Bangkok Bans Its Street Food Stalls


April 19, 2017 | BY Tien Chew

In an effort to impose greater order and hygiene in the city, Bangkok’s officials have issued a ban on all street food vendors

In a move that has surely ruffled many feathers and hits close to home, Bangkok’s governor has issued a ban on all street food stalls from all of the city’s 50 districts.

This move by Bangkok city hall comes in the interests of improving hygiene and order in the city streets, also aiming to create greater walking space for pedestrians.

The Guardian has reported this outcry yesterday to the dismay of many culinary enthusiasts, Thai locals included, as the city’s street food has been consistently been named as one of the best in the world by numerous organisations

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Food stalls have until the end of 2017 to relocate but the local government has already taken action to move out certain sections of street vendors.

The British dining_news portal also struck an interesting question from a Bangkok based street food blogger in their reportage, “where will shop employees, construction workers and taxi drivers eat?”.

This issue strikes close to the heart of many Malaysians, as many of us are fond of the food culture of our neighbouring country. Just look at the many Thai street food outlets that have set up shop around the Klang Valley and it’s easy to see that Malaysians love their Thai street foods.

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