Above is defiantly one of the first meals I always have when getting in to Bangkok. Som Tam (Spicy green papaya salad), sticky rice and BBQed pork bought at a street stall normally outside the shopping centre Central World in Siam. So simple, cheap and delicious! So what/where to eat when in Bangkok?
Found a good place called Rocket Coffee bar for breakfast around the corner from my hostel in Silom. Prices are a bit higher then in other places but when quality is good then I'm happy and I was defiantly happy. Breakfast above cost me THB 160/ USD 4.50/ EUR 4 so comparing to western prices, far from expensive!
It's a place you could easily enjoy a coffee or two for a couple of hours. The place had really good wi-fi so this is where I planned what to do when in Bangkok and caught up on some other stuff.
These little hole in the walls cafes can be found in many places in Bangkok and don't let the look deceive you. The coffee from these places are normally strong and just plain awesome. Most of them also double up as juice bars and best of all is that except for serving tasty drinks they are normally really cheap! Like everywhere else just make sure you say no sugar when ordering a juice/smoothie. This particularly place is on Sukumvhit road between Phrom Phong station and Asok station.
Iced americano THB 50/ USD 1.40/ EUR 1.30
Fresh mango smoothie THB 60/ USD 1.50/ 1.40
STREET FOOD EVERYWHERE
I met so many people traveling that makes the statement "I don't eat street food to avoid getting food poisoning". As you can imagine, I don't agree with this statement! I think there is a less chance that you get food poisoning from eating street food then eating at a lot of restaurants. My reason behind this is that they can't keep to much stock of food at their stalls so stuff doesn't really go off! So go on and indulge in some of the best food you ever tasted!
Chinatown (Yaowarat) and Rang Nam Alley is my top favourite places for street food in the evenings. The two places differ on what you get. At Rang Nam you get the normal Thai street food such as Som Tam, BBQ pork sticks, grilled fish, grilled squid etc while in Chinatown, yes you guessed it, it's more Chinese food! Both places are awesome though... So what to eat?!
In Chinatown you have to eat roasted duck, noodles and dim-sum.. Simple and delicious... Elsewhere you just eat what ever you come across. Everything is normally just really tasty. The BBQ pork looks plain boring but the taste is from from boring... Careful when ordering the grilled squid because normally they pour an extremely spicy home made chilli sauce on top and that will burn your lips and mouth more then anything else ever done in you life!
When ordering Tom Sam on the street from a lady with not much english then it's a good thing to indicate that you only want one chilli. Otherwise your salad will be spicy, spicy, spicy and I can guarantee that your eyes will water and you will have a very runny nose. These ladies makes the best Tom Sam though so defiantly go for it. Another must try is the grilled fish, it's tasty tasty, normally grilled to perfection and again it's super cheap! These are just a few recommendations on what to eat, there is so much more choice. Just don't go for a big sit down meal, just wall, pick up something to eat, finish it and then pick up something else to eat at the next vendor!!!
I'm not much for a milkshake, normally get a kind of a sickening feeling before i finish half of it. But I do have one exception and that is the milkshakes at Farm Design. They have all kind of milkshakes and there signature milkshakes are done with pieces of cheesecake in the, so you can understand how great they are. My favourite is the strawberry cheesecake frappe.
So it wasn't all cheap street food, breakfast and milkshakes the days I was in Bangkok. I also got in to one of my sushi craving moods so after scanning the world wide web I decided to head to ISAO which was walking distance from my hostel. The place had really good reviews so hopes were high and it didn't disappoint me at all. The rice was perfect and so was the taste of the soft-shell crab and scallop as well. Only thing i missed was a nice glass of white wine to go with it!
I decided that it was time for a career break. So handed in my notice to the company who I worked with for the last ten years. It's time to pack my bag and depart from Amsterdam which been my home town for the last 4.5 years. -"Amsterdam, it's not you it's me and I need a break!". Read more
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