If you have ever traveled to a new country or a new city you surely have a story about getting lost. But do you have a story of getting lost in a land of food? No, right? But you can definitely have one but for that, you have to visit Thailand.
Thailand is well known all around the world for its delicious cuisines. And it is said to be the heaven for street food lovers. There are so many popular street food neighborhoods all around Thailand and with so many food stalls that it’s really easy to miss out the best ones. And we definitely don’t want you to miss out the best Thai street food. In this article, we will explore the top 9 street foods in Thailand that you should try at least once. Why 9? Because number 9 is considered the luckiest number in Thailand.
Warning: While reading through the next parts of this article you will definitely get food cravings and feel like catching the next flight to Thailand.
Pad Kaphrao, also known as fried basil, is considered as one of the basic dishes in Thailand. This well-known dish among Thai people is made with minced chicken or pork, fried basil, and lots of red and green chilies. The strong essence of the stir-fried basil, the spicy flavor from the chilies, and a hot fried egg served on top of rice make an unforgettable meal. Also, this dish only takes 10 minutes to cook. Hence it’s the perfect food for the impatient people like me. And it’s definitely cheap as it would cost you around 40 – 50 THB.
Pad thai or Phad Thai is a Thai style fried noodles made mostly with shrimp, chicken, peanuts, bean sprouts, and many other vegetables. It is among one of the national dishes in Thailand and is quite popular among tourists because of its taste and cheap price. If you are buying from the street vendors, pad thai would cost around 40 – 60 THB.
Kao Niew Ma Muang
Kao Niew Ma Muang or famously known as Mango sticky rice among tourists is a traditional Thai dessert. You can get lost to its heavenly taste created by the combination of the sweet and salty sticky rice, fresh slices of yellow ripe mango, and creamy coconut sauce. Even people who don’t love sweet dishes should try this amazing dessert at least once. It would cost you around 40 – 60 THB.
Kha nom bueng
Kha nom bueng is another famous desert found in the streets of Thailand. These are small taco shaped desserts and are also known as Sweet Taco or Thai crepes. The best thing about this dessert is that you can choose if you want your Kha nom bueng to be sweet or to be spicy. If you want yours to be sweet your toppings will be egg yolk and raisins, and if you want yours to be spicy the toppings will be shrimps, shredded pork, onions, and egg. Prices of Kha nom bueng would depend on the type of toppings you choose.
Guay Teow is one of the Thai dishes that would taste different every time you try it in a different street shop or restaurant. It is actually a noodle soup which could be made with chicken, pork or beef and could be made with egg noodles too. But no matter where you try Guay Teow it is always warm and delicious. And consider yourself luckiest if you get a vendor who adds wontons to your Guay Teow.
Roti is another famous street food in Thailand that can be either sweet or savory depending on what you want. Although the origin of roti isn’t Thailand, it is a famous snack in all provinces in Thailand and the style might differ in each province. Roti is similar to the paratha of India and is worth every penny. Also, you can even watch the amazing act of vendors skillfully making the dough into a roti. The scene is surely an Instagram story-worthy.
This is another popular street food in Thailand which isn’t originated in Thailand. Som Tum, originating from ethnic Lao people, is a spicy green papaya salad. It is a really flavorful spicy salad made by mixing minced green papaya, carrots, tomatoes, peanuts, dried shrimp, lemon juice, sugar, garlic, and lots of green and red chilies. Som Tum typically costs around 40 – 50 THB.
Pad See Ew
Pad See Ew is a stir-fried noodle in soy sauce that has a sweet touch of sour flavor. It is mainly made by seasoning fat wide rice noodles, Chinese broccoli, egg, and any type of meat in dark soy sauce and white soy sauce. Most Thai people prefer Pad See Ew over Pad Thai because it only takes 10 minutes to cook and the aroma of charcoal fire is enough to uplift your energy to get through the rest of your day.
Tom Yum Goong
If anyone is talking about Thai food, the name of Tom Yum Goong will definitely come up. You can find Tom Yum Goong anywhere in Thailand- starting from street vendors to fancy five-star restaurants. But if you are a foodie you will definitely love the Tom Yum Goong cooked by the street vendors instead of the ones cooked in fancy restaurants.
Before you start questioning me anything let’s first know what is actually Tom Yum Goong. Tom Yum Goong is a hot, spicy and sour soup made mostly with shrimps. The soup is seasoned with fragrant spices, herbs, lime, lemongrass, and chili.
If you try this mouth-watering dish once, you will definitely crave for more. And to top it all if you want cheap Tom Yum Goong with large, juicy fresh prawns you should definitely stick to the street vendors and avoid the fancy restaurants. Tom Yum Goong costs around 80 – 120 THB in street food stalls while it can go up to 300 – 400 THB in fancy restaurants.