Bangkok offers one of the most diverse culinary options in Asia. It is the best place to experience Thai food and "spicy" here gets a new meaning. Bangkok's street food culture is a tourist attraction in itself. On almost every corner you can find skilled chefs serving up a host of local delicacies spiced and flavoured to perfection.
But do your research before you visit because many a times, you might not be able to figure out the ingredients in seemingly simple dishes. Try and get a local to help you explore the food scene here and don't shy away from asking questions.
Pad Thai Noodles
This is one of Bangkok's most popular dishes. It's available on almost every street corner and in every restaurant and is given a national-dish status. Made from stir-fried rice noodles sauteed with beansprouts, peanuts, shallots, tofu, prawns and tamarind juice, with its sweet, spicy and tangy combination, it is a must try. And don't worry if you don't eat meat because it has a delicious vegetarian variant too.
Known as Thai crepes in English, these ancient dessert is a popular street food. They look like tacos and are usually first filled with coconut cream and topped with in sweet or savoury garnishing such as shredded coconut, chopped scallions or fried eggs.
Kanom Kai Nok Krata
These fried sweet-potato balls are another popular street food delicacy. They are a very popular item during the Tesagaan Gin Jee autumn festival when the entire country celebrates veganism for 10 days. While they're considered a dessert, they're not exactly sweet but also fall out of the savoury category. Often times tapioca and sugar might be added to enhance the sweetness.
Banana Fried Pancakes
Known as Banana Prata locally, these pancakes are topped with condensed milk and have other topping options like honey, Nutella, chocolate and coconut.
This quintessential dish that is a huge part of the Thai cuisine actually comes from Burma. It is a one-pot soup meal made with egg noodles in a coconut milk curry along with either curried chicken or beef and a variety of spices. Now it also has vegetarian options.
Mango and sticky rice pudding
Another dessert on the list, this refreshing treat consists of sticky rice, coconut milk, and mango, Especially during mango season from March to July, you’re sure to see carts this on the streets
Other yummy deserts are Coconut Ice Creams at Chatuchak served in a coconut husk, and Thai Iced tea (without fail)!