In this article, we cover the twenty best local cheap eats in Bangkok up to 100 THB. What does this mean? We selected what we believe are the best dishes of the best local eateries that do not exceed the price of 100 THB per plate and are either one of a kind dishes or are among the best of its category. With these twenty tasty, cheap eats, we guarantee you will have an extraordinary local food experience that let every foodie’s heart beat faster. All the recommended cheap eats are Thai dishes. 
 

The best cheap eats in Bangkok up to 100 THB are:

 

Mackerel in Dried Red Curry (100 THB) - Soei Restaurant


Soei Restaurant is top-listed in our article about the best local Thai restaurants in Bangkok as the quality of this local eatery is simply outstanding. Each dish that’s served to its guests is personally checked by the chef, so the level of detail on presentation, as well as flavour is much higher than other local restaurants. Among their best-sellers is the Mackerel in Dried Red Curry (100 THB), which is incredibly creamy and nicely spicy. In my personal opinion, the combination of fried fish and red curry is the best combination you can get when it comes to red curry and is perfectly executed. 

If you are in an adventurous mood, we recommend you try their Fried Mackerel Mouth with Garlic (100 THB) as well. The mouth of the mackerel is crunchy and as the fish bones are small and deep-fried, you can eat these crunchy bits safely. Other highly recommended dishes are the Stir-Fried Soft-Shell Crab in Curry Powder (400 THB), Grilled Prawn Salad with Lemon Grass (500 THB) and the Shrimp in Fish Sauce (200 THB), but are all above the 100 THB maximum. For more in-depth information about this restaurant, check out our
in-depth article about Soei Restaurant. More general information, such as opening times, address, location and other TopTravelFoods users’ opinion can be found on the TopTravelFoods review page of Soei Restaurant
 
Cheap eats Bangkok Mackerel Curry
Mackerel in Dried Curry (100 THB) at Soei Restaurant
 
 

Khao Moo Grob (60 THB) - Nakhon Sanook


Khao Moo Grob is a popular Thai meal with Chinese influences made with crispy baked out pork that is covered in a sweet gravy-like sauce. This non-spicy treat can be found throughout Bangkok, although your highest chances are in and around Yaowarat (Chinatown). Nakhon Sanook is a small local eatery that is famously known for its Khao Moo Grob and is located just outside Chinatown. The grandfather of the current owner opened Nakhon Sanook in the 40s and the restaurant now is in business for more than 70 years and over the years, they refined their recipe to perfection. What makes Nakhon Sanook so good, apart from the super crunchy pork, is the Chinese Siu Haau sauce. A plate of this heavenly Khao Moo Grob only costs you 60 THB. For more in-depth information about this restaurant, check out our in-depth article about Nakhon Sanook. More general information, such as opening times, address, location and other TopTravelFoods users’ opinion can be found on the TopTravelFoods review page of Nakhon Sanook
 
Cheap eats Bangkok Moo Grob
Khao Moo Grob (60 THB) at Sakhon Sanook
 
 

Coconut Ice Cream (30 THB) - Natthaphon Coconut Ice Cream


Simply put it this way, Natthaphon serves the best coconut ice cream in town and with only 30 THB per scoop, it deserves a spot in this list of the cheap eats in Bangkok. Natthaphon is located near Dinso Road in the older parts of Bangkok where you can find several amazing local restaurants that serve some of the best food in Bangkok. Natthaphon does not look like a restaurant or shop at all, but more like a house with a few seats in front of the door. But inside, an older lady is making these fantastic, one-hundred per cent pure ice creams without any artificial flavour enhancers or extra sugars. This formula did not get unnoticed as you can see from all the awards and press-mentions hanging on the wall. Besides coconut flavoured ice cream, there also other flavours available such as mango, green tea, Thai tea and black bean. For more in-depth information about this restaurant, check out our in-depth article about Natthaphon Coconut Ice Cream. More general information, such as opening times, address, location and other TopTravelFoods users’ opinion can be found on the TopTravelFoods review page of Natthaphon Coconut Ice Cream.  
 
Cheap eats Bangkok Coconut Ice Cream
Coconut Ice Cream (30 THB) at Natthaphon Coconut Ice Cream
 
 

Tom Yum Braised Beef Boat Noodles (15 THB) - Toy Kuay Teow Reua


Boat noodles are small bowls of aromatic noodle soup that has its origins in Bangkok and Ayutthaya. Back in the days, when most of the transport went by river, vendors on canoes prepared, served and got paid for the boat noodles while on sitting in their small boats. Because they did not have much space, the only option to perform all these handlings was by using tiny bowls. Nowadays, the boat noodles are not served by boat anymore but the size of these bowls are the same. You can find the best boat noodles near Victory Monument at the Boat Noodle Alley, which was a harbour before. In our opinion, the tastiest boat noodles can be found at Toy Kuay Teow Reua and their Tom Yum Braised Beef Boat Noodles are out of this world! For more than 70 years, this family-run business serves boat noodles and the recipe makes hungry locals come back every day. A bowl only costs 15 THB and is the cheapest food on this list. More information, such as opening times, address, location and other TopTravelFoods users’ opinion can be found on the TopTravelFoods review page of Toy Kuay Teow Reua.  
 
Cheap eats Bangkok Boat Noodle
Tom Yum Braised Beef Boat Noodles (15 THB) at Toy Kuay Teow Ruea
 
 

Crispy Oyster Omelette (100 THB) - Nai Mong Hoi Thod


Another one of our favourite cheap restaurants in Bangkok, as Nai Mong Hoi Thod serves the absolute best crispy omelettes in Bangkok. Crispy Omelette (Hoi Thod) is a greasy, crispy-fried omelette usually served with oysters. The oysters do get heated up, so you don’t eat them raw. It’s the combination of crispiness and greasiness what makes this dish so delicious and at Nai Mong Hoi Thod you can find the most crispy oyster omelette in the city. The omelette is served with a sweet chilli dipping sauce. For more in-depth information about this restaurant, check out our in-depth article about Nai Mong Hoi Thod. More general information, such as opening times, address, location and other TopTravelFoods users’ opinion can be found on the TopTravelFoods review page of Nai Mong Hoi Thod
 
Cheap eats Bangkok Oyster Omelette
Crispy Oyster Omelette (S) (100 THB) at Nai Mong Hoi Thod
 
 

Egg Noodles with Prawn, Pork, Wonton and Roasted Pork (50 THB) Bamee Kon Sae Lee 


Similar to many other cheap eats in Bangkok, this restaurant is in business for decades and refined their recipes to the best flavour possible. For Bamee Kon Sae Lee, it’s their roasted duck, crispy pork and homemade egg noodles that have been formed to perfection. The Egg Noodles with Pork, Prawn, Wonton and Roasted Pork, you get all the deliciousness in one bowl and it only cost you 50 THB. The restaurant is located close to Thonglor BTS and is one of the few restaurants where you can eat cheap in this area. I would recommend you to order a plate of Roasted Duck or Crispy Pork as well, although they do cost 150 THB per plate. Bamee Kon Sae Lee is also listed in our article about the best noodles in Bangkok. For more in-depth information about this restaurant, check out our in-depth article about Bamee Kon Sae Lee. More general information, such as opening times, address, location and other TopTravelFoods users’ opinion can be found on the TopTravelFoods review page of Bamee Kon Sae Lee
 
Cheap eats Bangkok Noodles
Egg Noodles with Prawn, Pork, Wonton and Roasted Pork (50 THB) at Bamee Kon Sae Lee
 
 

Panang Curry (60 THB) - Khao Gaeng Jake Puey


Street food at it’s finest. At Khao Gaeng Jake Puey, which is located in Chinatown, hungry locals are waiting in line until this street food vendor starts serving their famous curries, which is at three o’clock in the afternoon. Once you select your curry, you can take one of the red plastic chairs on the street and start eating with the plate resting on your leg. That’s right, this local eatery does not even have tables! This unique food experience is perfect to combine when you want to explore Chinatown during sunset. We would highly recommend the Panang Curry (60 THB), as it’s in our opinion, by far the tastiest curry they serve. More information, such as opening times, address, location and other TopTravelFoods users’ opinion can be found on the TopTravelFoods review page of Khao Gaeng Jake Puey.  
 
Cheap eats Bangkok Panang Curry
Panang Curry (60 THB) at Khao Gaeng Jake Puey
 
 

Kuay Teow Neau (100 THB) - Wattana Panich


This local restaurant in Ekkemai is famous for its noodle soup, which is prepared in a huge pan and the aromatic smell that comes from this enormous pan can be smelled from a distance when you walk through Ekkemai Road. For more than 40 years, this soup is sold and this restaurant even got recommended in the Michelin Guide. Although there are other options available too, we recommend you to try their famous Kuay Teow Neau, which is a beef noodle soup and a large bowl of this heavenly broth costs you 100 THB. More information, such as opening times, address, location and other TopTravelFoods users’ opinion can be found on the TopTravelFoods review page of Wattana Panich
 
Cheap eats Bangkok Beef Noodles
Kuay Teow Neua (100 THB) at Wattana Panich

 

Crispy Pork (55 THB) - Kuayjup Mr. Jo


Mr. Jo is a famous restaurant as it serves arguable the best crispy pork in Bangkok and with 55 THB per portion, it belongs most-definitely in our cheap eats in Bangkok list. Similar to the many other cheap restaurants in this article, Mr. Jo has all the typical local looks, such as aluminium tables and seats, half of the walls covered in white tiles, fans secured on each corner of the roof and food that is served on these typical plastic plates. Obviously, we recommend you to order the Crispy Pork, which is super crunchy on the outside, beautiful tender on the inside and served with a sweet thickened soy sauce. You can also try their Clear Chinese Soup with Chinese Pasta and Crispy Pork (50 THB). More information, such as opening times, address, location and other TopTravelFoods users’ opinion can be found on the TopTravelFoods review page of Kuayjup Mr. Jo
 
Cheap eats Bangkok Crispy Pork
Crispy Pork (55 THB) at Kuayjup Mr. Jo

 

Sticky Rice with Mango (100 THB) - Kor Panich


One of Thailand’s most popular desserts is mango sticky rice, which is especially popular among foreigners. In our article about the best mango sticky rice in Bangkok, we did a ton of research to find the best versions of this delicious treat. Kor Panich is one of them and is already famed for its delicious, juicy mangos and their Sticky Rice with Mango can be seen as one of the best in town. A plate of mango sticky rice cost you 100 THB. Kor Panich is also listed in our article about the best mango sticky rice in Bangkok. For more in-depth information about this restaurant, check out our in-depth article about Kor Panich. More general information, such as opening times, address, location and other TopTravelFoods users’ opinion can be found on the TopTravelFoods review page of Kor Panich
 
Cheap eats Bangkok Mango Sticky Rice
Sticky Rice with Mango (100 THB) at Kor Panich

 

Hot and Sour Noodle Soup (60 THB) - Tee’s Yen-Ta-Fo


Yen-Ta-Fo is a soup based on fermented beans and has a distinctive, easy-to-recognize red colour. Although it’s a hot and sour soup, it’s usually not as spicy as tom yum soups. One of the best places to get this noodle soup is at Tee’s Yen-Ta-Fo. Although you can also order a dry version of this delicious soup, we recommend you to order the Hot And Sour Noodle Soup and the Red Tofu Spicy Noodle Soup for only 60 THB. Tee’s Yen-Ta-Fo is also listed in our article about the best local restaurants near Khao San Road, that has plenty of other local gems listed. More information, such as opening times, address, location and other TopTravelFoods users’ opinion can be found on the TopTravelFoods review page of Tee's Yen-Ta-Fo.
 
Cheap eats Bangkok Yentafo
Hot and Sour Noodle Soup (60 THB) at Tee's Yen-Ta-Fo

 

Broiled Field Crab (79 THB) - Ong Thong Khao Soi


This restaurant, located in Ari, is the second branch of a similar-named branch in Chiang Mai and offers a small variety of Northern Thai dishes, including their signature Khao Soi. But for the purposes of this article, I would recommend an even better and more unique dish they serve here, namely Broiled Field Crab. The claws of this field crab which is a common species in the Northern parts of Thailand are broiled until the crab claws are turned into a dip. Now, the key part of this dish is to order this with sticky rice, where you use humps of sticky rice to dip in the claws. The result is a flavour you’ve never experienced before in your life. Unusual, savoury and slightly bitter but most important: delicious! More information, such as opening times, address, location and other TopTravelFoods users’ opinion can be found on the TopTravelFoods review page of Ong Thong Khao Soi.
 
Cheap eats Bangkok Field Crab
Broiled Field Crab (79 THB) at Ong Thong Khao Soi

 

Fried Noodles with Chicken and Runny Egg (50 THB) - Ann Guay Tiew Kua Gai


Chinatown is a fantastic place to go on a food adventure, once the restaurants and street food vendors start opening their doors around sunset, which why explain in our article about the best Chinatown food in Bangkok. Although located a bit outside Chinatown, Ann Guay Tiew Kua Gai is one of these restaurants. Ann Guay Tiew Kua Gai’s signature chicken fried noodles, which is also recommended in the Michelin Guide, is the reason why you should visit the place. A bowl of these savoury noodles only costs you 50 THB. For an extra crunch, make sure to order their Crispy Fried Chicken Skin (50 THB) as well. More information, such as opening times, address, location and other TopTravelFoods users’ opinion can be found on the TopTravelFoods review page of Ann Guay Tiew Kua Gai.
 
Cheap eats Bangkok Fried Noodles
Fried Noodles with Chicken and Runny Egg (50 THB) at Ann Guay Tiew Kua Gai

 

Cheng Teung Mhee (40 THB) - Aai Waan Yen


Aai Waan Yen is a local dessert shop in the middle of Chinatown where they serve authentic Thai-Chinese desserts. These rather unusual, yet tasty creations with longan juice, noodles and beans are hugely popular, although the desserts do not look appetizing at first glimpse. But when you are on a food adventure, you most definitely want these desserts out! We highly recommend you to order either the Cheng Teung Mhee or the Cheng Teung Monsod, which both costs 40 THB. As most ingredients are natural ingredients, such as coconut milk, beans and juices, the desserts are not extremely sweet and much more balanced compared to Western desserts. More information, such as opening times, address, location and other TopTravelFoods users’ opinion can be found on the TopTravelFoods review page of Aai Waan Yen
 
Cheap eats Bangkok Thai Dessert
Cheng Teung Mhee (40 THB) at Aai Waan Yen

 

Hoy Kraeng (80 THB) - Hoy Kraeng Luak Je Par


Koy Kraeng Luak Je Par is a famous and hugely popular street food vendor that serves … Hoy Kraeng, which are boiled blood cockles. The cockles much different than you’re used to in Western countries and often the cockles are covered in blood, which gives it a bit of metallic flavour. Now, I know that not everyone is keen to try these kinds of dishes, but when you combine these perfectly boiled cockles with the signature homemade seafood sauce with peanuts, you will experience a delicious and unique flavour that you won’t forget your whole holiday. Besides the great taste, devouring a plate of cockles together with all the hungry locals next to you, who solely come for these shells, is quite a fun experience as well. More information, such as opening times, address, location and other TopTravelFoods users’ opinion can be found on the TopTravelFoods review page of Hoy Kraeng Luak Je Par.
 
Cheap eats Bangkok Cockles
Hoy Kraeng (80 THB) at Hoy Kraeng Luak Pe Jar

 

Khao Soi Chicken (50 THB) - Daradalay


Top-listed in our article about the best Khao Soi in Bangkok, we believe that Daradalay serves the best khao soi in town. The reason for this is the use of homegrown ingredients, which differentiate Daradalay from its competitors. Daradalay is not located near any of the touristic hotspots, so if you want to try Bangkok’s best Khao Soi, you must go on quite some trip. The benefit of this is that Daradalay still remains a local secret. We recommend you to try their Khao Soi Chicken (50 THB), but there are other variations available under 100 THB as well, including vegetarian options. More information, such as opening times, address, location and other TopTravelFoods users’ opinion can be found on the TopTravelFoods review page of Daradalay.
 
Cheap eats Bangkok Khao Soi
Khao Soi Chicken (50 THB) at Daradalay

 

Superb Pad Thai (90 THB) - Thip Samai


Bangkok’s most famous pad Thai can be found Pad Thai Thip Samai, the oldest Pad Thai restaurant in the country. From the moment this restaurant opens its doors, the restaurant is packed with hungry guests and there is a line outside of even more hungry visitors. Luckily, an army of well-trained chefs are preparing Bangkok’s most famous Pad, Thai, within minutes and food is served quickly. Usually, we recommend the Superb Pad Thai with Large Prawns, which costs 200 THB, but for the purpose of this article, we suggest ordering the version with small prawns, which costs 90 THB. Flavour-wise there is no difference, except that the more expensive version has two large juicy prawns instead of the two smaller ones. Thip Samai is also listed in our article about the best pad Thai in Bangkok. For more in-depth information about this restaurant, check out our in-depth article about Pad Thai Thip Samai. More general information, such as opening times, address, location and other TopTravelFoods users’ opinion can be found on the TopTravelFoods review page of Pad Thai Thip Samai.
 
Cheap eats Bangkok Pad Thai
Superb Pad Thai with Small Prawns (90 THB) at Pad Thai Thip Samai

 

Roasted Duck (100 THB) - Prachak Pet Yang


Where the earlier mentioned Mr. Jo is specialized and famously recognized as the crispy pork specialist of the city, is Prachak Pet Yang the roasted duck specialist of the city. In front of the restaurant, on a display, you can see the freshly roasted ducks hanging and chopped by the chef. The roasted duck is served in slices while covered in their crispy skin. With the duck comes a sweet dipping sauce. A small plate of roasted duck costs you 100 THB. At Prachak Pet Yang, you can also choose between a variety of noodle dishes which are served with roasted duck, crispy pork and wontons. All of which are highly recommended. More information, such as opening times, address, location and other TopTravelFoods users’ opinion can be found on the TopTravelFoods review page of Prachak Pet Yang.
 
Cheap eats Bangkok Roaded Duck
Roasted Duck (S) (100 THB) at Prachak Pet Yang

 

Green Curry (60 - 100 THB) - Sanguansri Restaurant


The green curry at local restaurant Sanguansri can be seen as the best in Bangkok and for that reason, we listed Sanguansri Restaurant also in our article about the best curries in Bangkok. The curry itself is incredibly rich, creamy and has plenty of herbs in it to get that real flavour explosion. The curry has also a decent amount of chillies in it to give it plenty of kick. Only on Thursdays, there is a Green Curry with Beef available, which is the most delicious version they serve and it costs you 100 THB per bowl. On the other days, there is only a Green Curry with Chicken available, which cost you 60 THB. More information, such as opening times, address, location and other TopTravelFoods users’ opinion can be found on the TopTravelFoods review page of Sanguansri Restaurant.
 
Cheap eats Bangkok Curry
Green Curry Chicken (60 THB) at Sangsuansri Restaurant

 

Tom Yum Soup with Prawn, Mussels and Boiled Egg (60 THB) - Pe Aor


Highly listed in our article about where to find the best tom yum in Bangkok is this local gem, Pe Aor. Pe Aor specialized in one thing and that’s tom yum, or actually tom yum nam sai, the version where tom yum soup gets an extra dash of (coconut) milk in order to make the soup creamy. The tom yum soups that are served at Pe Aor are packed with every type of seafood you can imagine, from prawns to squid. Although in other articles I would recommend you to order the Lobster in Love, which cost you 450 THB per bowl and has the best value-for-money ratio, for the purpose of this article I would recommend the Tom Yum Soup with Prawn, Mussels and Boiled Egg, which costs 60 THB. The soup itself always tastes the same, but it’s up to the guests how exotic the food will be. For more in-depth information about this restaurant, check out our in-depth article about Pe Aor. More general information, such as opening times, address, location and other TopTravelFoods users’ opinion can be found on the TopTravelFoods review page of Pe Aor.
 
Cheap eats Bangkok Tom Yum
Tom Yum Soup with Prawn, Mussels and Boiled Egg (60 THB) at Pe Aor

 
There you have it, the best cheap eats in Bangkok. You can find all these cheap eats in our food app called TopTravelFoods. Instead of recommending good restaurants, we recommend the best food these restaurants have to offer. For example, if you are looking for the best seafood in town, you can find it via our app and navigate straight to it. With the use of narrow budget filters, you can also find the best eats under 100 THB in cities like Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Pattaya. The app is available for both iOS and Android and is completely free.
 
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