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Street Food ~ Thailand

A Thai man cooking pad thai noodles in the streets of khao san road in Bangkok, Thailand

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One of my biggest pleasures while traveling is: Food!
Especially Street Food.

Street food is obtained from a streetside vendor, a portable stall or small stand (like a hot dog stand in the US, or “kitchen carts” in Asia). It is often regional or local “fast food” to take away, although some vendors also put up stools and small tables on the sidewalk for clients to sit and eat.
Prepared on the go, in 2 minutes, it’s the best way to taste local flavors and mix in with the crowd.

Unfortunately, in “civilized” countries, it’s becoming less frequent to find street food vendors, mostly because of safety and health concern. Many people still doubt the cleanliness of these stalls.

In my case, I’d rather focus on the benefits of street food:

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Things I love today:

The smell of coffee

The sight of lanterns against the moon

The sound of a marching band in the morning

The taste of burgers with friends

The feel of my body during Tai Chi

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  • http://www.fabuleuxdestinbrenna.com Brenna [fabuleuxdestin]

    May or may not have just devoured a crepe with nutella – nut exactly haute gourmandise but delicious all the same! looks so yummy :)

    • http://www.canvas-of-light.com Daniel Nahabedian

      Merci Brenna!
      I wouldn’t mind a good crepe au Nutella too right now! haha

  • http://saffakidlife.blogspot.com jenna

    i hear you!

    i wish i’d eaten more street food in thailand instead of all those overpriced burgers, pizzas and english breakfasts.

    and i do agree, i think that eating this kind of food definitely gives your immunity a kickstart, and makes you less likely to get insanely toilet-bound sick.

    and, who says any of the restaurant kitchens are cleaner than the street stalls anyway? i didn’t bother to have a look at the health status of any!

    • http://www.canvas-of-light.com Daniel Nahabedian

      Well, I guess you’ll have to come back and taste some more street food! ;)

      Cheers!

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  • http://www.jettingaround.info Pola

    I absolutely love street food! Nice post, you raise some valid points. In Mexico, I got sick at a fancier restaurant, but tolerated street food without any problems. Go figure :)

    • http://www.canvas-of-light.com Daniel Nahabedian

      Thank you Pola!
      Yes fancier restaurants are not always cleaner. I’d say street vendors try to pay even more attention to hygiene as there business depends on it.

  • http://adventureswithben.com adventureswithben

    Great photo!

    • http://www.canvas-of-light.com Daniel Nahabedian

      Thanks!

  • http://budgettravelerssandbox.com Nancie

    Love Asian street food. This photo really shows street food at its finest.

    • http://www.canvas-of-light.com Daniel Nahabedian

      Thanks a lot Nancie!

  • http://www.overyonderlust.com Erica

    You just made me incredibly hungry. Looks amazing!

    • http://www.canvas-of-light.com Daniel Nahabedian

      Thanks a lot Erica!

    • http://www.OnOurOwnPath.com Bessie

      made me hungry too! Where was this taken?

      • http://www.canvas-of-light.com Daniel Nahabedian

        Ha! Thanks Bessie!
        Where do you think? The one and only Khao San Road.

  • http://lr-expatgermany.blogspot.com/2010/11/top-10-experiences-in-denmark.html Laurel @Expat in Germany

    Agreed, street food in Thailand is fabulous and great photo! I lived there for 2 years and existed almost solely on street food.

    • http://www.canvas-of-light.com Daniel Nahabedian

      Thanks Laurel!
      Yes, even though I have some western food craving from time to time, I generally only eat street food here in Chiang Mai. We have many stalls at night near our house!

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