In summer 2018 CNN reported that Bangkok was the world’s best city for street food. Therefore, when the news hit that the Thai government was going to shut down the majority of street food vendors across the capital we almost went into meltdown! Where would get our noodle soup, som tam, and Pad Thai on the go?! But thankfully for us, many street food vendors across Bangkok have rallied together to ensure they stay firmly on the streets; continuing to offer delicious, safe, fresh food to locals and tourists alike. Here are some of the best street food stalls in Bangkok so you know where you can find some quick cuisine on the cheap:
Baan Yai Pad Thai
One of Thailand’s absolute classics, eating Pad Thai is a must whenever you travel here. With juicy prawns, crunchy peanuts and a generous squeeze of lime, this sweet and savoury dish hits the spot at any time of day! Baan Yai Phad Thai (Soi Inthamara 47, Bangkok) is open every evening and usually has a queue of hungry diners waiting in line for their fix of piping hot noodles. Head here with a friendly local or ask your hostel to write out the type of Pad Thai you want on a piece of paper (in Thai) so you can place your order with ease.
Kah Mu Silom’s Pork Knuckle
Located in the busy heart of Silom, Charoen Saeng Silom (492/6 Soi Charoen Krung 49, Si Lom Road) is the best place to pick up a tasty bowl of pork knuckle for lunch. For less than a fiver you can enjoy soft, sumptuous pork that has been marinated to perfection. This stall is only open until 13:30 though, so make sure you get there early to avoid disappointment!
Nai Mong Hoi Tod
While Hoy Tod may not sound the most appetising when translated to English (Oyster or mussel egg pancakes) this is a favourite among locals who would argue that it is more of a classic than Pad Thai. Choose between soft-fried (awsuan / ออส่วน) or crispy (awlua / อ่อลั่วะ) or try both and see which is your favourite. If you’re going to try it, Nai Mong Hoi Tod in Chinatown (539 Phlapphla Chai Road) is the place to go, with a Michelin Bib Gourmand to prove it!
Jae So Som Tam
Fresh and spicy, Som Tam (papaya salad to you and me) is an Isaan favourite that originated in the North East of the country. The dish comprises of shredded green papaya doused in a spicy dressing of chilli, lime, garlic and fish sauce. While it may look innocent enough, if you’re not prepared it will probably blow your head off! So have a smoothie at the ready to cool your mouth down. For an authentic version, head to Jae So (Soi Phiphat 2, Silom) where you can watch it being prepared on the street.
“Noodle Soup Lady”
One of the most interesting things about street food is that you can’t always tell when and where the stall is going to be located. One of the best street food dishes has to be the noodle soup from what can only be described as ‘Noodle Soup Lady’ near Khao San Road. Usually situated just outside of the Boots chemist, this lady comes and goes, but when she’s there serves up delicious warm bowls of noodle soup. Keep heading back to the same area when you’re hanging out around Khao San Road and hopefully, you’ll be able to try a bowl for yourself!
While some of the more rogue street food vendors across Bangkok have been shut down, you still shouldn’t have much trouble seeking out some tasty treats during your time in the city.