Six months have passed since I did the Thai Street Food Challenge. During September 2010, I ate just over 100 different street food dishes. The challenge was to only eat street food for one month, for every meal, with no repeats. Like most people who live in Thailand, I usually stick to half a dozen favourites that I usually repeat. So, it was a real challenge for me to try some new dishes. I think by the end I was starting to get a bit desperate and was eating ox tail and various dishes with animal innards. But, once finished I was really glad as I had discovered some new favourites. I was originally planning on waiting a year before doing it again but due to popular demand it will now be twice yearly.
So, the second part of my Thai Street Food Challenge starts today. I am sure I will be eating some of my favourites again but I will also be looking for some new dishes. Each weekend I will also visit a different floating market around Bangkok looking for something delicious. My rules are simple. I cannot eat in restaurants or places that have menus. The closest to a restaurant that I can eat at is a food shop but there cannot be a front wall or a door! It has to be open to the street. The biggest challenge for me is having to eat something spicy for breakfast. And as the days go by, I will have to go far in the mornings to find something new. I hope it doesn’t rain too often!
You can follow my food challenge live on Twitter at @EnjoyThaiFood. I will also update the Thai Street Food Photo Album on Facebook each evening as well as a summary on my Thai Food Blog.