Woo! We stopped over in Singapore on the way for a few hours. We didn't have enough time to leave the airport since we had to clear immigration, grab our luggage and recheck it onto our next flight. So, we just stayed in the budget terminal and had breakfast.
I love it when my nasi lemak is served in fresh banana leaves. Back at home they usually serve it in some grease proof brown paper.
When we touched down in Bang Kok, I had been awake for close to 24 hours. The excitement kept me going though and once we checked into our hotel, we went in search of food!
Now, bear in mind the exchange rate we got for our Aussie dollars into Thai Baht.
1 AUD$ = 31.48 Thai Baht
In my mind to make it easier for calculations, I thought of it as for every 30 Baht I was spending, I was spending 1 Australian dollar.
We found a food court in one of the shopping malls beside our hotel and all headed to the busiest stall. When unsure in a foreign eatery, go with the stall that has the longest queue!
Woo! We paid just over two Australian dollars for this dish! We couldn't help but compare this to paying anywhere between $12-$20 for this back in Perth. Fantastic value! There was a generous amount of seafood - mussels, squid, prawns and juicy plump oysters. The seafood was cooked separately to the noodles and then laid on top so they were cooked just perfect. The oysters were soooo good!
While eating our pad thai, we noticed we were crunching a bit and on closer inspection, we realised it was these tiny little dried shrimps. I made sure to take an antihistamine!
Shallen and I also shared some fresh spring rolls that were a bit soggy. The 'skins' stuck to the plate and so the whole thing fell apart when we tried to pick them up. The dipping sauce was good!
For lunch, we ate again at the food court.
Yes, this dish cost me a little over 1 Aussie dollar!! The serving sizes are smaller than I'm used to but it's just perfect so that I don't overeat.
We walked around the entire day and were soon hungry again. We found an upmarket food court at the MBK shopping mall but we decided to go with the buffet we found for...
Yes, an ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT noodle and curry buffet for only AUD$2.
At first we thought perhaps the curries were vegetarian and that's why it was so cheap, but no, there was meat in some of the curries! You just had to go digging around for it.
On the way back to our hotel, this street vendor was selling warm corn! I simply had to have some! He was making it by stirring in some sugar, butter and a splash of condensed milk. I asked for just butter.
Look at the kernels - they look like the've been
hand plucked and not simply cut off the cob!
A hotel stay would not be complete without ordering room service at least once!