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Bangkok Boat Food

Bangkok Boat Vendor, photo by lee kleinBoat Vendor in Bangkok River, photo by lee kleinVendor in Bangkok Boat, photo by lee kleinBangkok Boat Vendor Along Pier, photo by lee kleinSalted Grilled Fish In Bangkok Boat, photo by lee kleinGrilled Salted Fish in Bangkok, photo by lee kleinBangkok Boat Vendor Surrounded By Food, photo by lee kleinGreen Papaya Salad, photo by lee kleinGrilling Shellfish in Bangkok, photo by lee kleinNam tok moo, photo by lee kleinBoat Lady in Bangkok, photo by lee kleinBoat Soup, photo by lee kleinBusy Bangkok Boat Vendor, photo by lee kleinFood From Bangkok Boats, photo by lee klein

The Chao Phraya River cuts through the city of Bangkok, and along it one can find a couple of floating food markets – or as I refer to them, the world’s longest outdoor cafeterias. Some markets have become overly populated with tourists, so we headed to the more out-of-the-way Amphawa, about an hour from the center of the city.

The way it works is this: You walk along a long, long pier lined with low-slung communal dining tables, stopping and looking down upon a lineup of boat vendors parked along the docks who are preparing all sorts of foods to order: soups, salads, grilled meats, seafood and shellfish, noodle dishes, sate skewers and so forth.

The boats have hosts/waiters working for them on the pier, so when you see something that looks appealing, you let them know what you want and where you will be seated (you sit on a small bench. You keep walking and choosing until you’ve put together a meal, then head to your spot and wait for it to be served.

Vendor in Bangkok Boat, photo by lee klein

Most people have heard of “boat noodles,” as these have become popular at Thai restaurants in the States. We had our boat noodles on land. Go figure. But we did engage in quite a few plates of food, a few featured in these photos.

Bangkok Boat Vendor Along Pier, photo by lee klein

A very popular item is salt-crusted fish -- in this case catfish -- grilled over charcoal. Grilled prawns and other shellfish are offered as well.

Salted Grilled Fish In Bangkok Boat, photo by lee klein

Grilled Salted Fish in Bangkok, photo by lee klein

Grilling Shellfish in Bangkok, photo by lee klein

Some boats are filled with an amazing amount of ingredients -- and tiny cutting boards!

Bangkok Boat Vendor Surrounded By Food, photo by lee klein

Boat Vendor in Bangkok River, photo by lee klein

This green papaya salad (SomTam) was one of the spiciest plates of food I've ever eaten:

Green Papaya Salad, photo by lee klein

Nam tok moo: Grilled pork is sliced up and cooked with onions and chillies, bathed in fish sauce and lime juice, and finished with scallions and mint:

Nam tok moo, photo by lee klein

The dining pier:

Floating Dining Room in Bangkok, photo by lee klein

Pepsi and sate:

Pepsi and Sate, photo by lee klein

Boat Soup, photo by lee klein

Boat Lady in Bangkok, photo by lee klein

Busy Bangkok Boat Vendor, photo by lee klein

A smattering of our dishes:

Food From Bangkok Boats, photo by lee klein