Feasting Thai Food in the Streets
First come the pile drivers to lay the foundations for one of the huge new buildings that seem to be rising on almost every street corner in Bangkok and other major cities. The workers follow, setting up a collection of temporary shacks on or near the site. And the, often simultaneously, the Thai food vendors appear, ready to supply a quick, inexpensive and above all convenient meat to anyone who happens to crave one.
Admids the aroma of charcoal fires and cooked Thai food, Thailand’s street vendors sell an impressive variety of Thai food. Customers can sit down to enjoy their meal and watch the unfolding street scene whilst adding to the colorful mosaic themselves. A Thai city street without Thai food vendors is as hard to imagine as one devoid of traffic.
As a result of this widespread intreest, Thai stree food has evolved into a distinctive culinary category all its own,generally characterized by speed of preparation (if any is done on the spot) and easy portability of equipment. It can be divided into two categories: snacks and more substantial fare, meaning that one can buy what amounts to a multi-course meal without setting foot in a restaurant.
Snacks come in various shapes and sizes. Some may consist of nothing more than freshly sliced fruit sprinkled with salt, sugar, dried chilies or a combination of these seasonings. Others may be a selection of traditional sweets, prepared by the vendor at home and temptingly arranged in a display case.
Other vendors offer moodle creations adequate for a fast, nourishing lunch. To produce the universally popular “kway-tiaow” soup, a bowl of freshly cooked rice noodles is given a few ladles of meat stock, then topped with precooked pork or chicken, and sprinkled with sugar, crushed peanuts and dried chili flakes, while for “Pad Thai” the noodles are quickly stir-fried with garlic, spring onions, dried shrimp, tamarine and variety of spices. “Gai Yang“, northern-style barbecued chicken, is grilled over a charcoal brazier and served with side orders of gutinous rice and green papaya salad.
Just about every governor of Bankok has tried, ad some point in their tenure, to outlaw the city’s food venders. General untidiness, civic higiene and even sidewalk obstruction are among the reasons cited for banishing Bangkok’s colorful street vendors.
Content by: Authentic Recipes from Thailand