Government spokesman Lt-Gen Sansern Kaewkamnerd said Thursday that the prime minister described street food as unique and a charm of Bangkok.
He added that the prime minister also called on street food vendors to maintain food hygiene and cleanliness of their food and the environment of their food stalls and to cooperate with city officials in ensuring order.
CNN reported that it is impossible to avoid street food in Bangkok where sidewalk vendors in different parts of the city operate on a fixed rotation.
Some take care of the breakfast crowd with sweet soymilk and bean curd while others dish up fragrant rice and poached chicken for lunch. The late-night crowd offers everything from phad thai noodles to grilled satay.
CNN quoted Chef Van of the French brasserie 4Garcons on Soi Thong Lor 13 as saying he favours street food in Chinatown or Yaowarat. He recommended hoy tod nai mong, a crisp fired mussel pancake as the chef and owner makes them one by one on the charcoal stove.
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