The street food capital of the world is my new foodie paradise!
When I read the news about street food to be banned in Bangkok… I got very stressed. How could I miss that gastronomy live show after so many years travelling for food? Would you miss it? I really couldn’t, so I made my way to add this vibrant trip to my schedule this year and trust me, it has been the best decision ever.
After all, street food will not be banned (media tend to exaggerate) but new food safety rules will be implemented by the government to ensure the right handling of ingredients and proper cleanliness in all street stalls. Hopefully after this, more tourist will enjoy the pleasure of eating local food without the fear of getting sick.
So let me share with you my yummy experience and take you around to some of the hottest spots on the tasty road where action takes place everyday!
We started at Yaowarat Road, in the heart of China town and afterwards we discovered small hidden streets where truly culinary pleasures are kept.
Our first bite was in a seafood stall serving steamed local cockles (Hoi Crang) with a selection of Thai sauces. A great start to open up the appetite!
Next was a shop selling the traditional Thai flower iced tea (Keghaui) made with Chrysanthemum. It’s very refreshing and full of delicate flower aromas. Let me tell you that in Chinese medicine, this tea is good for circulatory disorders and to avoid acne.
Our next delicacy became the star of the night, Century eggs (Kai Yeaw Mah). This dish has its origins in China but nowadays is very popular in Thailand. The egg white has jelly texture and the yolk becomes very creamy and with an intense flavour. I could have eaten a dozen of them but still there were so many other dishes to taste and I didn’t want to miss a bit of it.
We continued our tour and few steps further we stop by a very curious stall serving a green drink (Gotu Kola) made with Bai Bua Bok leafs (also called Asiatic Pennywort). This leafs are used all around Asia for culinary and medical purposes due to its benefits reducing stress and antiaging effect. Its flavour is very strong and herbaceous but at the same time quite refreshing and pleasant.
What about a classic bite? Satay maybe? Of course we couldn’t skip it! The peanut sauce was superb and the satay freshly made was something to die for!
Our last savoury stop was a stall packed of people waiting to eat one of the most popular vegetarian snacks, the Chinese chives cakes (Kano Kui Chai). They have light texture and full of fresh flavours.
And of course, we couldn’t end up the evening without tasting the Chinese fried dough (Patongko) that can be eaten by itself or with coconut dip.
By the end of the evening we were quite stuffed but our bellies were extremely happy! It was not only the food but the kindness of the locals that made it a memorable experience.
So, what are you waiting for? Start packing and get your tickets to Bangkok, the amazing paradise for foodies ! When you arrive, don’t be intimidated for the huge amount of choices, sometimes it can be difficult to find the best stalls at first but you can make it! If instead you prefer to take a guide (that’s what we did) let me know if you need any recommendations, I will be happy to help you.
Soon I will share with you the unique experience we had in some of the most popular markets in Bangkok.