12 Must Eat Thai Street Food When Visiting Bangkok, Thailand

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Bangkok is not just a shopping paradise for ladies. The Thai Capital is also famous for its amazing delicacies both in restaurants and on the streets. First time tourist to Bangkok would probably be overwhelmed by the vast selection and it may be quite a feat to try out all these delicious street food over the two or three days when are in the city. To help you on your Bangkok street food adventure, here are our recommendation of the 12 Must Eat Street Food when visiting Bangkok, Thailand.

1. Crispy Pancake (Kanom Bueang)

This is really one of the very first street food we had when we visited Bangkok for the very first time! Kanom Bueang is a small, thin piece of crispy snack for the locals, just sufficient to satisfy your cravings for something sweet to munch without feeling too full. There are variations to this crispy pancake as they come in sweet or savoury fillings/toppings such as shredded coconut, chopped scallions or fried eggs / egg yolks.

Eat It At: MBK Mall Level 4, Talad Rot Fai Srinakarin & Asiatique

2. Sweet Potato Balls (Kanom Kai Nok Krata)

Kanom Kai Nok Krata is a Thai street food that is a cross between a dessert and a snack. Khai Nok Krata means quail’s egg because they are of similar size. The main ingredients are sweet potatoes and tapioca starch, mixed well and deep fried until have golden brown colour.

Eat It At: Pratunam Night Market, Night Market outside Central World & Silom Night Market

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3. Pandan Sweetmeat / Kueh (Kanom Krok Bai Toey)

Kanom Krok Bai Toey in Bangkok is made by roasting it over a cast iron griddle called kanom krok, which is placed on top of burning hot coals. Made with flour, coconut sugar, and pandan leaf extract (which gives off a bright green colour and a heavenly aroma), this street snack has a chewy and fluffy texture and we love that it is not overly sweet. It makes the perfect snack while roaming the streets of Bangkok.

Eat It At: Train Market Ratchada (Ratchadaphisek Road, Dindaeng); Wang Lang Market (Soi Wang Lang, Siriraj); and Siam Pandan (Pathum Wan, Bangkok – besides Novotel Siam Square).

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4. Thai Style Fried Chicken (Gai Tod)

We adore Gai Tod! Folks who have tried it before swear that it is better than your usual fast food restaurants! When you are in Bangkok, just throw your diet out of the window and go for one more piece!

Eat It At: Pratunam Night Market, Night Market outside Central World, Silom Night Market.

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5. Thai Grilled Pork On Skewers (Moo Ping)

Thai Grilled Pork on Skewers are amazing because the Thai people still stick to the traditional ways of using charcoal to cook this dish. You get sweet, succulent and tender piece of pork served on a stick and delivered with dried chilli dipping sauce, one of the common accompaniments. Moo Ping Hea Owen is a stall that is recommended by the locals but there are other good options around the Pratunam area.

Eat It At: Silom Soi Convent, Central Embassy or Pratunam Night Market.

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6. Grilled Honey Roast Pork (Moo Yang)

Should it surprise anyone that pork neck or collar is one of the favourite cuts among the Thai? Blessed with just the right amount of lean meat, muscle, and fat, a well marinated Grilled Honey Roast Pork is so flavorful that everyone will find it hard to resist reaching out for another piece. The locals recommend Moo Yang Nam Peung at Chatuchak Weekend Market but we feel that these sweet succulent meats can be found at most night markets.

Eat It At: Moo Yang Nam Peung, Chatuchak Weekend Market, Area 22, Soi 4.

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7. Thai Fried Noodles (Pad Thai)

Pad Thai is probably the global ambassador for Thai cuisine. These simple stir-fried rice noodles are almost certainly one of the best-known Thai dishes worldwide. Many Thai folks would probably tell you that if the kitchen gets their Pad Thai right, they probably know their stuff. We recommend going to Pad Thai Sala Daeng or Thip Samai Pad Thai to sample this dish but you can find it at any Thai restaurants or night markets.

Eat It At: Pad Thai Sala Daeng  (Silom, Sala Daeng Soi 2), Thip Samai Pad Thai & most night markets

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8. Tom Yum Goong Noodles

Tom Yum Goong is Thailand’s official national noodle soup. You can probably find this dish at any Thai restaurants and night market but the many say that the best can be found at Pee Aor. So it really depends on how far you are prepared to go hunting down the perfect Tom Yum Goong Noodles.

Eat It At: Pee Aor, 68/51 Soi Phetchaburi 5 or any restaurants & night market street stalls.

9. Boat Noodles (Kway Teow Rua)

These noodles used to be only found at the floating markets of Thailand but they have since ventured ashore. The noodles contain both pork and beef, as well as dark soy sauce, pickled bean curd and some other spices, and is normally served with meatballs and pig’s liver. Sutyot Kuetiau Lua Payak at Victory Monument is where locals will recommend if you are looking for authentic, delicious Boat Noodles.

Eat It At: Sutyot Kuetiau Lua Payak, Victory Monument

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10. Thai Duck Rice / Noodles

Duck Rice / Noodles can be found everywhere in Bangkok. However, the locals will point you to Kway Teow Pead Yang Balampoo. The herbal clear duck soup was made with more than 10 herbs and is the perfect complement to the roast duck. You should try their braised duck wings when you are there too!

Eat It At: Kway Teow Pead Yang Balampoo and other night markets

11. Braised Pork Trotter Rice / Wanton Noodles

Braised Pork Trotters Rice and Wanton Noodles are so well-loved by Singaporeans that everyone must die-die have one whenever they visit Bangkok. You can opt for an individual portion of rice topped with tender braised pork leg and garnishing or you can also take on the ultimate Thai braised pork leg experience by ordering the entire leg.

Eat It At: Pratunam, Silom night market

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12. Fried Banana Pancake (Roti Gluay)

We put this as our last item because we see it as one of the best street desserts to end a delicious evening. Similar to our familiar roti prata, this pan-fried dough dish is topped with condensed milk and a variety of options as honey, nutella, chocolate, coconut, sugar and much more – depending on your preference. It looks as good as it tastes, sinful to the max!

Eat It At: Pratunam Night Market, Khao San, Silom Night Market.

We hope you like our introduction of 12 Must Eat Thai Street Food in Bangkok. As you hunt down these street food, do note that many of these street food stalls move around different spots hence they may not be available at the same place the very next day. We would love it if you can share your personal experience in the comments section below too!

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