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We have walked from Wongwian Yai BTS station down Soi Charoen Rat 4 in search of dinner. This neighborhood has narrow roads but the traffic is constantly heavy because of its proximity to the Wongwian Yai roundabout circling the King's monument.

We were here for Somsak Pu Ob, which according to eatingthaifood.com (the Internet food guru of Thailand) serves the best goong ob woon sen (shrimp glass noodles) and pu ob woon sen (crab glass noodles) in Bangkok. Please, read more here: www.eatingthaifood.com/2013/07/thai-seafood-somsak-pu-ob-bangkok/

Apart from us everyone else was local, and they looked at us with placid amusement when it became clear that we weren't. One of the ladies speaks a little Mandarin, so she was assigned to us.

Expect a longgg wait because there's only 1 chef and he cooks just 4 pots of glass noodles at one go. I got so hungry I started crunching on the ice cubes in my Coke - a big no no at street food stalls, but my stomach took it okay.

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