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Thailand Is Banning Street Food Vendors

What if kwek-kwek, taho, and balut got banned too?
by Andrei Medina | Apr 18, 2017
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Bad news for all the foodies out there. The government of Thailand has decided to act against street food vendors in what is considered to be the best place in the world to get your street food fix.

According to TIME, the Thai capital wants to promote safety and cleanliness by taking back the streets which have been overrun by illegal stalls and a thriving culture.

Well, we can’t really put all the blame on the vendors if they’re making good money with real good sidewalk cuisine like these.

So how good is it? Thai street food is apparently so good that it was recently declared by CNN as the world’s best for two years in a row.

But despite this, the government seems serious enough with their reclamation drive since they plan to declare the streets of Thailand free of illegal vendors and the food they peddle by the end of the year.

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The government program will target merchants from all 50 districts of Bangkok, including the world famous Yaowarat (Chinatown) and Khao San Road so you can kiss your authentic street Pad Thai goodbye.


Thankfully for us there’s no such thing as a permanent clean-up drive here that would take away our street food. If it does happen then these are five irresistible Pinoy classic street foods that we will definitely miss.

1) Kwek-kwek

These quail boiled eggs dipped in orange batter make for a delicious and filling snack that’s a good source of protein but also high in cholesterol so better watch out.

2) Siomai

These steamed or fried dumplings are usually made of pork, beef or shrimp variants can easily be a convenient alternative to any meal. If you’re feeling hungrier than usual just add rice and you’ve got a siomai rice meal that will keep you full until dinner time.

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3) Barbecue

If you’re going carnivore mode and just want a lot of meat then you’ll never go wrong with the good old barbecues which are chunks of marinated meat skewered on a stick.

4) Taho

Taho is a morning Filipinio street food staple made of tofu bean curd topped with sweet syrup and tapioca pearls.

5) Balut

This is probably the most exotic of the whole Filipino street food culture. We just love to make foreigners try it only to tell them afterwards what it really is—developing duck embryo—while seeing how they react to what they just ate.


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