Bangkok. One of the world’s largest cities: full of nightlife, shopping, and some of the best food the world has to offer. If you find yourself wandering the city streets of Bangkok, be sure to try some of the most popular local dishes. Priced reasonably between 30-100 baht you can find a relatively cheap meal that will tantalize your taste buds and blow your mind.
Spicy Thai Basil Dish—Pad Ga Prow
Pad gaprow refers to the Thai basil (gaprow) that is in this flavoursome dish. This is an extremely popular choice with the locals—head into any food stall, and it’s likely you’ll see at least one Thai feasting on this stir fry rice dish. Choose your protein—beef, chicken, fish, or the ever-popular moo krob (crispy pork)—and ask for it pet—spicy! Make sure to order a khai dow (fried egg) on top and see why it’s the best street food in Bangkok.
Hainanese Chicken and Rice—Khao Man Gai
On the surface, this sounds like a very simple dish: rice, chicken, and a cup of chicken broth. What really makes this dish so special is the addition of the khao man gai sauce—a soy-based sauce full of fresh chilis, garlic, and ginger. The poached chicken is juicy and flavoursome, and the white rice is cooked in the juices from the chicken, causing the rice to burst with flavour. This cheap dish is a satisfying lunch.
Thai Papaya Salad—Som Tum
An extremely popular food stall in Bangkok is the som tum food stall. In a city full of rice and noodle dishes, this is a refreshing take on a Thai salad. Som tum uses fresh green papaya, shredded for a satisfying crunch. With long green beans, shredded carrots, and chunky tomatoes, it’s a light and easy meal. The addition of crunchy peanuts, sweet palm sugar, and tangy lime will always keep you coming back for more. If you like it spicy, you can ask for an extra prik (chili) and savour the burn.
Thailand has so many incredible dishes to discover that it could easily take months to eat your way through the city. The curries are always worth sampling, and don’t forget dessert! There’s nothing like a refreshing mamuang khao niao, or mango and sticky rice, to finish off an evening. In the land of smiles, the food of Thailand continues to reign supreme.