When you are in Pattaya on your corporate golfing trip, the focus of your visit is the experience of playing on greens in one of the most popular golf destinations in the world. However, by no means is it the only thing you will be doing there. Pattaya has a lot to offer any visitor and the street food experience in the city is one to savour; you will find delectable street foods just about everywhere in Pattaya, right round the clock.
It’s little surprise then that anyone who visits the city makes it a point of walk around its streets to take in the local sights and sounds and taste various street foods from stationary and mobile food stalls across the city.
The Hygiene Aspect of Street Food
People with adventurous palates are always eager to try out this local cuisine, but there are some who wonder about the safety and hygiene aspect of consuming street food. Many people are wary about the quality of the food and worry about food poisoning. Of course, it’s also difficult to deny that roadside food stalls do tend to look unhygienic and dodgy. However, the truth is that most of these fears are unfounded and while these stalls may not be a 10 on the cleanliness scale, the food served at these places is quite safe to eat.
Street Food in Pattaya – A Quick Guide
Of course, there are times when people who eat street food in Pattaya do get sick, but that’s largely because they don’t make smart decisions about where and what they eat. Here are some basic rules you can follow:
#1 Buy Street Food at Places That Locals Eat At
The locals are aware of which vendors sell good food and your best bet is to buy food from street food vendors that locals frequent.
#2 Check the Food For Colour and Freshness
It’s important that you don’t stop at the first food stall you see. Check whether the fruits and vegetables are crisp and colourful and if the meats look fresh. That is an indication of better quality foods.
#3 Stick to Standard Stuff
Even if you are a little adventurous with the foods you eat and may want to try eating local novelties such as frogs, worms and bugs, you can never be sure for how long these foods have been sitting in the tray before they have been served to you. Since you may not be familiar with these tastes, you wouldn’t be able to identify if the food was a little “off”. This is why it’s best to stick to more familiar foods.
Different Menus For Different Times of The Day
Thais really love their food and they enjoy variety in their meals. And so, you will be able to find street food ranging from vegetables, meats and fruit to rice dishes, whole fish, fried chicken and sausages and more, based on the time of the day.
Pattaya is a city that never sleeps and you will find many food vendors even at 5 am and you can find foods like omelettes, rice porridge, pork on a stick, grilled bananas and more.
Lunches tend to be spicier and you can get foods like grilled chicken and fish with rice or noodles, green and red curries, BBQ meat balls and papaya salad etc.
The evening street food fare is even more interesting and the push carts sell everything from kebabs, sausage rolls, pies, fried noodles, omelettes, savoury and spicy rice dishes and BBQ seafood.
If you crave for some authentic Thai food, we recommend you give the fancy restaurants a cold shoulder and head for all the street food hot spots. If you have any questions about golf in Pattaya and our tour packages, you can get in touch with us at Pattaya Golf Trips. Just fill in this contact us form and we’ll get back to you. You can also call us on 0499 013 536, and we’ll be happy to hear from you.
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