On every significant street in Bangkok (of which there are many), you will find an array of street sellers offering food, drinks and delicacies.
Just outside the apartment where I am staying is an array of carts offering Chicken Satay, Pad Thai, BBQ fish and chicken, iced fruit and even BBQ eggs. Around here, a generous portion of fruit costs about 10 Baht (20p). 30 Baht to 50 Baht (60p to £1) will get you a nice Pad Thai and a BBQ chicken leg 30 Baht (60p).
The fruit on offer is mainly pineapple, watermelon, papaya, rose apple and mango (sometimes offered unripe with chilli salt). It’s always well prepared and offered with a stick to eat on the go.
In the busier areas, the variety of food on offer is immense. You can find dried meat/fish, freshly opened coconuts, various curries, and rice dishes. Some of the more exotic offerings include deep-fried grasshoppers and other bugs. Many travellers I have spoken to consider these snacks as more for the tourist, although it is still something I intend to try.
Eating in the restaurants around Bangkok
Restaurants are a little more expensive, but for between £5 and £10, you can eat like a king. When not eating alone, ordering many dishes and sharing them around is customary – a great way to sample everything!
I have barely had a bad meal yet, but I have noticed that I am no longer as excited about the food – you quickly become accustomed to the excellent cuisine. The heat is no doubt also a factor in curbing my appetite at the moment.
Regardless, I still look forward to eating and trying new things. I will write about the more exciting dishes and delicacies – “Century Egg” coming soon!
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