Phad Thai from the street‏

In Eating out, Outside Dubai, thailand on September 9, 2011 at 08:43

Pad Thai or Phat Thai (Thai: ผัดไทย [pʰàt tʰāj], “fried Thai style”) is a dish of stir-fried rice noodles with eggs, fish sauce (Thai: น้ำปลา), tamarind juice, red chilli pepper, plus any combination of bean sprouts, shrimp, chicken, or tofu, garnished with crushed peanuts, coriander and lime, the juice of which can be added along with Thai condiments. Pad Thai is one of Thailand’s national dishes.

Though the dish had been known in various forms for centuries – it is thought to have been brought to the ancient Thai capital of Ayuthaya by Vietnamese traders – it was first made popular as a national dish by Luang Phibunsongkhram when he was prime minister during the 1930s and 1940s, partly as an element of his campaign for Thai nationalism and centralization, and partly for a campaign to reduce rice consumption in Thailand. The Thai economy at this time was heavily dependent on rice exports; Phibunsongkhram hoped to increase the amount available for export by launching a campaign to educate the poor in the production of rice noodles, as well as in the preparation of these noodles with other ingredients to sell in small cafes and from street carts.

Phad thai has come a long way since then and it has moved from the street corners to the restaurants in ritzy 5 star hotels!

I like phad thai in its original form in the streets and this is one of my favorite stall located in the night market off the BTS station On Nut opposite the Teslco Lotus Hyper market.

3 ladies man the stall with one doing only the cooking, one collects money and take orders and the last one is packs the food and prepares the condiments. Simple and efficient but be warned the average waiting time is at least 25 minutes.

Try it its yummy!!! Well worth the waiting time and is as local as u can get for 40 baht and the crowd is local and this is not cooked for tourists …

Street Night Market on On Nut BTS across the street from Teslco Lotus Hypermarket.

Opening hours: 1800hrs till they are sold out (abt 2100hrs)


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