Bangkok Street Food and Where To Find Them

More than shopping, one of the things I enjoy doing in Bangkok is eating street food. Everywhere you look in Bangkok, there's food. It could get really overwhelming especially when all you see from every street corner are vendors offering snacks ranging from pork skewers to stir fried noodles. 

Since I have plenty of down time this quarantine period, I finally had the time to sort through my travel photos and was able to make a list of some of the street food we tried during our Bangkok trip last August (and where to find them).

Moo Ping (Thai Style Grilled Pork)
Rot Fai Night Market / Chatuchak Weekend Market

While most of us associate Thai Bbq with Pork Satay (or Chicken Satay), there is another version of grilled pork that the locals love. This was the first food we tried at the night market and to be honest, it raised my standards on street-side barbecue. The ones being sold at Chatuchak market is good too. No need for dipping sauce. Average price is 10-15 baht/ stick.

Ta Lay Krok (Seafood Takoyaki)
Rot Fai Night Market

It was my first time to try to try this seafood takoyaki and I haven't seen one being sold in places other than Rot Fai Night Market. Unlike the Japanese Takoyaki, these are open faced and topped with assorted seafood. Sells for 70baht/7 pieces.

Boat Noodles and Fish Balls
Rua Thong Boat Noodle near Victory Monument

We started with regular sized bowls of Beef Noodle then observed what others were ordering. I noticed that most of them ordered small bowls. The 2 customers on the table next to us already have about a dozen empty bowls. And so we were compelled to order small bowls too. Hahaha. The small bowl costs 12 baht and the serving is just about 3-4 mouthfuls so I guess that's why they can afford to finish that much bowls.

What makes the soup thick is the addition of pig's blood. So it's like eating dinuguan (Filipino pork blood stew) with noodles.

We also got a plate of fish balls which I would have enjoyed have we ordered it earlier and paired it with our big noodles.

There's an English translation in their menu though not all of the staff can converse in English well. Thankfully, they get our orders right every time especially when we requested to replace one order with a non-spicy version for my 2-yearold nephew.

Khanom Buang (Thai Crispy Pancake)
Rot Fai Night Market

This crispy crepe is topped with meringue and egg yolk threads. I haven't tasted the orange one but I've read it's made of shrimp but nowadays they use coconut shavings instead.

Pad Thai
Chatuchak Weekend Market

Pad Thai is a rice noodle dish that is stir fried with eggs, tofu, tamarind paste, fish sauce, chilies. You would normally see it topped with ground peanuts and bean sprouts. You can choose from Prawn, Vegetable, Chicken or Pork.

Chatuchak Weekend Market / Pratunam

Craving for something sweet or something savory? They got you! The ones on the left are locally called Kanom Ba Bin (made with coconut shavings). I think the purple ones have taro in them. The ones on the right are called Kanom Gui Chai (made with chives).

Fried Dough Balls
Pratunam / Bo Bae Market

I saw these Kanom Kai Nok Krata (Sweet Potato Balls) being sold along Petchburi Soi 19. I didn't get to try them as I was in a hurry that day. These stalls also sell other kinds of fried stuff like banana fritters and tapioca balls. We tried those sesame balls being sold in an alley at Bo Bae Market and had to come back for a second order.

Steamed Corn
Along Petchburi Road

Look how appetizing it is! I wanted to order a whole bowI for myself. I once tried the version with shredded coconut and it was equally good.

Chicken Rice
Kuang Heng Pratunam Chicken Rice

If Chicken Rice is a famous street food in Singapore, then the Thais have their own version of it too. In Bangkok, there are two famous chicken rice shops both of which are located in Pratunam. I've tried Kuang Heng's but to my surprise, the chicken was a bit bland. Their dipping sauce is good though. The meal comes with a free soup. I also ordered a Thai Iced tea to complete my dining experience.

Kuang Heng Pratunam Chicken Rice

Satay is a popular Southeast Asian grilled dish and is usually served with peanut dipping sauce. Unlike Moo Ping which is more similar to our standard barbecues, Satay is marinated from the usual Thai ingredients such as lemongrass, galangal, coriander. It also uses turmeric which gives it the yellow color. I ordered 10 sticks (60 baht) of these to take back to the hotel so my cousin can taste it. She liked it so much that she almost finished everything while I was busy going about how my day went.  Hahaha!

Baby Octopus
King Octopus at Chatuchak Weekend Market

I'm not sure if they are grilled or fried. They are served with super spicy sauce. It was a bit rubbery so I didn't really like it.

Moo Grob (Deep Fried Crispy Pork), Popia Tort (Spring Rolls), Vegetables Stir Fry 
Home Cafe Tha Tien

Home Cafe Tha Tien is located near Wat Pho and is a popular family owned restaurant. We went here for lunch before we continue with our temple tour. We ordered what I usually have whenever I eat at Thai restos.

Rot Fai Night Market

Sushi obviously did not originate from Thailand but these sushi rolls being sold at Rot Fai Night Market are super tasty.

Mango Sticky Rice

It is similar to suman (rice cake) paired with ripe mangoes. The best part? Drizzling it with sweet coconut cream.

Orange Juice
Almost everywhere

Your food trip won't be complete without buying a bottle of this orange juice. Usually sells for 20-30baht.

Longan Juice, Butterfly Pea
Almost Everywhere

Thai vendors never ran out of ideas when it comes to juices and iced  teas. Longan is my favorite next to orange. The butterfly pea iced tea is normally blue in color but the purple color is a result of the addition of lemon juice.

Cha Tra Mue Thai Iced Tea
Almost Everywhere

You can easily distinguish Thai Iced Tea among other milk teas because of its orange color. I don't know if it's just me but I get a smoky scent but it's no big deal. I still love it anyway. Thai Iced Tea is normally mixed with condensed milk but some add evaporated milk.  I noticed most of the stalls selling thai iced tea uses the same brand. Even here in Manila, I saw one Thai Restaurant serving Cha Tra Mue.

There was a Cha Tra Mue kiosk at the food court of Platinum Fashion Mall where I bought this Thai Iced Tea (already comes with a free tumbler). Aside from the ready-to-drink tea, they also sell the tea mix. There are also other stores that sell these even in groceries. The cheapest I saw was at a stall in Chatuchak. You can also haggle if you buy more.

Coconut Ice Cream, Sugarcane Juice
Chatuchak/ Tha Tien Pier

Excuse the photo since it was extremely hot that day during our temple tour. The coconut ice cream has already melted before I even took my phone from my bag. It was expensive for 50 baht a cup probably because it was in a touristy area. As we eat our ice cream and walk back to the pier, we saw a stall selling sugar cane juice. I remember as kids we would snack on these raw sugar cane. The grown-ups would peel off the outer skin and we would chew on the fiber and won't stop until we squeeze out all the sweet juices from it.  Thank God for the invention of extractor, I can enjoy a bottle of sugarcane juice without breaking my jaw.

Thai Popsicles
Chatuchak Weekend Market

At 5 baht per stick, this is a cheap refreshment after walking around for hours shopping at Chatuchak. These pops are made from flavored juices poured on metal tubes sitting on a tub of ice. Once they are ready, the vendor dips the tubes in warm water for easy release.