I never thought I would see something so Asian, so unabashedly Thai, in the middle of nowhere in Berlin. But there it is, the best Thai food in Berlin. Thaipark is a weekend paradise for many Thai food lovers in this German capital. It is not a secret, but you will never know Berlin got Thaipark unless you have some good local friends like we do. Shout out to our good friend Miro! 😛
Thai Park is the nickname for Preußenpark, a two-minute walk from Konstanzer Strasse’s Ubahn station.
From the Ubanh station, you walk towards Preußenpark, most likely passing by Preußenpark Flohmarket (fleamarket) that sells trinkets, books, shoes, paintings, and other curiosities from bygone years on weekends.
Keep on walking towards the park until you see those colorful tent roofs. You will know you are heading in the right direction when you pass by people grinning and carrying bags of food. And there is nothing more definitive than the smell of freshly prepared Thai dishes wafting in the air in the middle of German and Thai chatter.
It is only open in warmer months. From April to October. It is open from Friday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m
Thais prepare the food! Duh. Nothing is more authentic done than that. Oh, they don’t shy away from the chilies and fish sauce! I could barely stand the hotness of authentic papaya salad.
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There is a lot of food that you get confused on what to try. Just trust your gut. Have a good balance between your Thai food go-tos and the ones you haven’t tried.
Most dishes are prepared fresh. Like Papaya salad or pad thai. So you can see the preparation of your own dishes.
As we said, Thai are not shy with their spices. If you’re not used to them, ask them to lower the amount of chilies.
Consider bringing a mat with you and some pillows, sprawl in the park, and nap between food and drinks.
Bring some sunscreen if you’re sensitive to the sun.
We did not leave Thai Park til we were stuffed. Especially me. I tried a lot of sweets and even the notoriously sweet bobba tea.
Thai Papaya Salad, also known as “Som Tam” in Thailand, is a dish that will send your taste buds on a wild adventure. With a zesty and spicy flavor, it’s the perfect dish to spice up your day and make your palate dance.
The shredded green papaya is the star of this salad, providing a fresh and crunchy base for the other ingredients. Mixed with the tangy lime juice, the spicy chilies, and the savory fish sauce, it creates an explosion of flavors that will leave you wanting more.
The colorful medley of shredded carrots, cherry tomatoes, and long beans give this salad a beautiful and vibrant appearance, making it a feast for the eyes as well as the stomach.
But be warned, this salad is not for the faint of heart. The fiery chilies pack a punch that will make your eyes water and your nose run, but don’t let that scare you away. Embrace the heat and savor the flavors as they dance on your tongue. But if you can’t handle the heat, you can ask the sellers to reduce the amount of chilies. I myself can’t handle it; yes, not all Asian can handle spicy food unless they come with abs and hot brain.
Thai Banana Fritters, also known as “Kluay Kaek” in Thailand, are a sweet and crispy treat that will make your taste buds sing with joy. These little golden nuggets are the perfect way to satisfy your sweet tooth while still feeling like you’re indulging in something exotic and unique.
Combining ripe bananas and a light batter creates a perfect harmony of flavors and textures. The batter, made with rice flour and coconut milk, gives the fritters a light, crispy, irresistible coating.
Once fried to a beautiful golden brown, the fritters are topped with a drizzle of sweet syrup, making them even more tempting. With each bite, the crispy exterior gives way to the soft, sweet banana center, creating a flavor explosion that will leave you craving more.
These fritters are a popular street food in Thailand and are often enjoyed as a snack or dessert. But they are so delicious that you might just find yourself eating them for breakfast, lunch, and dinner too! There is at least one stall at Thaipark that sells these crunchies. Think of me when you eat this. Damn, writing this makes me want to go back to Berlin!
Ah, Lap Pĕd, the northern Thailand and Laos salad that steals my partner’s heart (and stomach) every time. This spicy, tangy, and savory salad is a true culinary masterpiece and my personal favorite of all Thai dishes.
What sets Lap Pĕd apart from other salads is the unique combination of ingredients that come together to create a flavor explosion in your mouth. The thinly sliced duck meat (Pĕd) is marinated in a mixture of lime juice, fish sauce, and chili flakes, creating a tangy and spicy flavor that will leave you wanting more.
The meat is then mixed with shallots, cilantro, and mint, which provide a fresh and herbaceous taste that perfectly balances the spiciness of the meat. But the real magic comes from the roasted rice powder that is added to the salad, giving it a nutty and smoky flavor that takes it to the next level.
This salad is traditionally served as a side dish or an appetizer, but it’s so delicious that I could easily make it my entire meal. It’s the perfect combination of spicy, sour, and savory flavors that will leave your taste buds tingling.
This classic Thai dish is a staple in every Thai restaurant and for good reason. It’s the perfect combination of sweet, savory, and spicy flavors that will leave you wanting more.
The dish is made with stir-fried rice noodles, eggs, bean sprouts, and various proteins such as shrimp, chicken, or tofu. It’s then seasoned with a delicious mixture of tamarind paste, fish sauce, and chili flakes, giving it a tangy and spicy kick that will wake up your taste buds.
But what really makes Pad Thai so unique is the toppings. The dish is traditionally served with a sprinkle of crushed peanuts, a dash of lime juice, and a sprig of fresh cilantro. These toppings add a burst of flavor and texture that take the dish to the next level.
And let’s not forget the egg! The fluffy scrambled egg is the perfect addition to this dish, adding a rich and creamy texture that complements the other ingredients perfectly. Pad Thai is the most popular Thai food outside of Thailand, I gotta say, so there are many food stalls at Thaipark that makes this.
Well, as a Filipino, I gotta say Thailand cannot really claim this is their culture and theirs alone. Sticky rice served with mango and sikwate (chocolate drink from manually pounded choco nibs) is a common breakfast or pre-breakfast in Cebu and many other parts of the country.
The sticky rice is steamed to perfection, creating a soft and chewy texture that’s sweetened with a touch of coconut milk. The rice acts as the perfect canvas for the sweet and juicy mango slices that are laid on top, creating a beautiful contrast of flavors and colors.
The dish is then finished off with a sprinkle of toasted sesame seeds, giving it a nutty and savory flavor that perfectly balances the sweetness of the rice and mango.
But let’s be honest, the star of this dessert is the mango. The ripe and juicy fruit is the perfect addition to the dish, adding a burst of freshness that’s hard to resist.
The ones at Thaipark are prepared in advance. Cooking rice, especially sticky rice, as you know, takes times. So this is something done and packed in advance.