20-baht pork powers new life for flood victim

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Pattaya’s appetite for street food is helping some of those displaced by last year’s floods in Bangkok build a new life.

Sorn Pongkhan, who nearly went broke after the floods, is earning as much as 30,000 baht a month selling marinated, roasted pork on a stick in North Pattaya.

Almost ruined by last year’s devastating floods, Sorn Pongkhan found a lifeline selling pork on a stick. Almost ruined by last year’s devastating floods, Sorn Pongkhan found a lifeline selling pork on a stick.

He took what money he had left and spent it on a motorbike-driven stand, pork and sticky rice and set up shop in front of schools and busy shops. His bet paid off.

Now Sorn buys almost three kilograms of fatty pork a day, mixes them up with his own secret blend of secret herbs and spices, a recipe that has been handed down from generation to generation, then heads off to the Banglamung District Office, where he opens each day at 8 a.m. before moving to other locations after lunch.

His revenue surprises friends, considering each seven skewers cost only 20 baht. But he has learned to never underestimate the appetites of hungry school kids and bureaucrats.

Sorn also delivers orders over 300 baht. Customers can call 090-130-4244.