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Street Food of Bangkok

street food of Bangkok fruit

Bangkok street food is so, so good. After my first visit in 2008, I couldn’t get pad thai and pancakes out of my mind! I am always so excited to return to Bangkok, and try to stuff as many of my favourite foods into my mouth as possible.

Let me take you on a little journey through the culinary delights of the streets of Bangkok, the home of the best street food in the world, in my humble opinion!

(Warning- I was never really able to get a photo of my pad thai because I was always too consumed with taking that first bite. They were just too good to wait!)

Pad Thai

This is my favourite Thai dish, ever. It was instant love from the first bite. I loved everything about it, the combination of sweet and spicy, the bean sprouts, the egg and the peanuts add up to perfection. At about 40 b per serving, it’s a steal.

Woman making Pad Thai, Bangkok

Woman whipping up some delicious Pad Thai, Bangkok

Fried Delights

Spring rolls, samosas, chicken and more. The spring rolls are my favourite, but any go perfectly with a plate of noodles.

Bangkok Fried Goodness

Greasy Goodness!

But not all fried things are so nice, in Bangkok you have your pick of the finest insects in the land, all fried for that extra crunch.

Corn on the Cob

This is the perfect snack. A large serving of vegetables, covered in salt and butter and grilled until a little charred. I chomp through these like a beaver. They are amazing. They also sell cups of corn, which I got once. It was delicious, but a little weird to be walking around eating a cup of corn with a spoon.

Boy waits for his corn, Bangkok street scene

Boy waits impatiently for his butter-slathered corn

Fresh Juices and Fruit

On a hot, humid day, there is nothing better than spotting a sign for fresh orange juice, and seeing those glorious bright orange bottles peeking invitingly out of a large esky of ice.

For a steal, you can get a pre-chopped pineapple served with a wooden skewer to pop it in your mouth. They are so refreshing, and one of your 5 a day. If coconuts are more your thing, you can get yourself a fresh one and drink all its goodness with a straw. Aside from being really refreshing, it also feels quite exotic to be walking around sipping from a coconut!

street food of Bangkok fruit

Fruity temptation lies around every Bangkok street corner!

Thai Pancakes

So, so, so damn good. I can’t wipe the smile off my face from the moment the woman starts to slap the funny ball of dough into shape. My favourite was always Nutella and banana, until I tried Nutella and condensed milk. Sounds strange, but tastes like heaven.

pancake bangkok street food


Because the sweet ones are so perfect, I never thought to go for a savoury one until we were in Raillay. There I had tomato, onion and cheese, and it was as good as the sweet ones! I could probably survive on a diet of Thai pancakes for breakfast, lunch and dinner!

Bangkok pancake street food

High speed pancake flipping

Pancake with condensed milk, Bangkok

Pancake drizzled with condensed milk. I can’t look at this without drooling!

So there you have it, some of my favourite Bangkok street foods.

Have you tried any of them? What are your favourite Thai meals?

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  • Reply
    Gina Stoneheart
    April 14, 2014 at 8:17 pm

    These are some great pictures, Christine. Thanks for sharing! My favorite dish is pad thai, hands down. There are a few good thai restaurants around here which serve this dish but only one does it justice. The restaurant is called Khun Thai in Millburn, N.J. All of their dishes are fantastic but the pad thai is out of this world!

    • Reply
      April 15, 2014 at 7:11 pm

      Hi Gina, thank you for your comment. I was really disappointed with a pad thai I ordered at home, so I learned how to make it myself instead. After making it twice and changing it a little, I think it tastes pretty authentic, but not as good as the real thing! I’m glad you have found somewhere that does it justice! 🙂

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    Isa // belle + compass
    October 2, 2014 at 6:47 am

    My favorite since I was a kid has been guay tiew bped (duck noodle soup) and everyone loves chicken rice (khao mun gai). Also try moo ping with sticky rice for breakfast! Many Thais regularly eat off the street actually 🙂

    • Reply
      October 16, 2014 at 2:24 pm

      Mmmmm, they all sound delicious! I love sticky rice, it feels strange though. 🙂

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