One of the highlights of walking Bangkok's famous backpacker enclave, Khao San Road, is eating pad Thai from a street hawker. Traditional Thai food has four pronounced flavor components: salty, sweet, sour, and spicy. True to the rule, Pad Thai is the perfect combination of the four. The ubiquitous local dish is comprised of noodles, shrimp, chicken, eggs, chili, fish sauce, sugar, peanuts and sprouts.
Pad Thai is always delicious, but the street stalls have an edge over restaurants in terms of taste and ambiance. As you walk down the street, savory aromas waft past your nose and satisfied customers let you know it's good. Whatever the secret is, pad Thai from the street vendors is one of the overlooked joys of Bangkok.
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Khaosan Road is a backpacker haven in Bangkok, Thailand where many go to get their Thailand souvenir essentials and a taste of Thailand's diverse street food. There is one cart wheeled onto Khaosan road every day selling seasoned bugs from maggots, to crickets, to scorpions. They are a delicacy in numerous parts of Asia, and it is rare to see a foreigner brave enough to try them all. I had my go at about 5 different insects, and two were actually quite tasty. I can't say the same about the other 3, but that's when I went to another cart nearby for a plate of $1.00 pad thai to wash it all down! If you want to have a real go at Thai street food, Khaosan Road is a great place to start, and get acquainted with rather unusual snacks....
When visiting Bangkok on a budget, the cheapest and the most authentic dining experience would be from street food vendors. It has been part of Thai culture long before fast food establishment. The food is fresh and cooked right in front of you. You can start your meal from one end of the street with appetizers. My favorite is grilled meatball on a stick. Followed by some noodle dish, of course Pad Thai. or varieties of spicy and colorful stir fry over rice. And ending the meal with desert or fruit. The whole meal wouldn't cost you more than $3. Many items would be on a stick for convenience. So you can walk and eat at the same time. Some places have folding tables and chairs set up on the pavement. You can eat and watch the busy lives in the street of Bangkok.