have crunchy durian. Haha! Overall, it was not bad, but we still prefer Musang King anytime. ( ´ ꒳ ` )

Overall Experience at Terminal 21 Asok and Platinum Mall Food Court

In general, food in Thailand is already quite affordable for us. If we had not been to Terminal 21 Asok, we would never have known there was such a big difference in the price and food quality at Platinum Mall. From what I remember, the overall ambience at Terminal 21 Asok still feels better than the revamped Platinum Mall food court. With windows lining the sides of the food court, the place looked brighter and classier than Platinum Mall’s.

Regarding price, I still think Terminal 21 Asok’s food court wins. If you are already at Platinum Mall, there is no harm in trying the Thai dishes here since there is a wide selection at the food court. But if you want something good and value for money, definitely try Terminal 21 Asok’s food court. So go ahead and enjoy your food there without breaking the bank! (´ ε ` )♡

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