Terminal 21 is a one floor, one theme shopping complex located on Sukhumvit Road (next to Asok BTS station) which is quite different from other shopping malls in Bangkok because it resembles an airport (hence the name).
This mall was launched in late 2011 but I hadn’t had the chance to check it out as I seldom came around this area. So on my last trip, I made sure I dedicate half day to explore Terminal 21 as a fellow foodie friend was highly raving about the food court, lol. Right, that’s exactly what we foodies always do – go to shopping malls not to shop but to eat, haha.
Interestingly, this mall is also said to have the longest escalator in Thailand and I suppose this one that’s at the main atrium is it.
Terminal 21 spans across 9 storeys high and every storey represents a different city as follows:
LG Floor – Caribbean
G Floor – Rome
M Floor – Paris
1st Floor – Tokyo
2nd Floor – London
3rd Floor – Istanbul
4th Floor – San Francisco City
5th Floor – San Francisco Pier (also where the food court, Pier 21 is)
6th Floor – Hollywood (cinema level)
And therefore we went travelling the world…
If you’re into taking snapshots of anything or everything especially #OOTD shots, you will find a lot of Instagram-worthy spots in Terminal 21. 😉
As for me, I was most interested to check out the Pier 21 food court on Level 5, haha.
Very bright, clean and spacious food court.
With many different varieties of local eats.
Terminal 21 looks rather upmarket compared to others but surprisingly, the prices at Pier 21 food court seem to be cheaper than that of Platinum Fashion Mall or MBK Center.
I will never miss out on ordering pad thai or oyster omelette whenever I spot a stall at a food court.
This Stir Fried Oysters with Bean Sprouts (85 baht) was like our SG version of orh luak. Gooey and eggy with a generous amount of fresh, juicy oysters.
The Pad Thai (50 baht) was delicious as it had ample wok hei. And I liked that they provided whole stalks of spring onions and bean sprouts (besides chilli flakes, sugar & ground peanuts) as condiments for free which we could just help ourselves to. Not sure if the pad thai was already spicy or it was because of the addition of extra chilli flakes as I made the dish really spicy after tossing everything up. Very spicy but very shiok to eat.
This is the Omelette with Rice stall and these are all the ingredients/toppings which you can choose from to dress up your omelette.
The cheapest meal you can get here is an omelette with 3 vegetable toppings and rice for only 20 baht (approx. SGD0.80).
I picked item no. 4 which was double omelette with 3 meat or vegetable toppings and rice.
Added ham, oyster mushrooms and basil leaves to my omelette. This might just be a humble meal of egg and rice but this omelette was really good and seriously, not everyone excels at making a ‘simple’ dish. I was glad to have picked basil leaves because it really lifted the omelette with a lovely, herby fragrance. And it just paired so well with sweet Thai chilli sauce.
We finished off our meal with a Durian Sticky Rice (30 baht). Portion was quite small but good enough as the rice was too filling. The sauce was a tad on the salty side and there was a small bit of real durian flesh on top. Not the tastiest we had but still decent enough.
Spotted a Cha Tra Mue kiosk on LG Floor. Of course we had to order our all-time favourite Thai Iced Tea and Iced Green Tea.
40 baht per cup. Good as always.
There was a food fair going on at the atrium so we went down to check it out.
This was a stall selling rice noodle balls.
Each pack was priced 40 baht but the vendor offered us a discount so we bought 3 packs at 100 baht. Really nice to snack on. These rice noodle balls were sticky, crispy and fragrant. The orange looking ones contained spices – yum.
Crispy pork crackling / pig skin – not to be missed. We bought one bag at 100 baht and snacked on them as we walked around the mall. So fresh, crispy and crunchy – very addictive too!
50 baht for 10 pieces (can mix).
Initially, I thought these dumplings were purely sweet desserts but I realised they were actually sweet & savoury snacks. The filling tasted really similar to that of Beh Teh Sor (馬蹄酥) with a sticky malt sugar filling. There were ground peanuts, onions and minced pork meat in it too. We ate the dumplings with lettuce, coriander and fresh chillies – really liked that freshness and crisp.
This was a stall that was selling all kinds of crisps and crackers.
This crispy rice disc caught my eye because it was so gigantic. We bought one bag (30 baht) to try. The rice disc had the same texture as papadom, very thin and crispy. Had a slight egg roll flavour to it but it was also very, very sweet.