Monday, March 9, 2009

Bangkok Chronicles One: Street Food

Monday, March 9, 2009

It was our first day in Bangkok. We arrived at the hotel, left our luggage in our room, then immediately explored the neighborhood. It was a sight to behold – vendors selling everything you can possibly think of right there on the streets – food, clothes, shoes, kitchen utensils, lottery tickets, hair accessories, plants, jewelry. The area buzzed with so much excitement that you can feel it in the air.

We went looking for the nearest BTS SkyTrain Station, Saphan Taksin, and the adjoining Central Pier, a five-minute walk from the hotel. On our way back, we saw a collection of pots containing all sorts of dishes lined up on the stairs of a building. A small crowd was gathered around it so we decided to join in. Everything looked and smelled so delicious that we had a hard time deciding what to buy. We decided to get three dishes – chicken, fish and vegetables. Then we went back to our room to feast on our meal.


We st
arted with the roasted tilapia, so fresh and yummy (and went well with D's Singha beer and my own strawberry cola). Then I proceeded with the semi-cooked chicken salad seasoned with chili and herbs. The herbs so powerful, it was absolutely delicious and tasted like nothing I’ve tasted before. I savored each bite, wondering what particular ingredients were added to it. Halfway through, my mouth started to burn. Really, really burn. I’m used to spicy food but for that one, I think I drank almost a liter of water. D tasted it and he, too, had to endure its spicy kick. Just a few hours in the city and we were already having fun!


From then on, we fell in love with Bangkok’s street food – especially D. He’d wake me early in the morning just to hunt for gustatory delights. Of all the things being sold in the city’s streets, only the food fascinated him.

Here are just some of Bangkok's scrumptious street food:




7 comments:

Amelia said...

looks tempting and delicious...same in the Manila, you can see many street foods and the like :)) and there is also a cane drinks :) truly Asia!

do you happen to eat the crickets and bugs, I saw some of the pictures from my friend who visited Bangkok the other week.....

agnes said...

Oh I can't wait to read the rest. I love "street food". Love your pictures :-)

Kayni said...

the photos are making me miss street food so much...hand me camote cue or fish ball anytime...and i am happy and content.

jacqueline said...

goodness gracious! if i were there, i wouldn't know what to have first! i would want all of those! LOL...

looks so yummy in the pic! :)

witsandnuts said...

Oh wooooooow! This gives me an idea where to go next. I don't know why, but it seems I'm more interested in exploring the food than other things whenever I go to a foreign place. Thanks for sharing the photos. I intently look at each now. Wishing they're actually real so I can taste them! =)

fren said...

with those numerous food choices on-streets, i bet, you found yourselves all mixed up.:)

Artemis said...

ahh, missing thai food! the photos and descriptions make me crave for Thai food right now, ahhhh! I miss the spices, the mint, the lemon grass, the turmeric, the raw vegetables that come gratis, etc, etc,, but I don't so much miss the chili! I know how hot and pungent it can be and i never got used to it myself...

i never saw fresh sugar cane juice, or fresh fruit juices sold in Philippines' street food, and i wondered why they don't do that also here. From what i see of the street food where I am are the usual fish balls and barbecue, he he..

 
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