Chef Roger Mooking recently traveled to Bangladesh and Bangkok and returned with lots of photos and stories about the incredible food culture. We'll be publishing a new post every Thursday for the next two months, so stay tuned! Without further ado, enjoy Roger's sixth post below!
One of the most common street foods I saw in Bangkok was meat on a stick. Meat on a stick is a favorite all over the world it seems. I’ve experienced it in Canada, the U.S., Malaysia, Hong Kong, Cambodia, Bangladesh and now Bangkok.
People love things cooked over a fire and Bangkok proved that once again. This time the meat stick is on a rolling food cart that is towed around to its location.
It’s a very simple setup with a coal-fuelled fire in a mobile pit. The pit is covered with a grate that serves as a grill and then the meat is skewered and cooked slowly to perfection. There are little crispy bits but mostly it is just tenderly cooked through and kept warm until a customer comes up to order the goods. The goods don’t last long so they are never sitting that long. Everything from a whole chicken wing splayed open and skewered, to slivers of shaved beef, chunks of chicken and whole finger length fish made the skewer before grilling.
The meats seem to be slightly sweet and savory simultaneously although not tossed in any sauce, so it must be a marinade that penetrates right to the stick. I’m not gonna lie, I licked the bamboo skewer.
by Roger Mooking