Khao San Road (Thanon Khao San) has famously been called a backpacker's ghetto. It's a crazy street with lots of neon, noise, cheap trinkets, cheaper beer, and an annoying cavalcade of suit salesmen and tuk-tuk drivers with whom you must avoid all eye contact. We first stayed a block north on Thanon Rami Buttri, but soon discovered Soi Rami Buttri (Rami Buttri Alley), which is a less crowded version of Khao San Road with a more chill vibe.
Our first night we sat down at a street bar where the guy running it would happily bring us food from the next food stand over.
There are loads of pad thai carts on Khao San Road, too, such as this one. A serving will cost between 20 and 30 Baht (US$0.66 to $1).
Be sure to look over the ingredients on the cart! If you see a tin of pinkish-reddish looking flakes, make sure they don't add that to your dish. It's tiny shrimp. That happened to us at one particular cart (not the one pictured above), so please learn from our mistake. Also, from the same cart, even though we ordered it without meat or egg, I got a bite of pork. This is the issue you'll have with having the same pan used for every order.
This is a food stand we just happened upon.
We debated whether to try it because we couldn't be sure everything was vegan, and we were heading to dinner at a restaurant up the road. But we decided to give it a shot.
Turns out it was fine. No fish sauce in it. I'm fish sauce detector as I have always hated fish, anyway, so it's a very foreign taste to me.
Mr. Yim's Vegetarian food stand is along Soi Rami Buttri. On the map above, it's about where the arrow is pointing towards street food.
He does have an omelet on the menu and he makes yogurt for the stand two doors down from his, but his stand is mostly vegan.
We'd only been to Mr. Yim's once before doing a loop to 3 other countries in Southeast Asia, but this Red Curry was enough to set the bar very high for Marya.
Notice at the bottom of the picture there's what appears to be a tomatillo slice. We eventually figured out that it's a kind of eggplant.
And I got the Spicy Basil with Vegetables and Tofu:
And I got the lucky kitten plate!
On our return to Bangkok we returned to Mr. Yim's at least once a day. Not pictured: Marya got another plate of the Red Curry. And I got this Stir Fried Vegetables with Tofu and Cashew Nuts:
On another visit, I got this Tom Yam Soup (a.k.a. Tom Yum):
And underneath my bowl was, again, the lucky kitten plate!
And the last dish, perhaps my favorite of all the dishes I'd ordered from Mr. Yim's, was the Green Curry:
Worth a mention: towards the end of Soi Rami Buttri is this fun little bar made from an old VW microbus:
There is a custom in Thailand to greet and thank others using the wai. Typically, it's palms pressed together with fingertips around nose height, and bowing your head slightly while greeting or thanking.
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