STREET FOOD IN PATTAYA – IS IT SAFE, HOW MUCH TO PAY, FOOD TO AVOID. FROM NOODLES TO SCORPIONS, ALL THE TIPS YOU NEED TO SURVIVE.
IN A NUTSHELL
- PATTAYA STREET FOOD GUIDE
- AVOIDING FOOD POISONING
- EAT FOR AROUND 30 BAHT
FINDING SOMETHING TO EAT
One thing is certain, you are never going to go hungry in Pattaya, no matter where you go in Thailand, wherever you are, somebody will be cooking something nearby and if not, it’s only a matter of time before a mobile BBQ, food trolley or ice cream/ drink cart will show up and come to you and have something tempting to eat or drink.
Mobile street stalls are everywhere in Pattaya and their owners push or drive their goods from one location to the next trying to find customers. On any given day or night you will see a multitude of food item on offer to cater for both Thai and tourist, from ants,bugs and scorpions, as well as different noodle soups, papaya salads and banana pancakes, to foods that you are more familiar with from home, like pies, sausage rolls and donar kebabs and everything in between.
DON’T BE SCARED TO TRY
Don’t be afraid to try the food on offer, some people are scared about food poisoning or getting sick, there may be a short transition period where your stomach adjusts to your new Thai diet of fruit and vegies, the food will passes through your system faster than usual, this is normal and usually painless and you will be fine after one or two trips to the toilet. Just go slowly at first in regards to what you eat.
SPICY OR NOT
Thai’s pretty well like most of their food spicy and use chili a lot as an ingredient in their meals, so if spicy is not your thing, remember to tell the cook “not spicy” or “mai phet” (my pet) in Thai for just a little spicy or if you don’t want chili at all, say mai-ow prik (no chili), alternatively, if you like extra spicy, just ask for more – phet mak mak (really hot and spicy in Thai), you won’t have any problems getting more chili.
PIES AND SAUSAGE ROLLS
For those of you who don’t mind a decent pie, pastie or sausage roll, chances of one of these guys will cross your path during the night is pretty good.
That’s right, it’s a pie warmer mounted on a motor bike with –
- 20 foot long sausage rolls
- 4 cornish pasties
- 4 curried chicken pasties
- 4 beef steak pies
- 2 cottage pies
- 2 chicken and potato pies
- 2 steak & kidney pies
So for 100 Baht, you can have a little bit of a taste from home, tomato sauce and gravy are free.
BUGS – INSECTS – SCORPIONS – ANTS
Thai’s eat virtually everything, but that doesn’t mean you should, creatures that Europeans would not even consider eating in their home countries, things that we would consider pests or vermin are staples for Thai’s, so you will see some strange things to eat around the streets of Pattaya that you may not have seen before.
For some strange reason, out of curiosity, Europeans like to try these food items just for fun and while they are safe to eat, they might not agree with your pallet and not sit well in your stomach, worse case scenario is they may pass through your system in a few hours and a fast trip to the toilet may be on the cards.
These live ants are the main ingredient of this salad
You’ve got to eat them before they crawl of the plate and bite you.
Bugs, grasshoppers and larvae are are favorites with Thai’s
Scorpions are a favourite with tourist – bragging rights.
Usually there is a big selection to choose from.
Food poisoning is a real possibility in Pattaya for tourists and I have spoken to a lot of first timer’s here who spend the first three days of their holiday becoming very intimate with the toilet and unable to leave their room, the problem starts after a big night out, and after having used up lots of energy going from bar to bar, get a case of the 2 am munchies, and usually being under the influence of alcohol, will eat virtually anything they can get their hands on, or one of their friends dare’s them to eat something unusual, or you can just be straight out unlucky and buy something that’s been out on the cart just a little to long.
The golden rules are –
1. If the food doesn’t look fresh before it’s cooked, don’t buy it.
2. If the stall or cart is dirty and doesn’t look sanitary or inviting, don’t buy it.
3. If the food has already been cooked but looks like it been sitting a while, don’t buy it.
4. Whatever food you pick to be cooked, make sure its cooked for the right amount of time, If you feel it hasn’t been cooked long enough, feel free to say ‘no, cook more please’.
You can use these rules as a guide until you get the hang of it and make your own rules as to what is good for you and what is not, sample everything, you may be pleasantly surprised by how good it tastes, and if it’s not to your liking, you don’t have to eat it, try something else, bon appetite.
Some of the best and cheapest food you can eat in Pattaya will be all around you on the streets, eating for 30 – 60 Baht for a meal is a good experience, so it’s just a matter of getting over your fear and giving it a try, if you see Thai people eating it then that’s the best indicator that it’s good food.
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