Street food can be delicious and cheap. But as you know Thai sanitary standards are not up to par as they are in the west. Recommend you get your medical shots before going to Thailand. First two weeks I ate street food and stall food. Most of it was fresh and delicious. But most street vendors have poor hygiene. As you may notice when traveling through Thailand they don't use toilet paper or soap in the restrooms for the average Thai citizen. The second week I ate 10 baht pork shish kabobs near Walking Street. 8 hours later ended up in Government Thai Hospital for few days. That was a nightmare. Recommend getting travelers insurance so you will be covered at private hospital up to Westerner standards. Just take notice that all street vendors use their hands when cooking your food. Not one uses any gloves or hand sanitizer.
Favorite Dish: 30 baht pad thai was the bomb. Also those banana pancakes are tasty. Do try the fried bugs. The worms don't taste too bad, just need little hot sauce on it. Stall food much safer than street vendor food.
Friends kept begging me to put this topic with "Restaurant Tip", so here it is once more.
Probably you can find the bugs-food on the Chinese Market, where you can find the snakes, too. But when walking in South Pattaya you may watch these bug-creeps for sure at the evening market. When walking via the Pratamnak Rd. go right into the Soi Diamond, the Arab area. You'll see restaurants, food-stalls and hawkers all over the place. Somewhere in centre of this area there is mamasan insect-preparer at left-side.
When walking via the Walking Street find the Soi Diamond. Just walk on through ...
Favorite Dish: Find the vendor cart. You probably will dash over this spot, not that striking. But take a good look! And see for yourself the smashing and delicious snacks the family is preparing there. Deep fried scorpions and cockroaches, sweetend grasshoppers, sugared mealworms, shining beetles, fat, huge water bugs, lovely wasps and other fresh bug creepies ...
Ehm... which one is favourite? I really donot know and considered all kind of bugs and insects of all sizes aren't that bad for our stomach. We just forgot how to eat these creeps. Maybe a deep fried whatever will be ok, with the taste of a dried prawn. Though when the fluid is coming out of its stomach, dripping in your mouth ... I guess you'll gonna be sick!
Maybe next time ... i will try again ... m a y b e I said
Truely this delicious salad is not originally Thai, and coming from Laos. Though the SOM TAM salad is popular in most areas of Thailand. Taste and try it, and you'll know why. Because the salad is made of the young green papaya fruit, it is called Papaya Pok-Pok, too. That is because of the sound "pok-pok" when prepared. It's a beautifully unique and flavor-filled salad that is easy to make, low-calorie (& low priced), and very nutritious.
Favorite Dish: The slightly tart flavor of the young and green papaya combines well with the spice of red chili peppers and the saltiness of shrimp paste and fish sauce, plus the sweetness of palm sugar or honey. I always enjoyed this great salad on the beach (for about 45 Baht!). Take care by ordering the Papaya Pok-Pok or SOM TAM and NOT the one with the little black crabs in it (locals love it!). You'll probably die of the collywobbles ...
One of the best things about Thailand is it’s impossible to be more than a few feet away from some great food…everywhere you look there is a stall, cart or cluster of plastic stools on the sidewalk and someone selling noodles, soft drinks or snacks.
The food really is quite safe….why I can only guess; the food is prepared, cooked then reheated, a high turnover ensures there is no time for bacteria to grow. In the film “The trouble with Mary” the lead actors bemoan that there is not enough “meat on a stick” …they should come to Thailand; everything is stuck on a stick… sausages, chicken livers, satay, fish balls, eggs, squid, fish…the list is endless. Sweet or savoury the food is delicious and cheap… about 20 baht a go. My favourite? “Pok-Pok - Som tam thai, a spicy papaya salad of peanuts and dried shrimps, you will see someone bashing away at a pestle and mortar, they are most likely making some form of “pok-pok” as it is called from the sound made making it. Variations can be extremely spicy! My least favourite? Malaeng or maeng, fried insect; I still can’t bring myself to eat these. Pattaya has street stalls everywhere, near the bottom of Soi8 at the entrance to the old immigration office is a great kebab stall, he also sells BBQ sticky rice. On the lane that links Soi 7 and 8, a lady who has 3 tables set on the side of the road, she does fantastic Thai curries and salt egg salad… they never seem to close I had a great meal there once at about 4 am. They have a small EL menu on the wall. On Central road there's the sweet mango and sticky coconut rice stalls about half way between 2nd & 3rd roads. 50 baht buys you a Styrofoam boxful of heaven. If you venture to Soi BuaKhao market, visit the duck noodle stall by the 7/11 on Sth Pattaya Rd…it attracts scores of people. Noodle soup is about the only thing Thais eat with chopsticks (and spoon) because of Chinese origins? Noodle stalls offer great value, with pork, chicken or Beef mixed into various kinds of noodles. You can have it as soup or “dry” too!
Favorite Dish: SomTam Thai!
Before you ask, I didn't eat any of this street vendors delicacies. They sell an assortment of bugs. I watched this girl eat the giant waterbug in the picture. It was pretty disgusting to say the least. I would rather starve than eat that, and I damn sure would not pay for one.
Favorite Dish: NONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Lots of yummy food you can find in Pattaya. Tons of street vendors and seafood restaurants lined up there.
Here in the picture is one of my friends' favorite food shop for a sandwich kabab. Gotta say its very yummy. I had a sandwich kabab several times in Bangkok but this place makes a better taste.
A somtam lover like me will surely enjoy the reasonable price of it. I eat somtan almost everyday! For a low-budget traveler, this is a great deal for u and never miss eating somtam. You have to try also toom yum goong and other spicy food.
Favorite Dish: Dish - Description - Price
1. Somtam Thai (Thai mixed salad ) -
Price: THB 20 -THB 40
2. Somtam Pollamay (Thai mixed salad with fruits) -
Price: THB 30
3. Somtam Pu-ma (Thai mixed salad with small crabs) -
Price: THB 20 -THB 40
4. Tom Yum Goong (spicy and sour soup with shrimp) -
Price: THB 50
5. Kao-Neow-Ma-Muang (mango with sticky rice) -
Price: THB 50 (too expensive)
6. Pla-Nueng Ma-Now ( fish in spicy soup) -
Price: THB 180 (very expensive)
7. Yum Talay (seafood salad) -
Price: THB 50
8. Yum Raum Mid (mixed seafood salad) -
Price: THB 50
9. Kao Neow (sticky rice) -
Price: THB 10
10. Rice (plain) -
Price: THB 5
I call this the 'karta grills' (remember you heard this hear first!...hhehhe)
well, these karts are the local's favorite quick meals...they are found everywhere and for about US$.20 to U$.50, you can try one of the tastiest finger food on sticks and served right off the hot grills.
Favorite Dish: These karta grills comes in differen szes and shape and each ones offer a different menu!
Most of the karts carries fish balls, chicken and beef meat balls, chicken and pork sausages, and if you're lucky, you might find the chicken and fish maw meat balls! That's my favorite.
Select your choice from the ice packed container, and scottie will grill you up a good one in a few minutes, all done right infront of your eyes!
To end it all, if you are daring, try the spicy sauce. The sauce is the name of the game. Local grillers compete in the creation of the sauce to earn their name! So try, the chilly sauce, mixed with cilantro, sometimes garlic, with serious fresh chilly peppers.....whoooaaa....hot stuff coming your way.
For the less faint at heart, go with the mild sweet sauce....kids love this stuff...
Street food can be found almost everywhere in Pattaya almost every time I tried I felt that the food was fresh and clean the only bad thing is that someone must know some Thai for ordering food
Like in every corner you found street "restaurant", specialy in the night. Usually it's cheap and good
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