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Bangkok's Top 50 Street Food Stalls Paperback – 2011

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 150 pages
  • Publisher: Wordplay (2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9744960833
  • ISBN-13: 978-9744960832
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,117,695 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I'll never forget how amazed I was when I first arrived in Bangkok and a friend took me for my first meal. We sat by the side of a road on teetering chairs with friendly dogs waiting to see what we ordered and ate some of the best food I'd ever had in my life.

But I was lucky. I had a friend who lived here who helped initiate me into the wonderful world of street stalls. Even now, sixteen years later, when I go to a new neighborhood in Bangkok, I'm overwhelmed by the food choices and sometimes by the looks of the unfamiliar food carts. I know the food is going to be terrific but where to start and how much will selective blindness play in my decision?

I am a huge fan of eating on the street. Not only is it more fun than a food court, the food is usually fresher, since few food stalls have access to refrigeration. but I often wonder--if I hadn't been guided by a friend early on, would I have ventured into the joys of street food? How do travelers who have only a few days in Bangkok become immersed in this part of Thai culture?

The answer is easy now--they buy this book. Chawadee Nualkhair has made food pilgrimages to neighborhoods that travelers often frequent and has found places she loves there. In a city with "300,000 to 500,000 food stalls," she has narrowed the choices down to a manageable number, with dishes ranging from fish maw soup in Chinatown to samosas in the Sikh neighborhood, from mussel omelets to pork satay--and yes-- phad thai and papaya salad too. She offers a comprehensive glossary of Thai desserts and beverages (butterfly pea juice anyone?) with a dictionary of useful phrases like "Where is the bathroom?" written both in English transliteration and in Thai. (Essential for those of us who find tonal languages daunting.
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Format: Paperback
I saw a copy of this book two days before I left Bangkok--I think it had just been released. Now I'm sitting at home, looking at all the things I missed. This is a fantastically useful book, not just for the specific food-stall recommendations, but as a guide to Thai street food in general. Just about every type of food is illustrated with a photo, and labeled with both a transliterated name and the Thai script.

The guide also provides very key logistical details: procedures for ordering at different stalls (when to pay, etc), whether they have restrooms, what all the condiments on the table are.

Basically, I'm planning a trip back to Bangkok soon, just so I can use this book!
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This book is extremely indispensable if you are someone who is an adventurous "foodie" and wants an authentic eating experience in Thailand, yet needs a travel book that holds your hand and really guides you along. This book is so easy to use - even by a geography challenged traveller like me - and the recommendations are spot on. Also, this book contains useful travelerr tips for each food stall youv visit, and the photos are beautiful. I highly recommend this book for someone wants a real thai local to be their food guide. After all, part of why anyone would visit Thailand is for the opportunity to eat real thai food!
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I spend a lot of time in Bangkok every year and I was looking forward to trying all these food stalls. Unfortunately the maps in this book are really poorly done, they look like they were done by a small child, the "arrows" point to vague spots that are very hard to figure out and unless the address is a main road they are VERY hard to find. The author did not include the directions or addresses in Thai script, which would have made it a lot easier to ask locals or taxi drivers how to find them. The places I have found and tried have been mostly good.
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