Bangkok is well-known as the street food center of the world due to its variety of dishes and flavors. If you are a first-comer, you may not know what the best Bangkok street food is and how to try out on every good-looking and tasty-smelling dishes in a short Bangkok day trip. Don’t be confused! Whether you are fond of gourmet experience or vendor-styled dishes, here I present to you the ultimate Bangkok street food guide with details of what to eat and where to eat in Bangkok.
Tom Yum Goong (Sour Prawn Soup)
Goong means shrimp and Tom Yum Goong is a kind of hot and sour shrimp soup. To bring about the fullest flavor of a sip, this dish combines mushrooms, chilies, tomatoes, lemongrass, galangal ginger and lime leaves, all together in a creamy bite. Besides shrimp, Thai also use chicken or vegan ingredients instead. If you’re looking for somewhere good for excellent and authentic Tom Yum Goong going with noodles then you have to go to Pee Aor, one of the best places for Bangkok food.
Location: 68/51 Soi Phetchaburi 5, Between Soi 5 – 7, Phaya Thai, Ratchathewi, Bangkok.
Opening time: Daily: 10am – 9pm (closed on Mondays).
Contact: +66 (0) 2612 9013
Mango with Sticky Rice (Kao Niew Mamuang)
Mango with sticky rice or Kao Niew Mamuang originated as a traditional dessert of Thai people. Over time, it becomes increasingly popular in Southeast Asia, especially in Indochina countries of Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam. Kao Niew Mamuang is made of sticky rice, fresh mango and coconut milk. This Bangkok food is found on nearly every street and it is able to satisfy even the sweetest tooth of a picky gourmet.
Chicken Coconut Soup (Tom Kha Gai)
Tom Kha Gai is a Thai soup with chicken cooked in creamy coconut milk. Other than that, there are also ginger, chile, mushroom and lemon to add more flavors. Chicken coconut soup is a stand-out dish among other Bangkok street food because it is not only delicious but it is also good for health and has many medical benefits. When you’re feeling under the weather, nothing will treat you better than take a sip of Tom Kha Gai. This soup can be found on food streets. Or instead, it’s a good idea to join a cooking class and put your hand over the making of it. Be careful because you may be addicted to it!
Crispy Pancake (Kanom Bueang)
Khanom Bueang is a popular Bangkok street food. This crispy cake is topped with coconut cream, shredded coconut, spring onion and golden egg yolk. Some people say that Khanom Bueang came from India and when it entered Thailand, ingredients are localized and modified, creating a different taste from the original version.
Fried Banana Pancake (Roti Gluay)
Roti Gluay can be the best treat for your brunch as a delightful dessert. This snack is a combination of condensed milk and bananas with the prata.
Thai Fried Noodles (Pad Thai)
Pad Thai or Thai fried noodles is a famous Thai food as well as Bangkok street food in the world and it also ranks third as the most popular dish ordered by foreigners in Thailand. Pad Thai with egg wrap is a good choice to make. To taste authentic Pad Thai, you can go to Sala Daeng Soi 2, behind Silom Complex (Mon to Fri: 9:30am to 2:00pm) or Pratu Phi Pad Thai (aka Thipsamai Restaurant, opens daily, 5:30pm – 11:00pm, Mahachai Rd, Phra Nakorn, Tel: 02-221-6280).
Papaya Salad (Som Tum)
Papaya salad or Som Tum is a common salad in Indochina countries like Thailand, Laos and Vietnam. I cannot say for sure which country this popular Bangkok street food originated from but I think papaya salad is unique in each country because of small differences in ingredients. Besides papaya, Som Tum also has carrot, tomatoes, chilies, peanut, sticky rice, sugar, lime, garlic, fish sauce, and tamarind juice.
Where to eat amazing Bangkok street food?
Chinatown is situated in the South of Bangkok, on Yaowarat street and it is considered as the heaven of best Bangkok food. Chinatown Bangkok is packed with market stalls and various street-side restaurant, all the them are long famous for delicious Thai and Chinese food, ranging from colorful snacks to noble specialities.
Address: Yaowarat Street
How to get there: Taxi or MRT to Hua Lamphong station then walk 15 minutes.
Opening hours: All day, but best in the evenings
Saphan Taksin and The Bang Rak Area
The way from Saphan Taksin BTS station to Charoen Krung Road & Silom Road crossing is called the dream walk of foodies because of many vibrant restaurants and food stalls packed on both sides. You can find here both French specialities and fabulous Bangkok food. Some people even say that the cooking secret of normal vendors to professional cooks here may shame even the finest French chefs. When coming here, you shouldn’t missed out on roasted duck. Maybe it is the best duck you have ever had!