First, some visual impressions. . .
And now, my favorites:
Red curry fried snake fish: Honestly one of the best fish meals I’ve ever had, eaten on the side of a four lane road, seated on a metal stool. Light crispy batter housed perfectly cooked fish, bathed in a spicy garlicky red curry. Price- $4 usd
Roasted baby yams: a testament to the fact that the most simple thing can be the best. This were literally nothing more than roasted yams, their natural sugar bursting with flavours and a hint of smoke from the grill. Price – $0.6 usd.
Roasted white corn with coconut shreds: price – $0.8 usd.
Coconut juice: this is NOT the same as coconut water, and so delicious on a 35 degree day with 80% humidity. One coconut costs ~$1.20 usd.
Sour mango: not sour at all, in fact incredibly sweet. $0.8 usd for a full mango.
Deep fried pork: $1 usd for a bag.
Sweet corn pancakes: my favorite of the whole list. They may not look like much, but these little pockets surround condensed milk and sweet corn. Cooked in a pan with tiny depressions, they are turned out onto a rack and then handed to you hot, so you have a glorious mixture of pancake and thick cream dripping down your chin in seconds. 10 cents per pancake.
Seafood pancakes: the same as the above, but savory. The giant pan is hiding the small depressions.
Chicken soup: the best chicken soup ever of my life!! Roasted shredded chicken is added to a steaming bowl of noodles and broth – the broth alone I would have paid a million bucks for. It’s topped with fresh Thai basil, bean sprouts, crushed peanuts, and red chilies. Cost – $1.60 usd.
Garlic chili squid: SOOOOOO good. $3 usd.