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THAI RESTAURANTS

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Anywhere in Thailand, at any time street restaurants are opened. Many street restaurants can be found in markets.

Street restaurant
Many foreigners don't dare to try street restaurants because they are afraid of being ill. Anyway it is cheap and good. For example the price for noodles soup is around 20-25 Baht. When eating in a street restaurant, it is possible to see the cooker choosing the ingredients and making the food.
Street restaurant

In Thai restaurants, people use a fork and a spoon. Thai people don't use knife because meat is already cut when preparing the food. The fork is used to push the food into the spoon. Chopsticks are used to eat the soup because Thai soups contain noodles, fish balls, seafood and so on... The custom to eat with spoon and fork was brought by King Rama V from a trip of Europe in the 19th century. In Thai street restaurants, toilet paper is used as paper napkin.

Small street restaurants offer delicious food ready in a few minutes. Some specialize in a few dishes such as as rice chicken ("KHAO MAN KAI" - ข้าวมันไก่) or offer a small menu card to order dishes.
Street restaurant
Street restaurant

Before Thai people used to eat sitting on the floor. Up-country this friendly custom is still remaining, especially for family gatherings. Once again the custom to eat while sitting on a chair was brought from Europe by King Rama V.

Bicycle restaurant
Many small mobile restaurants, offering one dish only, go through the neighbourhood calling potential customers and giving off a delicious smell.
Bicycle restaurant

Beer and whisky are the Thai favourite alcohols. In Thai restaurants the glass is hardly half empty that the waiter fills it again and adds ice. Without saying a single word, bottles are opened again and again. At the end of the meal, it happens frequently to have a bottle hardly started. A tip at the end of the meal is of course welcomed by waiters.

Many street restaurants offer grilled food such as "MOO SATE" (หมูสะเต็ะ), i.e. grilled pork to be eaten with a peanut sauce and cucumbers.
Street restaurant
Street restaurant

In Thailand there is a fantastic variety of restaurants : floating, on beaches, in market and so on... There are American restaurant chains such as hamburgers chains, donuts chains, pizza chains and ice-cream chains. There are also Thai restaurant chains like "SUKI YUKI" chains, "banana leaf" chains. Bangkok has got the biggest restaurant in the world so that waiters and waitresses must wear roller skates to get from one spot to another to serve customers. This restaurant is called Tam-Nak-Tai (Ratchadaphisek Road).

Kiaw Tiaw reua restaurant
"KIAW TIAW" (ก๋วยเตี๋ยว) is a Thai soup with noodle, meat or fish balls, vegetables. "KIAW TIAW REUA" is another type of Thai soup. The restaurants offering this meal always have a boat (i.e. "REUA" - เรือ) as a symbol.
Kiaw Tiaw reua restaurant

Some popular restaurants are located in the food court in department stores or malls. It is often a big hall surrounded by small shops. Each shop can cook some different dishes but is specialised in one. Prices are ranging from 20 to 35 Baht a dish. There is a little stall where tickets are bought. If all tickets are not used, money is given back.

The "ROTI" (โรติ) dish is coming from India. It is based on flour paste then the cooker adds milk and egg.
Roti
Roti
Sweet cake hawker
Mobile hawkers wander through villages and cities' small streets selling delicious sweet cakes, ice-creams or pancakes.
Sweet cake hawker
A Buddhist temple fair always has dozens of stalls selling delicious take away food.
Take away restaurant
Take away restaurant
Old Restaurant
Some restautants can be very old and feature a Kitsch architecture.
Old Restaurant


Since a few years due to popularity of coffee shop chains such as Starbuck, many small cafes open all over Thailand. They sell coffee, tea, chocolate...
Local cafe
Local cafe

Everywhere in Thailand on the street, it is possible to buy refreshments such as soda (the vendor fills a small bag with ice, soda, adds a straw and closes it with an elastic), milk, tea, Thai cafe ("OLIENG" - โอเลี้ยง).

Local drinks
Popular drinks are Thai Iced Tea with milk (ชาเย็นใส่นม)(on the left) and Chocolate drinks (เครื่องดื่มรสโกโก้)(on the right).
Local drinks


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