Street Food Kitchen
This is the kitchen where 40+ dishes are prepared every day. After seeing a typical Thai kitchen — they are much like this one here — I always get a chuckle out of going into a fancy cookware store in the United States. For the price of one of their expensive pots or knives, you could purchase two sets of everything in this picture! And all those pricey things won’t make the food taste one jot better!
This station is located in an alley down between the bank and another building. The paw-krua, literally “father of the kitchen” (cook) usually starts cooking around 6:00 am, so people going to work can grab a breakfast or food to go for lunch — a Thai person will eat the same dishes for breakfast as s/he would any other time of the day. When we come to eat, often around 8:30 am or 9:00 am, he is still cooking fresh dishes.
Photograph Copyright © 2004 Michael Babcock