Thailand is rife with Tourism, with many of its islands resembling our teenage alcohol-fuelled antic-led holidays to European islands where local culture has been demolished by those we (shamefully) call our own race This Tourism has infiltrated Thai food leaving an abundance of restaurants serving curries with Western additions, subtler uses of spices and over-sweetened creamy sauces. Frankly, it’s unauthentic crap at double the price.
There’s two food statements I can’t tolerate… 1) ‘I don’t like Sushi because I don’t like raw fish’ (ahem, you’re probably referring to Sashimi and not ALL sushi is raw fish) 2) ‘I stay clear of Street Food as it will make me ill.’ If the stall has bowls of curry with bits of grey meat floating in them and appears to have been lying there for days, or, you have noticed the stall due to a loud muffled buzzing sound coming from its direction as there’s a swarm of wasps buzzing over-head, I understand.
However, if a lovely Thai local is slaving over a hot pan surrounded by bowls of fresh herbs and spices, cooking it from fresh and serving it piping hot, then why should it be more harmful than a restaurant? At least you can see exactly what’s going on! It’s tastier, fresher, ridiculously cheap and more likely to be … the.real.thing. And, honestly, whatever small amount of germs it may have will do you more good, than harm.
Thankfully, authentic Street Food is widespread in Thailand. For me, slurping at a bowl of noodles on a plastic chair surrounded by locals on a grimy backstreet with Thai aromas wafting into the atmosphere, kept my feet firmly grounded… in Thailand. Thus, keeping me worlds apart from any reminder of home. Of course, this didn’t mean I avoided home comforts at ALL costs.
Across several separate posts, I’ll be re-exploring my stomach-led Thailand trip and offering advice on how to save your money on food even in the more ‘over-priced’ areas and how to soak up Thai Culture through it’s food without venturing off the beaten track. Thus, allowing you to travel as both tourist and nomad. Keep your eyes peeled and your mouths open…