Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Bangkok Kakanins

We really didn't even give Bangkok's streetfood a try as one waft from one stall told us all that we needed to know about it - super spicy! It would have been fine if it were just H and I but we had Euna with us as well and eating on the streets with an active toddler, without a high chair to restrain her, is just a no-no. Nonetheless, Bangkok kakanins(local streetfood snacks) we did try and though I don't know what they are called, I took some pics and and here are some of them:


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Rice pudding at the Siam Niramit show village - free!

Be careful when eating this fresh off the pan as it has a nearly-liquid center which is really hot. I tasted coconut on this and garnished with spring onions. It tasted sweet with just a little hint of salt to it.

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Note: When going to the Siam Niramit show, make time before the show to check out the village set up in the area and get to taste these for free!

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Coconut sorbet from the Chatuchak/JJ market.

Topped with nuts and those yellow julliened vegetable/fruit (don't know what they are). I really wasn't into this but this really helped us cool off. Roaming the Chatuchak market at 12 noon is such a bad idea considering how hot and humid Bangkok is. This particular vendor was just a few meters away from Kamphaengphet station if you want to check this coconut sorbet out.

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Thin crackers (think thin barquillos taste) with meringue and grated coconut and those yellow grated whatever on top. Again garnished with spring onions. Can someone explain why desserts in Bangkok are garnished with spring onions? These were bought near the Soi Lai Lai Sap market on Silom road. Like.

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My bag of heaven/maryjane in Ayutthaya (you'll soon find out why).

It was the scent of Pandan from this particular stall that drew me to this particular delicacy. This is in a market in one of the ruins of Ayutthaya.
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They didn't speak english but understood us well enough to know that we were interested and gave us a piece to try.

In effect showing us how to actually eat it.
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Like a bag of weed, you place the straws on the pandan crepe (very similar to lumpia wrapper) and then roll it. Ending with the photo below.
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Those very thin stringy straws like strands of hair are sweet. I don't how they create those but they tasted very similar to how coconut milk would taste like when cooked and mixed with brown sugar. The pandan crepe then neutralizes the sweetness and that was how I found heaven in a bag in Ayutthaya (Ok, I overstate). But still, I looked for these all around in Bangkok when I had the chance thinking of bringing these home for pasalubong but unfortunately, I had no luck. At 20 THB, I thought these were a steal.

That pretty much sums up my streetfood experience in Thailand. I feel like I just touched the tip of the iceberg. So much more left to explore. That's why I've resolved to go back. Don't know yet when but definitely I'll be back for more.




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