Bangkok's Best Street Food Stalls and Restaurants: Gourmet without the Trappings

Bangkok's street food is legendary, and food critics around the world have sung its praises. It is often said that the one burner vendor sitting on a stool in front of the five star hotel will whip up a better meal than the posh restaurant above it. This may not always be true, but if you know where to look, there are some treasures. Jae Fai has been raved about by just about every foodie and guidebook, and for a good reason, the auntie's seafood pad kee mao is of legend. So are the mangoes and sticky rice at Korpanich, which has been around for almost a century. The curries at Khao Gaeng Jek Pui are legendary, while those seeking Muslim chicken biryani may want to sample the hidden Aisa Rot Dee across town. Food courts are also a great way to sample street food, with all kinds of curries and other Thai classics available from an array at vendors. The day market at Lang Suan is an excellent choice, as is the food court at the Or Tor Kor market up near Chatuchak. Don't forget to leave room for dessert, with Nuttaporn homemade ice cream leading the list, served in a small shophouse and going strong for over seventy years. 

While most westerners might not like the thought of eating fish maw (stomach or bladder organ), not to mention that it appears a bit slimy, the Thai Chinese savor it, and this Teochew Chinese dish is actually a winner, served up in a claypot...  Read More

This humble eatery actually does have indoor seating, but it still qualifies as street food. Famed for its pad thai and stir fried mussel and oyster creations, Hoi Tod Chaw Lae has been on countless television specials as noted by all the logos...  Read More

Every day around noon, the small sois (alleyways) that lead east off of Lang Suan Road become a frenzied hubbub of activity. Hundreds of hawkers, of both food and all sorts of shopping items, set up their stalls, and at noon, thousands of office...  Read More

Aisa Rot Dee is a hard to find gem, and the perfect example of good Thai street food. There is just a simple Thai sign out front, leading into a narrow alley, but once inside this opens up into a rather large open space where a bunch of tables...  Read More

Khao niaow mamuang, Thai for mangoes and sticky rice, is one of the most popular dishes in the kingdom. Fresh mangoes combined with coconut milk and sticky rice make for both a fantastic dessert as well as a full meal due to the heavy sticky...  Read More

Nuttaporn is Thai old school at its very best. Located in the super atmospheric Phraeng Phuton Square, which looks more like an Italian piazza than something in Bangkok, this homemade ice cream shop has been going strong for over 70 years now,...  Read More

If you like oysters this little hole in the wall serves up some of the best street fare to be found anywhere in Bangkok. Winner of the prestigious Shell Shuan Shim star award, the lady running this joint whips up divine plates of fried oyster or...  Read More

Pad kee mao, or drunkards noodles can be found at many street stalls for 30 baht a plate, but for an experience that has been written up by food critics around the world, head over to the Saochingchao District of Bangkok to Jay Fai. Stuck in one...  Read More

Or Tor Kor (Marketing Organisation for Farmers) Produce Market is popular for its colorful and top notch produce, with all of the high end restaurants in town coming here to stock up on what is arguably the town's best fruit and veggie...  Read More

Khao raat gaeng, or curry over rice stalls, are one of Bangkok's most iconic fixtures, always packed with hungry workers. But at Khao Geng Jek Pui, not only won't you not get a table, you might not even get a seat. At this seven decade old...  Read More


Meet Dave Stamboulis

Dave Stamboulis is a travel writer/photographer based in Bangkok. Born in Athens, Greece and growing up in Berkeley, California, Dave first discovered Bangkok while on a 40,000-kilometer bicycle...  More About Dave

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