Thailand is well-known not only for its red-light districts and shopping centers, but also for its street food. When I stayed in Pattaya for two weeks in August of this year, I almost went crazy sampling one street food after another. One of my favorites is this spicy noodles made by a vendor right across our hotel.
This vendor unfortunately didn’t speak English, so I didn’t know what the noodle dish was called. His cart was full of raw ingredients, from shrimps and squid, to several vegetables and other stuff I couldn’t identify (but which I found delicious!).
He asked me to choose which of the ingredients to cook, dumped them for a few minutes in boiling water, then cooked the glass noodles as well for a few minutes.
After everything was cooked, he put it in styrofoam, asked me how much chili I wanted, and off I went with it to the hotel. I shared it a bit with my officemate but she found it too spicy. I absolutely loved the dish; I just wish I’d found someone who (1) knew what it was and (2) spoke English.
If you are Thai and you know what this dish is, do feel free to let me know!