Many world explorers have honored Bangkok with the title of ‘Best City in the World for Delicious Street Food’, and we here at BUCKiTDREAM are not going to argue with them. Bangkok street food is deservedly world famous. It is flavorsome, exotic, inventive, diverse, and available on practically every street, corner and stoops in the city! Locals and visitors alike gobble street food all day and night – it is a mainstay of Thai culture.
We describe it as “(Not Necessarily So) Nutritious” in the title because some of these dishes are a little light on vegetables, and heavy on sugar. However, you can also find nutritious street food options in Bangkok, cooked fresh before your very eyes, if that’s what you desire.
If you want to eat deliciously and healthily for cheap (most meals cost about $1) in Bangkok you certainly can, although if you want to eat scrumptiously and (not so) nutritious food, that is also always an option. Our list contains nutritious and (not necessarily so) nutritious options.
Anyways, enough with the preamble. Crack open an ice-cold bottle of Singha folks, and enjoy our mouth-watering BUCKiTDREAM list of 9 delicious and (not necessarily so) nutritious street foods of Bangkok. Yummy!
Pad Thai (Stir Fried Rice Noodle) Arguably the most iconic Thai street food of them all, pad thai is a dish that is synonymous with its country of origin. If a person has heard of only one Thai dish, it will probably be pad thai! This tasty meal of rice noodles stir-fried with egg, tofu, fish sauce, tamarind pulp, garlic, dried shrimp, chilies and a little bit of palm sugar, is usually completed with lime juice, chopped peanuts and some type of meat, and is a favorite of locals who want to eat on-the-go.
Khao Mun Gai (Chicken Rice) Another staple of Thai street food, and very popular in Bangkok; ‘chicken rice’ is exactly what it sounds like – boiled chicken meat served atop sticky rice with a dash of chili sauce and a few tasty cubes of congealed chicken blood on the side. This simple and lovely dinner is always served with a bowl of chicken stock soup. It goes down a treat with a glass of iced water sitting on a plastic chair in the shade on the side of a busy Bangkok road!
Som Tam (Papaya Salad) In Thailand, the spiciest dishes are often cold salads – the chilies lurking within are often hot, hot, hot. Papaya salad is fresh, crunchy, clean, salty, slightly fishy, and often, darned spicy!
Khao Pad (Thai Fried Rice) This dish is a simple and lovely savory mishmash of jasmine rice, egg, onions, garlic, and tomato, finished off with some type of meat (usually shrimp, chicken or pork) and seasoned with salt, sugar, chili and fish sauce. Khao pad goes perfectly with the smell of diesel exhaust fumes that hang in the Bangkok air! A classic taste of Bangkok. Yum!
Pad Kra Pao Moo (Pork and Basil) This dish comes in ‘spicy’ or ‘not so spicy’ versions. It’s a hearty mix of minced pork and fresh basil, and depending on where you get it, it may have some red hot chilies thrown in for good measure. It’s a lottery! Excellent with sticky rice.
Sai Krok Isan (Sour Isan Sausage) This fermented pork and rice sausage originated in northern Thailand and usually comes impaled on a stick. You can see rows of them cooking on little grill-carts on street corners all over Bangkok. They are delicious, but one wonders how the people tending to the hot grills manage to stand the intense, baking heat wafting from the grill beneath face and the sun above head!
Khao Soi (Crispy Noodle Coconut Curry Soup) If a ‘hearty coconut curry soup ladened with chicken meat and packed with noodles that are soft below the liquid mark and crunchy above it’ is what you’re looking for, look no further than khao soi! This scrumptious dish hails from the north, in and around the city of Chiang Mai, but it is also available on the streets of Bangkok. The crunchy texture of the noodles jutting out from the thick, hot broth makes this dish very unique indeed.
Prepared Local Fruit Freshly sliced local fruits such as mango, pineapple, and guava are served on streets all over the city from small refrigerated carts. The fruit is served in little plastic bags with a wooden toothpick for skewering it on. In Thailand, the fruit is often generously sprinkled with sugar and often a pinch of salt. This is not necessarily ideal, and many people prefer to ask for their fruit without sugar. We’ll leave that choice up to you.
Coconut Juice in a Meat Cup This is quite rare, but if you can find it, you have to try it! Skilled vendors take a whole raw coconut and hack away the outer shell, leaving only the bright, white meat. They stick a straw in the top and serve it to you in a small, clear plastic bag. You drink the juice and then eat the meat-cup. Awesome (and highly Instagrammable)!
OK, so our bellies are rumbling vociferously now…. we hope yours are, too! Whether you are chowing down on a papaya salad with a surprisingly (eye-watering) fiery kick, slurping and crunching down an aromatic and hearty khao soi, or even devouring the delicious ‘cup’ that your fresh coconut juice came in, don’t be stingy with your Bangkok street food experiences…… share the hell out of them on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook -people