Comments on: Western Perceptions & Thai Realities http://thailandlandofsmiles.com/2009/08/03/western-perceptions-thai-realities/ Wed, 10 Feb 2010 13:17:30 +0700 hourly 1 By: SiamRick http://thailandlandofsmiles.com/2009/08/03/western-perceptions-thai-realities/comment-page-1/#comment-7659 SiamRick Wed, 05 Aug 2009 15:20:40 +0000 http://thailandlandofsmiles.com/?p=2070#comment-7659 Here in Toronto, there are many Thai restaurants, but there's hardly a one of them that can match Thailand roadside stands. And that's no lie! So, has anyone sat and collapsed one of those plastic chairs? ;-) And from now on, no cats? No eat! Here in Toronto, there are many Thai restaurants, but there’s hardly a one of them that can match Thailand roadside stands. And that’s no lie!

So, has anyone sat and collapsed one of those plastic chairs? ;-)

And from now on, no cats? No eat!

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By: Talen http://thailandlandofsmiles.com/2009/08/03/western-perceptions-thai-realities/comment-page-1/#comment-7657 Talen Wed, 05 Aug 2009 05:44:11 +0000 http://thailandlandofsmiles.com/?p=2070#comment-7657 So true Martyn, When I took the family to a Thai BBQ in Nakhon Phanom the beer was cheaper than water I think. The one picture above with the falling awning I didn't even realize was a restaurant. Pookie pulled in and I was like" what the hell is this place and why are we here"...they had absolutely the best sweet and sour chicken that was more of a sweet, sour, and spicy. So true Martyn, When I took the family to a Thai BBQ in Nakhon Phanom the beer was cheaper than water I think.

The one picture above with the falling awning I didn’t even realize was a restaurant. Pookie pulled in and I was like” what the hell is this place and why are we here”…they had absolutely the best sweet and sour chicken that was more of a sweet, sour, and spicy.

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By: Catherine http://thailandlandofsmiles.com/2009/08/03/western-perceptions-thai-realities/comment-page-1/#comment-7656 Catherine Wed, 05 Aug 2009 05:42:01 +0000 http://thailandlandofsmiles.com/?p=2070#comment-7656 When I lived in Houston in the '80s, there was a show focused on a chap going around reporting kitchens that did not pass inspection. Rats, grease, food left out... we'd all turn green. Thinking about it now, I just smile. And that's what living in Thailand is all about really. Smiling :-) .-= Catherine´s last blog ..<a href="http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/womenlearnthai/PKcd/~3/tYWOVYPDXJ4/" rel="nofollow">Learning Thai is More Than a Study of Words & Grammar – Part 2</a> =-. When I lived in Houston in the ’80s, there was a show focused on a chap going around reporting kitchens that did not pass inspection.

Rats, grease, food left out… we’d all turn green.

Thinking about it now, I just smile.

And that’s what living in Thailand is all about really. Smiling :-)
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By: Martyn http://thailandlandofsmiles.com/2009/08/03/western-perceptions-thai-realities/comment-page-1/#comment-7655 Martyn Wed, 05 Aug 2009 05:23:55 +0000 http://thailandlandofsmiles.com/?p=2070#comment-7655 I love the 4 cat restaurant quote, so true. I have had many a cat brush my leg when sat in such establishments and they still make me jump even now. If the food is good then the cats will be there you couldn't have put it more truer. Wilai quite often selects one of these type of places to eat in and at first I was a little bit put off by the bombed out kitchens as you put it but nowadays I'm quite happy to eat order some chicken and rice or sweet and sour. You didn't mention the beer, so so cheap in these type of places assuming they sell it, now we're talking. .-= Martyn´s last blog ..<a href="http://www.thaisabai.org/2009/08/thailand-blogs-july-09-review/" rel="nofollow">Thailand Blogs – July 09 Review</a> =-. I love the 4 cat restaurant quote, so true. I have had many a cat brush my leg when sat in such establishments and they still make me jump even now. If the food is good then the cats will be there you couldn’t have put it more truer. Wilai quite often selects one of these type of places to eat in and at first I was a little bit put off by the bombed out kitchens as you put it but nowadays I’m quite happy to eat order some chicken and rice or sweet and sour. You didn’t mention the beer, so so cheap in these type of places assuming they sell it, now we’re talking.
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By: john http://thailandlandofsmiles.com/2009/08/03/western-perceptions-thai-realities/comment-page-1/#comment-7651 john Tue, 04 Aug 2009 18:41:34 +0000 http://thailandlandofsmiles.com/?p=2070#comment-7651 i like to eat on the street food cooked to order no buffet food except choransi grand hotel in udon thani yum yum the thing about street food is you see the chef is the place clean of course our he would have no custom no warmed up food from the day before like my local fish and chip shop in the uk my favourite place to eat is udon thani night market near the big screen i like to eat on the street food cooked to order no buffet food except choransi grand hotel in udon thani yum yum
the thing about street food is you see the chef
is the place clean of course our he would have no custom
no warmed up food from the day before like my local fish and chip shop in the uk
my favourite place to eat is udon thani night market
near the big screen

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By: Catherine http://thailandlandofsmiles.com/2009/08/03/western-perceptions-thai-realities/comment-page-1/#comment-7649 Catherine Tue, 04 Aug 2009 15:22:36 +0000 http://thailandlandofsmiles.com/?p=2070#comment-7649 So true... so very true. And seems to me that anywhere in the world I go, if the Thai restaurant looks too spiffy, then the food is not as good. .-= Catherine´s last blog ..<a href="http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/womenlearnthai/PKcd/~3/tYWOVYPDXJ4/" rel="nofollow">Learning Thai is More Than a Study of Words & Grammar – Part 2</a> =-. So true… so very true. And seems to me that anywhere in the world I go, if the Thai restaurant looks too spiffy, then the food is not as good.
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By: Talen http://thailandlandofsmiles.com/2009/08/03/western-perceptions-thai-realities/comment-page-1/#comment-7648 Talen Tue, 04 Aug 2009 13:13:37 +0000 http://thailandlandofsmiles.com/?p=2070#comment-7648 Have to agree that price is never related to quality. The one place you had may have had the plastic chairs to lure you in but having a menu in Thai/english...hell having a menu at all was a dead giveaway that it wasn't a side street bistro. I think the most I have spent in one of my favorite places was 180 baht and that was for 2 people! Have to agree that price is never related to quality.

The one place you had may have had the plastic chairs to lure you in but having a menu in Thai/english…hell having a menu at all was a dead giveaway that it wasn’t a side street bistro.

I think the most I have spent in one of my favorite places was 180 baht and that was for 2 people!

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By: up2ualan http://thailandlandofsmiles.com/2009/08/03/western-perceptions-thai-realities/comment-page-1/#comment-7647 up2ualan Tue, 04 Aug 2009 09:43:07 +0000 http://thailandlandofsmiles.com/?p=2070#comment-7647 Another thing with Thai food, price is in no way an indicator of quality. I remember eating at a place in Hua Hin as you describe plastic chairs and so on, and it was very expensive for a little sidewalk place and the food was dire. The next night I ate at a very classy place composite the Hilton where the food was great and it was cheaper than the plastic chair place. Now you are thinking "special farang price" at the plastic chair place, no that was their normal rates same for everyone with a Thai/English menu and the same overpricing for Bangkok weekend tourists and farangs. that was the exception though usually price is not related to quality Another thing with Thai food, price is in no way an indicator of quality. I remember eating at a place in Hua Hin as you describe plastic chairs and so on, and it was very expensive for a little sidewalk place and the food was dire.
The next night I ate at a very classy place composite the Hilton where the food was great and it was cheaper than the plastic chair place.
Now you are thinking “special farang price” at the plastic chair place, no that was their normal rates same for everyone with a Thai/English menu and the same overpricing for Bangkok weekend tourists and farangs. that was the exception though usually price is not related to quality

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By: Talen http://thailandlandofsmiles.com/2009/08/03/western-perceptions-thai-realities/comment-page-1/#comment-7646 Talen Tue, 04 Aug 2009 05:35:58 +0000 http://thailandlandofsmiles.com/?p=2070#comment-7646 Sounds like you have some great eating joints there Malcolm. The best I have seen so far was a 14 cat place ...but it was a Thai BBQ and I think they were trying to show off. Sounds like you have some great eating joints there Malcolm. The best I have seen so far was a 14 cat place …but it was a Thai BBQ and I think they were trying to show off.

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By: Malcolm http://thailandlandofsmiles.com/2009/08/03/western-perceptions-thai-realities/comment-page-1/#comment-7645 Malcolm Tue, 04 Aug 2009 05:06:08 +0000 http://thailandlandofsmiles.com/?p=2070#comment-7645 Talen, great post and ohhhhh so true, when we have vistors ,I always try to take them to a real , Thai 4-cat restaurant(I like that too ) where they can get real Thai food , My friend one time said "that place don't look good , I ask "you talking about how you think the food will be or you talking about the looks of the building " Many times they have been pleasantly suprise with the great taste and freshness and service in some of these little roadside joints.Like you I have stopped looking for a "GOOD" place to eat and eat where I can get great Thai food. Next time you are in the LOS come on down to Whang Pho , there are a couple places that if they were in a beautiful buildings ,would be 5 star but they are 4-cat, and the price is right too.And if you need a mouseer take one home with you . Malcolm .-= Malcolm´s last blog ..<a href="http://malcolmandciejay.blogspot.com/2009/08/t-fruit-thais-call-noi-na-sugar-apple.html" rel="nofollow">THE FRUIT THE THAI'S CALL NOI NA---SUGAR APPLE</a> =-. Talen, great post and ohhhhh so true, when we have vistors ,I always try to take them to a real , Thai 4-cat restaurant(I like that too ) where they can get real Thai food , My friend one time said “that place don’t look good , I ask “you talking about how you think the food will be or you talking about the looks of the building ” Many times they have been pleasantly suprise with the great taste and freshness and service in some of these little roadside joints.Like you I have stopped looking for a “GOOD” place to eat and eat where I can get great Thai food. Next time you are in the LOS come on down to Whang Pho , there are a couple places that if they were in a beautiful buildings ,would be 5 star but they are 4-cat, and the price is right too.And if you need a mouseer take one home with you . Malcolm
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By: Jeff Gray http://thailandlandofsmiles.com/2009/08/03/western-perceptions-thai-realities/comment-page-1/#comment-7644 Jeff Gray Tue, 04 Aug 2009 04:39:46 +0000 http://thailandlandofsmiles.com/?p=2070#comment-7644 The photo of the kitchen against a wall under a tarp is a classic! So true the more shambolic the better. I found the restaurants that looked like something from home tended to have "tourist Thai food", which is just so boring. I haven't heard the idea of a "4 cat restaurant". That does sound like a good benchmark. The photo of the kitchen against a wall under a tarp is a classic! So true the more shambolic the better.

I found the restaurants that looked like something from home tended to have “tourist Thai food”, which is just so boring.

I haven’t heard the idea of a “4 cat restaurant”. That does sound like a good benchmark.

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