Lunchtime Thai Menu 24

Noodles on the Boat

Boat Noodles is probably one of the most famous noodle dishes. Despite its name, it is not always served on the canals, however you will often see that land based noodle stores still have a boat on display. This dish can be either pork or beef. The most popular noodle is probably sen lek. This version you see here has beef with morning glory. There are no noodles which are optional. The soup can vary quite a bit though it is never that simple like other noodle soups as it has spices. Another notable ingredient is quite often pigs blood. The dish is often served in small bowls for less than 20 baht.

Tom Yum Fried Rice

This next dish is a bit of a strange hybrid. It is cross-between fried rice and the popular tum yum soup. Though this version doesn’t have the soup. The basic ingredients are all the same. Like lemon grass, kaffir lime leaves, galangal, red shallots, straw mushrooms and even my favourite, chili jam (nam prik pao). Unlike normal tom yum, all the ingredients are chopped up fine so that you eat all. It was good but I felt it was a little dry. My other favourite tom yum hybrid is egg noodle tom yum. This fried rice with seafood was 25 baht.

Stir-fried Prawns and Sponge Gourd

This is a simple side dish which is easy to make. You need to peel and wash the gourd and then cut up into bite size pieces. Fry some garlic in a wok and when it is golden brown add the gourd. Season with fish sauce, soy sauce, oyster sauce and stock. Add the shrimp and keep stirring. This was only 25 baht.

Black Beans and Tapioca Balls

Our dessert today was “tua dum saku biak” or Black Beans and Tapioca Balls. As in many Thai desserts, it had thick coconut milk and plenty of sugar. I am afraid I wasn’t too keen on this dessert. But, at least I tried. This was only 10 baht. The next time you are walking the streets in Thailand don’t be shy to try something new. Thai street food is not that expensive and is worth experimenting.

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