Street food in Bangkok.
Street food is one of my favourite ways to explore and taste a new town or city. And there’s nowhere better to do this than in Thailand, and in particular Bangkok. The town is split into many areas, and each area has different versions of street food. For the uninitiated, the world of Thai street food can be a scary but wonderful experience, however when you know where to go it can lead to hours upon hours of culinary delights.
Considered by many to be the birthplace of Thai street food, Chinatown should be at the top of your list. Known by locals as Yaowarat, this area has some delights.
Satay – Chicken, Pork of Beef Satay threaded onto a bamboo stick and grilled over a bbq or an open flame.
Served with peanut sauce, and cucumber, shallots and chilli in sugar syrup.
I also recommend; Sukiyaki and Lod Chong Singapore
A great place to find old-style Thai dishes not served anywhere else.
Khao gaeng – Curried rice.
Served for breakfast and lunch.
Stalls include Khao gaeng Rattana where they serve gaeng kiew waan gai (Green chicken curry) and gaeng som goong (sour curry with shrimp)
Other recommended dishes include; Tom Yum Talay (spicy lemongrass soup with seafood) and Guay tiew pad kee mao (Stir fried noodles with chillies)
Silom and Sathorn
Silom road and Sathorn road are considered to be part of Bangkok’s Central business district. Don’t let this put you off though as some of the best and cheapest dishes can be found here.
Khao soy – curried egg noodles.
More commonly found in parts of northern thailand. This curry is a mix of chinese style noodles, served in a coconut milk curry broth with deep fried noodles and beef or chicken.
Other recommendations include; Ped thun (braised duck) and Bamee Asawin
How to eat street food and not get sick
One of the most common mistakes people make when travelling is avoiding eating Street Food. It is so common to hear people say, I’m going travelling but don’t worry I won’t eat the street food. When travelling I much prefer to eat Street food for so many different reasons. It`s a great way to cheaply experience many different types of food, it’s social you can chat with the locals as well as tourists and more importantly you can see and watch them make your food.
Check out the lines
Everyone knows that you should always pick food from the stall with the longest line, and particularly the most locals. However, it’s more important to check out who is in line. You might think that your stomach is as resilient as most locals, but it’s probably not quite to the standard of the taxi driver used to quick street meals.
Go back to school
Looking for a cheap lunch? Head to the local university and check out the nearby places. Students tend to be hungry, and you can often find some great variations of well known dishes. It might not be the best meal of your life, but it will be a great, cheap, local meal.
Prior to buying your meal at a stall check out how the food and money is handled. If the person is touching money and food with the same gloveless or gloved hands then it’s best to avoid it. Two party stalls are a great bet, or stalls where they put gloves on for food prep.
Hi y’all. I’m Susie and welcome to my new travel blog, 11 Quay Walls. I started this blog because I wanted somewhere to talk about all my favourite things, but mainly travel. I`m in my late twenties and am currently living abroad in Thailand, Southeast Asia.
I love travelling to new places, revisiting old favourites and just generally exploring cities and towns. I started travelling around 10 years ago, and have been to some of the most incredible places, met some of the most incredible people and had some of the most incredible experiences. Nothing can compare to stepping off the plane, bus or train in a new city and scrambling to work out your bearings.
Other interests of mine include food, live music, design, health and fitness and fashion. I love trying out different foods on street corners whilst listening to street music and chatting amongst travellers and locals alike.
Hopefully this blog inspires you, and me, to get off our backsides and travel and experience the world more. One country at a time.