TIPS: Why You Should Eat the Streets of Thailand?
Aside from having picturesque palaces and cheap shopping districts, Thailand is popular for its street food. Since streets have been built, people are known to eat on the them. It’s a convenient place to get something that can fill your stomach with. It’s quick and of course, it’s cheap. Aside from all of that, the streets reflect a culture and in this case, the Thai culture.
The streets of Thailand is rich with different food finds. From normal finger food to exotic insects on sticks, you can find almost anything that pops your mind by the train stations, around the blocks, or even on the streets by the main roads in Thailand.
When I was in Thailand, specifically in Bangkok, I had a chance to experience their street food. Our hotel was located near Chong Nonsi BTS SkyTrain Station so we were close to many street food shops selling sliced and diced fruits, meats on sticks, toasted breads, and noodles. There are even stores selling coffee and milk tea right on the street. Most train stations have this so if you’re staying near one, you don’t need to go far to find awesome street food.
If you are a food adventurer, you can hunt down the streets of Thailand for servings of bugs and insects. You can find grasshoppers, scorpions, beetles, and larvae. I am an allergic coward so I can’t tell you how they taste. But if I had a powerful antihistamine with me, I’d definitely have a bite and chalk it up to experience.
What I got to taste is their noodles, fried chicken, sweetened strawberries, ice cream on stick, and fried quail egg.
We went to this noodle shop by the side of a building near Wat Arum that served noodles. At first, when I looked at the bowl served to me, it didn’t look appetizing but when I had my first sip of the soup all I can think of is that looks are so deceiving. The broth was hot and tasty. The noodle was cooked well. The vegetable included in the broth are crunchy. It’s a bowl of simple perfection. For a moment there, I understood why Thais love noodles.
They chopped the fried chicken they served to us. The chicken was already bite size so eating it was easy. It was served with a side of chili sauce. Really hot!
When you eat on the streets of Thailand, you can usually find condiments that can add spice to your food. I think they have usually these four – sugar, chili flakes, sliced chili, and chili on vinegar. Yeah, they love spice that way.
Their fruit slices can be bought on sticks, on a plastic cup, or simply as is. When I tried their sliced strawberries on a cup, sugar and salt was added to enhance the taste. Their sugar-salt condiment is a bit different – it’s pink.
Ice cream on stick comes in many flavors. You can go for the usual cocoa and strawberry or for different flavors like pandan, durian, coconut cream, black bean, rommid, corn, or taro. You can also go for cheaper version of ice cream on stick – like the ice candy we know here in the Philippines.
So, if find yourself wandering the streets of Thailand, don’t let this opportunity pass to experience the wonder of Thai street food. All I can say is that with many food options, Thai street food is for everyone.
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