Life in Bangkok is not as cheap as it once was but something remains cheap, the food.
The local food is cheap, that is, being rice, noodles, chicken, duck, pork, fish, seafood, vegetables and fruits. And eating it along the roadside won’t really affect you budget, Baht 30 to 50 is all you need to have a decent meal.
It is actually cheap enough for quite a lot of Thai people to not bother preparing food at home and you’ll see them in the morning, noon time and in the evening, all day actually, sitting on the sidewalk, eating some chicken rice, pappaya salad or noodles soup.
If you want to prepare food by yourself, the cheapest place where to buy food is one of the many wet markets in Bangkok, like the one I wrote about before, Klong Toey Wet Market
Of course, speaking Thai would help you there and it can get pretty hot in the small alleys, so quite a few Bangkok residents, and I’m one of them, will usually head to the nearest supermarket for their shopping. The biggest ones being Tesco Lotus, Carrefour and Big C. I have a Carrefour not far from where I live, Carrefour Rama 4, so this is usually where I go. Up to now, that is, Carrefour sold its Thailand operations to Casino recently, another French company that is already in Thailand through their Big C stores. I actually do not like too much shopping at Big C, so we’ll see what they will do with the Carrefour brand, that was a bit “upmarket” comparatively to Big C. Another Big C? Or hopefully a Super C?
Anyway, for the time being, it is still called Carrefour and no change has taken place yet. So let’s have a look at some of the food and drinks sold there.
It is on 4 levels, the ground floor being a series of small shops, banks and restaurants, the level one is where the Carrefour supermarket is located, and the next 2 levels the parking.
Let’s start with what is eaten daily, for breakfast, lunch and dinner, by most Asians, including Thai people, the rice. It is sold in 5 kg bags and in a variety of names and brands, and probaby taste, but I’m not a rice connoisseur. Prices vary between baht 135 and 200.
Besides the rice and the chicken, what you find quite easily in Bangkok, and reasonably cheap, is seafood and fish, many different fishes.
The fish supposed to be one of the best for your health can also be found, but has unfortunately to be imported and so is a bit more expensive
But whatever fish you like, they sure look fresh to me, as if they were just out of the water, or jumping out of the water. Some red Tilapia.
The fruits are generally cheap, like this favourite among Thai people, the mangoes.
The vegetables are a mixed bag, some cheap, some expensive, since Thailand does not grow that much vegetables, the rice is the main priority, probably the reason why Thailand is the biggest exporter of rice in the world.
Of course, if food is generally cheap, it does not mean it is not easy to spend money on food, does anyone fancy some imported cheese?
Or some imported beer?
And well, the local beers are not that cheap either, more expensive than in some European countries actually. Singha is the local one, with Chang and Leo. San Miguel is from the Philippines but is brewed in Thailand.
And to end this post, since these photos were taken around Valentine’s day, let me wish you all, a bit late, a warm heart day and a warm heart year.