Since you can’t smell what we’re smelling, or taste what we’re tasting, we thought we would take some close up pictures so you could try and imagine what we’re smelling and tasting! I wish you could taste it. Now that we’re settled into our hostel, we’ve taken a couple of strolls around the area to find some quality street food. At our hotel we stayed at before this hostel, the street food wasn’t too appealing to us, so we’d just get restaurant food.
After a 15 minute walk through some skinny streets absolutely PACKED with people (enough to really grind my gears that I felt like picking them up and throwing them out of our way) and food stalls, we found this area under a train station with a couple of seats and tables. It didn’t look too flash but we were really hungry so we decided we’d “dine” there.
The lady behind the food stall asked us what we would like and since I’m a bit of a picky dude with my food and also a little scared to try new things, I went with chicken Pad Thai. Eb knows her Thai food and went with Pad See Ew. I’m not really into Thai food. Back in Aus, when I’d go out with Eb and her family, 90% of the time they would go to a Thai restaurant and I was always like “ohh mannn” (sorry Denise and Anthony if you’re reading haha), because I’ve just never been into it, main reason would be the texture of the food. But, since we’re backpacking and everyone that’s been to Thailand says you need to eat the street food, I gave it a go. After seeing Ebs reaction to her first mouthful I couldn’t wait to try mine and I was blown away. Eb said that this street food tastes way better than any restaurant she’s been to back in Aus.
Anyway, this place that we went to under the train station is so good because it’s a 10 min walk away from our hostel and the best part is that it cost 50 Baht ($1.90) for a generous plate of food (unheard of back home) and there’s a drink stall next door where bottled water costs 10 Baht (40 cents) and bottled coke costs 15 baht (60 cents). We told Dum (the owner of the food stall) that it’s the best Thai food we’ve had and that she’d see us for the next couple of days. She was so funny, saying to Eb “You eat Thai food and 1 year, come back, you look like me”. We said see you later to Dum and went on the hunt for some dessert. In the next street we found a street stall that was selling Roti. Not sure if Eb touched on Roti in a previous post, but it is a Thai dessert that consists of a crepe type base that is cooked on a pan with oil and butter, then adding banana, flipping the Roti till it becomes crisp, then adding condensed milk and other toppings if you’d like. It is so delicious and for only 25 baht (95 cents), it’s pretty much a steal.
I went back to Dum this morning with Eb to grab a feed because I slept in and missed out on the hostel’s brekky. She was shocked to see us again. She served me another plate of Pad Thai which I devoured! Then I said I’ll see you later on. Dinner time came and she was so happy to see us again! This time we took our camera to document our date night! She was so happy she served us an extra plate of Massaman Chicken which was delicious, as well as shallots with bean sprouts (we didn’t eat that though, because she washed it with tap water, and we don’t want to get sick). We finished our meal and said see you tomorrow Dum! She said for us to bring our camera again, so she can teach me how to cook Pad Thai for “madam” while she films me! Then when we go back home, I can cook for “madam”. So kind of her! Tomorrow will be interesting!
- 2 plates of Pad Thai $4
- 2 bottles of coke $1.20
- 1 serving of Rotti $1
- Total – $6.20
Not bad for a date night 😉
PS thanks for the kind words about my writing but I get Eb to edit my post after I’ve finished writing :p credit to her too!