If you have been to Thailand before and are searching for an authentic place to freshen up your tastebud’s memories, you definitely have to pay a visit to the so-called “Thaiwiese”. Situated in the heart of Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf at Preußenpark, you’ll find a wide range of pan-fried, grilled and cooked Southeast Asian specialties that are far better than any Thai restaurant in town. Grab your picnic blanket, watch the vendors cook your dish on a simple gas stove on the grass or get your body streched by a real Thai massage – It’s worth a visit on a casual Sunday!
Update: We have revisited Thai Park ever since the original posting from Sylvie Weber was published in 2013. And as always, we were overwhelmed with choices of what to eat. I mean, most of the time, it’s not quite sure WHAT you are eating anyway. Everything is weird. But once you’ve tried the glibbery stuff, you’ll love it. Not of all it though. Here are some of our recommendations of what you should definitely eat at the Thaiwiese in Preußenpark:
1. Papaya Salad (Som Tam)
There are many Som Tam vendors in Preußenpark, but only one makes it fresh, and he’s the BEST. You can even tell him to which degree of hot-n-spicy you want it. Trust me, whatever you tell him, it’s going to burn down your throat. That’s the way it goes, and it can’t be any other way. This Som Tam is even more delicious than the one’s I had in Thailand. This guy is my Berlin hero.
2. Grilled Squid (on a stick)
The grilled squid is amazeballs. I know that most Germans are kind of disgusted by anything that doesn’t look like a Nutellabrot or Schnitzel, but if you have any love for yourself left, and if you aren’t a vegetarian (I keep forgetting that I am almost the only one without any morals or conscience towards other living beings), you HAVE TO TRY THE GRILLED SQUID. And don’t think for one second that the Thai woman who prepares the squid is overcharging you or in a bad mood. It’s just you.
3. STICKY RICE WITH MANGO
THIS HAS TO BE WRITTEN IN ALL CAPS BECAUSE IT IS THE BEST THING I’VE EVER HAD AND NOW IT’S GONE FOREVER EXCEPT THERE’S THIS STICKY RICE WITH MANGO VERSION IN THAIWIESE AND IT’S GREAT BUT IT’S NOT THE SAME IT’S NOT LIKE WAKING UP IN GRITTY BANGKOK HUNGOVER AND DIRTY AND KNOWING THAT THE ONLY THING YOUR STOMACH CAN TAKE IN THIS HEAT AND HUMIDITY IS STICKY RICE WITH FRESH AND JUICY MANGO BECAUSE THE MANGOS THEY SHIP TO BERLIN ARE NOT THE SAME AND ALSO IT’S NOT AS CHEAP BUT FUCK IT YOU HAVE TO EAT IT IT IS THE BEST.
I don’t have a picture of Sticky Rice with Mango because it’s sacred, and also I ate it too fast.
4. Fried Banana
Sorry I vented up there. I just really dig Sticky Rice with Mango. If you’re looking for an alternative to a sweet thing, try the fried bananas. They look like medium sized turds, but they’re delicious. They’re also probably full of bad fats, so dig in when nobody is judging you.
5. Fresh Coconut
Actually, the fresh coconut seems to be a rarity on the Thai Wiese. I saw people walking around with some but I couldn’t spot the seller. It’s not as easy to get hold of here than in Thailand, I guess. And it’s most likely not as fresh. But on a hot summer day, it’s the only thing that really relieves me, and the canned stuff — although highly appreciated — doesn’t even come close.
I also don’t have a picture of a coconut for exactly that reason. But here are some other pictures.
Some more general advice for a Thai Park visit:
- Almost everything is deep-fried at Thai Park and not necessarily healthy, so go on a good stomach.
- You can also binge-drink yourself right into the gutter, as there seem to be more vendors selling cocktails than food now.
- Everything is stacked onto plastic and paper plates or into plastic bags. If you’re looking out for the environment, bring your own Tupperware and make sure not to leave any trash.
- Most of the serving sizes come at a price of 5 Euro as a standard, but you can go ahead and tell them that you want a serving of “2 Euro”, for example, and they’ll usually do that.
- Actually, the Thai Wiese is also “open” on Saturdays and even during the week at lunch hours, albeit in smaller dimensions. If you pass the park at any hour, just see if someone’s there. Especially in good weather.
And finally, more food and smiling faces! If you have any more tips on what to try in Thai Park, leave them in the comments!