Posted on 11 / 23 / 2013
There are cheaper vegan food stalls in town, but I kept coming back to this one. MBK has its own exit from the National Stadium Skytrain station, then keep taking the escalators up to the top floor (which also has shops that are cheaper than the department store-like ones further down -- but bargain hard). The MBK Food Island no longer uses coupons, but stored-value plastic cards (exactly the same system as the Pier 21 food court at Terminal 21, at the Asok Skytrain station on Sukhumvit, although you cannot use the same card at both). Buy a card at a Cash Card Counter, then it will be swiped at each stall you visit and you will get your card back with a receipt showing your previous balance, the amount deducted for this purchase, and how much credit you have left. The vegan stall (C8) is slightly dearer than some others in town(rice and three choices 55 baht, against 40 baht at Pier 21 and several hole-in-the-wall vegan shops I visited on Thanon Pan and Suan Plu Soi 8) but I really liked the food here. Some other stalls in the MBK food court were also more expensive than elsewhere (mangoes and sticky rice 100 baht and 120 baht compared with a bargain 35 baht and 70 baht at Pier 21) and the fruit juices were also better value at Pier 21, but you can get a 600ml bottle of drinking water for 10 baht at MBK. And MBK is vegan, while you can never tell about egg at Pier 21. On my one evening visit to MBK there seemed less choice at the vegan stall than during lunchtimes. It doesn't matter if you load more money onto the card than you end up spending, as you get an immediate hassle-free cash refund of the unspent balance at the refund counters (separate from the counters where you buy the cards).
excellent food, vegan, friendly
not the cheapest, frenzied, raucous food