Our Favorite Bangkok Street Foods

by Jan 15, 2019Food, Thailand

When we think of Bangkok we consider it as our home. We’ve been back and forth for six years. Sure, we’ve lived in plenty of other places around Asia but Bangkok is the only one that feels like home.

As our latest five-month Bangkok stint comes to an end, I thought I’d remind the world just how good Bangkok street food is. We’ve explored lots of neighborhoods in Bangkok just walking around. When we first arrived we did buy some books to know where the best stalls were. Unfortunately, a lot of those famous stalls are gone. But that doesn’t mean you can’t get amazing street food in other places.

If you are coming to Bangkok and would love to try the street food, there are a few different ways. You can watch tons of YouTube videos like from Migrationology, read some blog posts from travel bloggers, or go on a personalized Bangkok food tour. All choices are good but the food tour might be the most fun since you can do them with a local Bangkokian who will show you the best of the best yummy treats.

In our family, we each have our favorites. Most of the bangkok street foods you can also get in restaurants but there’s no better fried chicken than street fried chicken. There’s also no better pork on a stick than the one you can get in the mornings or the evening straight from the roadside grill.

Small kiddo, for example, loves Mango with sticky rice. This is the kind of dish you buy to take home. The ladies that sell it set up their stalls by the sidewalk and you can choose from white, green or blue rice. The coconut milk comes in a little bag and sometimes they also give you toasted goji seeds.

Big Kiddo loves all the fruit stalls with the ice, especially the ones that have bright green guava and the rose apple with chili salt. Both of them love moo ping, which is sweet and savory pork on a skewer and barbecued to perfection.

G loves som tam, papaya salad, with grilled chicken. These are best accompanied by a basket of sticky rice on a short table at a roadside stall. Our favorite version of this meal is in roadside restaurants which look like farms in Northern Thailand. But there are plenty of som tam stands that will give you the food in a little bag to take home.

For breakfast, he loves jok, which is rice congee. His favorite is with pork meatballs, a poached egg and plenty of ginger. This is only available early in the morning and it runs out quite fast so you have to be quick to get some at the neighborhood stall.

My favorite is Toma Ka Gai, spicy chicken soup with lemongrass and coconut milk. Most neighborhood restaurants serve it, along with stir-fried pork and basil or stir-fried vegetables in oyster sauce.

Of course, I have to also mention the classic noodle soup with pork or beef stock loaded with noodles, meat, and vegetables. My favorite version has peanuts and a hard-boiled egg.

Another fave with the kids is the sweet rotti which you can get with or without bananas and either rolled up in paper or cut up into squares.

Last but not least, we can’t forget to mention the coffee and tea stalls! I used to drink tons of street coffee but got a bit tired of the sweetness of it and went back to espressos and fancy pour overs. The kids still love the Thai milk tea and soda with lime and red syrup.

There is one thing that we don’t like so much about all the street food, and that’s the plastic packaging you end up having to take home with you. None of it is recyclable and that sometimes takes away our appetite. What we have been trying to do lately is take our own Tupperware to get the street food and therefore use less one-use plastic.

What is YOUR favorite Thai Street food?

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