We stayed for one month in Bangkok and it is one of our favourite places, especially the food. Love this explanation from Carlos!
If you ever visit Bangkok, you will soon notice that it is a hub for street food. It is easy to feel intimidated by the amount of variety there is to choose from, and unless you are there for an extended period of time, you can’t try it all.
In order to make things a little easier, we have listed some of the most popular dishes to break down what they are to give you a better idea of what you might like when enjoying your holiday in the Thai capital.
Som Tam is a papaya salad made with unripe papaya that is thrown in a pestle and mortar along with other ingredients like palm sugar, lime, fish sauce, and chillies. Som Tam varies from customer to customer as you can choose how you want it.
This dish consists of thin rice noodles in a sweet pork broth, accompanied by slices of pork or offal, with sliced green beans, and a peanut topping. This noodle dish is sweet and not too spicy, making it an ideal dish to sample when visiting Bangkok.
Nam Kaeng Sai
Nam kaeng sai is a desert that consists of shaved ice and various extras such as jelly bits, dough, chestnuts, gingko beans, and coconut cream. This refreshing treat is a sweet way to cool down on the hot streets of Bangkok.
Sai Krok Isaan
Bangkok is famous for its roadside grills, filled with a assortment mouth-watering meats. One in particular we urge you to try is Isaan sausage. The sausage is made from rice and fermented pork. Forget your usual condiments, these sausages normally come with cabbage, sliced ginger, and chillies.
You may already be familiar with phad thai as it has become a popular dish in the UK, but there’s nothing better than the real thing. This dish consists of fried noodles, bean curd, garlic chives, shrimp, bean sprouts and egg.
Khao Niao Mamuang
Khao Niao Mamuang is a popular desert in Bangkok, which consists of mango and sticky rice. The salty rice is made with coconut milk, sugar and salt. This is then served with fresh mango.
Durian is a big, round, spikey, stinky fruit. The smell produces the same reactions as marmite, either you love it or you hate it.
The yellow fruit inside is creamy and has a sweet taste not dissimilar to almonds.
Congee is a rice porridge that is like a thick porridge or a rice soup. Ingredients are either added as it’s cooking, or it can be served with tasty side dishes such as dough, pork-balls, and fish.
As you can see, there is a lot to choose from when it comes to Bangkok’s street food.