Whether it’s at a Bangkok restaurant or the Chatuchak Weekend Market, if you’are after the best food in Bangkok, you must try one of these dishes — if not all of them!
Rich flavours, vibrant colours and affordable prices — when it comes to trying amazing Thai dishes, there is no better place to do so than Bangkok, home to some of the biggest food markets in Asia and the best restaurants in the country.
Tod Mun Pla Krai (Fishcakes) at Chatuchak Weekend Market
While there are many amazing Bangkok restaurants located throughout the city, some of the best and most authentic food can be found in the city’s bustling food stalls at their famous weekend markets. Case in point? Delicious fried Thai fishcakes.
These delightful snacks are usually eaten piping hot, straight from the fryer, drizzled with some sweet and spicy chilli sauce.The best part? At the Chatuchak Weekend Market, there are many different fishcake vendors to choose from.
Kanom Jeeb (Steamed Dumplings) at Sun Moon Restaurant
You’ve never seen dumplings look like this before. These delectable little balls of goodness taste as good as they look (and smell). Head down to this Bangkok restaurant situated near Lumpini Park and choose from meat, shrimp, mushroom and water chestnut fillings.
Pad Thai (Stir Fried Noodles) at Pad Thai Thip Sami Restaurant
When looking for the best food in Bangkok, you can’t go wrong with pad thai. One of the most popular and identifiable items on the Thai menu, pad thai is a dish of fried rice noodles topped with peanut flakes, dried chilli and lime — the perfect combination of sour, spicy and salty flavours. It can be cooked in a variety of different ways — most restaurants in Bangkok stir-fry the noodles with fish sauce, eggs and meat or fish. The open-air Pad Thai Thip Samai Restaurant is where you’ll find some of the most loved pad thai dishes in all of Bangkok.
Stir-fried Crab in Curry Powder at Krua Apsorn Restaurant
It’s said that one of the reasons Krua Apsorn Restaurant rose to fame is because its owner wisely cooked a number of dishes that were favourites of a member of the Thai royal family. Coming highly recommended, its signature curry-and-crab-meat dish packs a spicy, flavourful punch despite its innocent-looking yellow sauce. It’s worth it though as you will find yourself biting into tender crab meat chunks, sautéed with eggs, onions and spring onions. Definitely one of the best food in Bangkok that should not be missed.
Khao Kaa Moo (Braised Pork Knuckle) at Hia O Restaurant
Some of the best food in Bangkok features delicious, tender pork. If you like your dishes meaty, head to a good Bangkok restaurant and order a plate of khao kaa moo. The pork knuckle (taken from the lower leg of the pig) is braised to perfection. In fact, it’s so tender, it falls apart in your mouth.
Located at the very heart of the city on Mangkon Road, the Hia O restaurant has a reputation for serving some of the juiciest and tastiest pork you’ll ever eat. Here, this succulent dish has an amazing smoky flavour and is reportedly made from a secret Teochew recipe. Eat it like a local with a fried egg added on the side.