1. Phad thai at Thip Samai
Ask a Bangkokian where to find the best phad thai in the city and they’ll inevitably point you to this great joint. Thip Samai has been producing top notch phad thai for over 50 years and with 7 different varieties to choose from, you’re guaranteed a mouth-watering experience here.
Check out their signature version, phad thai song kreung which adds crab meat, mango, shrimp roe and cuttlefish into the mix for a lip-smacking street treat.
Where to get it: Mahachai Road
How to get there: Walk from Wat Saket
Opening hours: 1900-0300
How much does it cost: SGD1.3-4/THB30-100 per portion
2. Khao neow durian at Loong Peeak
One of Thailand’s best loved sweet eats is mango sticky rice but head to Loong Peeak and take your Thai sticky rice experience to a whole new level. Their durian sticky rice is served in small but perfect servings of pungent durian swimming in mildly sweet coconut milk with the all-important sticky rice. With a price tag of 30 baht per portion, chances are you’ll pack in several helpings!
Where to get it: 1209 Thoet Thai, Talat Phlu
How to get there: walk from Wang Wian Yai BTS
Opening hours: 0700-1900
How much does it cost: SGD1.3/THB30
3. Doy kuay teow reua at Ratchawithi Soi 18
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Doy kuay teow reua, also known as boat noodles, is one of Bangkok’s most tasty but least famous street food delights. This noodle soup dish contains pork, beef, pickled tofu and slices of liver cooked in a well-seasoned soup containing pig or cow blood. Fans of this deep, rich soup recommend adding the crispy pork skin and deep fried wonton that are on the table at this lively stall and ordering a side of moo satay to make your meal a luxuriant treat.
Where to get it: Ratchawithi Soi 18 (Wat Makok), Thanon Ratchawithi
How to get there: 10 minute walk from the Victory Monument
Opening hours: 0800-1800
How much does it cost: SGD0.6/THB15 per bowl
4. Khao soy at Khao Soy Silom 3
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Khao soy is northern Thailand’s most famous dish, but you don’t need to take the train to Chiang Mai to enjoy this rich hug-in-a-bowl of egg noodles and braised beef or chicken in a rich, lightly spicy coconut milk broth topped with a shallots, sliced onion and a wedge of lime for added zing.
Where to get it: Silom Soi 3 (Soi Pipat), Bangrak
How to get there: 10-minute walk from Sala Daeng BTS
Opening hours: 0700-1500
How much does it cost: SGD1.6/THB40 per bowl
5. Som tam at Laab Bped Yasothon
Som tam (spicy papaya salad) is one of Bangkok’s best-loved dishes and can be found at countless places around the city. Originating in the north-eastern Isaan region, som tam is made with young, unripe papaya mixed with lime, fish sauce, garlic and of course, fiery red chillies. Don’t be afraid to tell the vendor to add more or less heat depending on your chilli tolerance levels. Laab Bped Yasothon is a humble stall that serves different versions of this spicy treat and other gorgeous Isaan laab so spend some time running through the menu!
Where to get it: Silom Soi 9
How to get there: walk from Chong Nonsi BTS
Opening hours: 1500-2200
How much does it cost: SGD2.6/THB65
6. Kuay jab at Kuay Jab Nay Lek
Showing distinct influences from southern China, kuay jab is a masterclass in how to use pepper. Be prepared to sweat as you slurp down this peppery soup with rice noodles and generous chunks of crispy fatty roast pork. If you’re an offal fan, treat yourself to the deluxe version, kuay jab tuk yang, which comes loaded with heart, tongue, liver and even more of that mind-blowing crispy pork belly. Tables here are small and cramped and there’s little elbow room, but that all adds to the fun!
Where to get it: Yaowarat Road, Soi 11
How to get there: 15 minute walk from Hua Lamphong MRT Station
Opening hours: 1800-0000
How much does it cost: SG2/THB50 per bowl
7. Jok at Jok Prince
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If you’ve overdosed on chilli on your Bangkok vacation, you might be looking for some soothing comfort in a bowl in which case you need to head to Jok Prince for a bowl of their heavenly jok. This rice porridge dish features smooth rice porridge and delicious pork meatballs and can be jazzed up with the addition of raw egg, century egg or offal and topped with scallions. The stall is located down an alley near the Prince Theatre (hence the name) with some killer ice tea stalls nearby.
Where to get it: 1391 Charoenkrung Rd, Silom, Bangrak
How to get there: walk from Saphin Taksin BTS
Opening hours: 0600-1000 and 1700-2300
How much does it cost: SGD1.6/THB45 per bowl
8. Khao gaeng at Khao Gaeng Rattana
When a Bangkokian is ravenous, chances are he or she will go on a mission to find a khao gaeng stall. These stalls sell a variety of different curries and stir-fried dishes which can be combined and loaded onto a plate of rice. Khao Gaeng Rattana sees curry fans from across the city coming to get their hands on the dishes of the day at this popular and decidedly retro stall. Top dishes to get you drooling include lun boo, a mild and creamy fish curry soup, and gang som goong, a tangy prawn curry. Drooling yet?
Where to get it: Nang Loeng Market
How to get there: 15 minute walk from Wat Saket
Opening hours: 1030-1330
How much does it cost: SGD2-4/THB50-100 per dish
9. Khao man gai at Khao Man Gai Jae Yee
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There are hundreds of khao man gai (chicken rice) stalls in Bangkok, and it’s well worth paying homage to this dish by calling into one to see how the dish compares to what’s served back home. At Jae Yee you order your chicken and rice and sides including organs (the liver and intestines here are particularly delectable). The sauce is sour and spicy and is packed with ginger and sliced green chillies, perfect for clearing out any sinus issues and lingering colds. If you want a taste of home that is same same but different then Jae Yee is the place for you!
Where to get it: 457/9 Thanon Chakkraphatdi Phong, Khlong Maha Nak, Pom Prap Sattru Phai
How to get there: 5 minute walk from Wat Saket
Opening hours: 0600-1400
How much does it cost: SGD2/THB50
10. Ice cream at Nuttaporn Ice Cream
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Round off your Bangkok adventure with a delicious homemade ice cream from Nuttaporn’s. The stall has been going for over 60 years and though most people come here to get their hands on the amazing kati (coconut) ice cream, there are a number of other fab flavours to get your sugar kick from including mango, coffee and even a durian granita with an array of funky toppings including coconut sticky rice, plum seeds and red beans.
Where to get it: 94 Phraeng Phuton Square
How to get there: 15 minute walk from Khao San Road
Opening hours: 0900-1700
How much does it cost: SGD0.80/THB20
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