Beyond pad thai – How to eat like a local in Bangkok

Bangkok Chinatown by night (Picture:

First timers in Bangkok can be easily overwhelmed by the sheer choices of places to eat, unfamiliar dishes and Thai only signs.

The best way to navigate this is to be guided by a local.

Saiphin Moore of Rosas Thai Cafe took us around some of her favourite Bangkok eateries, telling us: you have to eat street food! Its a must, especially at the night markets. This is when Bangkok comes alive.

And so we began with a street food safari in Yaorawat, Bangkoks bustling Chinatown. Have pad thai if you must but there are so many more dishes to discover.

Rolled noodles

Kuay Jab Nay Lek , 362 Yaowarat Rd, Khwaeng Chakkrawat, Bangkok

Thai Rolled Noodles Photo Credit:
Thai rolled noodles (Picture:

Possibly the best Thai noodles youve never heard of. These are unusual rice noodles that are like long rolled macaroni. Order them in soup or dry and take your pick of toppings including tripe, intestine, kidneys and meatballs, all served in a peppery clear bone broth.



For maximum impact, you have to add all the other condiments on the table – sugar, chilli flakes, vinegar. This Michelin rated stall is very popular with locals, so be prepared to queue.

Tom yum soup

Tom Yum Soup Photo Credit:
Tom yum soup (Picture:

Tom Yum is a hot and sour, layered with flavours of lemongrass, kafir lime leaves and fish sauce. In Bangkok, youll find the southern version with coconut milk. Try tom yum prawn or with some noodles.

Som tam papaya salad

Thai Papaya Salad Photo Credit:
Thai papaya salad (Picture:

This hot, sour and spicy papaya salad is everywhere in Bangkok.

Made with shredded green papaya, dried shrimp, chillis, lime, tomatoes, fish sauce and lime juice and usually served with sticky rice, look out for the rare ones that add pickled baby crabs.

Deep fried flowers

Never Ending Summer, 41/5 Charoen Nakhon Rd, Khwaeng Khlong San, Bangkok.

Deep Fried Flowers at Never Ending Summer Photo Credit:;
Deep fried flowers at Never Ending Summer (Picture:

Deep fried flowers are found in many Thai dishes. Today its harder to find as foraging is rare. Here, they serve a variety of colourful blooms in a crispy tempura light coating with a dipping sauce.

Boat noodles

These noodles got their name from being sold from boats on floating markets. They are rice noodles in a soup, served with pork and beef and meatballs.

The soup is enriched with nam tok, usually from pigs of cows blood, and is usually garnished with herbs, bean sprouts, garlic, chilli flakes and pork crackling and basil.



Khanom jaen fermented noodles

Another unusual noodle dish with many regional variations.

Fermented rice noodles are served with a spicy fish-based broth or a peanut sauce. You top each dish with a boiled egg, salted mustard greens, bean sprouts and fresh herbs. Add the soup and of course, dont forget the condiments: chilli flakes, chilli paste and sugar. Full of fresh flavours and umami. This will be your new favourite once youve had it once.

Grilled squid

Grilled Squid Bangkok Street Food Photo
Grilled squid Bangkok street food (Picture:

You will smell these barbecued squids before you see them. These stalls are dotted along the main street and the squids are grilled to order. When ready, theyre chopped into bite-sized pieces and drenched in a hot and spicy dipping sauce.

Crab dip

Sri Trat, 90 Sukhumvit 33 Alley, Khwaeng Khlong Tan Nuea, Bangkok

Crab Dip Sri Trat Photo Credit:
Crab pip sri trat (Picture:

Sri Trat is one of the new wave of Thai restaurants, featuring the cuisine of the South East of Thailand. Elevating home cooking using authentic Thai recipes.

The crab dip they serve here is iconic. It is a pot full of herbal coconut herbal sauce made with lump crab meat and crab roe, served with a basket of fresh herbs and vegetables like baby aubergines and four angled beans for dipping.

Betel leaf wrapped deep fried Ruby fish with tamarind sauce

Sri Trat

Fried Ruby Fish Sri Trat Photo Credit:
Fried ruby fish Sri Trat (Picture:

A variation of the popular snack Miang Kham, usually filleRead More – Source

Related Articles

Back to top button