Bangkok is one of the best cities when it comes to street eats, with some culinary classics found on food stalls along every road in every part of the city. Bangkok has been voted in the Top 10 of Asia’s greatest street food cities by CNNGO.COM (www.cnngo.com/explorations/eat/asia-street-food-cities-612721?page=0,3), and with delicious delicacies and traditional tastes on every street corner, and everywhere in between it is hardly surprising.
With small meals eaten all day long, not to mention all night too, there is always a reason and an opportunity to taste a veritable feast of tasty treats on the city streets. This might be a zesty spicy salad, or a comforting noodle dish, or some sensational skewers, as well as a hot wok rice dish, or cool summery dessert.
With dedicated eating market areas, locals get to know where to find these foodie favorites. From the night market specialties on Sukhumvit 38, which is popular with drive-by customers passing near to Thong Lor; to hungry commuters and shoppers near to busy Silom and those wanting some pre or post-entertainment nourishment; to lively, bustling Chinatown; to the noodles in the center of traffic chaos at Victory Monument; Bangkok offers some seriously good street eats. Top of the list are some firm favorites:
- Phad See Ew - a dark satisfying noodle stirfry with lots of soy sauce and broccoli. The ultimate comfort food best served with sen yai noodles which are big, wide and flat and taste soft and doughy.
- Som Tam – crunchy, crispy and spicy, a pestle and mortar pounding away on the side of the road is the sign for this papaya salad with dried shrimp and lime, as well as peanuts and fish sauce, and lots of chili for a fresh sweet and sour flavor with lots of heat.
- Moo Ping - grilled pork skewers on a charcoal barbeque are succulent and flame grilled with a glaze of coconut milk or garlic and dipped in a spicy dip. These succulent snacks are perfect with sticky rice.
- Boat Noodles - on dry land these assorted noodle dishes come in small bowls for sampling lots of different flavors, with meats, bean sprouts and vegetables.
- Khao Phad Poo – delicate and nourishing, crab fried rice is served with a wedge of lime and is delicately flavored and delicious.
- Moo Dad Diew – the Thai equivalent of jerky, dried in the sun and packed with savory meatiness is this fish sauce and coriander marinated dried pork.
- Khanom Jeen – fermented rice noodles are the perfect accompaniment to a creamy curry and a favorite breakfast dish served with pickles.
- Cha Yen - the unique, orange colored Thai iced tea is made with sweet condensed milk, star anise and tamarind seeds and is an essential cooler in the year-round heat.
- Khao Niew Manuang – usually served with coconut milk, sticky rice with mango, is beyond moreish.
10. Khanom Krok – a dessert made with coconut cream and batter mixed together quickly over heat for bite-sized sweetness.