Bangkok: Grilled, Fried & Boiled

2015-02-26

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Upon first approach the street food is overwhelming in Bangkok. There are so many different things to eat, so many places to get food from and in my experience few vendors that speak any English. The vast majority of the food is really good. You can get just about any part of a chicken or pig grilled. They’re lightly marinated and often-times glazed. They are not carelessly grilled though. The guy I found with the largest selection would occasionally trim off an protruding parts, that got a little dark before it was finished, with scissors and put back on the grill. He even had a side table of condiments and cucumber wedges that was all complimentary.

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Choice of pig neck, ear, skin or tongue. It’ll be regrilled then chopped and drizzled with sweet chili and lime sauce.

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These were actually beignets without powered sugar.

Fried foods are as plentiful as the grilled and either are great snacks as you walk around the markets ranging from 10 to 30 baht. Even better are the places that prepare full meals. The soups are a plenty as well as noodles of all kinds and stir-fries served with rice. You could eat a new dish everyday for months and still not even scratch the surface. It’s hard to go wrong with choices. For the most part the vendors are cooking 3 different items very well and the rest is left up to you to dress and season how you want.

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Selection of sauces to add to your dish. Some common options are fish sauce, lime juice, chili paste, basil and sugar.

Fried chicken carcass. Same as many things it will be chopped up and drizzled with sweet chili sauce.

Fried chicken carcass. Same as many things it will be chopped up and drizzled with sweet chili sauce.

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Duck soup with glass noodles – star anise was a noticeable flavor in this one.

Pork soup with rice noodles that were flat sheets and rolled into tubes, egg and the usual toppings: 40 baht.

Pork soup with rice noodles that were flat sheets and rolled into tubes, egg and the usual toppings.

Grilled squid - various sizes: I have yet to have any that was over-cooked.

Grilled squid – various sizes: I have yet to have any that was over-cooked.

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Dumplings: pork, shrimp, crab and fish. All good, but the sour fish takes some getting used to.

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Fried banana with sesame seeds

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Mango with sticky rice. Everyone says this is a dessert, but I’ve been eating it for breakfast.

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