Just when you thought Thailand couldn’t get any more interesting – with its parties, temples, natural gems and so forth – it turns around and surprises you yet again. This time, it’s through their mouth-watering selection of food! Bangkok is renowned for its delectable food offers and cheap eats on the go. From the roadside coffee stalls, the night markets, and the high-end restaurants, Thailand’s capital is a foodie’s Heaven. Here is a rundown of the best food in Bangkok and where to eat it when in Thailand.

1. Gai Tod

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Gai Tod is Thai-style fried chicken drumstick. It’s a very popular street food in Bangkok, and if the “fried chicken” part isn’t enough to tell you why this is so, we will: it’s because of its light, crispy skin and tender meat. Couple this with soy and fish sauces, or maybe even chili sauce with fried garlic, and you know you have a winner.

  • Where to get: Som Tam Nua
  • Operating hours: 10:30am-9:30pm
  • Address: 392/14 Siam Square Soi 5, Rama 1 Road, Bangkok
  • Budget: 35-100 Baht

2. Moo Ping

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Another famous Thai street food is Moo Ping, which is a Thai-style grilled pork skewer. What makes it so special is that it’s very far from your regular barbecue – it’s marinated in different ways, with so many different recipes. The most popular kind is the sweet and salty marinade, and when mixed with the smoky flavors of charcoal grilling, the dish is sure to blow you away. Make sure to eat it with sticky rice!

  • Where to get: Moo Ping Hea Owen
  • Operating hours: 10pm-2am daily
  • Address: Convent Rd, Khwaeng Silom, Khet Bang Rak, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10500, Thailand
  • Budget: 4-10 baht per skewer

3. Kanom Krok Bai Toey

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Kanom Krok Bai Toey is a Thai dessert otherwise known as “Siam Pandan.” This tasty dessert has a soft, sponge-like texture, and is made from coconut sugar, salt, and flour, similar to other pandan desserts we find in Singapore. It is best when eaten hot from the skillet because the warm temperature adds to the sweet (but not too sweet!) flavor of the dessert for a mouth-watering concoction.

  • Where to get: The New Rot Fai Market Ratchada
  • Operating hours: 5pm-1am
  • Address: Khwaeng Din Daeng, Khet Din Daeng, Thailand
  • Budget: 30-50 baht

4. Kor Moo Yang

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If you’re a meat lover like us, you’d regret missing out on this scrumptious dish. Moo Yang – or Kor Moo Yang as the locals call it – is a type of pork barbecue made to caramelized perfection. It’s best paired with spicy dipping sauce and sticky rice. We also recommend going for that bottle of beer you’ve been eyeing – if you were thinking that Kor Moo Yang would taste good with it, you are most certainly correct.

  • Where to get: Moo Yang Nam Peung
  • Operating hours: none available
  • Address: Chatuchak Weekend Market, Area 22, Soi 4, Kamphaeng Phet 2 Road, Chatuchak)
  • Budget: 4-9 baht

5. Khanom Bueang – Crispy Pancake

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You might be tempted to look for those fluffy flour pancakes we’re all so familiar with, but you should instead make the most out of your trip to Thailand and try out their crispy pancakes. They are delicious when served with caramelised egg yolk and merengue.

  • Where to get: Damnoen Saduak Floating Market
  • Operating hours: 9am-2pm
  • Address: Damnoen Saduak, Damnoen Saduak District, Ratchaburi 70130, Thailand
  • Budget: 10-30 baht

6. Pad Thai

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If there’s any dish Thailand is most popular for, it’s Pad Thai. There’s a good reason behind it too –  commonly served as street food, there’s something about this dish that’s simply irresistible. It’s made with stir-fried rice noodles topped with veggies, eggs, and tofu in a sauce of fish, red chili pepper, tamarind, dried shrimp, garlic, and sugar. It’s typically served in small Thai villages, but it’s becoming more and more common to see on Thai streets.

  • Where to get: Thipsamai Pad Thai
  • Operating hours: 5pm-2am
  • Address: 313-315 Maha Chai Rd, Khwaeng Samran Rat, Khet Phra Nakhon, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10200, Thailand
  • Budget: 70 baht

7. Roti Gluay

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Most of Thailand’s food is in the savory department, but we have to tell you: sweet tooths are in for a ride too. Roti Gluay is a famous street food staple here in Thailand it’s made with pan-fried bread filled with bananas and whisked eggs, with oozing condensed milk or chocolate sauce to match. Imagine a Thai counterpart to the banana waffles we usually see – that’s Roti Gluay.

  • Where to get: Sukhumvit Soi 38
  • Operating hours: 6pm-3am
  • Address: Soi Sukhumvit 38, Phra Khanong, Khlong Toei, Bangkok 10110, Thailand
  • Budget: 15-30 baht

8. Tom Yum Goong Noodles

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Want a light but filling (and mouth-watering) lunch? You have to try Tom Yum Goong Noodles. This spicy and sour noodle dish is packed with so much flavor that you’ll find yourself reaching for a refill. It’s made with lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves, galangal, mushrooms, prawns, tomatoes, onions and rice noodles. It sounds so simple but when the first bite reaches your tongue – talk about tickling your palate.

  • Where to get: Mit Ko Yuan
  • Operating hours: 11am-2pm, 4-10pm
  • Address: 186 Dinso Rd, Khwaeng Sao Chingcha, Khet Phra Nakhon, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10200, Thailand
  • Budget: 50-100 baht

9. Duck Rice

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This Thai delicacy is worth putting in a museum – but the Thai people are kind enough to let you have a bite and easily find it cooked by street vendors. Made with roasted duck, pickled ginger, soy sauce and green chili – with additional spring onions, coriander, white pepper and white vinegar, depending on which vendor you go to – this dish is a must-try for anyone who loves a dish that’s packed with flavor.

  • Where to get: DUCKi SuKi
  • Operating hours: 10am-10pm
  • Address: Muban Seri Villa Alley, Lane 1, Khwaeng Nong Bon, Khet Prawet, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10250, Thailand
  • Budget: 20-100 baht

10. Sai Oua

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Sai Oua is a Northern Thai sausage cooked with local ingredients such as lemongrass, lime, and more. It’s a variant of what may be known to us as pork sausage grilled over charcoal to perfection. You typically find these on the streets of Thailand and is paired best with sticky rice as a hearty snack (after shopping the weekend market, perhaps?). It even started out as a homemade snack – so yes, you can definitely bring home the wonder with you.

  • Where to get: Chatuchak Weekend Market
  • Operating hours: 9am-6pm weekends
  • Address:  587/10 Kamphaeng Phet 2 Rd, Khwaeng Chatuchak, Khet Chatuchak, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10900, Thailand
  • Budget: 10-20 baht per stick

11. Coconut Ice Cream

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When you walk around Thailand’s busy alleyways, you might get curious by how much vanilla ice cream you see around. But that’s not vanilla ice cream though – in fact, it’s coconut! It’s usually made with coconut milk, powdered coconut cream, palm sugar and coconut bits. They’re sweet and refreshing down to every last scoop, so make sure to get a bowl full of this when you get the chance – there’s no better way to beat the Thai heat and sweltering sun, trust us.

  • Where to get: Nattaporn Ice Cream
  • Operating hours: n/a
  • Address: 94 Phraeng Puthon Road, San Chao Pho Suea Subdistrict, Phra Nakorn District, Bangkok, Thailand
  • Budget: 10-20 baht

12. Shibuya Honey Toast

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Never – ever – dare leave Thailand without passing by After You Dessert Cafe. This cafe’s dessert is so mouth-watering that you’d want to never leave. Make sure to try out their signature Shibuya Honey Toast – it’s a spongy, fluffy thick toast with melted butter on ever slice, topped with whipped cream and vanilla ice cream. It’s pretty simple but pretty good.

  • Where to get: After You Dessert Cafe
  • Operating hours: 11am-12mn
  • Address: 323/3 Soi Sukhumvit 55, Sukhumvit Road, Khlong Tan Nuea, Bangkok 10110, Thailand
  • Budget: n/a

13. Mango Sticky Rice

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THE Mango sticky rice doesn’t need any introduction. We’ve been gushing about sticky rice so much in this article, and we’re not going to stop any time soon, because this Thai staple comes in the form of dessert too. It’s exactly as it sounds – sticky rice topped with mango bits – and it makes for a satisfying dessert!

  • Where to get: Mae Varee Fruit Shop
  • Operating hours: 6am-10pm
  • Address: 55 Khwaeng Khlong Tan Nuea, Khet Watthana, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10110, Thailand
  • Budget: 100-150 baht

14. Khanom Krok Khai Nok Krata

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It’s a mouthful to say, but you’d want a mouthful of it anyway. The Thai love street food and this dish comes as no exception. These are fried quail eggs cooked either as hard-boiled or sunny-side-up eggs then served with soy or chili sauce.

  • Where to get: Chatuchak Weekend Market
  • Operating hours: 9am-6pm weekends
  • Address:  587/10 Kamphaeng Phet 2 Rd, Khwaeng Chatuchak, Khet Chatuchak, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10900, Thailand
  • Budget: 10-30 baht per plate

15. Thai Milk Tea

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It’s not only the Taiwanese who are famous for their milk tea – the Thai have a concoction of their own too. It’s made with organic tea bags, sugar, white cloves, condensed and sweetened milk. You can find this easily anywhere, and have it as a refreshing drink to beat the heat.

  • Where to get: Mont Nom Sod
  • Operating hours: 11:30am-9pm
  • Address: 2nd floor Mont Nom Sod MBK 444 Phaya Thai Rd. Wang Mai Pathumwan Bangkok 10330 Thailand Thailand
  • Budget: n/a

Let’s travel to eat!

Pack your bags and head to exciting, adventurous Thailand! With all the food there is to eat, sights to see and people to meet, any trip to Thailand is bound to be a magical experience. If you’re hunting for the best travel deals from Agoda or other popular travel sites for your trip (so you can buy more food, of course!), you can check out ShopBack‘s wide collection of travel deals just for you. From discounts on plane tickets to lodging, we got your back!

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