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Bangkok is a paradise for any adventurous eater, as it’s known for it’s incredibly cheap prices and delicious street foods. It’s not hard to find a bustling street corner filled with unique Thai meal options such as pad Thai noodles, steamed dumplings, savory BBQ skewers, fish cakes, fresh sliced fruit, coconut ice creams, and much more.
One of the best parts about exploring the street food culture of Bangkok is the ability to interact with the locals, try their authentic cuisines and give back to the local economy. The top areas where travelers can find the best street food options are Chinatown, Sukhumvit 38, Victory Monument, Ratchawat Market, Charoen Krung and Bangrak – a walk down any of these streets are bound to end with a full stomach.
Bangkok is famous for it’s delicious cuisines, but it’s sometime hard to know where to start. Here are five must-try street foods to feast on in Bangkok that will blow your taste buds away and exceed your expectations.
Thip Samai in Chinatown is one of the most famous Pad Thai restaurants in Bangkok and can’t be missed. It’s open only from 5pm – 2am. You may have to wait for a table, but it’s fun to watch them make the dishes outside while waiting. It’s filled with locals and tourists alike.
Mango Sticky Rice
This delicious snack found all over Bangkok is made with coconut milk, fresh mangos and sticky rice. This dessert is a delightful contrast of sweet and saltiness and can be easily found at roadside stalls. Prices usually range anywhere from THB 60 to THB150.
Grilled Meat Skewers
A common find on the streets and markets of Bangkok are skewers of all sorts. Most stands grill everything from pork, chicken, sausages to seafood at an affordable price. Make sure to ask for some of their special dips such as chili and peanut sauces.
Thai Steamed Dumplings
Steamed dumplings are often found being cooked by local vendors and usually made with minced pork or prawns. Travelers can pick these up for about THB5 per dumpling and it’s the perfect snack for an on-the-go traveler. They’re often served on a wooden skewer and paired with a dark soy and vinegar sauce, with sprinkles of garlic.
Mochi Ice Cream
The sweet and creative mochi ice cream is a confection made from Japanese mochi (pounded sticky rice) with an ice cream filling. The dessert can be found at various markets for as low as THB25 ($1) each and come in exciting flavors such as Thai Ice Milk Tea, Mocha Chip, Black Sesame, Taro, Cake Batter, Matcha, Mango and more.