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10 Best Food To Eat In Bangkok From Street Food Treats To Hearty Plates

9 Dec 2019

From Pad Thai to pretty puddings

Among the many things Bangkok is famous for, food is high on the menu. Wander through the jumble of streets, where spicy shrimp noodles sizzle on outdoor grills and the sweet smell of mango sticky rice fills the air.

Ready to tuck in? Read on for the best things to eat in Bangkok:

1. Chow down on moo ping

When you rock up at any market in Bangkok, the smoky scent of this dish will likely greet you. Skewered pork marinated in soy sauce is cooked over hot coals, giving it a rich barbecue flavour. It's then served with sticky rice to soak up the juices.

You can get your fill of it at the Moo Ping Hea Owen cart on the financial district's Silom Road. Or, opt for a sit-down supper at Jeh O Chula. When you book through Klook, you'll skip ahead of the queue at this restaurant, which earned itself a spot in the Michelin Guide in 2019.

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2. Satisfy your sugar cravings with khanom khai nok krata

Kanom means 'snack' and kai nok krata means 'quail egg', which is a nod to the shape rather than the content of these bite-sized sweet potato balls. Crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside, they're a filling treat for while you wander around a night market. The potato is rolled in sugar and tapioca before it's deep fried, making it more sweet than savoury.

Pick up a portion at a traditional floating market. A day tour takes you to Damnoen Saduak, the most popular one in Thailand.

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3. Snap a pic of colourful kanom jeeb

Before you bite into these squishy snacks, take a picture for your social feed. These steamed dumplings come in colours that are almost too cute to eat, from sunshine yellow to spring green. Don't let that stop you, though – the insides are stuffed with succulent shrimp, shiitake mushrooms and water chestnuts. Try them at local favourite Khao Phra Ram Long Song in the city centre, where you'll dip the petite pieces into a rich garlic soy sauce.

To be ready for that Bangkok food pic, Klook a 4G SIM card so you can share your snaps as you snack.

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4. Take to the streets for pad Thai

If you don't get a paper plate heaped high with hot, fresh pad Thai, did you even go to Bangkok? For this dish, flat noodles are stir-fried in tangy tamarind paste along with shrimp, bean sprouts, tofu and egg. Peanuts add a little crunch, while chilli flakes and lime lend a zesty kick.

This dish is traditionally whipped up on the street, but you can also try it at a Michelin-starred eatery. Book the Midnight Eats Tour

to be taken around food markets in a classic tuk-tuk. At the end, you'll savour the noodles at the celebrated Thipsamai Pad Thai restaurant.

5. Slurp up some tom yam

A bowl of this deliciously sour soup is waiting for you at Krua Apsorn in the Old City. Its salivation-inducing smell comes from zingy lemongrass, kaffir lime leaf and citrus juice. Slurp down spoonfuls laden with shrimp and plenty of fresh chillies – it's a must-try for spice lovers.

After you've eaten, you can whizz back to the bustle and bars of downtown Bangkok on the Skytrain. Book a one-day pass to zoom around the top sights and food spots – easy-breezy.

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6. Sail by meaty, salty 'boat noodles'

Once served from the vessels along Bangkok's canals – hence the nickname – this dish can now be found in just about every corner of the city. The slow-cooked broth gets its complex flavour from dried spices and herbs before being poured over noodles. Take your pick from flaky, tender pork or beef chunks to add some meaty oomph.

You can get a bowl at aptly named Boat Noodle Alley near the Victory Monument. Or, book a Village of Love walking food tour to hunt down fresh servings at an authentic Bangkok market.

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7. Taste the history of kanom beuang

They might look a little like tacos, but these crispy pancake shells are bursting with Thai flavours. Try them filled with duck egg and preserved fruit or dried shrimp and white pepper. Some of the best started life at teeny sidewalk shop Khanom Buang Phraeng Nara, where the 100-year-old recipe came from the family of King Rama IV's royal chef.

Work up an appetite for this regal recipe on a half-day cycle tour. You'll pedal around the winding canals that make Bangkok a 'Venice of the East'.

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8. Get stuck into gooay teeo kooa gai

If you're looking for something simple yet satisfying, order up this non-spicy dish. Rice noodles are served with egg, duck and squid and given a hint of flavour with garlic oil. Slurp some at Kuay Teow Kua Gai Nai Hong, or learn to make your own. Bag a lesson at a cooking academy and you'll get a tour of a local market before you try your hand at five traditional recipes.

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9. Sample sweet kao niew mamuang

That's mango sticky rice to those in the know. A staple in Bangkok and across Thailand, this dessert is a syrupy finish to a spicy meal. Coconut milk is slow-cooked with sugar, then used to drench sticky rice. Chunks of ripe mango get popped on top, and the result is a serious taste sensation.

Kor Panich is a favourite local joint for sticky rice. This dessert shop in the Ban Bat district opened in 1947, so the chefs know a thing or two. You can also try your mangos a different way – smoothie, ice cream, iced or however! – at Yenly Yours, breezing past the queues when you Klook your voucher.

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10. Savour seafood with crispy oyster omelettes

This addictive dish is exactly what it sounds like. A battered egg patty – cooked until golden and deliciously crispy – gets heaped with deep-fried oysters and lashings of salty sauce. You can order it with sweet chilli if you fancy a bit of sugar and spice.

Still craving seafood? Head to Crab & Claw restaurant for succulent dishes like lobster with melted butter. When you book your table with Klook, you get a free plate of prawn pasta, too. Bon appétit!

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