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    Gai Ob or Oven Made Chicken

    Gai Ob or Oven Made Chicken isn't really that popular in Thailand, not due to flavour or anything like that, but due to it being a large amount of a single meat at basically what costs half a days wages for a Thai worker, the oven made chickens are cooked whole so the prices start at 100baht per chicken, for 100baht the average Thai could buy 4 or 5 different small amounts of different meats giving a greater variation to any meal they have.

    But us farangs have eyes bigger than our bellies, well not true in most cases, but to spend 100baht on a chicken isn't a great deal to us, and it is worth it, can always have chicken sandwiches tomorrow morning for breakfast, maybe a small chicken curry for lunch, and that was the end of that chicken.

    Many times as you drive into towns you will see the Gai Ob stalls on the roadside full of chickens staked out in the home made oven spinning around slowly, a hungry family of 4 in a car will make swift work of picking one of those chickens clean.

    The chicken oven, charcoal on the bottom and no heated top, so it may take a bit longer to cook, they have all day anyway.



    A 100 baht chicken cut in half, the bad point about these chickens is the cook just hacks the chicken up into pieces, no de-bonning or anything like that, so you have to be a bit careful of bone splinters, you can see the stuffing poking out, not quite Paxo but has a lot of lemon grass in there, a few garlics and it's great as Mr Frosty used to say, can't beat it for 100baht, not even worth making your own when you look at the price they charge.



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    Had half a chicken just the other day. Think it cost 80 baht. The left overs were chopped up and chucked in with a can of mushroom soup for lunch. Very tasty.

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    The main road to Cha Am beach , Narrathip road, known by Farang as chicken road has about 50 stalls doing this, you know what Thais are like with setting up stalls 5 metres away and selling the same product.

    I never did find a succulent bird there, oh hang on.......

    I know what you mean about the bone splinters due to the retards cutting through the bone though,

    I dont think the thai turn their nose up at the price, probably the amount of salt thats spattered all over it

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    I have seen them many a time on Pratumak getting roasted by the roadside but the polution getting into the baste ?
    Not for me, i like to watch the chosen food getting basted with only a few motorcy' polution in the mix.
    Who the fcuk buys all those off Pratumak ?, The folk doing it obviously makes a living.

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    I eat some of that in Cha am , tasted like they got the coals to light in the pit with diesel .

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    ^ Perzackerly and one or twice is maybe ok but if injested reguarly sureley is cancerous door openings.

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    ^ TBH mate I had that orrible taste in my mouth for a week ,, never again , having said that I suppose the Thais with their chilli damaged tounge cells don't notice it

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    Some of the vendors selling local to me do some nice-tasting roast chicken. Just wish they wouldn't use a hammer and chisel to cut them up.

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    If you visit Bangsean don't risk buying the chicken by the beach just head to the big roundabout on Thanon Long road and you will find a 5 star chicken franchise.,just up from 7/11.

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    ^now you're talkin'

    Quite partial to the stuff they do!

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    Quote Originally Posted by klong toey
    If you visit Bangsean don't risk buying the chicken by the beach just head to the big roundabout on Thanon Long road and you will find a 5 star chicken franchise.,just up from 7/11.
    We have them up here too. Very nicely done and I even get to carve it off the carcass rather than spend time picking shards of bone out of it.

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    The missus won't eat roast chook unless it's done with a beer up is ass, not that Iam complaining.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fondles View Post
    The missus won't eat roast chook unless it's done with a beer up is ass, not that Iam complaining.

    Is that what there call steemed chicken with a can of beer up the last over the fence

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ratchaburi View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Fondles View Post
    The missus won't eat roast chook unless it's done with a beer up is ass, not that Iam complaining.

    Is that what there call steemed chicken with a can of beer up the last over the fence

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