Hi all! While I learn to slowly move on and deal with my grief, I’m slowly getting back to my chirpy self 🙂 Being thrown back straight into work and keeping very busy helps a lot too 🙂
So I thought that I would ease myself (and all of YOU wonderful readers) back slowly into my posts by a REVISIT!!!!!
Let’s head back to the sunny beaches of Phuket in Thailand *yayyyy*
Why? Why not? 🙂
When the Boy and I were staying along Patong Beach, we decided that we would be a little adventurous and eat at the stalls by the roadsides.
We walked up and down the road, before we finally settled down to a stall located right at the corner of Thanon Chaloemphrakiat and the main beach strip of Thanon Taweempmg roads (it’s the stall right at the corner behind the Muslim cemetery).
I was so happy that we did stop here, because folks, this was where I had the best Som Tam in my entire visit of Thailand.
It was so rich in spice and heat, that I nearly passed out.
The stall owner asked me if I could take spicy food, and of course I said yes. After the third mouthful, my ears started ringing, and my tongue started going numb. By the fifth, I was sweating and my ears were itching.
Seeing how much I was still enjoying the dish despite gasping for air as if I were running a 50km marathon, the very sweet owner sliced a whole cucumber served chilled with ice just for me 🙂
I’ve never enjoyed a Som Tam so much before!!!
The Boy had, as usual, a Pad Thai with prawns. It was quite tasty from memory.
We returned to this humble little corner stall the next day for the same sweet torture!!! So good!!!
On the night which we were there, the Boy and I strolled down the roads to make our way down to the infamous Bangla Road *cough* to see some Lady Boys in action on the streets, bar and clubs.
I think we may have ventured out much too early, and the crowds hadn’t arrived. Those that were there, were of course our wonderful Aussies celebrating Australia Day 🙂
On our way back to the hotel, we stopped by this restaurant which had a massive long queue of people (both local and foreigners) waiting to get in.
Not wanting to miss out, we jumped right in as well.
The food was alright, and we didn’t quite understand the fuss for the wait, but were happy for a decent meal anyway.
One of the things that the Boy truly enjoyed, was the Roti man that parked his little motorbike (complete with grill, sauces, bananas, coconut, etc) at the corner of the beach and our hotel every night.
For around 50 baht (that’s less than AUD $2!!) you can have a decent plate of crispy roti with fillings of your choice drizzled with condensed milk and chocolate! It was heavenly.
We tried the normal chocolate with bananas, Nutella with banana, Nutella with banana and coconut (he had a mini coconut grater handy as well), and they were all perfectly crispy and well cooked every single time.
There were savoury options available as well (mostly using Kraft Singles) but we weren’t too interested in them when there were fresh sweet bananas and grated coconuts to be had!
After my second roti, I had to tell him to stop drizzling my plate with condensed milk and chocolate as it was much too sweet. The Boy however thought that I had completely lost my head and asked for more! *bangs head*
All in all, our experiences of Phuket taught us to trust the local street stalls and vendors for good food.
Ignore the lines to restaurants, as it seems the only reason why people were lining up was to eat in a “safe” environment as they were scared of street food.
We on the other hand revelled in the delights of the street food and ate our fill.
So tell me my dear friends, street food, yea or nay?
Wah Phuket ! When you had the Som Tam do you feel like smoke coming out from your head. Every time I had Som Tam I always feel that my head is on fire…
Hey does the Som Tam has miniature raw crab in it ?
I DID!! And I swear smoke was coming out! This one didn’t have anything except the small dried prawns/shrimps… no crab claw
I miss Phuket! It’s been years since I was there…really miss the sun and the hotness! Don’t like winter one bit. 🙁
I love the sun, and I love winter.. hee hehhe… but I dislike humidity and summer
STREET FOOD, YAY EVERYTIME.
people always see me as the posh diner but really, i don’t own the world bank. so yeah. even if i do, i still heart street food. 🙂
Street food FTW!
those pancakes!! I die…..
I miss Thailand so much. Never been to phuket though! awwwww take me back!!
Oh yum to pancakes.. they were the best!
I am so glad that you are slowly getting back to your sunny self ^^
You are so lucky to have Boy with you- my hubby REFUSED to eat street food and tried to look for maccas everywhere, and also forcing me to have westernised food and horrible hotel food in Phuket. URRRGHHHHHHHHHH
Aww what? Maccas? We do try the local maccas for their local specials, but not when there is street food to be had!
Oh that sounds terrible! Total waste of a holiday if you don’t eat the local food!
ahhh how i wish i was in Thailand now.
I looooved the nutella banana pancakes. Although I had one after a massive dinner, and on the way to a suit fitting for my bf at the time… I ended up feeling sick and couldn’t finish the whole thing. baha!
Me too! I want a holiday!
Som Tam is one of my favourite dishes, my must-order dishes, as you know 🙂 Technically I’m YEA street food, except for how when I finally convinced my mum to let me have some when we were in Mauritius, I’m the only one who ended up with a tummy bug that holiday… 😛
Technically? You’ve just got a sensitive tummy! With iron tummies like mine, (i have more than one – for sweet and savouries) I very rarely have problems 😛
I was about to say it was just that once, but then I remember the time in New York where I got food poisoning and thought I was going to die alone in a hostel.
I cant wait to try this kind of food I like eating spicy i will try this..
Have fun! It’s pretty awesome!
YAY! So glad you’re slowly turning back to being positive and happy 🙂 But take your time ~ I miss Thailand even though I’ve only gone once hehe I absolutely LOVE the food 🙂 I have it all the time ~ miss all the authentic flavours hehe
I have to, if I don’t I’ll just be depressed 🙂
You said yes to spicy in Thailand? Oh my lord, you’re a masochist. 😉
What was I even thinking? It was so good though!
OMG you ate unauthentic pad Thai. I can see the prawns. It does look delicious though.
I know! SOMEONE REPORT TO THE POLICE 😛
This post makes me SO EXCITED! I’m heading to Phuket in October and CAN’T WAIT! I can’t to just munch it all up!!!!
Hohoho… I am excited for you!
Please can I have the recipe for those mind blowing banana n chocolate sauce pan cakes. ?…I cant get over them. Thank you
Great trip! It looks like you were on paradise of food My mouth is watering with delicious local food here. Yummy! It makes me remember the wonderful taste of Tom Yam Goong there. Bangkok and Phuket are right place for foodie :). One a part of amazing Phuket could be local food. I’ve tried 6 of them from this lovely post http://justgola.com/blog/top-10-must-eat-food-in-phuket-8