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Offline ken kenobie

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Way back when I first arrived in Thailand I was an enthusiastic and avid consumer of Thai street food . The endless road side stalls and wandering push cart vendors peddling all manner of delicious Thai food and drinks. There I was wandering around the night markets chomping on wonderful BBQ chicken on a stick or grilled prawns and of course endless deep fried bananas or fresh crepes smothered in sweet condensed milk.


Then it happened I was struck down with food poisoning and ended up in hospital where I lay with a saline drip tube in one arm and hypodermic needle marks on the other arm. That experience and the doctors acidic comment about being a foreigner and the possible bad side effects of eating street food changed the way I looked at my eating habits . The die was cast and from that day I never again and never have eaten any Thai street food .  This may sound some what of a drastic knee jerk reaction , but the thought of once again having to endure another bout food poisoning and unpleasant hospital stay is just too much to bear .
 
 

Any one else avoid eating Thai street food or had bad experiences .

 
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 Street Food. Only eat when cooked fresh in front of me.

 Had food poisoning from "Farang" places.

 Like every where you take your chances.


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Roadside bbq chicken is often there for hours over the grill before it's purchased and may be covered in dust and residue of diesel fumes etc. Delicious though  :)

Noodles - my last 'upset' was within an hour of eating at the roadside.

I think it's possible to see whether a place looks 'clean' or not but that's all you can do - guess - then try it and hope. 'Falang' food in Thailand is less likely to be a problem as it is often cooked to order ?

KK - deep fried bananas - excellent but I always wonder about the oil it's cooked in.

Many noodle 'shops' stay open until the days food is used up. That's good - starting fresh each day. But in contrast, there must be a lot of unsold food, uncooked and cooked, at the end of each day in the market - what about fresh meat and fish (with flies all day). I guess much of it is fridged and offered for sale again  ??? 

I eat at home often and usually at known places when we go out.
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Street Food. Only eat when cooked fresh in front of me.

 Had food poisoning from "Farang" places.

 Like every where you take your chances.

Yes , like many situations here , its a gamble  :)



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Roadside bbq chicken is often there for hours over the grill before it's purchased and may be covered in dust and residue of diesel fumes etc. Delicious though  :)

Noodles - my last 'upset' was within an hour of eating at the roadside.

I think it's possible to see whether a place looks 'clean' or not but that's all you can do - guess - then try it and hope. 'Falang' food in Thailand is less likely to be a problem as it is often cooked to order ?

KK - deep fried bananas - excellent but I always wonder about the oil it's cooked in.

Many noodle 'shops' stay open until the days food is used up. That's good - starting fresh each day. But in contrast, there must be a lot of unsold food, uncooked and cooked, at the end of each day in the market - what about fresh meat and fish (with flies all day). I guess much of it is fridged and offered for sale again  ??? 

I eat at home often and usually at known places when we go out.

I'm with you on the eat at home thing :)

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