Have you ever thought of travelling to a destination for food? Sounds weird but besides the temples and floating markets, the Bangkok street food was next in my agenda when planning my trip to Thailand.
To say the least, Bangkok is all about food. Street Food. It is the highlight of almost every tourist’s experience when visiting Thailand. Some have amazing experiences while some are left with an opinion but the most important thing is to try.
If you happen to be in Bangkok and your number one agenda is to sample street food in the different neighborhoods in the city, this post is for you.
Bangkok’s China town is considered the birthplace of street food and remains a key food destination for many foodies. Begin with a Satay (meat threaded in a wooden stick) and grilled in open fire flame. It’s served with peanut sauce and accompanied with cucumber slices and hot chilies in sugar syrup.
Satay is popular in Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore too. Although you can get Satay in almost every corner in China Town, Jay Eng on 105 Charoen Road will leave you asking for more.
Another popular dish to try in China Town is sukiyaki – a wok-fried concoction of Thai glass noodles, seafood, egg with chilly and garlic pickles. The dish doesn’t look so attractive but fellow foodies would agree with me that it’s tasty. Elvis Suki will give it to you fresh and delicious, as well as show you how to cook if you wish.
Khaosan Road and surroundings
Having spent a few days here, I can say Khaosan road in Bangkok is one of the most mesmerizing streets on earth. Thousands of visitors from all over the world walk through this road daily. The first experience can be overwhelming especially when you cannot help but eat and drink in the party capital of Thailand which is busy during the day as it is by night.
All types of Thai food including anything you can term crazy can be found here and the prices are close to nothing. One can try the street buffet restaurants in Soi Rambuttri, which is adjacent to Khaosan road but with a completely different vibe – It’s quieter and cleaner.
One of the guys in our hostel said Soi Rambuttri is for lazy or jetlagged tourists who want everything within their reach, and who would say no to that especially on your first or second day in Bangkok?
While there, be sure to try this cute little Indian restaurant – Bombay Blues with their amazing homemade rotis, mutton curries, and naan. You could also try other foods as you walk like pla tuu (mackerel fish) and mieng kam which is a traditional Thai snack, a mixture of peanuts, dried shrimp, lime, fried coconut, ginger, chili, and onion wrapped together in wild pepper leaves, burrito style.
One important tip* Do not eat Pad Thai every day. Yes, it’s tasty and tempting but you get a better experience if you try other foods.
Looking for the best of Thai food? Saphan Lueng Bangkok is your answer. Try Khao tom pla which is soft boiled rice soup with fish, duck noodles or Yum pak krachade, a spicy-tart salad of water mimosa.
While here and you still feel typa adventurous, try hoi klang –boiled blood cockles served with chili dipping sauce.
Chatuchak weekend market
In a previous blog post, I mentioned that Chatuchak weekend market is one place one must visit when in Thailand. Food is part of the gazillion things sold in Chatuchak market which is a popular spot for Bangkok street food with locals and tourists alike.
Foods to try in this humongous market include coconut ice cream, garlic bread, chicken noodle soup, choco nana (Thailand frozen chocolate banana) and dessert it up with a papaya salad.
Additional Tips on Bangkok Street Food
Placing your order in a street food kiosk in the local Thai language is an added advantage. Here are a few must try foods in Thai translated to English:
- Khao Mun Gai (ข้าวมันไก่) – Steamed chicken on rice
- Khao Pad (ข้าวผัด) – Fried Rice
- Pad Thai Kung (ผัดไทยกุ้ง) – Noodles with shrimp
- Pla Pao (ปลาเผา) – Fish barbecued in salt
- Sai Krok Issan (ไส้กรอกอีสาน) – Sour Issan Sausage Pad
- Gai/Moo Bing (ไก่/หมูปิ้ง) – Grilled chicken/pork skewers
- krapao moo (ผัดกระเพราหมู) – Stir-fried pork with basil
- Pla Pao (ปลาเผา) – Fish barbecued in salt
- Som Tam (ส้มตำ) – Papaya salad
Have you been to Bangkok, Thailand? What was your experience? Which of the Bangkok street food did you like most? Let me know on the comments box below.
Carolina | My Global Attitude