Revisited: Thai Park

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Mango salad and fish cakes.

Still one of my favourite places in Berlin for ever and ever, I was so very happy we re-started Thai Park season this past weekend. In case you’re asking yourself what that is, despite our restless promotion of this magical place in a park in Wilmersdorf, let me tell you: it’s the best of all. It’s an outdoor-market for Thai delicacies, fried ones as well as super fresh ones, and it’s happening every day (so weather allows) and it’s just plain gorgeous.

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The vendors.

It’s the one spot I recommend to every Berlin visitor over and over again, the one market you’ll need to go to experience the loveliness of this city, against all Gesundheitsamt-odds.
So, how’s it working, you ask? It’s easy. Every day, with the peak happening (most vendors, but most visitors as well) on Sundays, Thai families gather in Preußenpark, the green space just behind metro station of Fehrbelliner Platz (which has a decent flea market on weekends, combine the two and you have a perfect Ausflug). They’ve been gathering for years, enjoying the sun and home-cooked Thai food. They are still doing that today, just with the very important improvement that you can enjoy their food too, since they offer it to buy with prices all below 10 Euros.

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Som Tam, or papaya salad. A staple at Thai Park.

In between women playing cards on colorful blankets, umbrellas provide shade for make-shift kitchens, where women deep-fry pork belly, prepare fresh and spicy Som Tam (papaya salad) or re-heat bright white steamed buns. If you were me, you’d start with a mango salad – a rather recent addition to the market’s offerings, at least for me, and it easily killed this weekend’s papaya salad in terms of tastiness.

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Fried spring onions, or better: scallion pancakes (as corrected by a reader), very tasty.

Then you’d go for a bun filled with noodles and vegetables, heaps of summer rolls, a veggie Pad Thai or one of the soups with tofu, fresh herbs and mushrooms. (Don’t be too strict on the use of fish sauce, while they all are capable to leave out dried tiny shrimp, telling them you want a full-veggie version might lead to some complications. Or just plain limitations of your choice.) And wash it all down with a cup of Thai iced tea.

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Deep-fried everything.

While your carnivore friends now proceed to enjoy whole fishes, deep-fried, or a bunch of Thai sausages filled with pork (I guess), rice and some fancy spices, we veggies are ready for dessert. One very well-intended advice is to stock up early on the sticky rice with mango and coconut sauce. It’s too good and thus often gone quickly, so better get that before you even start ordering your Som Tam.

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Veggie noodle soup with tofu.

And then the deep-fried banana. Make sure you’ve got room for this and enjoy it while lying on your blanket and squinting in the sun. Having the most delicious of times.

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Steamed bun deliciousness, the veggie version was better than the pork filled, I heard.
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The desserts. Make sure you’ve got some space left.
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Doesn’t look like much more than a super-busy park from the outside, but is one of the most magical places in Berlin.

Thai Park
Fehrbelliner Platz
10707 Berlin Wilmersdorf

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Subway: Fehrbelliner Platz

Opening Hours:
daily, depending on weather
best on weekends

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  1. Giulia Pines on

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    This was basically my day yesterday, including the soup, the “scallion pancakes” (which you labeled fried spring onions but is about 75% chewy, crispy, lovely fried dough!) and the mango sticky rice and papaya salad. Came too late for the mango salad but had that last time. Oh, how glorious! It puts the rest of my weekly lunches to shame.

  2. Sophia Burton on

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    Oh how we love the Thai Park! I live around the corner and it’s the main draw for friends to come visit me “out west”. And thanks for the tip on the mango salad- that’s a new one for me!

  3. Olga on

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    Hallo Mary,

    bin gerade über deine Seite gestolpert und lese mich gerade von Artikel zu Artikel durch. :) Ich finde deinen Blog echt interessant und sehr vielfältig und die Art und Weise wie du schreibst, liest sich sehr leicht und fließend. Da ich selbst gerade erst einen Blog gestartet habe, ist es schön zu sehen, was manche in ein paar Jahren so geschafft haben. Hut ab!
    Ich add dich gleich mein bei bloglovin deimit ich keinen deiner Artikel verpasse :)
    Mach weiter so.

    Liebe Grüße
    Olga

    1. Mary Scherpe on

      Danke dir! Viel Erfolg beim Bloggen :-)

  4. Ingrid on

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    hey! is it only on Sundays? or also at another days as well?

  5. saisha on

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    we are visiting Berlin in mid-October; does this happen in the fall, or just in the summer?
    Thanks!

    1. Mary Scherpe on

      This depends on the weather, if it’s a sunny, dry and kind-of-warm day, you might be lucky!

  6. James on

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    Hi, It’s 2016 and I’m hoping this still goes on.
    Does it ? 
    Is it as good ? 
    Is it still in the same place ? 
    Am struggling to find info on it.
    Will be in Berlin Thu Aug 18 th- Mon Aug 22nd.
    Thanks for the info.

    1. Mary Scherpe on

      It is! In fact, I’m just penning an update on this, online later today :)

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