Bangkok's disappearing street food

Although street food has long been synonymous with Bangkok, the city is steadily sweeping the sidewalks clean of its vendors.

For decades, Soi 38, Bangkok’s famed foodie haunt on Sukhumvit Road, was a carnival of colours, smells and sounds. Nearly every night, woks sizzled and the narrow road overflowed with roving eaters lining their stomachs for long nights out. Under bright yellow lamps, street vendors served stewed pork knuckle, oily chicken rice and plate after plate of piquant pad thai.

But when the owner of this land passed away in 2014, his family sold it to a property development firm and construction of a luxury condominium got underway. Today, instead of the symphony of backpackers, families and young Thai couples filling up at foldable tables, the raspy cry of cranes and backhoes floods the air. While a few vendors remain, the writing is on the wall for this hallowed street food destination.

To read the rest of Craig Sauers story, follo this link.   http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20160817-bangkoks-disappearing-street-food

 

 

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