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Bangkok's famous street food scene turns sour

Government to sweep thousands of vendors from prime spots in push to 'clean up' city

A group of women dig into fragrant bowls of noodle soup on a sidestreet off Silom Road in Bangkok’s entertainment district. (Photo by Ken Kobayashi)

BANGKOK -- On a street off Silom Road, a business district by day and one of Bangkok's most vibrant entertainment spots by night, people form meandering queues at the many food stalls festooning the sidewalk. Huge vats of oil bubble away ready to receive freshly battered chicken, while steel cauldrons brimming with broth belch clouds of steam.

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