Thai School Snackshop

Someone recently sent me an e-mail saying how much they liked seeing my Thai Food Blogs. They said it was whetting their appetite for coming to Thailand. However, they were interested to see what kind of food we served at school. They wanted to know if they would enjoy the food if they were a Thai student. The answer to that is probably “yes”. I certainly would have liked these meals instead of the food we were served at school when I was a kid. What I will do today, is first give you a sampling of snackshop food. Then, over the coming week, I will take pictures each day of the lunchtime meal.

The first one here on the left is spaghetti with a meat (ham) sauce. Well, that is what they said, but the spaghetti looked suspiciously like the Thai noodles called mee-grob. This is a crsipy noodle, which I like to eat with “rat-na”. On the right is another of my favourites, quail eggs. They sell four of these eggs for 5 baht. In fact, all of the food on this page is sold in the school snack shop for 5 baht a dish.

Of course I like to eat bread, but the one on the left is a bit too sweet for me. The thick bread is toasted with a generous spreading of butter. This is then dipped into a bowl of sugar! On the right is basically dry noodles but everyone calls it by its brandname of “mama”.

The final two pictures are a good example of how much Thai children like fried food. On the left you have a variety of different meats deep fried on a stick. For example, fish, pork, crab and chicken. On the right you can see our version of KFC at a fraction of the price!

12 responses to “Thai School Snackshop

  1. I LOVE the butter & sugar bread. I usually don’t toast it though. Next best thing to that is bread topped with sweetened condensed milk.

    Yep. I manage to gross Brandon out a few times here and there. Hehe. Should’ve seen his face when I ordered a bowl of Gaeng Somm this weekend…

  2. Gosh… the Thai students are pretty lucky to have this kind of food, looks pretty yummy 🙂

  3. Certainly beats “Turkey Twizzlers” (“made from genuine re-constituted Turkey, grease and chemicals, folks” ) and the other rubbish that is fed to schoolchildren in Schools the UK, (and which is the subject of a very public campaign against by Chef Jamie Oliver.) and the fatty mince and boiled-to-death cabbage and reconstituted potato I often got at school !

  4. Khun Don, I agree with you. I rarely bought school food in England, they served everything that was bad for you.

    Anyway, gosh that looks sooo yummy. I always like the toasted, butter and sugar spread bread. And everything’s so cheap so it’s even better, lol

  5. Haha, Bow introduced me to ‘bread and sweetened condensed milk’ – very tasty.

  6. I have just started doing a survey among my students to find out what their favourite school lunch is. The top three so far are:

    (1) Chinese chicken rice (13%)
    (2) Chicken curry with bamboo shoots (11%)
    (3) Tom Yum with chicken (8%)

    There are 20 items on the lunch menu. I will release the final list next week together with some pictures.

    I will also do a survey on the snackfood they eat.

  7. So, do all the students eat mostly at this snack shop. Or do many bring in their own tiffins?

  8. In Singapore, all fried food are banned from the canteens because some kids suffer from obesity. I have always wondered: why is it that Thai people maintain such good figures when their diet isn’t exactly the most healthy? [fried food, use of lots of coconut milk etc]

    ohh, i love those quail eggs too. always keep a lookout for them whenever i roam the streets of thailand. thanks for putting a chuckle on my face!

  9. The students don’t bring any food in from outside unless they have special dietry needs. They all have school lunches and then they promptly go downstairs to the snackshop to have more!

  10. I liked quill eggs but too much chloresterol for adult.

  11. First I just want to say…NO WAY!!! My grand dad used to make toast with butter and sugar. I thought we were the only ones in the world that new how great it is. I would tell my American friends about this, and they would have a bewildered look on their faces, and ask if he would add cinnamon. NO WAY. Any way I love bread, butter and sugar. I love my grand dad more since you have told me that Thai children eat it at school. He was the only person that could give me anything Thai when I was young, and not scoff at it. Thank you.

  12. Can’t believe kids in Thailand are able to eat all these food in their school, cheap, tasty ( at least they seem to be ) and a lot of variety. I really wanted to experience this myself ( as a very much older student ).