As promised, here’s part 2 of the Bangkok food blog post!
We’ve always been game to try out street food (please choose wisely!). So on our second night in Bangkok, we chanced upon a hidden alley near our hotel (a really dodgey area in Pratunam) that has a whole row of stalls selling street food.
So we decided to get a bit of everything to bring back to the hotel for an indoor picnic.
Some shots from the alley:
Pad thai, being stir fried, right there and then. I could never resist a good pad thai, can you?
This was at a stall that was selling tom yam. You can choose if you want shrimp, squid and/or fish in your tom yam in whatever combination you want. I went for squid and shrimp!
Freshly made tom yam bubbling away…
The uncle who was manning this stall was a friendly person who sings and chats and take photos with his customers. It was entertaining to watch him prepare your food.
We also bought mango salad (an absolute must!), chicken, oyster omelette and fried rice from the same street. This was our spread for the evening:
And this amounted to… SGD11. This is why I will be obese if I stay in Thailand for too long. Now that I think about it, the pad thai was bought on a separate evening (as it’s not in the above photo).
One drink that we saw a lot on the streets for the 4 days we were there were these bottled orange drinks. It was the green peeled oranges. We finally caved in to it on our last day in Bangkok. And let’s just say one bottle wasn’t enough.
I’ve already told my mum to buy these green oranges if she sees them anywhere, best orange juice ever.
So here comes the part that all of you have been waiting for – the insect eating part! We went to Khao San Road specifically just to look for insects (talk about courting trouble). We walked all over Khao San but didn’t see a single insect stall. But just as we were going to give up and head back to the hotel (almost giving out a sigh of relieve to have escaped it), there it was in front of us.
Sorry have to use a screengrab from the bangkok montage video for this one:
The aunty manning this store didn’t even give us a chance to choose what we want. We pointed asking her what’s this? what’s that? and she scooped them all.
But what we actually asked for were crickets and grasshoppers. Why grasshoppers? I don’t know, they looked harmless. So this was our bag of insects.
Our bag of insects:
And here, my friends is the video of me eating ONE cricket. Please ignore the tired face and disheveled hair. I’ve been walking and shopping so much for three days by this time. Beyond exhausted, I’m only human. Ok here goes:
Sorry about the background noise from the TV, totally forgot to turn it off in our anxiety. Like I said in the video, the cricket is actually not too bad. Would have gone for a grasshopper but somehow when I reach into the bag to want to grab a grasshopper, I saw their dead faces staring at me and I just stopped, I couldn’t.
But a cricket was enough adventure for a day anyway!