Thailand, a country that is world-famous for its food. Sought after by foodies around the world – Thai street food is a staple in Thai cuisine. Convenience and cost play a role in street food’s popularity in Thailand.
With an ample variety, the majority of citizens get at least one meal a day from these stalls. A Thai meal includes four main seasonings: salty, sweet, sour, and spicy. Prepare yourself to enjoy Thai gastronomy of all forms, awoken by fiery spice, intoxicating aromas, and the Thai culture that revolves around every bite.
HERE ARE 10 DELICIOUS THAI STREET FOOD THAT YOU NEED TO GET A TASTE OF:
Duck Noodles / Rice (Kway Teow Bpet / Khao Ma Bpet)
Duck is a common protein eaten in Thai cuisine, and there are two common ways street vendors serve it. Roasted Duck (known as Bpet Yang) and Boiled Duck (known as Bpet Paloe) which is boiled in soy sauce and Chinese five-spice. The duck meat is hearty and it has its flavour from pickled ginger, dark soy sauce and green chillies.
They serve the sliced duck along with the skin over some dark braised sauce over the noodles or rice. A clear soup boiled down from duck bones is a perfect companion for this dish. This dish is easy to spot – you just need to keep an eye out for ducks hanging at the stall.
318/1, Soi Sukhumwit 55 Lane, Sukhumwit Rd., Khlong Tan Nua Sub-District, Watthana District, Bangkok Thailand
Tung Sui Heng Pochana
528/45 Rama4 Road, Khwaeng Maha Phruttharam, Khet Bang Rak, Bangkok 10500 Thailand
Grilled Pork Skewers (Moo Ping)
Touring down the streets of Bangkok and something attracts your sense of smell, and it’s not long before your mouth starts watering. Grilled Pork Skewers (Known as Moo Ping) is probably one of the most familiar items of all street food in Bangkok.
But what’s unique about these skewers if we compare it to the other ‘satays’ across Asia? It’s how the Thais flatten the marinated meat onto a skewer for even heating. This way, no part of the pork ends up overcooked or dry. Moo Ping is marinated with fish sauce, palm sugar, garlic and soy sauce. It’s then grilled over charcoal imparting a smokiness to the meat. Moo Ping is nice to eat with sweet sauce, usually along with a portion of sticky rice.
Moo Ping Jae Vaas
Soi Na Thong, Prachasongkro road, Bangkok
Moo Ping Hea Aoun
76 Si Lom, Silom, Khet Bang Rak, Bangkok 10500
Salt Grilled Fish (Pla Pao)
You can’t really say to have known the country if you have not eaten from the streets, and Salted Grilled Fish (known as Pla Pao) is a hallmark of Thai street-food culture. The preparation technique of the fish is very intriguing.
At first, they stuff the fish with lemongrass. The Thais coat the entire fish in a body of salt, disregarding the skin as it’s not to be eaten. The salt helps to seal in the juices of the fish when it is grilled over the charcoal. This way, they maximise the full flavour of the fish without drying it. Pulling away the skin reveals soft and tender fish meat. The fish goes best with jasmine rice or a la carte with dipping sauce.
Pa Porn Pla Phao
108 Mahaisawan Road, Khwaeng Bang Kho Laem, Khet Bang Kho Laem, Bangkok Thailand
Horm Pla Phao
138 Soi Ratchada 18 Yaek 20 Mituna, Khwaeng Samsen Nok, Khet Huai Khwang, Bangkok Thailand
Oyster Omelette (Hoi Nang Rom Tod) / Crab Omelette (Kai Kon Pu)
While Thailand is a land of delicious food, there’s one dish that’s going to make you want to lick your plate and fingers clean, and that’s a sizzling hot plate of street-side Thai Omelette.
Oyster Omelette (known as Hoi Nang Rom Tod) is a prevalent street food dish. The cooks slightly dip the oysters in some rice flour and egg batter and they fry it until it’s crispy. The oysters are best to serve on a bed of bean sprouts and topped with cilantro and pepper. These oyster omelettes taste best when paired with a little Thai sauce (sauce prik).
Another rendition of this omelette and a really popular dish is the Crab Omelette (Known as Kai Kon Pu). They cook huge chunks of crab meat with a creamy omelette. Complete the dish with either plain rice, fried rice and pan-fried noodles.
Oyster Omelette: Rod Fai Night Market 2
Esplanade Complex, next to MRT Thai Cultural Center, Bangkok Thailand
Crab Omelette: Nhong Rim Klong
30 Ekkamai 21 Alley, Khlong Tan Nuea, Bangkok Thailand
Crab Bee Hoon (Poo Aob Woonsen)
For Thai-style Crab Bee Hoon, glass noodles, usually made from mung beans. Firstly, soak the noodles in a seafood broth until it’s soft. They’re then quickly stir-fried under high heat along with ginger, so they become firm without losing any flavour. The resulting noodles are very bouncy.
There’s no strong smell of gravy in the bee hoon. Pepper and spices are enough to season the bee hoon. Hints of coriander and white pepper give the Crab Bee Hoon its signature taste.
Som Sak Poo Ob
124/17 Krung Thon Buri Rd, Khwaeng Bang Lamphu Lang, Khet Khlong San, ฺBangkok Thailand
Tang Jai Dee Poo Ob
Rod Fai Night Market, Ratchadaphisek Rd, Khwaeng Din Daeng, Khet Din Daeng, Bangkok Thailand
Spicy Thai Seafood Soup (Tom Yam Goong)
Tom Yam, as one might say, is the ultimate flavour of Thailand. There are countless variations of this tangy soup. Still, the most popular among locals is the seafood rendition (known as Tom Yam Goong).
Aside from Jumbo Prawns and incredible freshwater shrimp; mushrooms, tomatoes, lemongrass, galangal, chillies, kaffir lime leaves, onions, and other lively ingredients are boiled together to create the magical taste of the soup. Adding prawn innards into the soup mixtures is a must, because it melts and intensifies the flavour. There are many ways to serve Tom Yam Goong. For example, creamy version, and this texture is achieved by adding condensed milk. This way, the Tom Yam Goong has the maximum flavour and is everyone’s favorite dish.
Pee Aor Tom Yum Goong
68/51 Soi Phetchburi 5, Phetchburi Road Near BTS Ratchathewi Station, Thung Phaya Thai, Ratchathewi, Bangkok 10400 Thailand
Tom Yum Tam Ja
51-89 Thanon Sutthisan Winitchai, Khwaeng Din Daeng, Khet Din Daeng, Bangkok 10400 Thailand
Thai Green Curry (Gang Kiew Wan Gai)
Thai Green Curry is one of the most well-known Thai dishes which can be found at any Thai restaurant throughout the world. To cook the curry, they need a rich coconut milk base and chunks of chicken, Thai eggplant, chillies, basil leaves and lemongrass. This only real difference between Red and Green curry are the types of chillies which are used – in this case, is green chillies.
This spicy Thai curry is a recipe for ultimate culinary comfort!
169 Dinso Road Near City Hall, Wat Bowon Niwet, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok 10200 Thailand
Methavalai Residence Bankok Hotel 78/2 Ratchadamnoen Avenue, Khwaeng Wat Bowon Niwet, Bangkok Thailand
Thai Green Papaya Salad (Som Tam) / Green Mango Salad (Yam Mamuang)
Along with a handful of curries and a few other select Thai dishes, green papaya salad has become ubiquitous with Thai cuisine across the world. 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.
Thai Green Papaya Salad (known as Som Tam) which is actually a savoury dish, not a sweet one. It uses unripe papayas, which add a slight tang to this dish. Tomatoes, long beans also form the bulk of the salad while dried shrimp, toasted peanuts and lots of red chillies add their own minor component.
To make the flavours truly blend together, the cooks usually pound the ingredients, rather than mixing it up. They pound these ingredients using wooden mortar and pestle.
For a twist on Thai green papaya salad, a good substitution is Green Mango Salad (known as Yam Mamuang). The preparation is pretty much the similar way. This extremely refreshing salad uses shredded sour green mangoes and toasted peanuts, with a dressing of fish sauce and lime juice.
Chatuchak Weekend Market
Kamphaeng Phet Road Lat Yao, Chatuchak, Bangkok 10900 Thailand
Crispy Pancake (Kanom Bueang)
Crispy Pancake (Known as Kanom Bueang) is a bite-sized Thai-style crepes. Resembling mini tacos, the ‘pancake’ follows more closely to a crispy thin wafer. The ingredients to make this are, rice flour before stuffed with coconut cream and shreds of coconut flesh. The stuffing also varies to include egg yolks or chopped scallions.
Talad Plu Market
Thoedthai Road Thonburi district, Bangkok Thailand
Khwaeng Talad Yot, Khet Phra Nakhon, Bangkok 10200 Thailand
Mango Sticky Rice (Khao Niao Mamuang)
Mangoes in Bangkok are truly what sweet dreams are made of. Mango Sticky Rice (Khao Niao Mamuang) is possibly the most famous Thai dessert out there!
Mango Sticky Rice is especially popular from March to July, also known as mango season. It consists of glutinous rice, which the grains are slightly tougher and none other, the sweet mango. It usually comes with a sachet of coconut milk to provide moisture to the sticky glutinous rice.
Boonsap Thai Dessert Shop
1478 New Road, Bangrak, Bangkok 10500 Khwaeng Bang Rak, Khet Bang Rak, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon, Bangkok 10500 Thailand
Rod Fai Night Market 2
Esplanade Complex, next to MRT Thai Cultural Center, Bangkok Thailand
Yes! That’s it for Thailand and its amazing food. We’re drooling right now and you should too!
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