It’s often said that Bangkok has more food establishments per square mile than anywhere else on earth. And if you’ve visited Bangkok before, you would agree without a second thought.
Dubbed the food capital of the world, this capital city seems to revolve around food. You’ll find indoor and outdoor eateries everywhere, selling delicious snacks such as satay sticks, spring rolls, fish cakes, and a whole lot more. The smell of food is omnipresent in this sprawling metropolis.
Bangkok’s cuisine represents foods from every region of Thailand, with the addition of palace food. The Chinese presence here is strong, with a thriving Chinatown that is a must-see for visitors. Here one can find Thai versions of sweet-and-sour dishes, stir-fries, noodles, chicken-rice, and various other traditional Chinese meals.
Palace-style cooking is more refined in flavour than Thai home cooking and stands out especially in presentation. With intricately carved vegetables (often made into flowers) decorating each dish or placed within the dish itself.
Noodle stalls, soup stands, and salad stalls fill the busy streets with their fragrance permeating through every nook and corner. You can’t seem to walk through the streets without feeling hungry. Bangkok is also famous for its ‘made-to-order’ food stalls. Whatever you wish to eat, the highly-skilled street vendors will cook up for you.
If you’re in the mood for starters, the variety is vast – prepare yourself to see and taste some strange-looking dishes. The Thais are very creative, whether it’s pork innards, chicken feet, or even creepy looking insects. Exploring Thai cuisine is not just a culinary feast, but an unrivalled adventure.
If you have a big sweet tooth, you must not leave Bangkok before tasting Thai desserts. Within this vibrant metropolis, you will find hundreds of cakes, puddings, jellies, stuffed pancakes, and numerous other unique and delectable desserts, most made from a base of coconut, rice, egg, and sugar. You will be hard to find a Thai dessert that doesn’t delight!
Here are our must-try recipes straight from the streets of Bangkok:
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