Bon Appetit in Bangkok
With 32 hours of travel behind us, we arrived in Bangkok, Thailand at 2:00 a.m. local time. The hot, humid air hit us immediately as we stepped off the plane and we welcomed it with open arms. After spending a month of winter in Chicago, we were ready for some heat. The temperature has been close to 90 degrees Fahrenheit – it’s hot and sweaty – but not nearly as hot as it could be.
This is our first trip to Asia and we’re both in awe of the number of people, cars, motorcycles and general chaos happening around us. It’s like Rome on steroids. Crossing the street is a fun little game reminiscent of Frogger. Bangkok is a bustling and loud city, but I write this post from the serene patio of our guesthouse which is somehow free of the noise radiating from the street a half block away.
We only have two days to really explore Bangkok in between sleeping off our jet lag. There is so much we are missing, but we’ll try to make up some of the street food dining and massage-going during the remainder of our Thailand travels.
What has already been a hit with both of us is Thai food. It’s fresh, full of flavor and so cheap.
Our big excursion on day two was the search for the best fried chicken in Bangkok. For those of you who know Dave well, this outing should come as no surprise. Based on some research, we headed to the Lumphini part of town looking for Soi Polo Fried Chicken. After a Skytrain ride, a walk through Lumphini Park and a short walk down a small, crowded street, we found Dave’s fried chicken heaven.
We choose to sit in the non-air conditioned location to be close to the outdoor kitchen (there is an air-conditioned location just three doors down from the original location). A bowl as wide as a bike tire held mounds of fried chicken and the staff all wore “I heart Chicken” shirts. A large beer, half chicken, plate of laab moor and som tom Thai salad later, we were completely full and only $9 poorer. The chicken was good, but the deep-fried garlic pieces on top really stole the show.
We have done more than just eat in Bangkok, but we’ll save those highlights for another post. Until then, just dream of fried garlic covered fried chicken.