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Insect Stalls: hmmm.. feel like eating insects?
You might have seen this on TV or somewhere esle :-) I don't know.... but to many people I think it's weird enough to see we're eating these insects. (In Thai language insects = Malaeng)
I must say it's not my favorite thing to eat because as you can see they don't really look appetizing. My everytime I went out drinking with friends they all chewing these crispy worms and keep eating and eating them (The bamboo worms.. long ones, nick name is "Rod Duan" means speed train in fact they're pretty clean)
Finally my friends managed to force me to eat those "Speed Trains" once. Well I have to say..it taste just like French fries..really
Other insects I haven't tried. But if you do it let me know how does it taste like :-)
Favorite Dish: Not everyday you can eat worms, right?
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Street food vendors.: Finger food!
There are street vendors everywhere in Bangkok selling food in various forms from chicken feet to other meats on a stick. I was not brave enough to try any of them fearing food poisoning.
These tasty morsels are the most exotic things I saw to eat. I wonder what percentage of western travelers actually try this delicacy.
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Street Foods: See so nasty eat so tasty
I was warned that food & beverage is not really clean in Bangkok. In fact, when you look at the food itself and the way they present it, so nasty. But unbelievably, it tasted so wonderful. For god sake please try to eat it, you will then keep looking for more for the rest of yout travel feeding time. Some said we Asian may able to digest the food better but not for people come from the west. But, the fun fact is, the few white men who had taken the food at the same stall with me, coincidently we met again at one of the tourist's spot, and we were all alive (and I believe they still alive at the moment you read my tip). Unless you have a weak digest system, otherwise, you really have to try it and that will be no regret.
All over Bangkok there are so many food vendors and streetside restaurants. The vendors along the sidewalk set up a little cart and usually specialize in one item, whether it is satay, sausages, fruit, fish ball snacks or whatever.
The streetside restaurants are a few tables and chairs and have a small selection of items available. One of the best places I ate at my entire trip was just inside of Soi 20 off of Silom Rd. The ladies there had a wok and some coolers and served excellent stir fried chicken and vegetarian dishes and stir fried noodles. I ate at this particular spot 3 evenings in a row.
Favorite Dish: Pad Grapow Gai - Chicken and vegetables stir fried with Thai Basil and served with rice,
Pad Naam Prik Gai - Chicken and vegetables stir fried with Thai Sweet Pepper Sauce and served with rice,
Pad Thai Gai - Fried Noodles with Chicken
Any of these dishes make a filling and delicious meal. Total cost with a bottled water was 150 baht which is less than $4 USD.
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Everywhere in the city you will see streetvendors selling fresh fruits, guave, pineapple, papaya, and lots of other exotic fruit-creatures. It is the best refreshment on those hot tropical days (especialy in the city).
One very special fruit is Durian, if you are in Bangkok in the Durian-season, you should try it. It doesn't smell good, but it has the taste that you might love (or hate.)
In Bangkok it is okay to buy the peeled fruit on the streets. Don't do it everywhere in Asia though.
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Shrimp anyone??: Street Markets I
It's your call as to whether to eat streetfood. Some swear by it -- others avoid it. I'm afraid I fall into the latter category. I don't need a fancy meal -- but, in a city where it is recommended you drink bottled water, I think it makes sense to be a little careful.
Banana Rice Wrap
Lovers of traditional street food like me, you should be able to find a food stand serving simple and inexpensive fare on almost every corner in Bangkok.
Favorite Dish: Banana leaves wrap with Sticky Rice & banana, sweet in taste. Cost: 10 Bhat
SATAY - Hawker Stalls
Satay Cost: 5 Bhat each
You must be careful of what you eat before you purchase from street food stalls. Check over all ingredients carefully for freshness and hygiene. Generally, noodle soups, stir-fry, and satay (hot stuff) tend to be fine. Try to avoid eating anything raw (including vegetables), anything that looks undercooked, or drinks with ice (most places buy ice made from bottled water, only to drag the ice bags along the filthy sidewalks!).
STREET FOOD STALLS
Street stalls are convenient & inexpensive and are popular among public in Bangkok. I was having diner at Convent Road near Silom, with beer bought over from 7-Eleven. The "Tom Yam" soup was good.
Cost: Less than 100 Bhat
Pat Thai: Eat Off The Street
Pat Thai is a dish of stir-fried rice noodles with eggs, fish sauce , tamarind juice, red chilli pepper, plus any combination of bean sprouts, shrimp, chicken, or tofu, garnished with crushed peanuts and coriander. It is normally served with a piece of lime, the juice of which can be added along with the usual Thai condiments. In Thailand, it is also served with a piece of banana flower.
For good and cheap original Pat Thai just look for a lady frying it up on any Bangkok Street corner in the evenings.
Favorite Dish: Shrimp Pat Thai!
Thai noodles: Eat Off The Street
There are many kinds of street food to be had in Bangkok. Fried Rice,Pat Thai or the Egg Noodles with Pork Dumplings.All are cheap when compared to any restaurants.One of the negative aspect could be that they are often on busy roads and the hot weather makes it more uncomfortable to sit and eat.If you don't want to sit you can always order to go.Pick the one where lots of Thais are eating and you won't go wrong.
Favorite Dish: Pat Mee Sua is kinda like the famous" Pat Thai "but with egg noodle and vegetables.Very popular during the Vegetaian Festival.
On the streets of Bangkok: Street hawkers
In keeping with my "philosophy" of "doing what the Romans do when in Rome", it's a great way to be like the locals when you order your food off the streets. They have makeshift tables and chairs that are set up in the evenings, and you can order stuff like organs from pigs; beef noodles; crab noodles; even fake sharks fin soup, a supposed chinese delicacy (actually just loads of starch) and desserts like sweet potato soup, "light soup" etc.
This is also the cheapest way to go, as a meal for 2, including drinks, costs just total S$7!
Favorite Dish: My favourite dish has to be the crab noodles as they extract out the flesh from the crab's shell for you (yes, lazy me...). Simply tasty!
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Street Foods: Street Foods
I think its really important to try new things- like the local food when youre visitng somewhere different!
Although apprehensive at the idea of "buying food off the street at first", i tried it and was totally impressed!
Its really nice to be able to take away- to sit under some shade, or eat with other travellers!
Its an art in itself watching it all being cooked in a huge wok with wheels, flames and amazing smells everywhere!!!
Favorite Dish: had Pad Thai noodles (not too original but safe). I paid about 75 Bhat (about $3 NZD) and got a portion about twice the size of abig mac box. Once it had been cooked and served in front of me (with egg and spring roll) i helped to myself to several of the many complementary condiments (eg soy sauce, chili, salts, sate sauce and many other spices i was unsure of...).
Street food: Street food - satay
There is food just everywhere in Bangkok. On the streets are hundreds of vendors selling all kinds of food from stalls or from the sidecar of a motorbike.
It is generally okay but I don't tend to eat from street vendors very often in Bangkok. I just find that when I sit down for some food I need to get off the street and away from the noise and pollution.
Sodas in plastic bags!
A very practical thing really when doing sightseeing! Whenever you buy a soda in the street (or soy milk) the seller will pour the contents of the bottle in a plastic bag, and will add some ice and a straw. This way, the drink is always cold and as you hang it from your wrist, both your hands remain free!
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