The mango season in Thailand peaks from April to June, and although you can get mango all year round, it is during this time of the year that they taste the very best. I love everything with mango, but the combination with mango and sticky rice is second to none. Especially if there is a lot of thick white sauce that you can pour over.
The yellow Thai mangoes have a much more intense sweetness than those found at home in the grocery stores, and the flesh is velvety and delicate without the stringy texture that many other kinds of mangoes have. Sometimes I’ve seen Thai mangoes in the supermarkets in Dubai, but they’re always ridiculously expensive, so I usually try to postpone my mango cravings to when I’m in Thailand.
It was Pinny who recommended me Mae Varee, and according to her, this is where to find the best mangoes in Bangkok. I have no reason to doubt that, because the mango I got was just perfect. It had that incredibly sweet, slightly floral taste that characterizes mangoes which have been allowed to ripen in the sun, and I savored every bit of it. Regarding Pinny, we first met a couple of years ago at an event in Dubai and we’ve kept in touch, after she moved back to Bangkok. She’ll soon be launching her own beauty product line, but more on that later.
Since Mae Varee is a shop and not a restaurant, you get your mango sticky rice set to go. There aren’t so many obvious places to sit down nearby, but I found a spot under the SkyTrain stairs, where I could eat my mango sticky rice undisturbed. I paid 120 THB for the mango set, which came with 3 different kinds of sticky rice, sauce and roasted mung beans.
Mae Varee is located right at the beginning of Thonglor Road (Sukhumvit Soi 55), and I’ve actually walked past the little shop many times. Though I’ve always been on my way to a restaurant or heading back from a restaurant and therefore too full to even consider stopping for a mango. This has definitely changed now. No way I’ll be able to walk by Mae Varee in the future, without buying a mango.
Mae Varee, Sukhumvit Soi 55 (Thonglor Road), Thonglor, Bangkok, Hours: Mon-Sat: 6am-11pm, Sun: 6am-9pm