Bangkok hosts one of the world’s most interesting street food scenes as it is part of the rich food culture the country has and it has something to offer for everyone. You can get almost everything they serve in restaurants on Bangkok streets as well while prices can get dirt cheap. Although over the past few years, the Bangkok street food scene drastically changed due to government policy, there is still so much street food in Bangkok to explore. In this article, we will tell you where to find the best street food in Bangkok, what you should not miss and give you a list of some of the most famous street food vendors the city has.
In this in-depth article, which is a long read, we cover the following aspects of Bangkok Street Food:
- 1. Our definition of Bangkok Street Food
- 2. A new street food policy in Bangkok
- 3. What are the best places to find street food in Bangkok
- 4. Markets with amazing street food
- 5. Common and easily accessible street food areas in Bangkok
- 6. Typical street food in Bangkok
- 7. Best streets to find amazing local restaurants
- 8. 12 Famous street food in Bangkok
1. Our definition of Bangkok Street Food
From our point of view, there is a big difference between Bangkok street food and local Thai restaurants. A street food vendor serves a quick meal, either fully prepared or almost ready-to-serve within minutes and focusses on a handful of different foods. The street food vendor usually does not have tables and chairs for you to eat the street food, with a few exceptions there and the food is served in public, not inside (a restaurant). You should not wait for someone to pick up your order. No, instead, you go straight to the hawker, order what you want and start eating almost instantly after. Other Bangkok street food-related articles on the internet do not seem to understand this difference. If you are looking for local restaurants, we highly recommend reading our article about the best local Thai restaurants in Bangkok. If you really want to know about Bangkok Street Food, then keep reading.
Our definition of Bangkok Street Food
2. A new street food policy in Bangkok
In the last few years, the Bangkok Street Food scene changed enormously due to the current policy executed by the government. In many areas, selling street food from a cart is forbidden and hawkers are appointed to sell their delicious treats in designated food areas, such night markets or non-busy roads. The reason for cleaning up the streets is simple: the carts were blocking the always-busy streets of Thailand’s capital. In most areas, the new policy drastically changed the sidewalks in a positive way, but Bangkok lost a part of its authenticity. The street food at one of the more popular street food streets in Sukhumvit, namely Sukhumvit Soi 38, is completely gone. But it does not mean that street food in Bangkok has completely vanished.
3. What are the best places to find street food in Bangkok?
The best places to find street food in Bangkok are popular night markets such as Ratchada Train Market, Chatuchak Weekend Market and Srinakarin Train Market as well as common street food areas such as Chinatown (Yaowarat), Udom Suk Road, Petchaburi Soi 5 and around Khao San Road. In this article, we dive deeper into where to find the best street food in Bangkok and what street food in Bangkok you should not miss.
Map of all the Bangkok Street Food areas that will be discussed in this article.
4. Markets with amazing street food
Due to the new government policy, a large number of street food vendors were forced to move to designated areas, like night markets, to sell their street food. Night markets are part of the way of life in Thailand and can be found everywhere throughout the country. You can expect a huge variety of street food, both internationally as Thai, and the prices are fairly cheap. But some night markets want to stand out of its competitors and these night markets create completely new experiences to attract both locals and tourists. The most popular night markets in Bangkok are Ratchada Train Market, Chatuchak Weekend Market Friday Night, Chinatown at Night and Srinakarin Night Market. Besides delicious street food, these markets also offer a wide variety of goods such as souvenirs, vintage, clothes and art. Besides all the shopping, these markets also have plenty of small locals bars, making them excellent for a night out. More details about these markets can be found in our article about the best night markets in Bangkok.
Night markets are the perfect place in Bangkok to get street food.
5. Common and Easily Accessible Street Food Areas in Bangkok
Chinatown, or Yaowarat, is one of the oldest areas in Bangkok and is in our opinion, the best place to find amazing street food in Bangkok. The majority of the shops are open from six o’clock in the evening until midnight and from the moment they open their shops, this area transforms into one big, chaotic food heaven. In every alley of Yaowarat Road, you will find food carts with plastic chairs and aluminium tables where you can grab cheap, delicious food. Keep in mind that on Mondays, the majority of the shops and restaurants are closed. To give you an idea of what you can expect at Chinatown, check out our article about the best food you can find in Chinatown Bangkok. All these recommendations can be found in our food app TopTravelFoods, which we will give more information about at the end of this article.
Location: Google Maps
Opening times: 18:00 - 24:00
Closed on Monday
An impression of what Chinatown has to offer. In our opinion, the best place to find street food in Bangkok!
Petchaburi Soi 5
Petchaburi Soi 5 is located near Ratchatewi and Phaya Thai BTS Station, a popular area for hostels. Phaya Thai BTS is a popular area in particular as it has a direct BTS connection with the Airport Link. A five-minute walk will lead you to one of the best street food areas in Bangkok. Right after four o’clock in the afternoon, this area completely transforms into a street food heaven that will let every foodie’s heart beat faster. Expect grilled chicken, fresh seafood, curries, noodles, grilled sausages, smoothies, fresh fruit, stir-fried veggies, deep-fried chicken wings and many more. Petchaburi Soi 5 is also a great area to find halal restaurants and one of the best tom yum restaurants in Bangkok, namely Pe Aor. You can find more information about this legendary restaurant in our article about Pe Aor, or check our article about the best tom yum in Bangkok.
Location: Google Maps
Opening times: 16:00 - 23:00
An impression of what Petchaburi Soi 5, a street food area in Bangkok where you barely find tourists.
Khao San Road
In and around Khao San Road, you can find plenty of street food specifically accessible for foreigners as this area is popular among tourists. Once Thailand is open for tourists again, we shall update this part of the article and map out the street food at Khao San Road to give you the most valuable and updated information. In the meantime, check out our article about the best local restaurants near Khao San Road.
Silom Soi 20
Silom Soi 20 is located in an older area of Bangkok where multiple cultures live together. This reflects on the variety of street food that can be found in this popular street. In the middle of the street is a fresh market where many restaurants and street food vendors buy their ingredients freshly in the early morning. This market closes at around eleven o’clock in the morning and a few hours later, the majority of the street food vendors are open. You can find local restaurants and street food vendors in the morning, but the street gets to life during the day. At Silom Soi 20 you can find typical local street food options such as Khao Moo Grob, Roasted Duck with Rice or the hugely popular chicken biryani. But if that’s too adventurous for you, you can also sit down and enjoy a Pad Thai with an ice-cold beer for a hundred baht together.
Location: Google Maps
Opening times: 12:00 - 22:00
An impression of what Silom Soi 20 has to offer, a street food area in Bangkok that attracts both Thai as foreigners.
Grand Palace & Wat Pho
This is not a typical street food area where locals grab a bite every day, however, as this article is written for tourists, it’s useful to mention that behind these two hugely popular tourist attractions, several small streets can be found that serve good street food. If you want to grab a quick noodle soup, a pad Thai or mango sticky rice from the streets, you should definitely take a look here. If you prefer to visit a restaurant, there are plenty of options to choose from in the same street. Good options are Elefin, ERR Urban Rustic Thai and Baan ThaThien, which are all listed in our article about the best restaurants near the Grand Palace and Wat Pho.
Location: Google Maps
Opening times: 11:00 - 18:00
An impression of the street food area behind the Grand Palace, ideal for tourists to grab lunch.
Victory Monument is an area right above the city centre that is a busy place due to its connectivity with public transport. For many Thai, this is the place to get on the bus and travel to their work, school or other destination. When there are people, there are street food vendors and this is exactly why Victory Monument is a great spot to find a wide variety of street food vendors. When you walk around the Victory Monument itself, which is a roundabout, you can find several vendors. However, right in front of the shopping Century The Movie Plaza Victory Monument, there is a small area solely with street food vendors. Around twenty carts serve all sorts of street food, such as skewers, curries, yum salads and many more.
At Ratchatwithi Soi 18, near the west exit of the roundabout, you will find another alley where they serve street food. This alley will lead you to one of the best boat noodle restaurants in Bangkok, which we will describe further in this article. The street food at Victory Monument is not as concentrated in one particular street compared to other popular street food areas in Bangkok. The street food vendors around the monument itself near the busses are open all day. The street food vendors at Century The Movie Plaza Victory Monument and Ratchatwithi Soi 18 are open after four o’clock in the afternoon.
The five pictures above are taken at Century The Movie Plaza Victory Monument
Tip: there is also a beer garden in front of Century The Movie Plaza Victory Monument. Combining street food with cheap beers in the middle of Bangkok is a pretty cool experience!
Ratchatwithi Soi 18 Street Food
Paseo Shopping Mall Lat Krabang (near Suvarnabhumi Airport)
Every day at four o’clock in the afternoon, the street right next to Paseo Shopping Mall in Lat Krabang is transformed into a nice little street food market which is among the highest quality of all street food areas in Bangkok in this article. The only downside is that this street food area is located far from the city centre. But if you are staying near Suvarnabhumi Airport, Paseo Shopping Mall is a great area to enjoy clean, high-quality street food options. Some of the highlights are fried chicken, mango sticky rice (seasonal), coconut slushies, a variety of grilled seafood (prawns, whole white fish) and a huge variety of skewers. Inside Paseo Shopping Mall, you will also find plenty of great Thai and international restaurants such as Inter and Ran Kong Por, both listed in our article about the best restaurants near Suvarnabhumi Airport. Keep in mind that this is not a market for entertainment, but purely for street food. You won’t see many foreigners here due to its location. Prices are cheaper than street food markets in the city centre. At around eight o’clock, the market closes and the majority of the vendors have sold out their goods already. We recommend you visit this street food market at five o’clock as all vendors are fully stocked and open.
Location: Google Maps
Opening times: 16:00 - 20:00
6. Typical street food in Bangkok
For the majority of the visitors to street food areas in Bangkok, and especially night markets visitors, you don’t really know what you are going to eat. You just go with the flow and once you see something that gets you mouth-watering, you simply order it. But to give you a better understanding of what kind of food you can expect at these places, we listed some of the most common and typical street food in Bangkok. But you have to understand that each market and street food area has so many other tasty options, that the only way to have a better understanding about Bangkok Street Food is by visiting these night markets and street food areas.
The following typical street food dishes are excellent for those who never tried street food in Bangkok. For more authentic and intense flavours, especially when you are familiar with Thai food, check out the recommended street food vendors in the last chapter.
Mango Sticky Rice
This insanely popular Thai dessert actually does not need further explanation as it’s a treat that you will see everywhere in the country. If you are travelling during the mango season, grabbing a mango sticky rice from a street food vendor is an absolute must. A fresh, perfectly ripe mango with sticky rice, covered in a sweetened coconut milk dressing. For me personally, once the season is right, it’s a treat that I will devour at least twice a week. Check out our article about the best mango sticky rice in Bangkok if you are looking for something extraordinary.
Mango Sticky Rice as street food. A must-try!
Guay Teow - Noodles & Noodle Soups
Noodles is a typical Bangkok Street Food option that can be found at almost every corner of the street. A bowl of noodles is comfort food for Thai and for the majority of the tourists, a classic street food dish that you are going to try during your holiday. There are countless variations of noodles and noodle soups to find on the streets of Bangkok. In our article about the best noodles and noodle soups in Bangkok, you can find the must-visit places for extraordinary noodles.
Typical noodles you can find on the streets of Bangkok.
Khao Man Gai
Khao Man Gai is a Thai version of Hainanese Chicken, which is a steamed chicken served with garlicky rice and a dark soy dipping sauce. This is a hugely popular street food dish that you can find throughout Southeast Asia, where each country has a slightly different version of it. As it’s a non-spicy dish with non-extreme flavours, it’s a perfect street food dish to try when you’re a foreigner.
One of the most popular Thai breakfast options is Jok, which is rice porridge. Usually, the warm rice porridge is served with pork meatballs and the porridge itself has a savoury, non-spicy flavour. Jok is a breakfast and in the early morning, Jok vendors are extremely busy with serving this popular street food dish, although many Thai like to eat this delicious breakfast at home. If you’d like to taste typical Thai breakfast, Jok is a must-try when you’re in Thailand.
Thailand’s most famous international dish is Pad Thai, although it’s not as famous among Thai than most foreigners think. Although we always encourage tourists to try many other Thai dishes during their trip, we can’t ignore the fact that foreigners love to eat Pad Thai. You can find Pad Thai in every Thai restaurant, but for the ultimate travel experience, devouring a freshly stir-fried Pad Thai from a local street food cart is a must. If you want to try really tasty versions of Pad Thai, check out our article about the best Pad Thai in Bangkok.
Thailand's most popular dish among foreigners, Pad Thai.
Moo Ping is a Thai marinated grilled pork skewer that is hugely popular and can be found at every street food area or market. These garlicky flavoured skewers are an easy, non-spicy, savoury snack that basically every foreigner love to eat. Wherever you find street food in Bangkok, you will find Moo Ping. You often stumble upon Moo Ping vendors in front of 7-Eleven supermarkets.
A street food dish that you find everywhere in Thailand.
Pla Pao is not your typical street food dish as you can’t eat it at the spot unless you are in a restaurant. Pla Pao is a salt-crusted grilled fish served with vegetables, herbs, noodles and spicy seafood dipping sauce. The idea behind this dish is to wrap chunks of fish meat together with the herbs in the cabbage leaves. Once you fold everything to a small package, you dip the wrapped fish in the spicy dipping sauce. The result is a flavour explosion in your mouth. You can find these Pla Pao vendors on the streets in Bangkok and these vendors are easy to recognize with their salt-crusted fish grilling above the hot coals. If you have the chance, take Pla Pao back to your accommodation and enjoy a Thai seafood feast.
Pla Pao, a really tasty seafood dish you can find on the street.
Whenever you see a street food vendor selling grilled meats, there is a ninety-nine per cent chance that the vendor sells Sai Oah too. Sai Oah is a Northern Thai sausage that is slightly spicy and very herby. The typical use of fragrant spices is exactly what you expect to taste when you’re in Thailand and that’s why we highly recommend you try this street food. Keep in mind that there usually another sausage named Sai Krok Isan sold at these vendors and due to its sourness, not always that popular among foreigners.
Delicious, herby, grilled Northern sausage.
Similar to Pad Thai, Roti Gluay is one of those typical Bangkok street food options that you probably have seen on social media or YouTube videos. The reason is simple, Roti Gluay (or banana roti) looks attractive and has flavours the majority of foreigners are already familiar with. And we can’t ignore that Roti Gluay is really tasty. You can find this classic street food dish around Khao San Road and many evening markets.
Coconut Ice Cream
This street food dish does not need further explanation. If you’re planning to visit Chatuchak Weekend Market, you will stumble upon several coconut ice cream vendors. In our article about the most recommended food at Chatuchak Market, we dive deeper into food recommendations at this insanely popular market, including where to find the best coconut ice cream. If you stay near Khao San Road, make sure to stop by Natthaphon Coconut Ice Cream as this older lady serves the best coconut ice cream in Bangkok.
The must-try coconut ice cream at Chatuchak Market.
I-Tim-Pad is a popular street food way of making ice cream. The vendor pours the not-yet-frozen ice cream on a freezing pan and shaves the ice cream into rolls once the ice cream is frozen. Not only is it fun to watch how the skilled vendor creates the ice cream from scratch, but the ice cream itself is also really tasty too. You can find I-Tim-Pad vendors at every night market in Bangkok.
I-Tim-Pad, a cool dessert that you can find at night markets.
Khanom Bueang is a traditional Thai street food dessert, which you can easily recognize by its bright, orange colour. Khanom Bueang is small crispy, folded pancakes filled with cream and topped with shredded coconut. If you’re on a street food hunt, Khanom Bueang should be on your must-try list.
Khanom Bueang, a traditional, delicious Thai dessert.
7. Famous streets in Bangkok to find amazing local restaurants
Note: the following recommendations are restaurants, not street food vendors. For the famous street food vendors, scroll down to the next chapter. The recommendations in this chapter are based on famous streets where you can find amazing local restaurants.
There are a few streets in Bangkok where you can find some of the best local food experiences in Bangkok. These restaurants can be seen as some of the best in the city and are famous among locals. The restaurants listed on each street are located close to each other, making it a great opportunity for you to combine them during your stay in Bangkok.
Banthat Thong Road
Banthat Thong Road starts one kilometre west from Siam BTS Station and is home to few legendary local restaurants. The most famous local restaurant in this street is Jae Oh Chula, a local eatery that opens its doors at 17:30 and from that moment on, the restaurant is completely packed with hungry customers until it closes at 01:00. Their most famous dish is the Tom Yum Mama. More in-depth information about this restaurant can be found in our complete review of Jae Oh Chula. More information, such as the opening times, exact location, other recommended dishes and reviews, check out the TopTravelFoods review page of Jae Oh Chula.
Jae O Chula: unique local Thai food with a twist.
Listed number one in our article about the best seafood in Bangkok, Aey Seafood is a local gem that serves amazing crab curry, scallops, cockles and deep-fried sea bass. More in-depth information about this restaurant can be found in our complete review of Aey Seafood. More information, such as the opening times, exact location, other recommended dishes and reviews, check out the TopTravelFoods review page of Aey Seafood.
Aey Seafood: one of our favourite local seafood restaurants
Long Leng Noodle is that typical local eatery that mostly attracts locals. One of the reasons is that the staff does not speak English and the menu is only available in Thai. But Long Leng Noodle is listed in our article about the best noodles in Bangkok for a very good reason: their Kuay Tiaw Sen Bamee is amazing! More information, such as the opening times, exact location, other recommended dishes and reviews, check out the TopTravelFoods review page of Long Leng Noodle.
Amazing noodles at Long Leng Noodle, you won't find tourists here.
You can find Banthat Thong Road here: Google Maps.
Dinso Road is located relatively close to Khao San Road in the older parts of Bangkok and has really amazing local restaurants that you won’t easily find somewhere else. One of the most famous local eateries at Dinso Road is Mit Ko Yuan, especially as they serve some of the best tom yum soups in Bangkok. More information, such as the opening times, exact location, other recommended dishes and reviews, check out the TopTravelFoods review page of Mit Ko Yuan.
Mit Ko Yuan, an institution at Dinso Road, famed for its Tom Yum Goong.
Another amazing restaurant on Dinso Road is Krua Apsorn, although it’s not your typical local eatery. The food at this restaurant is so good that the Royal Thai Family frequently come here for dinner. The most popular dishes at Krua Apsorn are the crab curry and the fluffy crab omelette. More information, such as the opening times, exact location, other recommended dishes and reviews, check out the TopTravelFoods review page of Krua Apsorn.
Famous crab curry at Krua Apsorn, where even the Royal Family sometimes eat.
For dessert, head over to either Mont Nom Sod or Natthaphon Coconut Ice Cream. Mont Nom Sod is a hugely popular restaurant that serves toasted bread with a variety of different spreads on it such as chocolate or coconut. This typical Thai dessert is really cheap and from the moment the restaurant is open, the place is completely packed with local families. For a more peaceful place, head over to Natthaphon Coconut Ice Cream, a small shop in a residential area where you find the best homemade coconut ice cream in Bangkok. More in-depth information about these places can be found in our complete review of Mont Nom Sod and our complete review of Natthaphon Coconut Ice Cream.
The best coconut ice cream in Bangkok at Natthaphon.
You can find Dinso Road here: Google Maps.
Maha Chai Road
Maha Chai Road is located close to the previously recommended food street in Bangkok, Dinso Road and is home to the two most famous local Thai restaurants in Bangkok. The first famous Thai restaurant is Jay Fai, known from the Netflix Series Street Food and winner of a Michelin Star. Her famous crab omelette is what makes every foodie’s heart beat faster. If you want to visit Jay Fai, make sure to arrive an hour before opening to make a manual reservation or contact them via their website. More information, such as the opening times, exact location, other recommended dishes and reviews, check out the TopTravelFoods review page of Jay Fai.
Bangkok's most famous "street food" restaurant, awarded with 1 Michelin Star.
Right next door Jay Fai is Bangkok’s most famous Pad Thai restaurant located, namely Thip Samai. Similar to Jay Fai, Thip Samai is extremely busy once the doors are opened, but reservations are not possible. You just have to wait in line. What most people don’t know is that Thip Samai has several other branches spread over Bangkok, however, for authenticity, the original one at Maha Chai Road is the real deal. Thip Samai is listed in our article about the best Pad Thai in Bangkok where you can find several other amazing Pad Thai restaurants. More in-depth information about this restaurant can be found in our complete review of Thip Samai. More general information, such as the opening times, exact location, other recommended dishes and reviews, check out the TopTravelFoods review page of Thip Samai.
Bangkok's most famous Pad Thai.
Tee Yentafo is a local restaurant with a branch in Maha Chai Road that is specialized in Yentafo soup, a red-coloured sweet and sour soup made of fermented beans. This type of soup is hugely popular among locals and for one of the best versions in town, you must visit Tee Yentafo. You can choose between visiting this popular place at their street food cart or at their modern restaurant. More information, such as the opening times, exact location, other recommended dishes and reviews, check out the TopTravelFoods review page of Tee Yentafo.
Hugely popular "street food" restaurant, famous for its yen-ta-fo soups.
You can find Maha Chai Road here: Google Maps.
Not only is Yaowarat Road, which is the main street of Chinatown Bangkok, a great place for finding amazing street food, it also is an amazing place to find some of the best local Thai-Chinese restaurants of the city. One of them is Nai Mong Hoy Thod, a local eatery that is specialized in Hoy Tod (oyster omelettes). In our article about the best hoy tod in Bangkok, we even placed this legendary place as number one.
The best Oyster Omelette in Bangkok.
Another amazing place is Nakhon Sanook, a local restaurant that is specialized in Khao Moo Daeng, which is crispy pork covered in a sweet gravy, an absolute amazing Thai dish. We believe - and we’ve written that in an in-depth article about Nakhon Sanook - that the Khao Moo Daeng is even better than competitor Si Morakot, which is located a bit further away from Yaowarat Road.
Hugely popular local eatery, famous for this crispy pork with sweet gravy.
Other amazing restaurants in this area are T&K Seafood, Heng Seng Hong, Odean Noodle, Si Morakot and many more. We recommend you to read our article about the best food in Chinatown Bangkok first before you head over to this amazing place.
You can find Yaowarat Road here: Google Maps.
Charoen Krung Road
In a hundred metre radius, you will find four amazing local Thai restaurants at Charoen Krung Road which we sum up.
Volcanic Fried Mussel & Oyster serves amazing oyster omelettes. More information, such as the opening times, exact location, other recommended dishes and reviews, check out the TopTravelFoods review page of Volcanic Fried Mussel & Oyster.
Pad Thai and Oyster Omelette specialist at Charoen Krung Road.
Charoen Wiang Pochana serves impressive roasted duck and roasted pork. More information, such as the opening times, exact location, other recommended dishes and reviews, check out the TopTravelFoods review page of Charoen Wiang Pochana.
Prachak Pet Yang is known for its roasted duck as well and is perhaps more famous that Charoen Wiang Pochana. More information, such as the opening times, exact location, other recommended dishes and reviews, check out the TopTravelFoods review page of Prachak Pet Yang.
The most famous roasted duck in Bangkok.
Boonsap Thai Desserts is known for its Thai desserts and for its mango sticky rice in particular. Boonsap Thai restaurants are also listed in our article about the best mango sticky rice in Bangkok. More information, such as the opening times, exact location, other recommended dishes and reviews, check out the TopTravelFoods review page of Boonsap Thai Desserts.
Bonus: Although not located at Charoen Krung Road, Kuayjup Mr. Jo definitely worth visiting when you are at Charoen Krung Road. Why? It serves the best crispy pork in Bangkok. You can check our article about the best crispy pork in Bangkok for other amazing restaurants. More information, such as the opening times, exact location, other recommended dishes and reviews, check out the TopTravelFoods review page of Kuayjup Mr. Jo.
By far the best crispy pork in Bangkok.
You can find Charoen Krung Road here: Google Maps.
Boat Noodle Alley
Although not really a street, the boat noodle alley at Victory Monument is a famous place where several restaurants are located near each other and serve these heavenly tiny bowls of aromatic soup. These hugely popular noodles are incredibly cheap, although they do come in small portions. Thai Boat Noodles originate from Bangkok and Ayutthaya as back in the days, these tiny bowls of noodles were served from small canoes in the rivers and near the harbour near Victory Monument. The harbour does not exist anymore, however, there are still a few restaurants that serve authentic boat noodles at the famous boat noodle alley. If you are looking for the best boat noodles in Bangkok, make sure to read our article about the best boat noodles at Victory Monument. If you are planning to visit Ayutthaya, then read our article about the best boat noodles in Ayutthaya.
We believe these are the best boat noodles in Bangkok.
You can find the Boat Noodle Alley here: Google Maps.
8. 12 Famous street food in Bangkok
In this paragraph, we discuss what we believe is the most famous street food in Bangkok. To be clear, these street food vendors are not restaurants but literally serve their famous street food on the street. Visiting these street food vendors is the ultimate foodie experience in Bangkok and we highly recommend you to do so. The most famous street food in Bangkok are:
Spicy Thai Shrimp Salad (200 THB) at Tom Yum Goong Banglamphu
Tom Yum Goong Banglamphu is one of our favourite street food vendors in Bangkok. As the name suggests, this street food vendor is specialized in “tom yum”. However, we like their other seafood preparations even more! Our favourite street food option is their Spicy Thai Shrimp Salad (Pla Goong), which costs 200 THB and is a flavourful salad prepared with lots of herbs, veggies and chillies, and fresh jumbo prawns! Why Tom Yum Goong Banglamphu is our favourite Bangkok street food restaurant? The food here is incredibly fresh and delicious, and the prices won’t break your bank. Other delicious Bangkok street food at Tom Yum Goong Banglamphu are the Fried Shrimp with Garlic (200 THB) and the Tom Yum Goong (150 THB). For more in-depth information, check out our article about Tom Yum Goong Banglamphu. For more general information, such as the location, opening times and other TopTravelFoods users' opinions, check out the TopTravelFoods review page of Tom Yum Goong Banglamphu.
Spicy Thai Shrimp Salad at Tom Yum Goong Banglamphu (200 THB)
Roasted Prawns with Glass Noodles (290 THB) at Somsak Pu Ob
Just thinking about having a delicious pan of roasted prawns with glass noodles (Goong Ob Woon Sen) at Somsak Pu Ob makes my mouth water. This street food restaurant is located outside of Bangkok’s city centre and is known for serving Bangkok’s tastiest Goong Ob Woon Sen. The glass noodles, prawns, seasoning and soy sauce are all tossed in a pan and sizzled together above hot blue flames. Mix everything together, and get yourself ready for having the meal of your life! You can also order your pan with crab (310 THB) and roe crab (450 THB). For more in-depth information, check out our article about Somsak Pu Ob. For more general information, such as the location, opening times and other TopTravelFoods users' opinions, check out the TopTravelFoods review page of Somsak Pu Ob.
Roasted Prawns with Glass Noodles at Somsak Pu Ob (290 THB)
Chinese Doughnut with Pandan & Condensed Milk (40 THB) at Pa Tong Go Savoey
When you enter Yaowarat Road from the eastside, you will immediately notice a long queue in front of the 7-Eleven. Those people are not waiting in line to get a 7-Eleven toasty, but instead, they are patiently waiting for the best Chinese doughnuts in Bangkok. In front of the 7-11 is a street food vendor named Pa Tong Go Savoey that is famously known for their Pa Tong Go. Right after the doughnuts are deep-fried, the freshly fluffy, crispy doughnuts are shortly roasted above the grill to give it a savoury flavour. You can choose between a few toppings but by far the most popular option is the Chinese Doughnut with Pandan and Condensed Milk. And for only 40 THB per portion, you are almost stupid to not try this sweet and savoury treat. More information about this amazing local restaurant, check out the TopTravelFoods review page of TopTravelFoods review page of Pa Tong Go Savoey.
Chinese Doughnut with Pandan & Condensed Milk (40 THB) at Pa Tong Go Savoey
Stir-Fried Spicy Chili Sauce with Crab and Vegetables (440 THB) at Nhong Rim Klong
Even though the canal next to this Bangkok street food restaurant is smelly, the seafood served here is of high quality - and so are the prices. At first sight, Nhong Rim Klong doesn’t look like you’re going to have the meal of your life. But after sampling one of their delicious seafood preparations, you will understand what all the fuzz is about around this popular Bangkok street food restaurant. Our favourite dish is their stir-fried spicy chilli sauce with crab and vegetables - or - the drunken stir-fry. The stir-fry mix is incredibly flavourful due to the variety of herbs and veggies and goes really well with the large chunks of crab meat. Other delicious Bangkok street food at Nhong Rim Klong is their Stir-Fried Crab with Cabbage and Fish Sauce (340 THB). For more general information, such as the location, opening times and other TopTravelFoods users' opinions, check out the TopTravelFoods review page of Nhong Rim Klong.
Stir-Fried Spicy Chili Sauce with Crab and Vegetables at Nhong Rim Klong (440 THB)
Khao Moo Grob Goon Chiang (60 THB) at Nakhon Sanook
This is my favourite spot to go in Bangkok for my hit of Khao Moo Grob. This Bangkok street food vendor is located in a small alley off Luang Road and has been honing their Khao Moo Daeng Moo Grob skills since the 1940s when the grandfather of the current owner started serving this tasty pork and rice dish. The crispy pork (Moo Grob) is better than at other vendors, but where Nakhon Sanook really stands out is their heavenly good homemade Chinese Siu Haau sauce. The sauce makes or breaks your plate of Khao Moo Grob, and at Nakhon Sanook you can’t go wrong as it’s the best in Bangkok! Don’t forget to add some sweet Chinese sausage to your plate as well. For more in-depth information, check out our in-depth article about Nakhon Sanook. For more general information, such as the location, opening times and other TopTravelFoods users' opinions, check out the TopTravelFoods review page of Nakhon Sanook.
Khao Moo Grob Goon Chiang at Nakhon Sanook (60 THB)
Mango Sticky Rice (80 THB) at Je Meaw Sukhumvit Soi 38
Sukhumvit Soi 38 used to be a street food area in Bangkok as we mentioned earlier in the article, but nowadays the majority of the shops have disappeared. One of the remaining shops is Je Meaw, a well-known mango sticky rice vendor. The portions served at Je Meaw are generous and budget-friendly (from 80 THB). The sticky rice is sweet here and served with lots of salty coconut cream and crispy mung beans. The mangoes are sweet and juicy, just like they supposed to be. Overall one of the better mango sticky rice in “the big mango”, and a noteworthy mention for Bangkok street food. Je Meaw is also listed in our article about the best mango sticky rice in Bangkok. For more general information, such as the location, opening times and other TopTravelFoods users' opinions, check out the TopTravelFoods review page of Je Meaw.
Mango Sticky Rice at Je Meaw Sukhumvit Soi 38 (80 THB)
Fish Ball Egg Noodle (40 THB) at Lim Lao Ngow Fishball Noodle
This legendary street food vendor is in business for over eighty years and perfected their recipe over all these years for their famous fishball egg noodles. This eatery is located in a small alley near Yaowarat Road in Chinatown. From the moment the street food vendor opens, customers keep visiting until late in the evening. Why? Because they serve amazing fishball noodles. The noodles are savoury and the fish taste is more subtle than you expect. When visiting Chinatown, make sure to stop by this amazing place if you love noodles as we do. For more general information, such as the opening times, location, recommended dishes, menu and impression pictures of the restaurant, check out the TopTravelFoods review page of Lim Lao Ngow Fishball Noodle.
Fish Ball Egg Noodle (40 THB) at Lim Lao Ngow Fishball Noodle
Pad Thai with Big Prawns (70 THB) at Pad Thai Narok Taek
This newcomer to Bangkok’s pad Thai scene quickly gained a good reputation for serving killer pad Thais. Although this Bangkok street food vendor is located outside of Bangkok’s city centre, you won’t be disappointed after sampling. The stir-fried charcoal-flavoured noodles are a real treat. The Pad Thai is a bit sour, due to the use of tamarind and the prawns are big, juicy and more than you expect to get for just 70 THB. Overall, in our opinion, the best street food pad Thai you can get in Bangkok. For more in-depth information about this famous dish, check out our in-depth article about the best Pad Thai in Bangkok. For more general information, such as the location, opening times and other TopTravelFoods users' opinions, check out the TopTravelFoods review page of Pad Thai Narok Taek.
Pad Thai with Big Prawns at Pad Thai Narok Taek (70 THB)
Spicy Minced Duck (70 THB) at Larb Bpet Yasothon
Larb Bpet Yasothon is a Bangkok street food restaurant located in Silom Soi 9. Calling it “street food” might be an understatement, as the street food establishment is quite large and can seat up to around 40 people. But still, due to its popularity, even these tables will fill up on Tuesday till Saturday evenings. As the name suggests, Larb Bpet Yasothon is specialized in “larb”: a Thai-Lao minced meat salad. This is exactly what you should order here. Typically larb is made with pork, however, at Larb Bpet Yasothon they prepare it with “Bpet”, which is duck. The minced duck has lots of flavour, more than other larb’s I’ve tried! Other delicious Bangkok street food at Larb Bpet Yasothon are the Roast Chicken (70 THB) and the Sliced Grilled Pork Salad (70 THB). Larb Bpet Yasothon is located close to Silom Soi 20, a popular street food area in Bangkok that we mentioned earlier. For more general information, such as the location, opening times and other TopTravelFoods users' opinions, check out the TopTravelFoods review page of Larb Bpet Yasothon.
Spicy Minced Duck at Larb Bpet Yasothon (70 THB)
Panag Curry (60 THB) at Khao Gaeng Jake Puey
One of the cooler food experiences in Chinatown Bangkok is Khao Gaeng Jake Puey. At three o'clock in the afternoon, a few plastic chairs and a table gets placed on the pedestrian sidewalk. On that table, you'll find several large pans full with different types of curry and from that moment on, locals are queueing up in line in order to get a plate of this delicious curry and devour it while sitting on one of the plastic red chairs. Our personal favourite curry here is the Panang Curry, which costs 60 THB per plate with additional pork ribs (seekong moo ob) and sweet Chinese sausage (gun chiang). The curry itself is rich in flavour and accessible for the Western taste palette. Make sure to arrive on time as the hungry locals always make sure that the pans of curry are empty before the street food vendor officially closes. For more information, such as the opening times, location, recommended dishes, menu and impression pictures of the restaurant, check out the TopTravelFoods review page of Khao Gaeng Jake Puey.
Panag Curry (60 THB) at Khao Gaeng Jake Puey
Red Tofu Spicy Soup with Seafoods (200 THB) at Tee’s Yen-Ta-Fo
Look at that picture… Who doesn’t want to try that? Tee’s Yen-Ta-Fo is a famous Bangkok street food restaurant located on Maha Chai Road close to other food legends Pad Thai Thip Samai and Jay Fai. This street food restaurant is specialized in yen ta fo, a sweet-sour and spicy pink soup which got its pink colour due to the use of fermented soybean paste. And at Tee’s Yen-Ta-Fo they add some fresh seafood’s to this flavourful soup to make it even more special. Tee’s Yen-Ta-Fo is our favourite street food noodle vendor in Bangkok. Other delicious Bangkok street food at Tee’s Yen-Ta-Fo are the Hot and Sour Noodle Soup (60 THB) and the Red Tofu Chilli Noodle Soup with Fried Pork (60 THB). For more general information, such as the location, opening times and other TopTravelFoods users' opinions, check out the TopTravelFoods review page of Tee's Yen-Ta_Fo.
Red Tofu Spicy Soup with Seafoods at Tee’s Yen-Ta-Fo (200 THB)
Spare Ribs with Honey Mexican Sauce (110 THB) at Cook Chom Restaurant
The only street food restaurant in Bangkok on this list that doesn’t serve Thai food. Cook Chom Restaurant is quite unique. The owner was a former chef at a fancy 5-star hotel. And he had a vision, to open a street food restaurant which cooks quality European classics, Cook Cham was born. To be honest, the food is far from what you can get in a fine dining restaurant in Bangkok. However, the experience of having international cuisine on the streets of Bangkok is quite fun. My favourite is the spare ribs with honey Mexican sauce. The ribs are deliciously tender, and the flavourful sweet-spicy sauce accommodates the meat well. All in all, a fun well-priced and unique experience. Other delicious Bangkok street food at Cook Chom Restaurant are the Au Gratin (140 THB) and the Shell with Seafood and Cheese (260 THB). For more general information, such as the location, opening times and other TopTravelFoods users' opinions, check out the TopTravelFoods review page of Cook Chom Restaurant.
Spare Ribs with Honey Mexican Sauce at Cook Chom Restaurant (110 THB)
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