Thai cuisine is much loved by seasoned foodies and backpackers alike for its vibrant dishes, bold flavours and cheap prices. If you want to step outside of your comfort zone and try something new, there is no better place than Bangkok. The capital city of Bangkok is home to some of the biggest food markets in Asia. Here, you’ll find everything from the familiar (fried chicken, noodles, fish, and crepes) to the wildly adventurous (pig teats, baby birds, frog spawn, and more).
Tod Mun Pla Krai (Fish Cakes) @ Chatuchak Weekend Market
There are lots of amazing restaurants in Bangkok, but some of the best food can be found in open air street markets and on food stalls. Case in point? Delicious fried Thai fishcakes.
They are usually eaten piping hot, straight from the fryer, with a helping of chilli sauce. You’ll likely see this dish everywhere, but one of the most popular sellers is a little cafe called J-Eung. It is situated in the Chatuchak Weekend Market, on Kamphaeng Phet 2 Road.
Kanom Jeeb (Steamed Dumplings) @ Sun Moon Restaurant
You’ve never seen dumplings look like this before. These delectable little balls of goodness are barely recognisable as the Chinese staple, and taste as good as they look (and smell). Head down to the Sun Moon restaurant situated near Lumpini situation and choose from meat, shrimp, mushroom and water chestnut fillings.
Pad Thai (Stir Fried Noodles) @ Pad Thai Thip Sami Restaurant
If you’re ever unsure what to order in a Bangkok restaurant, pad thai is a guaranteed winner. Sure, it’s one of the most popular and well known dishes on a Thai menu, but it can be cooked in a variety of different ways. Most restaurants in Bangkok stir fry the noodles with fish sauce, eggs, and meat or fish.
After the rice noodles are fried, they are topped with peanut flakes, dried chilli and lime. This creates the perfect infusion of sour, spicy, and salty flavours. The open-air Pad Thai Thip Samai Restaurant is where you’ll find some of the most loved pad thai dishes in all of Bangkok.
Yellow Curry and Crab Meat @ Krua Apsorn Restaurant
The Eathai food court on Phloen Chit Road is one of the most popular snacking spots for locals and visitors alike. Here you’ll find the Krua 4 Pak restaurant and the delicious curry and crab meat dish – watch out for a chilli kick from the otherwise innocent looking yellow sauce though.
Khao Kaa Moo (Braised Pork Knuckle) @ Hia O Restaurant
Some of the best food in Bangkok features delicious, tender pork. If you like your dishes meaty, head to a good Bangkok restaurant and order a plate of khao kaa moo. The pork knuckle (taken from the lower leg of the pig) is braised to perfection, until it falls apart in the mouth.
This is a very rich dish, as the sauce permeates the meat and creates a deep, almost smoky flavour. You’ll find some of the best Khao Kaa Moo in Bangkok at the Hia O Restaurant, located at the very heart of the city, on Mangkon Rd. This place has a reputation for serving some of the juiciest and tastiest pork you’ll ever eat.
Thai cuisine has really got it all – simple ingredients, bold flavours and a never-ending combination of meat and fish variations. Master the basics of the language and Bangkok’s food stalls will become your oyster the next time you’re feeling hungry.