Thailand has always had a reputation for its street food – from sizzling snacks to delicious desserts, it has it all. So, just how did this street food revolution start – well, here’s a quick look back on how the culinary arts took over the streets of Thailand.
In the Kingdom
During the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the Kingdom of Thailand wasn’t exactly a tourist hotspot. instead, only the most hardcore travel enthusiasts would venture here in search of excitement and adventure. Street food stalls were reserved to areas like bus stops and public markets – and it is from these humble beginnings that the Thai street food scene would take off from,
During the mid-1970s food carts became increasingly common in Thailand. The country’s continued urbanisation attempts also meant that there were now plenty of locations for these carts to frequent. It was during this period that famous Thai street food like spicy papaya salad and hot noodle cups started to really become popular.
The 90s Food Revolution
Changes to food hygiene laws in the early 90s had a massive impact on the Thai street food scene. Food carts became less prevalent and were replaced with set locations that were to serve as foodie hubs. These food courts would explode in popularity and help create an ever-expanding list of Thai street cuisine.
Thai Street Food, Today
Nowadays, the Thai street food scene is thriving and dishes like the Pad Thai have even become synonymous with the country! So, if you’re looking through the best restaurants Sukhumvit has to offer, take a moment to think back on all the history that has gone into your delicious Thai dish of choice over the years.