|Our room at Seven, the view of Bangkok from our balcony, and the spirit house outside|
One night we ate dinner at the Soi 38 Night Market. The Soi 38 Night Market is just one sky train stop away from Seven. The entire street is lined with food carts on both sides. We meandered along the street and decided to try a stand close to the end of the street. Romeo had rice with crispy pork and vegetables, and I had a spicy chicken soup with noodles. I also picked up one of my newfound favorite fruit shakes from one of the other stands. Each stand has a few tables and chairs where patrons can sit and enjoy their meals. While we were eating a tricked out Toyota with dark tinted windows rolled down the street and stopped at the stand next door to ours to pick up dinner; high roller drive-thru Thai style. I also bought a popular Thai dessert, mango with sticky rice. I could tell it was a really good version of that dessert, but I also learned it just isn’t my cup of tea. Our entire dinner was under $10.
On another day we ate lunch at the MBK Center, a colossal mall easily accessed by sky train. After doing a little souvenir shopping, we took the escalators to the sixth floor food center. Thailand’s food courts offer a large variety of food in a relaxing, air-conditioned setting. At the MBK Center, when you enter the food court, you are given a card which has a set amount of money. You can order from as many different food vendors as you wish, and each time you order, you hand over the card and the cost of the meal is deducted from the card’s total. When you have finished eating, there is a register on the way out where you return your card and are told what you owe. This is an excellent system which I wish could be copied in the United States. There is a huge variety of food to choose from, including Thai, Indonesian, Arabic, and Indian, as well as fruit drinks and alcoholic beverages. Romeo had a fried whole fish and I had a perfectly cooked squid and yet another tasty fruit beverage, this time with coconut.