The Dollar Menu #PostCards #SE43

They say that pictures are worth a thousand words, and I’ve said it before too. But in Thailand, it seems a dollar is worth a couple dishes. Personally, it was a little hard controlling myself by the time I had finally found a place I thought was worth giving a try.

I won’t say too much because this is supposed to be a post card, but what do I really need to say. The food was amazing! In my experience, the street food in Bangkok was better than any other food service¬† establishment I’d found, and that’s no cliche! Granted, I didn’t search far and wide for Thailand’s finest. (Speaking of, next time I go, there’s a restaurant I’ll have to visit- Baan, by another CIA alum; it fell off my to-do list.)

On the way back to the hostel, I strolled past this spot that, just the day before, had been a market! There were food vendors, clothes, and cool trinkets. But tonight, it was someone’s restaurant. I had to wonder if I got lost.

These open dining formats don’t seem so uncommon, a spread of metal tables , and a bunch of plastic chairs (not uncommonly shared with a stranger), all preceded by the food cooked out front.

I scrolled through the menu, sniping my selections, losing track of exactly what I ordered. I’d only have one more day. Didn’t want to miss a thing. Pictured is a pork wanton soup (with a welcomed, mellow and toasty flavor of either sesame or sweet miso); stir fried pork with rice and a fried egg; every good thing you can imagine about pad thai; some okay pineapple fried rice; papaya salad; mango sticky rice (the highlight) and a coconut. I was also given a condiment caddy, with chiles, vinegar, and sugar. I didn’t bother with it though.

The meal cost me whopping 450 baht! That’s about 15 USD. The only reason I ate it all though was because you didn’t offer to help. I would have probably been happy- nearly stuffed with $5’s worth.

There’s always next time.

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