My fondest memory of pad thai is at the floating markets in Thailand. Floating markets are the traditional Thai way of life for those who live along the river banks with no road access. I remember dozens of small wooden boats laden with fruits, flowers, vegetables and other produce from nearby orchards, which made a colorful and bustling scene. During our trip to the market, we spotted a boat that specialized in making pad thai. I ordered my pad thai and watched as the chef whipped up my dish, stopping only for seconds to rinse off the cooking utensils in the river water (unsanitary much? Who cares! It was still delish).
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