Update 2019: I’m not quite sure if the Thai Wiese is still happening on weekends or not. After loads of controversy about the doubtful legality of the food market, police deterred the vendors from returning to the park in 2018. Nowadays, there are talks to bring the Thaiwiese back (in a legal manner) to Preußenpark, but for the time being, nobody knows in what state the discussions are.
For years the Preußenpark has been a Thai park during the summer months. It began in the 1990s as a meeting place for German-Thai families who had brought their typical dishes for their own use. In the meantime, soups and curry dishes are warmed up on countless camping stoves, which have been prepared at home by the vendors from Thailand, Vietnam, Korea, Japan and Cambodia. The Far Eastern flair attracts people from all over the city, the Thai meadow has become a tourist magnet. Several hundred visitors sit on weekends and recently also during the week on the meadow, which has become a sandy desert due to overuse.
Here, 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 massaged. We’ve listed our favorite foods that are available in the park.
1. Papaya Salad (Som Tam)
There are many Som Tam vendors in Preußenpark, but only one prepares it fresh, and he’s the BEST. His Som Tam is even more delicious than the one’s I had in Thailand.
2. Grilled Squid (on a stick)
There’s not much to say about the grilled quid. It’s grilled squid! It may look weird to those who don’t usually dabble in seafood, but it tastes delicious.
3. Sticky Rice with Mango
Sticky Rice with Mango and sweet coconut sauce is not the same, ever, as in Bangkoks street. But on the Thai-Wiese, there is a lady who prepares fresh, proper Thai mangos (not the ones that come in plastic already). Make sure you get a fresh one cut up and served and not one that has been stewing in the sun for a few hours.
4. Fried Banana
If you’re looking for an alternative for dessert, try the fried bananas.