Bangkok is one city that is extremely passionate about food. Happy smiling people who are very proud of their cuisine. It truly reflects in the way they cook and serve. Every other street is like being at a food festival. At every other turn, I found a cart with some interesting thing to try, not to mention the incredible variety of fresh tropical fruits. I’ve loved Thai food much before I went to Thailand. And of course when I tried authentic Thai food in the land of its origin, now I can’t imagine my life without Thai food. Here’s a list of all the things I ate in Bangkok, some of them more than one serving.
Your Bangkok experience is nowhere complete without one (or many) plates of Pad Thai. You can find Pad Thai, also called Phat Thai, both in street side carts as well as many restaurants. It was brought to Thailand by Chinese immigrant chefs. This dish is made of thin flat rice noodles stir-fried with egg, tofu and shrimp, and seasoned with fish sauce, sugar, tamarind, vinegar and dried chilli. Topped off with a squeeze of lime and crushed peanuts. You can get it on the street for about 40-60 Baht.
Fried rice is to Thai people what sambar is to south Indians. It’s comfort food! It has many variations, with different ingredients lending different flavors. It is a staple across Thailand. Simple and delicious, the most common version is rice fried with crisp bean sprouts, egg and chunks of crab or chicken, drizzled with soy. About 40 Baht on the street.
Yes, I know. Sushi is Japanese. Japan and Thailand are buddies. And Japanese food is famous in Bangkok. And if you suddenly have a sushi craving, you don’t have to go very far. Good Sushi at a fine dine place will be expensive.
When I was a kid, my well travelled aunt took me to a Thai food place. As a child of 12 who had very recently been introduced to McDonalds, I hated it. I hated the coconut flavour and greens in it. And the smell. Little did I know, that as a grown-up, it would be one of the best things I ever eat and one of the best dishes I can cook myself. Yes, green curry is my comfort food. Thai green curry is a made from a paste of herbs (lemongrass, galangal, lime leaves etc), rich coconut milk, bamboo shoots, Thai basil, and/or chicken or seafood. There’s also red curry and a slightly milder yellow curry. The curries are usually eaten with jasmine rice.
Som tam, or raw papaya salad, originated in the rural north-east of Thailand. It has come to become a popular street-side snack. It’s made of strips of crunchy unripe papaya pounded in a mortar and pestle with tomato, long beans, chilli, lime, sugarcane paste and fish sauce. Price about 30 Baht.
Tom Yam Kung
This herb flavoured spice broth is made with shrimp, mushrooms, tomatoes, lemongrass, galangal and kaffir lime leaves. it can be had with or without coconut milk. this soup is a combination of all thai flavours: sweet, sour, spicy, salty. all on one bowl. Price around 100 Baht.
Moo Dad Diew
Forget your bacon! Deep fried pork bites are marinated in a dark sweet soy sauce. The succulent pieces of pork are served with jim jao (chili sauce) with green onions. Price about 10-20 Baht.
It’s a grilled salted fish sometimes eaten with som tam and sticky rice. The fish is stuffed with lemongrass, lime leaves and herbs, and then rolled in a thick coat of salt. It is then grilled to juicy perfection. The result is a soft salty buttery white fish meat that’s like eating a cloud. Plah plow is made with different types of fish most popular being the snapper. Similar to these are the variety of fresh catches from the Chao Praya river. Price about 100-150 Baht, but one fish feeds two.
Cha yen is Thai iced tea. You can find multiple carts, drink stands, stalls and shops selling this refreshing beverage in many variations. It’s a brewed thai spice tea, sweetened with condensed milk (lot’s of it) and a heap of ice cubes. About 20 Baht.
Kao Niew Ma Muang
Kao Niew Ma Muang is sticky rice with ripe mango. A small pile of sweet and salty steamed sticky rice is placed below or beside slices of sweet, ripe mango. It’s drizzled with coconut cream syrup. Sometimes, soaked moong is sprinkled on top for texture. Find it on the streets as well as restaurants. About 40 Baht street side and more expensive in restaurants.
Khanom Buang is a street side small Thai crepe. It’s basically a taco shaped mould made of rice flour. The mould is then filled with coconut cream filling and is topped by either shredded coconut or egg yolk or shrimp paste. It has both a sweet and spicy version. You can get five crepes of different flavors at the price of 20 baht.
Coconut ice cream
This is the best ice cream in the world and the street vendors will themselves inform you of the fact. I long for it everytime I pass an ice cream shop. It is made with coconut milk topped with crushed peanuts, aloe vera jello, sticky rice, sweet corn, and is usually served in a coconut shell or a cup made from banana leaves or used as a filling between two buns. Get this from street vendors for around 30 baht per serving.
Whether it’s a street snack or at a restaurant, these french style crepes are to die for. I wrote a whole post about them here. You can get both sweet and savory toppings from nutella, banana, blueberries to shrimp, eggs and chili crab. It costs around 20 Baht, toppings extra.
Green Tea Charcoal Ice Cream
OMG what did I just eat? Green tea charcoal ice cream is the ice cream of your dreams. Green tea and charcoal soft serve is served with azuki (red bean) paste, shiratama dango (glutinous rice dumpling), and a matcha nama cube. Get it at Kyo Roll En Cafe in Siam centre for around 89-169 Baht.
Roaches, Scorpions, and other scary stuff
These are popular street side snacks but I couldn’t stomach the thought of eating them. Especially because there were so many pad thai carts around. you can eat these creatures for about 20 Baht.
These pastries were as good as they looked. Get them at the food court in the Siam Centre.
Croissant was a cool French bread from Europe. Taiyaki was a Japanese fish-shaped cake. They met and fell in love. This is the result. And I think I’m in love too. Traditional Taiyaki dough has a pancake-like consistency. Croissant Taiyaki has more of a croissant-like texture, layers of buttery flaky goodness! And it’s moulded in the fish shape and grilled till it’s golden and crispy. Too smitten, forgot the price. But the lines outside the store will tell you it’s worth the wait.
My personal recommendations are the Thai ice tea flavor and the raspberry sorbet. See on the right in the picture of the Taiyaki above.
7-11 is literally heaven. There’s one every few steps away. And it’s so hard not to step into each one and find all sorts of odd snacks and drinks. Lays Chips in flavors like salmon, crab and seaweed. Sweets I’d never even heard of. Red bean pancake, mentos in crazy flavors!! 7-11 is reason enough to make me move to Bangkok.
This paw thingy is a banana dark chocolate hazelnut miracle that didn’t last more than a few minutes.
Breakfast at Coffee Club
I caught a quick breakfast with a side of wifi before I made my way to the Airport.
So, these are all my favorite things I ate in Bangkok. How many have you tried? What are your favorites? What did I miss? Let me know in the comments.
Also, if you’re interested, here’s a 48 hour guide to Bangkok to help you plan your next adventure.
Keep reading! And eating ❤