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Updated by Joanna James on May 02, 2024
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Some of the Best Street Food to Try in Bangkok – Scrumptious and Inexpensive!

When you're travelling to Bangkok, make sure you try some of their mouth-watering street food while in the city. Bring out your inner foodie and indulge in these exotic tastes.


Pla Pao

Pla Pao refers to a whole roasted fish that's marinated with lemongrass, salt and drizzled with sweet and sour chilli sauce. The whole fish is later grilled to perfection over low burning coals. Three of most common types of fish used to create this popular street food dish are tilapia, catfish and snakehead fish. Once the fish is cleaned and gutted, the herbs and spices are added before being grilled.


Som Tam

On the healthier side of the scale, Som Tam is a green papaya salad that's sold at a number of street food stalls in the city. Som Tam is a combination of sweet and sour tastes, originating from the north east of Thailand, closer to Laos. This green papaya salad can also be found at many restaurants in Bangkok. Serviced apartments in the area will be able to provide you with accommodation options near to many popular eating establishments where you can try Som Tam.


Pad Thai

Pad Thai is a popular dish in Thailand and is quite famous around the world. Pad Thai is a combination of local herbs and flavours including garlic, dried shrimp, red chilli pepper, roasted peanuts and palm sugar, and served with rice noodles, eggs and tofu. This dish can be found at a street food stall or even at a restaurant that's located close to properties such as Somerset Sukhumvit Thonglor Bangkok.


Sour Issan Sausage

Do you love sausages? This dish is a popular snack served at the street vendors in the city. The meat is left to ferment for several days before being grilled. These pork sausages are a favourite amongst pork lovers and are usually served with fresh chilli or sliced ginger or cabbage. The fermenetation process usually includes the sausages being left to ferment on a bed of rice and salt. This allows the lactic acid bacteria to multiple without spoiling the meat; thanks to the bed of salt.


Hor Mok Pla

Hor Mok Pla is a multi layered treat, also known as Thai curry fish custard. Comprising of 4 layers, the first has a bed of cabbage or basil that's been shredded, topped with a layer of fish chunks. The third layer has curried fish custard while the top layer is covered in coconut cream and topped with red peppers and garnished with kaffir lime leaves. The whole dish is steamed in a bowl shape made from banana leaves.


Khao Mun Gai

Also known simply as steamed chicken on rice, Khao Mun Gai is the most sought after comfort food amongst the locals. Chunks of aromatic chicken cooked in a garlic, ginger and chilli sauce and served on a bed of jasmine flavoured rice. This popular dish is noted for being popular with tourists as well as locals, as the flavours are quite subtle, yet leaves your mouth watering!