Bangkok is a food heaven. There is everything to eat here from the simplest thing like a sausage on a stick to fine-dinning and absolutely everything in-between. I tend to opt for street food or food court as it gives me the variety that I am after and most of all good cheap eats.
Salt Baked Fish
If you are lucky enough to walk past a food stall selling salt baked fish then I would recommend you give it a try. Baking things in salt tends to make the protein succulent and tender. We had ours at a popup night market next to the Central World Shopping Centre on Ratchadamri Road.
There is no visit to Thailand without having some papaya salad. Papaya salad can vary quite a lot in terms of taste, ingredients and price. A popular place to try a variety of papaya salad is Som Tam Nua. which no only sells papaya salad but a selection of Thai cuisine at reasonable price.
Kisara – we do not tend to dine in hotel restaurant that we stay at, but for some reason something at Kisara caught Mr Wasabi’s eye the first time we visited this place. I think it was a Kobe beef dish being sold at a reasonable price. The best and value for money dish(es) to get here is the bento set menus. Bookings are not necessary, as both times we have visited this restaurant it has never been very busy.
Baan Glom Gig – was named after a popular TV program that had a cooking aspect to it, where many TV audiences wish to try the food and so the birth of Baan Glom Gig was born. It provides a warm and cozy atmosphere allowing customers to enjoy authentic Thai food as if they are at home.
Kum Poon – Kum Poon serves up hardcore Isan fare. It’s large menu presents a complete repertoire of pungent north eastern dishes prepared to authentic recipes with the level of spiciness adjusted to diners’ preferences.
Baan Khanitha – Provides high quality Thai food in a tradition atmopshere with service and cuisine to match Khanitha Akaranitikul (a Thai fashion designer, who founded this restaurant) expectations.
Everyone knows what pad Thai, and the pad Thai you get in Thailand is far superior to the pad Thai you get back home. The flavours of the sweet, sour, salty and spicy are perfectly balanced where ever you get your pad Thai from. You can also get your pad Thai wrapped in a thin egg omelette.
Pad Thai Savory which is located in the Siam Square Shopping Centre food court is no exception. Having seen a few people eating a pad Thai encased in a thin omelette I decided I wanted to try one as I was fearing that I could potentially be missing out on something that I would regret later and the fact that I have never seen this type of pad Thai back home.
Street Food stalls
The below are some of the street food items I ate while in Bangkok.
Thai Pancakes – Thin tuiles made with coconut, stuffed with coconut cream and a floss made from steamed egg yolks. The tuiles are rolled up and solidify into crunchy, cannoli-like pastries as they cool.
Soup Noodles – if papaya salad or pad Thai does not tickle your fancy, then you want to try some delicious soup noodles. While not as popular in Thailand as in some other Southeast Asian countries (like close-by Vietnam), noodle soups are a staple.
Dry Noodles – If you are not fond of the soup in the soup noodles, you can opt to have the noodles dry (without the soup)
Grilled Sausages – Stuffed with lemongrass-scented pork and glutinous rice, the sausages come off the hot coals juicy, with a crisp crust and slightly sticky texture.
Grilled Meats – Grilled skewers of meat on a stick with a sweet and savory marinade. This chicken is insanely delicious with crisp, smoky charred bits, dripping with sticky juices.
Oyster Omelette – The omelette included some glutinous flour giving this slight gooey, chewy texture that was then stuffed with oysters and garnished on top with another handful. This may not be to everyone’s tastes buds, but I certainly enjoy it.
Grilled Bananas – Slightly under-ripe green bananas grilled over coal until blistered and hot. I’ve seen them done like this in South America too, which gives me a good idea for my next cook-out.
Birds Nest Soup – Not having had birds nest before I thought I would give it a try seen it is highly sort after in asia. I decided to have this as a sweet soup and I must say it has a slimy gelatinous texuture with no flavour.
Satay Sticks – can be found all over China Town. Succulent, tender chicken coated in a sweet sticky marinate which is balanced with a creamy, nutty peanut sauce.
Thai Style Dessert – similar to what you find in Hong Kong these sweet syrup with glutenous rice balls make it a wonderful dessert after a meal or as a snack.
Mango Sticky Rice – one of my favourites and definitely a must have whenever I am in Thailand or anywhere I see it. It is especially good when the right type of mango’s are used. The slim small Asian mangoes, which are generally sweeter and softer. With the accompany puffed rice gives the dish a good crunch against the soft sweet mango. The coconut infused glutinous rice was soft and sticky, textured with crispy rice over the top and the mango was juicy and sweet.
For more detailed review of some of these place, please click on the relevant links that I have embedded or visit my Bangkok page here