Ooey-gooey chargrilled durian at Rot Fai market

We chanced upon durians being roasted on a charcoal grill at Ratchada’s Rot Fai market, and the adventurous us gamely ordered one whole durian to try. Everything taste better on the grill, no? The durian was grilled until the husk turns ashen-black.

After grilling, the durian was then cut apart, Thai-style, and further torched, giving the durian flesh a charred mark. It reminds me of my charred aburi sushi. After roasting, the durian flesh was soft, sweet, very sweet .. and warm! It was weird eating warm durian. but it was nice nevertheless.

If your stomach has room, do go for their 299 baht for durian buffet, all-you-can-eat with no time limit. If it’s just the grilled durian, 300 baht per whole durian.

Thai Durian Buffet ตลาดนัดรถไฟ (Rot Fai Market)
Thai Durian Buffet ตลาดนัดรถไฟ (Rot Fai Market)
Packed with mostly tourists
Durian galore at Thai Durian Buffet
Gigantic durian
Durian on grill
Torching the durian until it’s on fire!
Cutting open the durian
Cutting open the durian
More torching!
Charred mark / portion for 1 whole durian
Eat with fork as it’s too warm


Thai Durian Buffet ตลาดนัดรถไฟ (Rot Fai Market)
Ratcadaphisek Road (behind Esplanade Shopping Mall)
MRT: National Cultural Centre, Exit 3



Travel opens up a whole new world, which is cliche but true. I am a strong advocate for independent and solo travel. I was born and raised in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia but now live in Bangkok, Thailand, resulted from a chance encounter in 2009 with my why-are-you-Thai bf. I am now split between two countries. One country for my bf, another for the family, for the occasional weekend together.