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1. Posted by clovish (Budding Member, 22 posts) 4 Sep '13 04:57

Hi all,

I didn’t see many subjects on the matter but i thought it would be interesting to know about your point of view..

I know soi 38 quite well where we find a rich choice of dishes for « first-timers » and « professionals »..
The street is right at the exit of the Thonglor BTS station and the restaurants open only at night starting from 6PM..
A lot of cheap, tasty dishes that you won’t have to wait for ages before being served..

There’s one of the best Pad-Thais in town, really good « chicken & rice » (not a complex
meal but always tasty). Some dishes are less of my taste as I am not a sweet & sour fan..
There are also some juices & smoothies stands, made from fresh fruits (the juices not the
stands..). I recommend the pineapple and mango smoothie.
There are also excellent noodle soup stand, with all sorts of meats and seafood, papaya
salads and my favorite the minced pork salad with sticky rice.

As McDonald’s in France would say « Come as you are », it is the same there as there’s a
Mix of farangs, locals, and business men and women coming to eat after work..

As I only know this soi, I would have liked to have your opinion and advice on some other
streets like this one.

Cheers

2. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru, 1289 posts) 4 Sep '13 06:30

"Best streetfood in town?"

I guess you mean Bangkok, Thailand.

I prefer food courts and cheap sit down restaurants myself. I like the cooks to be able to wash their hands off after using the toilet. Not just handling food or picking up something off the grill and selling it. Not that hot for vendors who wash their dishes in big buckets on the street. But better than re-using the same plate when no one is looking!

There are a few favorites off the street that I get from time to time. I like a bowl of noodle soup from time to time. BUT I choose the ingredients so there are no butt holes, no entrails, no waste odds and ends. I choose the chicken meat and it does not come out of the boiling hot broth until I say it is fully cooked! I choose the greens that go in with the noodles. I also like boiled pork, and boiled egg and greens that you see along with the steamed rice. But I choose the meat, no fat, not a lot of skin - mostly good pig meat - and well done! (Vendor I used to stop at from time to time was the guy working off a truck on Sukhumvit Soi 8 nearer the main road. Some seats and tables available.)

I will let some newbie try everything he comes by on the street. If he is healthy he will get over a touch of food poisoning pretty fast. What I get from any street vendor is from vendors that have been around for years. But my preference for food to keep me alive is good old fried rice from a cheap sit down Thai restaurant. Fried rice 25 baht to 60 baht depending on where you get it.

I have a few non meat favorites such as fried bananas and coconut tacos (without onions) from time to time.
http://tastythailand.com/kanom-buang-thai-crispy-tacos-dessert/

After over 30 years in and out of South East Asia I know what I like and what I will take a chance with. Usually if you see a lot of Thais eating from a street vendor, a place with a good turnover, probably a better choice than a vendor with few customers and with mystery meat on a grill hanging around for hours out in the heat.

You will find some food vendors just about everywhere in Bangkok. Late at night, Nana area there are quite a few. Some of them not far from Soi 5 on down to Soi 19 are popular.

(Not a street vendor, but I like the Foodland Supermarket on Soi 5, Took Lae Dee Restaurant. Open 24 hours a day. Both Asian and Western foods.)

Happy eating!

3. Posted by clovish (Budding Member, 22 posts) 5 Sep '13 00:33

Quoting karazyal

"Best streetfood in town?"

I guess you mean Bangkok, Thailand.

I prefer food courts and cheap sit down restaurants myself. I like the cooks to be able to wash their hands off after using the toilet. Not just handling food or picking up something off the grill and selling it. Not that hot for vendors who wash their dishes in big buckets on the street. But better than re-using the same plate when no one is looking!

There are a few favorites off the street that I get from time to time. I like a bowl of noodle soup from time to time. BUT I choose the ingredients so there are no butt holes, no entrails, no waste odds and ends. I choose the chicken meat and it does not come out of the boiling hot broth until I say it is fully cooked! I choose the greens that go in with the noodles. I also like boiled pork, and boiled egg and greens that you see along with the steamed rice. But I choose the meat, no fat, not a lot of skin - mostly good pig meat - and well done! (Vendor I used to stop at from time to time was the guy working off a truck on Sukhumvit Soi 8 nearer the main road. Some seats and tables available.)

I will let some newbie try everything he comes by on the street. If he is healthy he will get over a touch of food poisoning pretty fast. What I get from any street vendor is from vendors that have been around for years. But my preference for food to keep me alive is good old fried rice from a cheap sit down Thai restaurant. Fried rice 25 baht to 60 baht depending on where you get it.

I have a few non meat favorites such as fried bananas and coconut tacos (without onions) from time to time.
http://tastythailand.com/kanom-buang-thai-crispy-tacos-dessert/

After over 30 years in and out of South East Asia I know what I like and what I will take a chance with. Usually if you see a lot of Thais eating from a street vendor, a place with a good turnover, probably a better choice than a vendor with few customers and with mystery meat on a grill hanging around for hours out in the heat.

You will find some food vendors just about everywhere in Bangkok. Late at night, Nana area there are quite a few. Some of them not far from Soi 5 on down to Soi 19 are popular.

(Not a street vendor, but I like the Foodland Supermarket on Soi 5, Took Lae Dee Restaurant. Open 24 hours a day. Both Asian and Western foods.)

Happy eating!

Thanks for your detailed feedback karazyal!

Yeah I made a small mistake, I meant Bangkok indeed.
Have you ever tried the Victory Monument district? There are really famous street full of food stalls and restaurants at night, just like soi 38 but bigger.
Starting right from the BTS station of the same name.
You can find delicious boat noodles (if you eat 20 bowls, you get one free drink) or khao mun kai (chicken & rice), larb-moo (minced pork salad), etc..
Lots of bars and restaurants too..

Awesome area!

4. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru, 1289 posts) 6 Sep '13 19:55

I don't go out of my way for any particular street food.

I eat when hungry pretty much where I am at.

Mornings, when possible, I kind of like cheap "all you can eat" buffets when available.

I do eat a lot of fried rice!

5. Posted by parisharma (Inactive, 12 posts) 9 Sep '13 21:24

I don't know many about street food. I love the food prepared by my mom at home. It is also healthier than street food. But sometimes hunger strike at wrong time. If I am outside then I have to eat some street food.

6. Posted by vaibhavm23 (Budding Member, 93 posts) 9 Sep '13 22:11

So do you carry the complete kitchen around the world where ever you travel?

The topic is about the street food of Bkk...so lets stick to that...:)

Quoting parisharma

I don't know many about street food. I love the food prepared by my mom at home. It is also healthier than street food. But sometimes hunger strike at wrong time. If I am outside then I have to eat some street food.