You don’t need to go to a fancy restaurant in Bangkok for a delicious meal. Eating tasty food from a street stall is perfect for your budget and your taste buds. If you are not used to travel in Bangkok then it may be surprising to learn that Bangkok street food is not to be missed. Don’t be intimidated by the choice of vendors on offer and the different dishes. Pick a place that is busy, and serving a good number of locals. Look at the ingredients in the display window to figure out what’s being prepared, then watch as your meal is whipped up in front of your eyes. You can eat a different dish every night in Bangkok. Here are a few street food favorites to look out for.
Fried Noodles (Pad Thai)
The famous Pad Thai is a great dish to start with when you are beginning your journey into Thai street food. Stir fried egg noodles are served with beansprouts, scrambled egg, and shrimp. The addition of hot and sour sauce, lime, and ground peanuts elevates the dish into something special. You could eat this every day and not get bored.
Bangkok grilled chicken/ Image via Thomas Wanhoff/ Flickr
Grilled Chicken (Kai Yang)
Probably the most widespread and popular street food in Bangkok, grilled chicken is perfect if you want a simple meal that tastes of Thailand. Grilled chicken is perfect when served with a variety of spicy dips, salad, or sticky rice. The chicken legs are cheapest, and often they are served coated in a marinade or spice.
Papaya Salad (Som Tam)
In this classic Bangkok street food dish, pieces of unripe papaya are ground in a mortar and pestle then added to other ingredients to produce a hot and sweet concoction that has to be tasted to believe it. You’ll notice the flavors of lime juice, chili, fish sauce and sugar. You can eat it with seafood or extra fish sauce, and it is delicious served with sticky rice.
Grilled Fish (Pla Pao)
Grilled fish is a Bangkok classic and you’ll find hundreds of barbeques across the city. Every evening fresh fish are prepared for grilling with s stuffing of vegetables and lemongrass, and coated with flour. Once grilled you can eat the fish with vegetables and chili sauce.
Isaan Sausage (Sai Krok Isaan)
This unique sausage is one of the best meats to buy from the barbeque street stalls in Bangkok. The mixture of pork and sticky rice used to make the sausage is fermented so the taste is a little bitter and very strong. The Isaan sausage originates in the north east of Thailand and it is often served with sliced ginger and cabbage. Usually comes on a stick or maybe shaped into sausage balls.
Crispy Pork with Holy Basil (Kaprao Moo Grob)
Holy basil is a unique ingredient to Thailand and has a fiery flavor, while crispy pork belly is delicious – this dish is not to be missed. The crispy, fatty meat is stir fried with garlic, soy sauce, and chili to produce a dish that is full of strong flavors and ideal for eating from a street stall with rice and a fired egg.
Grilled Pork (Moo Ping)
Did you know that grilled pork is a popular breakfast in Thailand? This is delicious when eaten in the morning. The chunks of pork are marinated in oyster sauce, dark sugar, soy sauce, and coconut milk then barbequed for a truly outstanding treat.
Chicken Rice (Khao Man Kai)
A quick and simple dish that is also popular at breakfast, chicken rice is a whole boiled and tender chicken that is chopped up, served on rice with a garnish of coriander and some sweet or sour dips.
Hot and Sour Soup (Tom Yum)
Hot and sour soup is a classic and a great combination of sweet and sour, salty and fiery. This soup combines the distinctive flavors of fish sauce, lime, palm sugar, lemongrass, and chilies. It is not too hot to eat so don’t be scared. Hot and sour soup is a great way to enjoy Bangkok street food.
Fish Cakes (Tod Mun Pla Krai)
Authentic Thai fishcakes are thin, fiery and delicious. Pick up a bag of fishcakes for a delicious snack that you eat with cucumber and a sweet chili dip.
Bangkok street food/ Image via Oleg Sidorenko/ Flickr
You will know this fruit by its distinctive smell. The stinky fruit has a surprisingly sweet and delicious taste. Durian is sold all over the city when it is in season, and it is hugely popular. You have to try this Thai delicacy at least once when you are in Bangkok.
Mango and Sticky Rice (Khao Niao Mamuang)
A delicious dessert that you need to try while you are in Thailand. Fresh mango with the delicate flavor of coconut rice is just perfect. On the top you can find coconut syrup and roasted mung beans. Found all over the city and best enjoyed on its own as a snack or as the perfect end to a meal.
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