BANGKOK’S world-famous culinary experience looks set to change dramatically today as Thailand’s ruling junta placed a complete ban on street food stalls along all of the capital’s main roads as part of their crackdown of street side dining.
According to AFP (via Channel News Asia), the clean-up campaign has prompted outcry and anguish in the food-obsessed capital, which is famed for its eclectic and bustling street food scene.
Offering a mind-boggling range of cuisines, from a steaming bowl of noodles to deep fried insects, the chaotic clamour of the closely packed stalls is seen locally as a social leveller. People from every aspect of society, from high-flying business people to street cleaners, can be found in the capital enjoying dinner with friends and often befriending the strangers around them.
But city officials have been attempting to hem in food hawkers for months, claiming the crackdown is due to “hygiene reasons.” Read more