28 Feb Food in Bangkok
I have eaten some great food in Bangkok. However, first I just want to mention some of the weirder stuff that has challenged me in one way or another.
We’re staying at Pantip Court on Sathorn Road (great hotel btw and good value for money), and every morning we have a breakfast buffet including pastries, cereal and fruit. Being me, I have been going for the odd soup in the corner that everyone seems to avoid (seriously, in 3 days I have not seen anyone, including the Thai guests, anywhere near it)
One day, that’s congee with chicken (rice cooked with chicken and lots of water until it gains a gloopy consistency), spring onions, and pickled, mild, yellow chillies, with some soya sauce for flavour. And on another day, it’s just boiled rice (with lots of water left in, again), with little fish bits, crispy bits of pork rind and fishy powder to add flavour. Sounds a bit disgusting, I agree, but I have really got into this savoury porridgy-type breakfast, and I’m actually looking forward to seeing what variety of rice soup they have this morning. I may even try and make it at home, as it looks really simple – boil some jasmine rice in lots of water for ages, either with bits of chicken or without, then add whatever you want to flavour it – some fish sauce, soya sauce, chillies, fishy bits, bacon bits, spring onion or chives…
However, it turned out that the grasshoppers were the most difficult to handle (I think it’s the faces), the maggots and larvaes – delicious! I had loads of ’em with my singha beer. The ones you can see up there, the fat ones, were really tasty and meaty inside
Finally, something on the more pleasant side – I have a restaurant to reccommend is you are staying anywhere near the Sathorn Road – it’s certainly not very cheap – a meal for 4 with some wine cost int he region on 3000 baht, but it’s modern and trendy with lots of young Bangkovians (is that what you’d call them?), as well as more the more chic types of tourists from nearby hotels. It’s called “Pandanus” and the address is 50 Soi Nunta, Sathorn 1 Rd.