Now Bangokok is known as the shopping capital around this part of the world! From clothes to accessories to tiny trinkets to things for your room and what not, there is no limitation on the sort of things one can find in the market areas of Bangkok. And while it has swanky malls, it has even more packed and happening street markets. There you will find rows after rows of stalls and along with them a series of food stalls too. Not only that, even if you go to the famous Backpackers’ Street or the increasingly popular Night Market, no matter where in Bangkok you head you will find foot stalls of local dishes just about everywhere!
How to reach: Bangkok is well-connected with India and can be reached with a direct flight.
Best time to visit: Bangkok itself can be visited throughout the year but if you’re intending on combining your trip with other locations, that too beach ones, then avoid the peak summer months. So, October to April offer a better period
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So, what are some of the popular dishes from the street food of Bangkok? Let’s have a look!
Gai Tod (Fried Chicken)
Move over Kentucky Fried Chicken, it is time for some Bangkok style fried chicken! The chicken is done so well that it acquires an inviting golden-brown glaze. Truth be told most countries have their own take or version of the fried chicken; in Thailand’s case it is the gai tod which is made crispy using the rice flour. And since, the nation has a whole consumes much more exotic kinds of meat, for the pure chicken lover this is a reliable pick. It is made better with a serving of sticky rice and shallots on the side.
Khanom Krok Khai Nok Krata (Quail Fried Eggs)
As for the gg lovers, if your day starts off with a nice doze of eggs to begin with, then that problem shall be taken care of during your trip to Thailand. Only here the spin is that these are fried eggs of the quail bird. This crispy snack with its gooey yolk makes for a health and filling bite when you’re looking for something simply on the go.
Kuay Teow Reua (Thai Boat Noodles)
Now contrary to the basic understanding that we have at home which is that there exists a dish called “Thai Noodles”, the truth is that there are many kinds of Thai noodles (Similarly, with Thai curries too). One distinctive bowl of broth that can leave you warm is the kuay teow reua. This dish is made essentially using pork and a variety of local herbs, you can request the kind of noodles you want. It acquires this unique name from the fact that originally sellers would sell it on boats in the floating markets. Today, you can easily find them at lakeside stalls. Of course, don’t miss out on the pad thai either but that’s a meal which I recommend for you to sit down and relish with a nice gravy.
Moo Ping (Grilled Pork)
Since we are on the topic of pork, for the ones who adore hogging on this meat a local dish to try is the moo ping. This form of grilled pork involves bite sized chunks which are skewered and then placed upon charcoal to give it the earthy taste. And although eaten as a street food simple item, marinating this meat actually takes much longer time and it is left for the process overnight. No wonder when you bite into it the pieces are all tender and juicy.
Mango Sticky Rice
Casually known everywhere as the mango sticky rice, the dish’s authentic name is khao niao ma muang and you will find it just about everywhere! So, while you can eat it as a street food item due its popularity ensuring a number of stalls sell it, you can just as well find it in restaurants and cafes. For my vegetarian buddies there isn’t much in the local Thai cuisine and they are forced to resort to other cuisines for their meals. But the mango sticky rice gives them a taste of Thailand too. Made with sweetened rice, fresh mango and coconut milk on the side, this is the perfect dish before calling it a night.
Fried Banana Pancakes
And while we are talking about local food items which even are vegetarian friends can bite into, one must not forget the fried banana pancakes. The country makes significant use of their fresh fruits in their food and here you will find these pancakes made with heaps of banana and further enhanced with a slight caramelized taste. As for the ones looking to try some more pancakes there’s also the khanom buang or the crispy pancakes which come with a nice crunch!
Deep Fried Insects
Ahh if you think this category has been mentioned here as a joke, then I have to break the reality for you, that I’m dead serious! In Bangkok, you will find fried and grilled lizards, frogs, crickets, and a vast variety of insects, just about anywhere. Like a good old kebab they are available on sticks stacked neatly. In fact, to take it up a notch, in Bangkok I have even seen a full-blown crocodile being grilled, chopped and served right in the middle of the market. Casual. Are you game for trying these?!
Coconut Ice Cream
Hah well, we don’t want to leave you horrified in the end, so, to conclude on a sweeter note, there’s the Thai coconut ice cream. Trust me I have never eaten coconut ice-cream this delicious anywhere else! There’s something about the fresh taste here that you will as if you’re enjoying the fruit itself. It’s made aesthetically pleasing by being served in cut out coconut shells and even at times topped with shavings of the fruit.
Which of these dishes would you try right away?!
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