As poster #1 stated, there are tons of streets lined with food stalls even in the more commercial/financial areas where many Thai office workers go for lunch. Some also set-up only at night (for example the street that runs near the National Stadium (near Football Thai) that serves predominantly seafood. But each neigborhood/district throughout much of BKK have street-food stalls either during the day or night. Some are night-markets like near the Golden Temple Mount. then there are large departments stores or 'malls' that also have 'food courts' which are cleaner and still very cheap. One of my favorite street alleys which underwent a total remodel last year is the one at Siam Square that ends at the front of the Sala movie theatre.
One of Bangkok's greatest attractions is its street food scene - delicious, cheap and fun. If you are on a tight budget you could practically survive on 5-baht-per-stick barbecues, 10-baht pad thai, 20-baht curries and lots and lots of other cheap offerings that are simply delicious. They are also very convenient, with street food vendors found in almost every corner of the city. Sanitation? No worries, many of these food are cooked fresh and on site limiting any chance of getting nasty tummy aches. The biggest danger actually lies in overeating and over indulgence - the food are just too appetizing to resist!
If there is one thing that was the highlight of my short 48-hour trip to Bangkok, this should be it - my great street food adventure. Note that prices in more touristy areas such as Khao San are easily 25-100% more expensive than those served elsewhere.
Even though there are a lot of good restaurants in Bangkok I am really convinced that you should try to eat food from the street vendors at least once!
It´s really cheap and it´s really good and at least you get the feeling that you do something authentic!
Favorite Dish: Just some noodles, spring rolls or fried rice... We kept it simple!
There is a bunch of hawker places just outside the Central World Trade center. Whenever I am in Bangkok I make sure I visit the one that has large prawns on ice. Instead of choosing from the menu I just choose the ingredients - prawns, squid, vegetables etc and they will cook it fresh for you. The food is delicious and cheap.
Favorite Dish: The huge prawns (king or tiger) barbequed style with a chilli dip sauce.
Some people feel that the best way to experience the local culture would be to sample the local food. You will be able to find food carts in almost every street in bangkok. For those who are adventurous enough, do try out the local street food while you're in bangkok. However do bear in mind that like most street food in the world, the food sold are not very hygienic. It will be good to observe how the food is being handled and prepared before purchasing.
Thai Chicken Soup in Coconut Milk (Tom Kha Gai) is the second most popular thai spicy soup for foreigners in Bangkok. It is a hot sweet soup made with coconut milk, lemon grass and chicken. The name literally translates to boiled galangal chicken. The fried chillies add a smoky flavor as well as texture, color and heat, but not so much that it. tom yam takes on a fiery heat and slight sourness from the addition of tamarind chili sauce (nam prik phao), while tom kha gai is silky smooth because of the inclusion of sweet and mellow coconut milk. It costs about 40-50 Baht at Street Stalls, 60 Baht at Tuk Lae Dee Restaurant at Foodland Supermarkets and 65 Baht at food courts.
One of the best restaurants in Bangkok. They serve authentic style louisiana food along with a host of other menu items. The crayfish are excellent the owner raises them on his own personal farm in Thailand. The best service I have recieved in thailand. Its a nice quiet bar/restaurant which does get very crowded during dinner time. Its a favorite for the expat community that lives there. Some weekend nites they will have a a band playing. On tuesdays they have an all you can eat mexican buffett which I thought was really good. Living in Northern California I eat lots of mexican food and I was suprised at how good this buffet was.
Favorite Dish: I have two favorite dishes. The first is the rack of lamb. Cooked right to perfection with the regulatory dollop of mint jelly. Next would be the homemade pizza with fresh dough fresh sauce and fresh ingredients. You cant go wrong with this dish but it does take 20 minutes for them to make it.
Street fare is scrumptious yet easy on the pocket. For 55 THB, you can feed two persons: 1 bag of rice (about 2-3 cups) at 5 THB, a bag of prawns or grilled fish at 30 THB and green mangoes with chili and salt at 20 THB.
Basically you can eat cheaply and it tastes good. It's your chance to try something different. Dinner for 2 for 40 baht. Go ahead, try it. Certainly safer than eating food in India.
Favorite Dish: Still trying different dishes, too early to say yet.
Everywhere you go (especially at night), you can find local food stalls at the side of the road. Don't be sacred about trying them because if you are interested to know what the locals eat on a daily basis, these are the ones they usually go for. Not only are they good but its very cheap as well. The noodle soup i had was only 30BHT. what a bargain for a late night supper...
Favorite Dish: Noodle soup.
By far the best and most affordable place to sample Thai cuisine is out on the streets. A short stroll down a soi (side street) can yield some of the most exquisite culinary discoveries. It's not unusual to see carts on the sidewalk not only serving every item from the Thai kitchen, but also cooking it right there in big woks or pots. Nor is it unusual to see luxury cars vying for space with tuktuks in front of these portable al fresco eateries.
The iced fresh fruit sold by the street vendors is brilliant. Its clean and fresh, and perfect as a light meal when you're walking around in the heat. Don't miss the banana pancakes either!
Favorite Dish: Watermelon and pineapple
This is a luxury and DISCO first class!
And... please, don't scream!!!
You can find along the road with the street hawkers and vendors some delicious snack!
Scorpions, cockroaches, beetles, grasshoppers, bees, maggots and other kind of bugs and insects of all sizes ...
I've seen it on TV and couldn't turn away my eyes. And for now it was a deja-vu like in Pattaya. I got nailed down next to mamasan insect-preparer. Thai people are brought up with this kind of food. I know! Still this is an event of great experience, with a vengeance ...
Favorite Dish: Find the vendor cart. You probably will dash over this spot, not that striking. But take a good look! And see for yourself the smashing and delicious snacks mamasan is preparing there. Deep fried scorpions and cockroaches, sweetend grasshoppers, sugared mealworms, shining beetles, fat, huge water bugs, lovely wasps and other fresh bug creepies ...
Ehm... which one is favourite? I really donot know and considered all kind of bugs and insects of all sizes aren't that bad for our stomach. We just forgot how to eat these creeps. Maybe a deep fried whatever will be ok, with the taste of a dried prawn. Though when the fluid is coming out of its stomach, dripping in your mouth ... I guess you'll gonna be sick!
The best tasty food can only be found on the sides of the streets!
All backpackers and those on a shoestring-budget could relate on this. A 5 to 10 baht meals - fish, squid and all kind of balls (LOL!) made from any type of seafood, corn on the cob, the famous fried noodles and spring rolls...and all sorts of street food are the best solution for a hungry stomach on a budget.
And hey, their tasty too! ...and even you're not on a budget, they're worth trying.... believe me.
the cheapest and tastiest way to eat in bangkok is from the street stalls, everything from pad thai, keebabs and fresh local fruit is available from different stalls and cost next to nothing. its a great way to eat and they fill you up!