Bangkok is one of those places where you never run out of things to eat. Whether it be cheap street food to the more elaborate fine dining establishments. Mr Wasabi and I tend to eat very local, to experience true Thai cuisine, though sometimes we did ‘splash’ out and enjoy a good restaurant meal from time to time. Bangkok definitely provides something for everyone
Pad Thai – is one of the more popular Thai dishes in the Western country, however the ones that are found in its native country Thailand are far superior to the ones you get back home (well at the least the places I have been to in New Zealand). Stir fired rice noodles with an assortment of protein that can range from chicken, pork, beef, seafood which can also be wrapped in an egg omlette.
Crispy Pancakes – A thin and crispy snack, just nice if you want something light without having to make yourself full! There are various variations to this crispy pancake as they come in different sweet or savoury filling. Toppings can include shredded coconut, chopped scallions or fried eggs / egg yolks.
Salt Baked Fish – Fish that are baked in salt to retain its moisture, providing a succulent texture. These are fairly common when out eating street food in Bangkok which are fairly inexpensive.
Grilled Chicken – Tandoor chicken which is pricked and then warmed again on the grill. chicken fairly average
Fried Banana – with a crisp yet slightly sweet coating. These are best when fresh when the coating is crispy and the banana is still slightly succulent.
Mango Sticky Rice – is one of my favourite Thai desserts. Even though the dish may sound very simple which is a combination of coconut sticky rice served with a fresh sweet mango. It is the mango that really makes up the dish. As you really do need the long Asian mangoes that are more sweeter than than the Australian larger varieties that you get, which is then topped with some crispy puffed rice.
Glazed Original – my favourite yet satisfying doughnut. Plain and simple. It seems like where every I go in the world, these doughnuts seem to have the same consistency and standard.
Mango Cheesecake – had a bit of mock cream and mango puree int he middle, while the top had a biscuit crumb and some mango syrup on top. it was ok but nothing to rave on about. the doughnut itself was delicious and soft as you would expect from a Krispy Kreme doughnut the mango puree filling had looked like it had curdled.
Som Tam aka Papaya Salad – is sold at most Thai restaurants.
Maisen – a very popular Japanese pork cutlet establishment, which some of you may have seen in many of the food courts hidden beneath most of the Japanese departmental stores in Japan offering ready to eat deep fried pork cutlet sandwiches.
Bo Lan – ranked within the top 50 restaurants in the world,
Nahm – another restaurant that is ranked within the top 50 Restaurants in the world, which I was lucky enough to get our concierge to book. Nahm offers both a selection of degustation menu or a la carte. The food here is reasonably priced. The portion sizes are neither too large nor too small but just right.
Nara – an upscale Thai bistro founded in 2003 where you will generally fine a queue of people waiting to dine here especially during the peak dining hours. There are a number of Nara restaurants throughout Bangkok. It is famous for its Boat Noodles and authentic Thai dishes.
I found with the portion sizes in Thailand is that they were just right. Unlike the portion sizes you get in Australia or United States where a dish was enough to feed 2, found that this was just right even though the spring sizes looked small it was certainly enough to satisfy your stomach and tastebuds. This is the same with other Asian cities, providing you with just enough without over doing it. and that is why you never see many large sized Asians.
If you do not mind eating very local, I would suggest you try some street food. Both Mr Wasabi and I have never been sick from eating food cooked on the street. It provides you the opportunity to explore and taste foods that you would not normally come by and the best thing of all, the prices are a fraction of what you would get at the restaurants or food courts in the shopping mall.
Dear reader, where are your favourite eating places in Bangkok? If you need further information, please do not hesitate to send me a message.