Bangkok: No visit to Thailand is complete without eating at street stalls. Papaya salads, braised duck, steaming noodles and grilled whole fish are among exciting and bewildering choices.
Ever tried giem ee, the hand rolled noodles doused in long-simmering chicken broth and topped with peanuts, julienned green beans and chicken wings braised overnight?
Now authorities have ordered the clearance of food stalls across the capital Bangkok by the end of the year.
"The street vendors have seized the pavement space for too long and we already provide them with space to sell food and other products legally in the market, so there will be no let-up in this operation," said Wanlop Suwandee, chief advisor to Bangkok's governor. "Every street vendor will have to move out."
Authorities announced the crackdown a month after CNN named Bangkok the finest street food destination in the world, for the second year running.
Mr Wanlop told reporters he was grateful for CNN's praise but insisted the priority for the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration, which controls 50 districts, is safety and cleanliness.
The ban will anger Thais and foreigners who prop on small plastic chairs from before dawn to late at night at tens of thousands of food stalls on pavements and narrow streets across the city.
The wealthy, middle class and poor sit elbow-to-elbow eating with well worn chopsticks and bent spoons, paying the equivalent of just a few dollars.
In the Khao San Road tourist precinct alone there are 200 street stalls, for decades popular with tourists.
Authorities began cracking down on stalls selling everything from pirated DVDs and clothes to Viagra after the country's military seized power in a 2014 coup.
Since then, deck chairs have been banned on many beaches with varying degrees of success across the country. Then when vendors began making sand beds for tourists on Phuket, authorities ordered them levelled.
Authorities have also imposed bans on street begging although as soon as they are rounded up, beggars return.
Inexplicably, however, there have been no crackdowns on motor bike riders dangerously weaving through pedestrians on pavements.