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Whether you are into street food, you prefer to eat with three pieces of silverware on each side of the plate, or you think chocolate counts as salad because it comes from a tree, in the words of Virginia Woolf: “One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.”

Bangkok’s street food map.

Soi Rambutri
Thai-Food-2(●Soi Rambuttri, parallel to Khao San Road; restaurants are open during the day till late)
Colorful lights, paper lanterns, and trendy decor make this one of the most charming restaurant sois in Bangkok. The dining experience here, although catered more toward tourists, more than delivers on ambiance.
Victory Monument
Thai-Food-3(●Soi Rangnam and around, BTS Victory Monument; the best time to go is in the evening)
Haled as the best place to get authentic street food in Bangkok because of the abundance of vendors, variety of food, and fresh ingredients.
Or Tor Kor Market
Thai-Food-5(●Thanon Kamphaengphet, MRT Kamphaeng Phet, from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.)
Ranked among the top fruit and vegetable markets in the world, this gourmet market is a favorite of many celebrities. Much of the prepared food is available “to go,” but quite a few sit-down restaurants offer delicious Thai fare from various regions, including Isan in northeastern Thailand.
Thong Lo food stalls at Soi 38
Thai-Food-15(●Sukhumvit Soi 38, BTS Thong Lo, from 6 p.m. till late)
Always packed with foreigners and Thais alike, this soi features traditional Thai dishes served from quaint restaurants or eaten the authentic way, on plastic tables and chairs. It might be more touristy than other areas, but it is a great way to ease in to the street food experience.
Thanon Phra Chan
Thai-Food-18(●Chao Phraya Express Ferry to Tha Chang Pier; the best time to go is at lunchtime)
Located by the river beside Thammasat University, the street food here is generally devoured by Thai university students and is notoriously cheap. Weekdays during the day are the best time to visit.
Sao Ching Cha
Thai-Food-16(●Thanon Dinsor and around; stalls are open day and night)
Located near the “Giant Swing,” this cluster of street food restaurants has been a favorite destination among locals for decades. The outdoor stalls are known for their fresh ingredients and for being immaculately clean.
Talat Kao, Chinatown
Thai-Food-4(●Thanon Yaowarat, restaurants and food stalls open early morning till late)
This popular food market serves delicious Chinese food in a busy, bustling atmosphere. The duck noodles and seafood are highly recommended.
Klong Toey Market
Thai-Food-17(●Thanon Rama IV, MRT Klong Toey, from 6 a.m. to 2 a.m.)
This maze of stalls and vendors is divided between a huge wet market featuring everything from fresh produce and seafood and another section across the street with small restaurants offering authentic Thai food at some of the best prices in Bangkok. Sample the curries, minced meat, and stir-fried veggies served over rice.

Thailand’s top 10 must-try dishes, Bangkok’s street food, specialty cuisine, airplane food, and healthy food. Taste it all here.

1.Pad Thai
Thai-Food-13A top 10 list wouldn’t be complete without this iconic dish of Thailand. Eat it the traditional way, with miniature shrimp, tofu, a squeeze of lime, and heaps of ground peanuts.
2.Som Tam
Thai-Food-7Originating in Isan (Thailand’s northeast), this spicy salad is perfect for a light snack or healthy lunch. It is made of shredded green papayas, garlic and chilies, and can also include crab or fried crispy pork belly.
3.Tom Yum Gung
Thai-Food-21One of the favorite dishes of both Thais and foreigners, this spicy red soup features prawns, mushrooms, galangal, lemongrass and coriander.
4.Green Curry
Thai-Food-10The color of green curry comes from fresh green chili peppers. Other ingredients include coconut milk and eggplant. Smooth and flavorful.
5.Massaman Curry
Thai-Food-11Creamy and flavorful, this dish has its origins in Muslim cuisine. It features coconut milk, peanuts, potatoes, and onion.
6.Kuey Teow
Thai-Food-6The main ingredient in this soup are the noodles, which can be wide (sen yai), thin (sen lek), or anywhere in between. It can also contain vegetables, chicken, or fish balls. Each street vendor seems to add his or her own individual twist.
7.Tom Kha Gai
Thai-Food-12Sweet coconut soup made of coconut milk, chicken, mushrooms, lemongrass, ginger, lime juice, fish sauce, chili paste, basil and cilantro. It is usually served with a side of rice.
8.Meat on a Stick
Thai-Food-8From Isan sausages to moo ping (barbequed pork sticks), these appetizers —which start at around THB 10—can be found on nearly every corner.
9.Yam Pla Duck Foo
Thai-Food-19Deep-fried fluffy catfish served with a sweet mango sauce and crunchy peanuts. This dish is a local favorite.
10.Mango Sticky Rice
Thai-Food-14Delicious dessert made of “melt in your mouth” sweet mango, served on top of glutinous sticky rice and drizzled with a sweet coconut cream sauce.
Other typical Thai dishes.
Moo Daeng
Thinly sliced red barbequed pork served over rice. The flavorful “red sauce” makes this dish perfectly sweet and tangy.

Kanom Krok
Small circular pancakes stuffed with coconut filling and corn/chives. They are popular for breakfast, dessert or a snack.

Khao Soi
(Chiang Mai Noodle soup)
This noodle soup is typically found in Northern Thailand. It features egg noodles and chicken, and is topped with crunchy noodles.

Larb
Minced pork with chili and basil leaf served over rice; originally a Lao dish that is also typically eaten in Isan.

Thai Tea and Thai Coffee
Thai tea is made of strongly brewed Ceylon tea, and can be ordered with condensed milk or enjoyed with lime juice and sugar, from any of the vendors all over town.

Thai-Food-20Nam Kang Sai
This dessert consists of a variety of sweet jelly toppings served over ice and drizzled with sweet syrup.

Healthy Food
Thai-Food-9Radiance Wholefoods
●128/2 Sukhumvit Soi 22, 081 951 9555, www.radiancewholefoods.com)
This neighborhood grocer and health store features fresh, wholesome organic foods for healthy living. It specializes in nuts, seeds and grains. Open from Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Bangkok’s Farmers Market
●K Village, 93, 95 Sukhumvit Soi 26, 088 507 8694, info@bkkfm.com, www.bkkfm.com)
With the mission of connecting non-GMO/organic/pesticide free producers with consumers directly, Bangkok’s Farmers Market is the right place to go shopping for organic produce, fruits, prepared foods, artisan breads, beauty products, clothing, pottery, and more. Its next event at K Village will take place on January 25/26 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Spring Epicurean Market at Spring Summer
●199 Sukhumvit Soi 49 (Promsri), opposite the Racquet Club, 02 392 2757, www.springnsummer.com)
Devoted to all things food—taste, health, and community—, it is held the last Sunday of every month from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Spring Summer restaurant. This month, it will be celebrated on January 26.