Down Asoke street…
So you have arrived in Bangkok, either coming back from your beach trip to Phuket or it’s your first day in Thailand and you would love something special to eat as a greeting or farewell to this lovely country. Well you might think of going to one of the many air-conditioned sparkling white malls with food courts and upper end restaurants. I beg you to stop, don’t do it!
Down Asoke street, a business street that crosses Suhkumvit (Bangkok’s version of Main or High Street), there are a few small side streets; you will see unmistakable lines of people trailing to them like ants between the hours of 11:30 AM and 1:30 PM. Like a cartoon bear hypnotized by a trail of tasty BBQ smoke that moves like a cajoling hand ever pulling him onward via Looneytoons, so was I mystically dragged to the maze of miraculous cuisine, one tray after the other, one stall after another. Mostly manned by older ladies with young ones scattered throughout, the food is brilliant red and yellow, green and gold, tray after tray in a burnished rainbow of culinary perfection. The range of foods you will find are the entire Thai menu, from Papaya salad with fresh lime, to Thai eggplant in red curry, to tom yum soups to dried fish and BBQ pork, you will find everything in a Thai business lunch market.
I suggest multiple dishes from multiple stalls, each meal will probably cost you between $1.20 US to $2.00 US (if you’re like me and enjoy an egg on top and brown rice). Sit down with some locals; enjoy the slight sauna like feeling permeating the air and an occasional breeze that feels like a whisper from heaven.
What’s that, you still have some room left? Well you don’t have to leave to have an incredible dessert as well. The coconut ice-cream is unbelievable refreshing, it was probably a coconut an hour ago. Get some with roasted peanuts on top. You can also find fresh watermelon, papaya and pineapple almost at the market as well as on the street.
In the land of smiles spend some time with the people and find out why everyone is so happy, I think it is the food!
Article written by Doug Sharp.