We arrived in Bangkok after another 7 hour flight. Thats 2 (Denver-Chicago) + 12 (Chicago-Tokyo) + 7 (Tokyo-Bangkok) = 21 hours on a plane!!! We were beginning to wonder if it would have been shorter to go east around the globe instead of west... But hey! in the end we're in Bangkok and we have our luggage and we are now at our incredibly amazing hotel (after a few detours and getting dropped off at the wrong hotel)... It's a beautiful wood paneled place with a swimming pool and a roof top bar on a canal in a very hip area of town. We arrived at around 1 am, slightly hungry since our meal on the airplane was rather disappointing (I think our expectations were too high from the cross-continental trip).
our pad thai
Since we're right next to the Thai version of Bourbon street (minus the strip clubs) we decided to set off there to find some late night grub.
Our hair stylist Ethan, who is Vietnamese told us of the old wives tail that his mother swears by when she travels throughout Asia. She immediately buys a coconut and drinks the milk, supposedly this gives you slight immunity to whatever bugs are in the local food. Since we've got Jeff on this trip, we made a bee line to the coconut stand and sucked one down. We were ready to tackle Thai street food. In Thailand, there are probably about a million little street cars (like broken down versions of hot dog carts) clogging every large sidewalk, side street and alleyway. Literally they are everywhere.
So we went to the first one and ordered some noodles- I'm guessing this is Pad Thai street style. We have since realized how you order from street noodle vendors, but this first time we were just giddily watching. There are about 5 jars of various ingredients and a couple different sauces- once we were noodle pros, we realized you are supposed to add these ingredients, in which ever quantity you would like WHILE the noodle cook is woking your snack. Way to go Lonely Planet- we completely looked like idiots when we were trying to add the uncooked goodies after she handed us our plate of yummy noodles, stirfried egg and bean sprouts. Oh well, at only 20 Baht (60 cents) we can afford to make some mistakes.
So with noodles in hand we walk down our Thai-Bourbon street which is called Khao San road.
a yummy cricket
As if he has a built-in honing device, Jeff is pulled to a particular stand and then turns to me with a special twinkle in his eye. I approach to find a cart filled with stir-fried bugs. It has taken him less than 2 hours to find his holy grail. Meal worms, grubs, crickets and gigantic grasshoppers all fried up and ready to go. 20 Baht later he has a mixed bag of bugs ready to go. His tasting notes: meal worms- flavorless, tastes like crispy chicken skin, grubs- a little bit tastier but the same, they look like they would be juicy, but are suprisingly dry, crickets- the winner!! surprisingly delicious and juicy, they burst open on your tongue with an appetizing taste, grasshoppers- crunchy and yummy.
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Jeff's first taste
Jeff's tasting notes: