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Dining On Wheels

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An August 2008 trip to Bangkok by SeenThat

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Quote: Fast Food is inevitable while in transit; sometimes it can be rather attractive...

Banana Pancake Stall

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Ambulant Stall at Khaosan Road Photo, Bangkok, Thailand
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Silly IdeaFast food must answer to several criteria before being awarded the deserved title; a popular T-shirt nowadays in Bangkok shows a dog chasing a cat running amok, and is titled "Fast Food." It serves as a reminder that even at the bottom of the food chain we must be careful with definitions. Fast food must be prepared quickly, provide fatty comfort and a carbohydrates-rush; an emaciated cat would probably fail in all these.A Think TankBanana pancakes are not part of the Thai cuisine, despite several types of bananas and plantains being pop...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 1, 2008

Falafel

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Falafel and Israeli Guesthouses Photo, Bangkok, Thailand
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RationaleFast food is never casual, it answer economic constrains of a certain area or specific cultural peculiarities. Khaosan Road being a main center of Israeli backpackers, it was only natural that travel agencies and fast food joints catering specifically for them would appear. Travel AgenciesHaving adopted the Asian business model, at least four Israeli travel agencies are located near Khaosan Road (two on Chana Songkram Road and two on Rambuttri Road) and include related services as guesthouses, restaurants, internet cafes and luggage keeping services, creating thus comprehensive traveler centers that cater also for the general population of tra...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 2, 2008

Pad Thai

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Pad Thai Photo, Bangkok, Thailand
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The NamePad Thai means Fried Thai-style; to those knowing a bit of Thai this translation may seem strange. After all, doesn't Thai means free? The secret lies in the tones, Thai means free and Thai-style depending on the tone used; while referring to fried noodles, the Thai-style rendering is used.Foreign RootsStill, the reference to Thai-style in the name hints at a foreign origin; indeed, pad Thai is an adapted dish. It was brought centuries ago to the ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 3, 2008

Fruits: Fast and Healthy Food

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Fruits Stall Photo, Bangkok, Thailand
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Almost by definition, fast food and healthy food do not step together; finding such a combination demands years of exploratory travels around the world. In Thailand, I found it.The richness and variety of the Thai culture is immediately discernible even to the casual visitor; regardless if beginning the trip by visiting the Grand Palace or a humble market on a side street, the number of attractions is always overwhelming. It takes more time to understand that this rich...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 3, 2008

Thai Curry: From Green to Yellow

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Salaman Kai Photo, Bangkok, Thailand
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Few dishes are more distinctive than the Thai curries. Red, green or yellow, they are added to many dishes, from meat to noodles, creating one of the landmarks of this wonderful cuisine. In the West, they are met mainly at classy, pricey Thai restaurants, but in Thailand they are served even at the most basic street stalls, answering thus to the definition of fast food.The StallThe nearest curry stall to ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 3, 2008