Street Food | Pad Thai

Pad Thai Wrapped in an Egg ParcelPad Thai is probably the most famous dish in Thai cuisine and I don’t normally associate it with street food but, there is a place in Bangkok’s old district of Phra Nakorn, not far from the Giant Red Swing in Chinatown, about a 10 minute walk from Khao San Road that challenges that association. The Thip Samai restaurant is justifiably famous for its specialty, Pad Thai cooked on the streets in woks heated with charcoal. The place opens at 5PM and even though they must have 8 woks going at a time the lines begin growing throughout the evening.

Thip Samani may make only one dish but it does it very well. I opted for the version that comes served in a delicate egg parcel. The noodles were perfectly cooked and mixed with decadently fat shrimp, green onions, fish sauce and other flavors. I added red chile flakes, lime juice and of course, peanuts into mine. It was mouthwatering. It was so good in fact that at about $2.40 a serving, I had two!

Cooking Pad Thai over Charcoal in Bangkok



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Author: Jonathan Look

In 2011 Jonathan Look decided to change his life and pursue adventures instead of comfort and possessions. His goal is to travel the world solo; one country at a time, one year at a time. To accomplish this he got rid of most of his possessions, packed up what little he saw as necessities and headed out. His goal is to spend ten years discovering new places, meeting new people and taking the time to learn about them, their values and their place on this tiny planet. He embraces the philosophy that says a person is the sum of their experiences and rejects the fraud of modern consumerism that makes people into slaves of their consumption. He doesn't intend to be modern day ascetic, just more mindful of his place in the world and to make decisions according to that new standard.

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