Monday, March 6, 2017

The dream of street food lover

When people talk about Thailand, they always talk about street food. It is easy to find cheap food at a good price in Thailand. Since I was young, I always saw people selling food everywhere on the streets. The place that I always love to go with my mother is a fresh market. Most of the fresh markets are not clean, but they have lots of delicious foods. It does not feel the same in Chicago because people do not sell food out on the street. What I miss the most about Thailand are easy access street food, the authentic Thai food and my hometown style cuisine.

When I am in Thailand, I see street food everywhere that I go. Vendors can sell food on the street and in the markets. They are open twenty-four hours in some areas. I can buy food and drink at cheap price and the taste is also good. The well-known menus are papaya salad, grilled chicken/pork skewer with sticky rice, fried rice, grilled fish, pad thai, and Thai coconut milk sticky rice with mango. When I need some Thai food, I cannot buy it in Chicago because the restaurants are not open twenty-four hours like Thailand. Most of Thai restaurants in Chicago are open late at four pm. and close early at ten pm.   

In the U.S. most of Thai restaurants make the food for the American palette because authentic Thai food has a very strong taste. That is why chefs make it lighter for Americans. For example, the authentic papaya salad is very spicy. The chef put garlic, five to seven chillies, lemons, fresh papayas, tomatoes, and green beans. In Chicago, the chef still put all the ingredients, but make it lighter for Americans. Some ingredients are hard to find in America. For example, if I want to cook some curry dishes, I would use coriander seed, lemon basil, and cumin. It is hard to make the taste like authentic because the ingredients is hard to find.

My hometown is in Eastern, “Pattaya”. The city is located in the gulf of Thailand. The very well-known local food are seafoods with spicy sauce, bbq with spicy sauce, and insects and bugs fried. I can buy food everywhere and every time in Pattaya. Thailand has four regions, and each of them has different style of food. The four regions are Central, Northern, Eastern, and Southern. Each of them has their own style of taste. Hot, spicy, sweet, and sour is in Central. Northern is hot, mild, salty, and not sweet. The mainly sour and spicy is in Eastern. The strongest taste is in Southern which is very hot and sour. Most of the foods in the U.S.  have similar taste. The taste is mild, oily, and cheesy.

When people think of street food, Thailand would be the first country that comes to mind. Some of my American friends who have been to Thailand tell me the same thing that they love the street food in Thai. It is one of many experiences that people who travel in Thailand and try street food. Thai food has its own identity. It is almost impossible to find any other cuisine that tastes like Thai food. No matter where I find it in the world, I will know it is Thai food. Even though, the taste of Thai food is not the same as in Thailand.    


  1. After I read you essay, I am so hungry. Haha~ I hope i will have chance to taste authentic Thai food.

  2. I like your pictures!! They are so attracting~~~
    I must have you as my guide once I visit Thailand~~~
    So that you can show me every good bites! :)

  3. I'm struggling to find authentic Swedish food too. Everything is changed a bit to fit the Americans. It is sad. I hope you find some real authentic food.

  4. China also has street foods, but I've never been to Thailand. In the article you mention about the delicious food from the street, the food a little bit attractive to me. If someday I would travel to Thailand I will try the street food.

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  6. I like the thai food, in my country I can find some restaurant, maybe I can find one in Chicago, but I think it is different.

  7. Thai food looks very special and attractive, and I wish to taste it one day. Also,I like the ingredients used to prepare the food.


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