must eat in bangkok
- NOODLES OF YOUR CHOICE
It’s not difficult to find street vendors selling noodles in Bangkok. They are probably one of the most readily available snacks around. Of course you may have to take several taste tests before you decide on your favourite noodles from a long list including;
- Sen Yai (rice river noodle) – These noodles have a flat shape and are made from white rice flour.
- Bah Mii – You will notice these noodles as they are yellow in color. They contain a mixture of wheat flour and egg.
- Woon Sen (glass noodle) – Made from soya bean flour, these are thin noodles that have no colour.
- Gieow (wonton) – Something a little different with minced pork, boiled and encased in a yellow dough.
One of the best places to find a selection of Noodles is the street food market at Sukhumvit Soi 38. The place is alive with a variety of stalls, and you can get plenty to eat for less than 150 baht.
- BOAT NOODLES (KWAY TIAO RUA )
Okay, we know we’ve already listed noodles as a street food of choice, but boat noodles are something a little different. Their name comes from the fact that they used to be sold from boats floating on the canals. Boat noodles consist of rice noodles served in a thick broth that is made from a mixture of pig’s blood and stock. If you are in the vicinity of Victory monument then you are surrounded by “boat noodles alley” which exists along the banks of the canals. You can buy a bowl of this familiar dish for approximately 9 baht (small portion). If you’re trying to find one of the more unusual must eats in Bangkok then you may want to try this traditional snack.
- GRILLED PORK (MOO PING)
This is probably one of the most familiar items of all street food to eat in Bangkok. It attracts your sense of smell long before it delights your sense of taste. The pieces of pork are marinated in soy sauce before being grilled and served on skewers, usually accompanied by a portion of sticky rice. You normally pay around 10 baht for the Moo Ping and 5 baht for the sticky rice. As it’s so popular, moo ping is available from many street vendors, but one of the most popular is situated on Silom Road, just outside 7/11. The Moo Ping Hea Owen cart was first established in 1983 and is renowned among the local community for its high quality. You can get a stick of Moo Ping from the cart for just 10 baht. This venue is open from 10pm until early morning. There is another Moo Ping Hea Owen venue at Central Embassy which is open during the day but the sticks cost twice as much here.
- SWEET POTATO BALLS (KANOM KAI NOK KRATA)
These tiny delicacies are not as popular or readily available as Moo Ping, but they’re no less delicious. If you’re looking for food to eat in Bangkok then you can’t go far wrong with these deep fried spheres containing sweet potato, sugar and tapioca. You’ll probably need several balls to satisfy your hunger, due to their diminutive size. So, when you find a cart that sells these treats don’t lose it, as you may want to return for more. The best place to search for such a cart is around the traditional street food havens of Pratunam and Sukhumvit Soi 38.
- YAM (THAI SALAD)
There are so many different versions of this traditional Thai dish that it’s difficult to choose just one when you’re looking for Thai street food. There’s an amazing Thai salad cart in Sukhumvit Soi 38 where you can choose your preference from a menu. You can get great salads for a reasonable price, including Som tam boo maa, papaya and blue crab salad which costs 160 baht.
- CRISPY PANCAKE (KANOM BUAENG)
You know when your mom tells you not to snack when you’re a kid, because you won’t eat your meals? Well, if you’re really worried about having room for that big dinner, these delicious snacks are just light enough to make sure that happens. They’re a crispy delight that at first glance look a little like tacos. Check out the crispy pancake carts at locations such as Soi Rambuttri, Banglamphu District, and you can sample a myriad of toppings, from sweet coconut to savoury scallions or fried egg.
- STICKY RICE MANGO (KHAO NEOW MAMUANG)
If you’re taking a walk along Sukhumvit Soi 38, especially during mango season from March to July, you’re sure to see a couple of carts or stalls selling one of the most famous Thai dessert dishes, sticky rice mango. This refreshing treat consists of sticky rice, coconut milk and mango, and will usually cost you around 60 baht to buy.
- ICE CREAM TOPPED WITH EGG (ITIM GATI KAI KAENG)
This may seem like a strange combination but it actually tastes delicious. The twist of a little sweet coconut ice cream, with a slight savoury touch from the egg, goes down very well. The dish is just waiting for you to eat it at Mook Dow Tung, a famous Thai dessert restaurant on Sukhumvit Soi 38. You can expect to pay around 30 baht for this taste bud sensation.
- FRIED BANANA PANCAKE (PRATA – ROTI GLUAY)
It’s a pancake, and it’s banana, what’s not to love? If you’re taste buds hanker for a sugar rush then stop off at one of the street carts, in Pratunam or Silom, and you’ll get a mouthful that won’t leave you feeling too full to explore Bangkok for the day. Even better, you can choose a topping, such as sugar, Nutella or that perennial favourite, chocolate.