Street food in Bristol

It is impossible to define what is and what is not authentic Thai street food. It’s not about recipes, what is right what is wrong.

It is about  people, what they enjoy, about everything that goes into the preparation and presentation of the food we call Thai street food.

At the age of five, Tippy’s mother Niang was helping her mother cook food for sale at the market in Surin. Lifeskills and experience she bought with her when she opened her first market in Glouster. Skills passed down to Tippy and in turn to her sisters.

Authentic Thai food in Bristol

Preparing food they sell at the street markets throughout Bristol. ThaiFridays.co.uk

 

Agaligo

Agaligo is a small  Thai restaurant and takeaway located on Station Road on Hayling Island. 
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Serving authentic Thai cuisine prepared by a Thai 5-star hotel experienced chef.

Royal Thai cuisine Hampshire

 

It only opens in the evenings in summer, Tuesday to Saturday and booking is essential.

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Exquisitely presented dishes featuring finely balanced ingredients and hand carved vegetables.

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Rather than the more robust flavours associated with country style cooking and popular street foods.

Seafood

In reverse order of excellence in the Pattaya area:

‘Nang Nuen’ on ‘Walking Street’ is good and, if you are just passing through Pattaya something of a show.

Mum Aroy in Narklua, excellent sea food, but getting rather pricey.

In Jomtien, ร้านอาหารสุดทางรักพัทยา, this is not a place with live fish to gawk at and choose, but the seafood is sublime.

To the south of Pattaya towards Satthahip Phreecha, I’ll not argue with anyone who claims this to be the best seafood restaurant they’ve ever eaten at. (and yes live fish, prawns, cabs etc).

To the North of Pattaya near Chonburi at Saen Suk, Wang Muk sea food restaurant – There is no better sea food in Thailand and the reason why I would not argue with anyone saying Phreecha is the best is because I’d know they’ve never been to Wang Muk.

Sea food markets of note:

Narklua market (at the back of the old market nearest the sea)
Wang Muk sea food market
Ang Sila sea food market – really really superb.

For the past 9 years I have lived in SEA port cities and Bigal1’s advice is the best. Go to the fish market at the harbor and buy the best fish, have it cooked for you in a small place nearby and be happy.
In Thailand really good seafood costs as much as in the west. Check for Seafood Market in Bangkok. Good place but not cheap at all. The places mentioned by persona are ok but nothing mind blowing, standard fare serving the Thai middle class.
Yes, people do fish in Thailand but the catch is limited and mostly reserved for export or privileged consumption. The tons of shrimps, baby lobsters, crabs, snappers etc. you find all around have never seen the sea. The romantic belief that fishermen go out in the early morning, bring in a colorful fish and you have it for lunch and at a bargain is tourist industry image. Resellers wait with their cellphones in the harbors, check the catch, and get immediately limits from their patrons in the capitol or Japan. If the harbor is close to an airport, the good quality is within hours in Tokyo. Only rejects enter local wholesale or those ordered by places like the restaurant above which charges a premium.
Islands order wholesale frozen farmed fish. I have seen it on Koh Samet and do not think other places are any different – this applies also for fish restaurants in Pattaya. Difference here is that the farmed fish is delivered alive to the better places – but again this is not a catch from the sea.
I do not eat fish away from places like Bigal1 described. The danger of formaldehyde (causes cancer) and other forms of manipulation is just too big. Shrimps are another long story. Just take a look at the farms north of Ayuthaya (that’s not on the sea).
In sum, if you are not at a good place and islands are not, if you do not go at the right time, and if you are not willing to pay a realistic price for the product you wont get good quality. In my place it is either at dawn or dusk and it is rubbing shoulders with locals and being prepared to pay a dollar more than them.

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Bangkok Breakfast

Breakfast in Bangkok

You have to look hard for a high cholestrol greasy English breakfast in Bangkok. Most of the quaintly chic Thai coffee shops don’t understand a pre-cooked perfectly formed fried egg on a croissant does not pass as breakfast.  And when you do find what you are looking for it’s pricey, very pricey.

No compromise

Personally I do not believe that one can replicate the true taste and flavours of Thai food in a commercial kitchen. What is it about Thai food that sets it apart? What makes it different,  a niche that is separate and distinctly different?

What is Thai cuisine?

The question that took me across to Arundel and Thai Time.  Following the successful opening of their first restaurant in Forest Row, owners Mark and Bam decided to set up a sister restaurant in Arundel.  What caught my eye was their uncompromising committment to promote the authentic taste and flavours of Thailand.

Food normally eaten exclusively by Thai’s.