I love everything about street food. The unparalleled taste. The plastic chairs intended for children. The surrounding ambiance of wherever in the world you might be. And yes, even the questionable level of hygiene. It all culminates into a perfect feast
When I think of fresh — this week’s FriFotos theme — I cannot help but think of street food. Although to be perfectly honest it may not all be that fresh, those are the type of thoughts that we Westerners have to ignore. After all, life begins at the edge of your comfort zone.
In Bangkok even the butchers and the meat markets operate on the sidewalks.
Regardless of the country, street food is almost always better than in a fancy restaurant. It is more authentic, more true to form and a better representation of the local cuisine than what you will find in posh restaurants, which all too often have had to dumb down their recipes to appeal to the masses. That and it’s a helluva lot cheaper!
People often gasp at the strange, taboo, and questionable things I have eaten however I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: “Don’t be afraid of what I eat…be afraid of what I won’t eat!”
Of course the next thing I am inevitably asked is “does it every make you sick?” Once, and only once. There were two side-by-side street vendors, one with dozens of locals eating and even more waiting in line just to order. The other one had a whopping zero customers. However as I was in a rush I opted for the street vendor without any patrons — big mistake. My next eight hours were spent in between the bed and the toilet, let’s just put it that way.
On that happy note I’m going to turn things over to you.