We’ve just spent two weeks in Thailand’s capital Bangkok doing what we love most when we’re there – EATING!
There is so much variety available in Bangkok, not only with the types of cuisines but cost and where you eat. I’m going to tell you about 7 of the BEST Bangkok local eats we re-visited and discovered on this recent stay. You can eat really well for not much at all in Bangkok – which is why so many locals don’t cook themselves! Walk down Silom Road at about 8am in the morning as the office workers are arriving for the day and you’ll see them all with plastic bags in hand containing their days meals.
Phra Khanong Market
There’s so much fresh produce at this market, it’s a great way to waste an hour or so wandering around the fruit and vegetable stalls, or meats if you can handle it! We stumbled on a little eatery and enjoyed a beef noodle soup with slow cooked meat and greens (50thb) Add a bit of chilli and you’ve got yourself a hearty meal. Phra Khanong Market is about a 500m walk from Phra Khanong BTS station.
Soi 38 Food Stalls
This street is conveniently located right below Thong Lo BTS station, so you can’t miss it. Small food stands and restaurants sell a mouth watering range of Thai fare all at extremely reasonable prices. Lots of locals eat here as well and where the locals are is where you also want to be! There’s meats on sticks that you can heat up on a BBQ (from 20thb,) fish, fresh fruit smoothies (35thb), sticky rice and mango (60thb), soups, noodles – you name it – you’ll find it! I kept going back to the tofu curry soup (50thb) – served up in less than 5 minutes!
Muslim Food Restaurant
A simple restaurant located near the State Tower (Lebua Hotel) with delicious Muslim inspired food. I ate here last year as part of a tour I did with Follow Me Bike Tour and I’ve always wanted to go back. We enjoyed murtabak and biryani….. So good! All dishes pictured here were under 70thb each.
I’d heard a lot about the coconut ice cream at Chatuchak Markets and believe me, with the intense heat of the place you’ll be looking for it right away. Served up in half a coconut shell with some of the flesh still attached it is the perfect afternoon treat. Vendors will have a range of toppings available for you as well if you like.
Pad Thai on Sukhumvit
Located on the street, outside of 7/11 between Thong Lo BTS station and the Marriott hotel you’ll find this lovely smiling lady offering Pad Thai (45thb) Best thing is you can grab yourself a drink from the 7/11 (they’ll open it for you as well) and enjoy watching the world go by as you tuck into your dinner.
Charoen Krung Road (Bangkrak)
This is one of the oldest roads in Bangkok and therefore houses some of the best local restaurants in the city. Between Saphin Taksin BTS station and the State Tower (Lebua Hotel) you’ll find some amazing and affordable dishes. We’ve tried the fish ball soup, duck soup/duck noodle, slow cooked pork (the vendor remembers that my husband likes two eggs with his order) and OKFC – A one woman operation serving crumbed fried chicken at a fraction of the price that the popular brand in her name does. All of these dishes come from different eateries and nothing costs more than 60thb per dish!
Daniel Thaiger ‘food truck’ Burgers
I’d heard a bit about this guy and his famous burgers so we thought we’d have a treat and give it a go. Most nights the food truck is located on Soi 38 but on Sunday’s you’ll find it at Craft beer/Whisgars bar on Sukhimvit 23. There’s a few choices on his menu and the prices are good (around 150thb each which included extras like cheese) If you’re on a budget, definitely select a night when the truck is on Soi 38 – otherwise you might find yourself ‘enjoying’ one of the most expensive beers you’ve ever drank.
I hope you can find these food gems when you’re next in Bangkok! Let me know if you come across any others!