How about regular Thai food on the street. The venues are often supersized versions of street food carts. Street food rules in Bangkok. With local venues, the kitchens are often open air, and you sit underneath fans on plastic chairs and plastic tables. Even the indoor restaurants often have outdoor kitchens. Local Thai food is roughly about 30 to 60 baht per dish. Essentially one dish is about a dollar. Some dishes, if you are splurging, can go up to 2 dollars per dish. Now, if you are into eating a variety of dishes, then you are in the foodie heaven of all heavens. Now, if you are a food safety Nazi, then some aspects of this country will irk you. The kitchens often do not have hot water. You will often see people washing dishes on the sidewalk. Many of these places do not have a restroom. Even in the mall, the restroom is located away from the restaurant. The safest thing is to go to places that are crowded, or go to places that a local recommends. Now if you are on a tourist run, the local recommendations might be a little hard. My suggestion would be to use The Lonely Planet guides. They tend to recommend places that are tourist friendly. They are good starting points if you don't have access. Fortunately for me, I have Thai friends who can order for me.
This place serves mainly Issan food. Issan is a northern style of food, and it is most often associated with papaya salad, larbs and other dishes. It is the cuisine that many in the USA might be the most familiar. As a rule, the further south you go, the chili count goes up.
Issan style pork slices. These cuts are thinly sliced with a layer of pork fat. The dipping sauce is spicy, although I can't tell you what's in it. This was really good, and quite tender.
Larb. This again is pork larb, which is laced with chili, lime juice, and fish sauce. Onions are a part of this dish. It's quite a bit better than the stuff in Los Angeles.
Papaya salad. The one I ate was spicy with chili. The long beans in this dish are facinating, and crisp. This dish had peanut brittle in it, which gives the salad the sweetness often delivered with palm sugar.
So, what types of food can you get at a place like One Way? Some of the best food I've had has been prepared in these types of places. Here's a rundown.
There are also local places that serve lunch. The prices range from 30 to 60 baht per plate. Next to my apartment here, there is a local place that specializes in these really cool Thai dishes. They already know my pattern. I order a plate. I get a Pepsi. I tip them 10 baht. They also remember me. This is an example of some of their dishes. This is stewed chicken with noodles and veggies. It was really good, and surprisingly light.
This was not a bad dish. The broth is dark, and the vegetables are fresh. The drumstick was laced with the soy sauce goodness of the broth.
These two shots were done with the Hipstamatic app in the iPhone. I've had this soup the second day here. It's spicy with lots of chili. The shrimp was great and the noodles were tasty. A few things were identified by my palate. Coconut milk, chili, fish sauce, galangal root and probably lemon grass.