Spicy som tam salad, phad Thai, sweet soy milk and bean curd or grilled chicken satay - Bangkok'sstreet food scene is internationally renowned. But the latest move has banned all the street food stalls from the main roads of Bangkok.
The Chief Adviser to Bangkok's Governor, Wanlop Suwandee, confirmed yesterday that Yaowarat and Khaosan Road were up next in the city's street food removal project. It's also reported that most street food stalls in the major area of Siam have already been cleared out and efforts are now being focused towards Chinatown's Yaowarat Road and tourist haunt, Khao San Road.
He said Thailand was a changing place. There are, however, a lot of pavements in the city that are spacious enough for both foot traffic and food stalls. Street food won't disappear - people will find creative ways around the new rules, as they always have done.
The announcement comes on the heels of CNN's awarding Bangkok the title of 'best street food in the world' for the second year running.
However, while the removal of street food vendors is sad for tourists who want to taste the curbside cuisine, it's tragic for the city's low-paid workers who depend on the THB30-60 meals to survive and have no idea how they will eat once the street food is gone.