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There are lots and lots of marvelous Thai street food snacks to eat when you’re in Thailand, and one of them is sai krok Isaan (ใส้กรอกอีสาน), a type of marvelous Thai sausage. If you like meat, pork, or sausage, you’ve got to give it a try. There are lots of Thai snacks, but in the afternoon in Bangkok, this type of Thai sausage is always a local favorite. People come out of work for a break to grab some meat on a stick, and it will definitely give you some energy for the remainder of the day.
While similar to a European sausage, sai krok Isaan (ใส้กรอกอีสาน) is mostly made of ground pork mixed with fat, and sometimes some glass noodles. I usually order the sour version, so it’s a bit sour, from the meat being fermented. The Thai sausages are put on skewers, then grilled over charcoal on a specially made angled grill (which they use for making sai krok all over the country). The sai krok Isaan (ใส้กรอกอีสาน) get nice and golden crispy and brown on the outside, but remain moist and juicy on the inside.
The main reason I love eating Thai Isaan sausage, is because of the condiments, which as you know come with raw cabbage, slices of young baby ginger, and fresh raw bird chilies. At this particular stall, you can help yourself to as much cabbage, chilies, and ginger as you’d like in your bag before you get your sausage. What I like to do is first take a bite of the sai krok Isaan (ใส้กรอกอีสาน), then chase it down with a bite of crispy fresh cabbage, a slice of fresh ginger, and finally a bite off the Thai bird chili. The combination of fatty meat, chased with spicy ginger and the chili, makes it an amazing flavor all mixed up together.
Around Bangkok, Thai sausage grilled on the street like this should cost 10 Thai Baht per stick. It’s a great snack if you need something meaty and flavorful. It’s pretty greasy though, so don’t eat them too often!
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