I’ve read more and more complaint about the rise of street food in Bangkok both from twitter and from a Thai web board, so I decided to check it myself. I have to admit that I haven’t been eating the food from the street for a while, and when I do, I usually go around Silom, Sathon and Ploen Chit area, where the food price there tend to be more expensive than in other area anyway.
According to a survey by Adecco, who published “Thailand Salary Guide 2011″ , it stated that average salary for a junior position with 0-5 year experience are between 6,200(US$200) THB to 15,000 (US$500)THB. The minimum daily wage in Bangkok according to Ministry of Labor of is 215 THB or about US$7 per day. When I look at the figure, it is quite difficult for me to imagine living on very little money. Being a freelancer, sometimes I have to live on a small budget, and trust me, it is tricky to survive on 200 THB a day.
Office Lady buying lunch from the Khao-Raad-Gaeng Stall on Wireless Road
I’ve read on a popular Thai web board that a plate of rice with curry, stir-fries or others on top (Khao-Raad-Gaeng) would cost between 35- 40 baht and if you want some kind of eggs on top, then you’ll add 8 more baht. For drink, soft drink is between 7-10 baht, iced coffee is between 25-50 baht. When you add all that up, it’s easy to spend 100 THB for a meal.
200 THB is not an ideal budget to survive a day unless you don’t have to travel and only spend the money on food.
Yesterday I had an appointment in All Season Building on Wireless Road, after the appointment I decided to do a quick walk to check out on the street food price.
Wireless Road street stalls at lunch time
I only checked out the snacks sell around the area, as I thought it was more interesting than the rice/noodle shops. Thai office women usually buy snacks back to the office for their afternoon break, so even if they pay 50 baht for lunch they would certainly buy coffee, fruits or other snacks after as well.
Thai omelette with rice pric
But I was surprised that amongst the snacks sold by the street, there’s a cart that sell Thai omelette. So I took the photo of the price list. 15 THB for omelette with rice, 20 baht for adding minced pork, 25 baht for omelette only and 30 baht for 2 eggs omelette with rice.
30 baht for just omelette with rice??!! That sounds crazy but consider the price of the eggs now is very high, it is understandable.
Corn, Sweet Potato and pumpkin seller
Now, lets check out some snacks, I walked past the lady who was selling corns, sweet potatoes and pumpkins and decided that I wanted a bag of corn already cut off from the cob. I asked her the price, and it was 15 baht per bag, which wasn’t bad at all.
fried chicken on stick and friend chicken tendon
The fried Chicken on the stick price, how ever, I thought it is a little on the expensive side, It is 15 baht per a tiny stick where as fried chicken tendon is 30 baht /100 gram which is not much. As much as I like fried chicken I don’t think that I would be a customer.
There’s also several other stalls that sell interesting snacks, and the price over all is acceptable (except the omelette rice and the chicken on the stick) I would not mind going back there and try some of the snacks I haven’t seen before and spend more time talking to the street food sellers checking out on their thoughts on the food price hike.
That would be fun.