I fell in love with Thai food while working at my first real job after college.
There was this little hole-in-the-wall Thai place downtown near where I worked; it had absolutely no ambiance, but without a doubt, the food was amazing. I would go there with a friend – who was just as much a fiend for Thai food as I was – at least once a week.
At that time, I never guessed that one day I’d actually be eating Thai food in Thailand!
On our recent trip to Thailand, we enjoyed local food to the fullest.
Now, when it comes to food and travel, I’m going to let you in on something I’ve discovered. The absolute best local food is street food (you can find it being sold from food carts on the streets or at local markets). But street food is not only the best local food; it’s also the cheapest, and bonus, there’s a huge variety.
When we were in Phuket, we went to the weekend market twice, not only because the shopping was so much fun, but also because the food was outstanding. No matter what we were in the mood to eat, there was sure to be something at the market that struck our fancy. We found it all, from halal meat skewers to pig heads, fried noodles to deep-fried rice, chicken feet to crunchy bugs, and corn in many incarnations, including steamed, pressed into drinks, and churned into ice cream.
Sigh. I don’t think it gets much better than sweet corn ice cream to top off what can only be described as the best noodles to ever cross my lips. (And that is not a claim I make idly.)
One other thing that’s great about street food is that there’s no need to stand on ceremony. Street food is sloppy and no one cares; you can walk around as you stuff your face, or sit down for a minute so you can really enjoy. It’s up to you.
For your viewing pleasure, here are just a few of the many street food delicacies we saw at the weekend market in Phuket…
Geez, it all looks so amazing I wouldn’t even know where to begin… I guess I’d just have to eat a bit of everything. Except for the durian, they can keep that 😂
Kate @¡Hola! Jalapeño says
Great photos! I don’t know how you even knew where to begin (or end)! :) Looks like a wonderful trip!
OMG, what a selection! I love it if we had something like this in my city!
Aunt Peg says
Wow, incredible! Now i definitely know i’ve got to get to Thailand. What a spectacular array of enticing foods! Street food can’t be beat, but this is truly amazing!
Kelsey @aslolife says
Oh my gosh, I want to go right now–it all looks so amazing!
Wow! looks like you had an amazing trip, I agree, street food is the best
Alyssa (Everyday Maven) says
Amazing! There is nothing better than immersing yourself in the real food of a new place. I want all of it! I can’t wait to see what recipes you create based on the trip.
Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough says
I completely agree with you that in some places, the street food tops any other type of food! These photos are fascinating!
gah! My husband would flip for all this goodness! I could do without the pig noses ;) haha.
Fabulous food! Thai food is so delicious.