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10 Must-Try Food In Bangkok (PRICES INCLUDED)

by Mia N
Pad Thai Prawn

While traveling to Bangkok, eating your way around the city should be on top of your to-do list. This interesting city offers you lots of street food as well as traditional food with unforgettable taste and stunning look.
Check out this 10 must-try food in Bangkok that your trip would not be completed without!

1. Mango Sticky Rice

The most popular store serving this good street food in Bangkok is Mae Varee Fruit shop. It has been under operation since 1987 and is famous for a massive portion of mango sticky rice at about 130 baht. Surprisingly, this dish includes three kinds of rice in different colors: white, black (whole grain sticky rice) and green (made with pandan) along with mango, coconut sauce and mung beans. As a result, Mango Sticky Rice is a nice food to eat in Thailand, the flavor bursts out of this dish with every single bite.

2. Pad Thai Prawn

Thipsamai restaurant
Thipsamai restaurant

Nine out of ten locals would recommend Thip Samai, a 50-year-old restaurant if you ask them where to eat Pad Thai in Bangkok. Specifically, a portion of Pad Thai here includes noodles flavored with shrimp oil, wrapped in a thin omelet with the large prawns. Not only does it look delicious, its taste amazing too. However, calories in a Pad Thai are quite high, you might need a fresh orange juice, which is a famous drink of this restaurant to balance your meal.

Prices of the Pad Thai dish are generally reasonable, ranging from 60 to 200 baht per serving and Thip Saimai is definitely one of the food places that serve you the best Pad Thai in Bangkok.

Check out the detailed recipe here.

3. Som Tum (Papaya Salad)

When it comes to Thailand traditional food, it would be a mistake to leave out Som Tum.
Normally, this dish is a combination of green papaya, chillies, fish sauces and limes, a perfect balance of sour, sweet, fresh and spicy. As a matter of fact, Som Tum is considered to be the most popular kind of cuisine among local Thai. You can have it with or without dried shrimp, soft shell crab or salted hard boiled eggs. However, please remember to be careful not to overdo it on the chilli!

You can find this nice Thai food at Som Tum Der or Som Tam Nua restaurant, with the price starting at 75 baht.

4. Tom Yum Soup

Being a traditional soup in Thailand, Tom Yum is a mixture of lemongrass, chilies, kaffir lime leaves, tamarind paste and galangal root. You can also try Kuaytiaw Tom Yum – another version of sweet and spicy noodles with zesty flavor from the lime. Normally, Thai restaurants serve this dish in a bowl with pork balls, minced pork, dry shrimps, and bean sprout, which makes it look pretty appealing.

Honestly, it is definitely a must-try food in Bangkok. No matter how hot and humid it is outside, it is hard to resist the temptation of this intense dish. Here are the best places to have the best Tom Yum in Bangkok:

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    • Price range: 50 to 699 baht
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Check out Tom Yum soup recipe and cooking videos.

5. Gaeng Keow Wan Kai (Green Chicken Curry)

This is one of the most popular and delicious dishes of Thailand’s cuisine. In other words, Gaeng Keow Wan Kai is made from coconut sauce, green curry, bamboo shoots, coriander, sweet basil and some specific flavor of Thailand. Served alongside a bowl of jasmine rice or roti, this combination will make your mouth water!

You can enjoy a full green curry portion that can satisfy even the most choosy customer with a reasonable price range from 30 to 50 baht. This traditional Thai food in Bangkok is served at many restaurants, for instance: Poi-Sien, a restaurant famous for family-style cooking.

6. Kuay Teow Reua (Boat Noodles)

Boat noodles dish is a unique one with an interesting story behind. When it comes to casual dining, everyone knows the cost of street food in Bangkok is not so high but this dish is dirt cheap. Each boat noodles bowl only costs you about 12 bath, which is a real bargain for noodles lover. We highly recommend you eat this special dish at The Boat Noodles Alley at Victory Monument.

FUN FACT:The locals originally sold Kuay Teow Reua from boats floating from the city canals, and the small bowl is necessary so that the noodles and soup will not spill over when the boats move. Thus, most Bangkok restaurants that sell noodles, especially the old ones, serve boat noodles in a small bowl unlike the generous servings of other Thai foods.

7. Khao Op Sapparot (Pineapple Fried Rice)

Cheerful colors of a Khao Op Sapparot will catch your eyes at the very first time. Specifically, this dish has fried, aromatic rice, cashew nuts, some tender pieces of chicken, fresh, crisp greens and juicy pineapple. All these ingredients are then served in a pineapple bowl and there is nothing to not like about it.

Instead of enjoying Khao Op Sapparot alone, we highly recommend you eat it with some delicious Thai dishes such as spring rolls or hoy tod to experience a great combination of different kinds of traditional food.
Try it at Kinnaree Gourmet Thai Restaurant & Bar for modern cuisine with a price range from 100 to 300 baht!

8. Satay

Satay is a grilled item that is not unfamiliar in Southeast Asia. However, Thai chefs have created a distinct recipe to make it different.
Pieces of meat are marinated for long hours in a concoction of turmeric and coconut milk so that it will be tender and absorbed with flavor.

Despite being delicious on its own, satay is still served with peanut sauce that help brings out all the juicy flavors trapped inside the meat. Also, locals would recommend you pair satay with beer if you like .
With 5 to 15 baht, you can already have a legendary satay with incredible peanut sauce at Dee Moo Satay in Bangkok.

9. Yam Mamuang (Green Mango Salad)

A definite must-try food in Bangkok! Yam Mamuang – a mixture of green mango strips, sweet-spicy-salty vinaigrette, and toasted crunchy cashew nuts. The mango served must be fresh and crisp, the slices neither too thin nor too thick, just right to soak up the vinaigrette.
The best place recommended to try Yam Mamuang is Mango Tree Surawong with the price starting at 80 baht.

10. Khao Mok Gai (Thai Chicken Biryani)

Biryani – a traditional Muslim dish, is usually served at lunch or dinner. All well-spiced chicken pieces eaten with fragant, fluffy rice alongside are so delightful that you can not help being tempted. Remember not to skip the accompanying yogurt sauce that makes the flavor more delightful and worth trying.
Only 50 to 80 baht to own a delicious portion of Khao Mok Gai at Home Cuisine Islamic Restaurant and you will love it at the first bite!

These are our top 10 must-eat in Bangkok and some nice Thai restaurants to eat them. Explore other great food places in Bangkok ~

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