One of Thailand’s most stunning Southeast Asian states, Bangkok, is notorious for its abundant and delicious food. Thai food is prominent for its deliciousness, and Bangkok particularly has a wealth of tastes. Look for fine restaurants, ultra-casual street vendors, food vans, quick-service banqueting, favorite local dishes displayed on pushcarts, or see out-of-the-ordinary dining experiences.
It’s common to get drawn into tourist ploys in the world’s tourist hotspot, but these old-school enraptured places are idyllic antidotes to all that. Wherever you look while roaming around the city, you’ll be interested or lured into something delicious – whether that’s a spice-filled coconut milk curry, fresh green papaya salad, or even the smell of smoke off a street food grill. Strolling down the roads of Bangkok, the aroma of stir garlic, frying chilies, and basil, mixed with the Bangkok sundown’s thick dampness, was a mixture that switches on senses and instantly fascinates one by Thai food and culture.
Bangkok is one of the world’s paramount for street food cities, and as soon as you reach and start discovering the city, you’ll realize that there’s a profusion of appealing things to eat wherever you look.
Near one of Bangkok’s most ancient districts, rattankosin, the area enveloping phraeng bhuthorn road is home to the city’s most renowned street food foundations, and if you’re a daring eater, settling at Samong Moo Thai Tham would be worthy. Its bowls of pork broth loaded with crispy fish skin, innards, and melt-in-the-mouth, wait for it….pig brain! However, if you’re looking for something more in your comfort zone and a meal that requires less courage, a meal at Udom Pochana would be for you. The stars on this deep-rooted restaurant menu are creamy Chinese-style curry, made with stewed beef and served over rice, splashed with a generous amount of crab meat, paired with a bowl of corn-topped coconut ice-cream at Nuttaporn, unquestionably the best place in town for this classic Thai dessert.
If you’re looking for a place with idiosyncratic décor and a modest atmosphere, Gedhawa definitely should be your first pick. Located in an inaudible alley off Sukhumvit Road, this small eatery is crammed with northern Thai prayer flags, Lanna-style wood carvings, and retro knick-knacks against a backdrop of shocking pink walls. The innovative menu emphasizes mainly northern Thai fares, such as the classic khao soi (curry noodle soup) and the nam prik num, a northern Thai chilli dip served with boiled vegetables. Despite its more “low-key” appearance, it’s well known with the area’s Japanese communal. Just taking a step inside a Muslim Restaurant would make you feel like stepping back in time; with its stunning ocean blue walls, family portraits, and wooden booths, however, people aren’t just present here for the atmosphere- the food is delicious. People don’t just come here for the old world atmosphere, though – the food is fanciful, including roti mataba, a flaky pocket of beef and spices; and sup hangs wua, spicy oxtail soup with a nice tan to it. Visit the place on a Monday or Friday for a treat of their signature khao mok phae, a sweet-smelling mutton biryani goat meat hidden under a pile of bright yellow rice. Greatest of all, a full meal with multiple curries, snacks, and drinks of wonderful quality will only charge you a couple of pounds.
In recent years, Bangkok seems to be overloading with hipster cafes. With the generic bare-brick walls, bright light bulbs, and letter-board menus, only a few cafes can stand up to the atmosphere that Kope Hya Tai Kee has to offer. There’s no common hipster-chic found here. Instead, the place is beautifully decorated with ancient pictures of original owners, marble-top tables, and old-school tea boxes. This place is typically bursting with welcoming uncles gossiping in Teochew dialect, who invite you to sit and have a cup of kafe boran, a healthy brew assisted with generous helpings of sugar and sweetened milk. American style breakfasts are also served here, adding to their diverse menu. Give the kai kata, with fried eggs, sweet Chinese sausage, ground pork, and peas alongside a slice of buttered toast a try, and you will not regret it.