These egg noodles (50 baht) — served with roast pork, crispy pork, and pork wontons, soup on the side — weren't exceptional themselves, but you have to love a street-food culture that doles out crabmeat as as freely as a garnish.
Streetside noodle restaurant Sukhumvit 38 night market, Bangkok
Regular readers of this website know my fondness for sweets, street eats, and, when time is of the essence, eats you can eat on the street. Indeed, on many other food sites that accept reader comments, a "mango flower" stands in as my avatar.
Some desserts, however — such this unusually creamy-fleshed mango with coconut milk sticky rice (60 baht) — insist on a more leisurely approach. A reminder for me, if not for you.
My bowl of soft-textured fruits and roots under shaved ice and syrup (20 baht) included pumpkin, taro (being sliced in the second photo), cantaloupe, and something that resembled finger bananas in everything but banana flavor.
Iced-dessert vendor Unmarked lane extending south from Th. Nakhon Chai Si, near Th. Samsen and Si Yan Market, Bangkok
Several years earlier, in this same corner of Lumphini Park, I came across a hawker who sold ice cream without benefit of cup or cone. On this visit to Bangkok I wasn't so lucky; in already-brutal midmorning heat the playground was deserted, and food vendors were nowhere to be found.
Ice cream cone playground apparatus Near the southwest corner of Lumphini Park, Bangkok