The 5 tastiest places for street food in Bangkok
1) Khao Rat Gaeng Jek Pui
Khao rat gaeng means ‘curry over rice’, and at places like this you can choose several curry toppings to go over a plate of jasmine rice. This stall is also known as ‘musical chairs rice curry’, due to the fact that there are no tables, only stools, which immediately get taken over by another diner the minute one gets up!
2) Jok Prince
Jok, or rice congee, is a popular street meal, and Jok Prince differentiates itself from the others by giving its rice porridge a smoky flavour by slightly burning the rice that is on the bottom of the pan. It is said to be a great cure for a hangover.
3) Pad Thai Thip Samai
Just watching the assembly line factory-style precision here makes it worth coming. Huge woks are used to stir fry massive batches of what is claimed to be the city’s best pad thai, with jumbo shrimp and thin egg wrapping sealing the deal. The line outside is often down the block.
4) Jay Fai
Come watch the Mercedes roll up to eat Bangkok’s most expensive street food. An old auntie still presides over the stove here, cooking up pad kee mao ‘drunkard’s noodles’, which normally cost 30 baht elsewhere, but go for over 300 here. Jay Fai has become even more legendary since recently being the only street food place to receive a Bangkok Michelin star.
5) Aisa Rot Dee
It’s just around the corner from Khao San Road, yet few tourists find this gem, tucked into a somewhat hidden courtyard. The highlight here is the khao mok gai chicken biryani, served with a delicious mint sauce, and there are other dishes from the Thai-Muslim tradition to choose from as well.
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