I arrived home yesterday evening after a very long time away, first in Thailand and then in Johannesburg on business for two weeks. Lovely to be home and have a good signal again so I can get back into regular blogging. Its been rather a challenge uploading all my gorgeous photos with a nearly non existent signal at my friends home, in amongst lots of hard work and a little socializing
The street food in Thailand was just totally amazing, the markets are full of every fruit and vegetable you can imagine and all sorts of meat and sea food, dried fish, grains and beans its just endless. And then these little stores with all sorts, meat on a stick, meat or fish rolled in a batter, potato mix fried on a stick, sweet things and savoury.
There are these little street restaurants, which are small carts with an awning over them and stools and tables in front of the cart that everyone sits at in a line. Each cart will have a selection of things they will cook up for you and they may vary slightly from cart to cart. Some of the carts on the islands are attached to a bicycle, with an umbrella keeping them shaded. Others are just a push cart with a little shade and they pack up at the end of every day or night depending what time they have the spot for, you can come back in the evening and another cart will be in the same place as the one you ate at earlier in the day and they will be doing something different.
My favourite food people were on the beach, they carry their little fire and ingredients in big baskets attached to a bamboo pole drapped over their necks hanging down on either side of their bodies. When you would like to order from them they set them down and whip out a stool and cook you a feast.
The other amazing street food experience was the fruit cut up in a clear bag with a stick. You can literally buy any fruit imagineable peeled and sliced and you can walk round the streets munching on the juicest fruit, (unfortunately I did not get good photos of this). My favourite was the Rose water Apple, unfortunately I only discovered this the day we left, otherwise I am sure I would have overdosed on them.
This disturbed us a little, baby turtles, not sure what the thai people do with these little chaps, but we felt bad we didnt buy them and set them free 😦
Lots of live things in the markets and beetles and bugs in abundance 🙂
And then in amongst all this you get very fancy gold jewellery stores – crazy!
And then in amongst it all you get a table full of plastic shoes for sale 🙂
This gorgeous colourful entrance is situated on the one side of the market in Chiang Mai.
And these are little birds in cage baskets, I was concerned that they are sold for food, but I believe they are sold as pets. The Thai people do like to keep little birds as pets, so I was rather relieved about that 🙂
These are the food people that I loved so much, and you find them just walking along the beach.
Eating in a street side restaurant.
In Koh Samed after dinner the one night we walked through the little main street and found all these food venders and one of the young guys was making pancakes with sweet fillings. He starts off with a little ball of dough and whip it around and around and ends up with a paper thin pancake. So very tasty and costs next to nothing.