Bangkok is like a second home to Singaporeans. Being only a 2 to 3 hours flight away from Singapore, Bangkok is a symbol of the ultimate short getaway from home. It is near enough to feel a sense of familiarity yet far enough to feel that you are in a completely different world. Besides fantastic clothes that cost a fraction of the prices, cheap massages and friendly people, The Land of Smiles is also famous for its array of street food.
Known as the unofficial capital of street food, you will be missing the true experience and soul of Bangkok if you solely stick to restaurants! Some of them are so popular that you have to wait at least 30 minutes for your food to come. Here, we present you 11 street food that cannot be missed in Bangkok!
Here’s your chance to taste the best food in Bangkok! We are giving away an exclusive one night’s stay at Bangkok’s five-star Dusit Thani Luxury Hotel’s executive suite, sponsored by Rakuten! Simply read till the end to know how to win it!
11 Street Food You Must Try In Bangkok
1) Braised Pork Rice
Yes, this is the famous one that everyone is talking about-the store at Pratunam where you have to queue for their famous braised pork trotter rice. One spoon and you will understand why. The pork is so unbelievably soft and tender and many have said that it is the best braised pork trotter they have tasted in their lives. Big achievement from a humble store.
2) Wanton Noodles
Another famous store in the Pratunam area. It is pretty popular with tourists too so be prepared to wait for quite some time if you go during peak hours.
3) Boat Noodles
Traditionally prepared by vendors floating on boats, the boat noodles have come a long way and is now considered one of the national dishes of Thailand. Today, those traditional boat vendors have shifted their businesses to the grounds but they still retain the tradition of serving in small portions so as to prevent the noodles from spilling out in the event of choppy waves. The most famous and popular stores are situated in the areas around the Victory Monument.
4) Sweet Potato Balls
Crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. It makes a good snack when you are just itching for a bite.
5) Chocolate and Banana Roti
This is not the usual roti prata that you find in Singapore. Unlike the pratas accompanied with spicy Indian curry in Singapore, the Thais drizzle condensed milk and sugar on their prata – or roti as they call it. Popular version include adding banana and chocolate sauce into the roti. The end result is oddly sweet yet satisfying.
6) Pad Thai
This is THE national dish of Thailand. No Thai menu in a restaurant is complete without the addition of the noodle dish. The stir-fried rice noodles, complete with eggs, tofu, bean sprouts, dried shrimps, garlic and more is the epitome of what Thai food is.
7) Kao Neow Mat Muang (Mango Sticky Rice)
Probably one of the more well known Thai exports, this combination sounds odd with a mixture of mango, sticky rice and coconut milk. Yet, it will just melt in your mouth! It is a must try when you are in Bangkok and is the perfect sweet ending after a long and tiring day of shopping and sightseeing.
8) Som Tam (Papaya Salad)
Well, this Thai variation of a papaya salad is more flavourful and not healthy compared to its Western incarnation. Comprising the five main taste ( sour, spicy, sweet, salty and savoury) of the Thai Cusine, the papaya salad is indeed one of the most unique dishes in the world. This dish is indeed validated as it was voted as one of the world’s top 50 most delicious food by CNN in 2011.
9) Tom Yum Goong (Tom Yum With Prawn)
How can you leave Bangkok without eating Tom Yum? Enough said.
10) Coconut Ice Cream
You know the typical ice cream shot on your friend’s instagram when they make a trip to Bangkok? It tastes as good as it looks. Thailand is also known as the land of coconuts so why not have an coconut ice cream that is bound to rejuvenate you during the hot and humid weather.
11) Fried Insects!
This one’s probably a delicacy not meant for everyone. However, the novelty for the food (if we could still call it that) still remains. And the experience of eating them is seen as a trophy used as bragging rights. I mean, how many times do get an opportunity to swallow fried insects? Sure, if you can DIY if you’re desperate enough (and nobody is THAT desperate for it) but do you know which insects are best for consumption? Do you even know how to fry them?
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Hui Min Leong
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