Sunday, March 6, 2011

Sticky Rice

It's rare to see Bangkok cabbies eating in their taxis, but every once in a while you catch a glimpse of a driver having a snack. When cabbies in this city get hungry, they usually pull aside and eat at one of the many stalls on the side of the street. Today in the cab, my driver had a basket of sticky rice, a staple in the diet for those from Northern and Northeastern Thailand. I asked him why he didn't have any somtum bpoo plaa raa, a standard accompaniment, and he told me that he didn't want to stink up his cab with spicy papaya salad that contains fermented crab and fish sauce.