Street Food, Bangkok
For a question of safety I never eat in the streets in tropical countries. I respected that precaution in Bangkok, but I must confess that nowhere in the world the food looked so nice and appetizing.
Well presented, cheap, and with hygienic precautions, so, if you are in a budget that may be a good solution.
Despite the fear by some people to eat at the foodstalls you find on every corner they are generally safe. The street foods in thailand was ranked number 3 famous around asia by the prestigous CNN GO for 2012!. Just make sure your food is prepared on the spot and heated sufficiently. Eating at the foodstalls is cheap with meals like fried rice or Phat Thai at around 35 baht. Here you'll get a real impression of the Thai cuisine and its definetely woth giving a try. No English spoken though and if there is a menu it will be in Thai (unless you are in a major tourist area). Don't worry though just remember how to say some of the standard dishes and even if you forget them just point to what you want.
The list of Thai dishes is so elaborate that you need years to figure them all out (or just see my other Bangkok tips which have full of thai food, sweets, drinks!)
Fondest memory: Most of these foodstalls are open 24 hours a day and don't be surprised by people eating right on a 4 lane street packed with traffic. One thing you have to be careful of is the ice served in your drinks, make sure there is a hole in your ice cube since this means that it is made in a factory and it's not tap water.
Favorite thing: Most food court in the Bangkok are very special, you have to buy a stored value card, otherwise you can not buy any food at there. The stored value card do not have limited price, you just pay some, then you can use this card to buy your meal at there. Some will refund the rest to you, but some will not, so you have to be becareful about that.
Favorite thing: Thai food is exceptionally good, but it can also be exceptionally strange. Street food in Bangkok is delicious, cheap, and available everywhere and at every time day or night. But unless you can read Thai, then deciphering the menus at many of these street hawkers can be a challange, especially if what they are cooking up doesn't look familiar to you. But if you have a sense of adventure and a strong stomach (or at least some antacids), then my advice to you is to just point to whatever they have and then dig into it. 9 times out of 10 you will get something delicious... of course it's that 10th time that will send you to the emergency room.
There are lots of street vendors here in Bangkok, you can find varities of foods along the streets and at night time you can even eat there with a small table along the street! It was pretty amucing at the first time but I get used to it! Just thinking how many millions of smokes from the cars that will goes directly to the food and the customers! But Thai people love to eat this kind of seating!
Fondest memory: It hold a special place in my heart!=)*wink* I love thai foods! The BEST,I might add!
You can never go hungry in Bangkok. Everywhere there's street food. I asked my friend if it was safe to eat what they cook in the streets and she said, "Oh yes...for some reason, Bangkok street food is clean. I don't know why and how that could be, but it just is." I believe her.
Fondest memory: The woman in the pic was drying and flattening squid and cuttlefish and was enjoying our curious interest in her that she even turned around to pose for this pic.
Try talking to roadside vendors & be frustrated. Lol... Just joking, of course. I didn't really try the food this trip as I'm not too sure about the hygiene & I didn't want to get sick before proceeding to Kunming, China.
For the brave, try it. Looks good to me!
Thai food is great. Has influences of China, Indonesia etc.
There are many great restaurants.
Initially hesitant, but I did try some street food, and it was great.
Another Bangkok street vendor. This one is selling eggs and something wrapped in banana leaves - I'm not sure what.
This is such a common sight in wonderful Bangkok.