I love Pad Thai. I love Pad Thai in New York. I love Pad Thai in Thailand. I love Pad Thai. For those of you who aren’t familiar with Pad Thai (is there anyone unfamiliar with Pad Thai??), it’s a traditional Thai dish consisting of stir fried rice noodles with egg, sauce and vegetables, meat or seafood. Crushed peanuts, lime and chives are often used as a garnish. In addition to traditional Pad Thai, fried noodles of all sorts are common in Thai food.
Pad Thai is cheap in Thailand. Absurdly cheap! If you eat Pad Thai on the street, it costs 30 Baht (that’s around $1 USD). At a restaurant, you may spend 70-80 Baht (still less than $3 USD). It’s so inexpensive, it’s easy to eat Thai noodles three times a day. While tempting, I would not recommend this. I speak from personal experience when I tell you that after a full day’s diet of Pad Thai, you will feel bloated and wished you hadn’t let yourself eat fried noodles for breakfast. Live and learn. Nevertheless, you should absolutely get your fill of fried noodles when you travel to Thailand. Here are a few of my favorites:
Fried rice noodles in special sauce with bean spouts, peanuts, green onion and egg in Bangkok.
Pad Thai at Chart on Khao San Road in Bangkok. The perfect way to pass time during monsoon.
Pad Thai takeaway from street vendor outside Wong Wian Yai train station in Bangkok. Try eating this with chopsticks on a moving train!
Thai noodle soup outside the Maeklong Railway Market in Samut Songkhram.
Fried noodles with seafood off Silom Road in Bangkok.
Thai noodle soup at Damneon Saduak floating market.
Pad Thai with seafood in Koh Phangan.
I did change it up from time to time. In addition to lots of yummy street food, I was introduced to Thai green curry by someone I was traveling with. (I wouldn’t recommend eating this for breakfast either. Tempting, but no.)
Thai green curry in Koh Phangan.
Thai green curry at Chart on Khao San Road in Bangkok.
While eating fried noodles three times a day certainly can’t be good for you, lugging a backpack around in Thailand’s extreme heat causes you to shed weight like crazy! So, if the worst thing that happens is you fail to get your nutrients, I’m happy to report that eating days’ worth of Pad Thai won’t cause any permanent damage.