Street food in Bangkok is a part of daily life and it can fit any palate and budget. Perched on the Gulf of Thailand, Bangkok is a buzz of tuk-tuks, motorcycles puffing gray smoke clouds and skyscrapers rising toward the sky. Invariably, tourists will live off the many night markets of the area, picking up charred meat skewers and yellow curly noodles studded with hunks of pork. In street stall selling food, you can grab a colorful plastic chair on the side of the road and feast on Thai omelets laced with plump oysters. Alternatively, people can opt for: multi-course boat cruises; farm-to-table restaurants with on-site gardens; and trendy European-inspired restaurants with delicate lobster tail and caviar dishes, however in this article we will focus more on authentic street food that you may find during your trip to Bangkok
Below, you’ll find some Bangkok eats, along with a handful of other must-try foods in the city:
Street food in Bangkok – Khao man gai (Thai chicken rice) at Go Ang Pratunam:
Khao man gai is chicken rice from Hainan it is a mound of rice topped with chicken, cucumber and chilli sauce. Thai chicken crowned atop mounds of rice, prepared with slices of refreshing cucumber and chilli-flecked sauce, is peddled by several street stands. For this delicacy, head to Go Ang where a busy procedure is a whirlwind of acts, with cooks scooping rice from rice cookers and cutting white meat with cleavers. Be aware the line can be very long.
Jok (Thai style congee) at Jok Prince:
If you love to go for a bowl of jok, a rice porridge breakfast dish that is commonly served with pork meatballs and a variety of Thai condiments and topping such as fried onions, garlic, chilies, fish sauce, sliced ginger, green onions, and cilantro. Head to Jok Prince, the warm congee arrives and guests can add a sprinkling of chili flakes, minced ginger and scallions.
Raja khanom Tokyo (pancake with fillings):
This street food in Bangkok is similar to a crepe. Typically, it’s a flat pancake filled with either sweet fillings such as custard cream or panda cream, or savory fillings such as pork sausage or ground pork. Expertly rolled into cones, the flat pancakes are ready to be eaten on the go. The best place to fill up on this delight is on Charoen Krung Road, where street vendors hawk the snack, stuffing the soft, crisped-up shell with mini pork sausage, ground pork, Maggi, white pepper and egg.
Thai Oyster Omelette, (Hoi Tod) at Hoi Tod Chao Le:
Among the street food in Bangkok, this omelet – which is more similar to a pancake because of the potato starch thrown into the egg making it thicker, some others would claim is more similar to a pancake. It is split into bite-size pieces and studded with oysters, which are gently seared until light and crispy. For this dish head to Hoy Tod Chao Le.
Somtum at Baan Somtum:
Come to Baan Somtum Sathorn for the papaya salad and stay for other classic Isan street food in Bangkok. A spectacular 29 variations of the salad are served in the restaurant: some tossed with pork skin, others with coconut sprouts and prawns. Try papaya salad with salted eggs and pork ribs with sticky rice in a hot tamarind broth.
Fried chicken in Soi Polo:
Polo Fried Chicken is probably one of the best places selling Fried Chicken (Gai Tod). You still can find very good fried chicken on the streets, but it really depends. Not every stall may be that good. If you want something consistent, head over to Polo Fried Chicken serving not only fried chicken but also North-Eastern food from Isaan. The exterior (skin), it is not flour-battered so you actually get to see the actual skin. The layer of skin is thin and there isn’t lots of fats. The meat is tender, flavourful and not dry. They top it off with lots of fried garlic, which makes the dish even more special.
Toasted Bread, Kanom pang ping (toasted bread with jam) at Yaowarat:
For a quick breakfast and more street food in Bangkok, this easy a street snack is perfect. Bread slices are slathered and grilled with butter and then swiped with jam spreads, or drizzled with condensed milk. Stop at Yaowarat to get toasted bread, where hungry diners waits long line to get spongy bread generously piped with chocolate, condensed milk, or sweet custard.