21 Food Experiences in Bangkok: A Complete Guide for Foodies

#1 Rice Topped with Grilled Prawn & Crab Butter at P’Aor

The restaurant ‘Rann P’Aor’ is clearly one of my favorites and the item, which you MUST eat here, is a prawn on rice topped with crab butter (also known as Tomalley, which is the insides of the Crab head). The name of the item on the menu is “Khao Goong Rad Sauce Man Boo” and it looks like a beautiful mess on a plate.

The flavor of the Crab Butter is similar to a yellow curry crab but the texture is silky smooth.

Price: 60 Baht (Approx. US $1.75)

Other Items You Should Try at P’Aor:

  • Tom Yum Goong
  • Iced Thai Milk Tea

Address:

68/51, Soi Phetchaburi 5, Thung Phaya Thai, Khet Ratchathewi, Bangkok

Opening Hours:

10:00 AM to 9:00 PM (Closed Only on Monday)

How to Get There:

By Taxi: Go directly to Petchaburi Soi 5

By BTS: Drop off at Phaya Thai Station. It’s a 5-7 minute walk from there.

You can find the place on Google Maps as ‘Rann P AOR’

#2 ‘The Original Fried Curry Crab’ at Somboon Seafood

Somboon Seafood restaurant has been operating in Thailand since 1969. Being one of the pioneers of seafood restaurants, you can take my word for the fact that they know how to make a good chilli crab with a good value for money.

Price: 550 Baht (US $16)

Location:

7 Branches of Somboon Seafood Restaurants are located throughout Bangkok. You can find them all on Google Maps. However, the most convenient branch of Somboon Seafood for Tourists is located at the 4th floor of Siam Square One (5 mins walk from MBK Center)

Opening Hours:

Different branches vary in opening and closing hours; but the one at Siam Square One (Mentioned Above) operates from 11:00 AM to 10 PM every day of the week.

#3 Som Tam Salad & Fried Chicken at ‘Som Tam Nua’ Restaurant

One of the most popular dishes in Thailand is the Som Tam Salad (i.e. Green Papaya Salad). The item originated in the Isan region of Thailand and now it’s one of the most beloved dishes among tourists and locals alike.

Som Tam Salad is deliciously spicy and healthy at the same time. It’s a beautiful blend of fresh green papaya, chili, palm sugar, garlic, fish sauce and a few other items depending on the customers’ demand.

I ordered the ‘Som Tam Boo Pla Ra’ which includes crab, dried shrimp and peanuts along with the other general ingredients of the salad. I must warn you that it is ‘extremely spicy’ so if you can’t handle the heat, make sure you ask the waiter to go easy on the number of chilies when you order the salad.

Som Tam Nua is also known for their delicious fried chicken. To be honest, when my friend recommended me to have the fried chicken from Som Tam Nua, I wasn’t all that excited because I have it at home all the time. However, this fried chicken turned out to be exceptionally flavorful.

Price:

Som Tam with Dried Shrimp, Peanut and Salted Crab = 80 Baht (approx. US $2.5)

Fried Chicken = 115 Baht (approx. US $3.5)

Address:

Siam Discovery 392 Siam Square 11 Alley, Khwaeng Pathum Wan, Khet Pathum Wan, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10330, Thailand

Opening Hours:

10:45 AM to 9:30 PM (Open Everyday)

How to Get There:

The location is very convenient for shoppers as it is located at the heart of the shopping district of Siam. It’s a 5-10 minute walk from Siam BTS Station

#4 Premium Beef at ‘Happy Beef by M’

Previously Known as ‘Billion Beef’, ‘Happy Beef by M’ is popular for the premium beef items they serve. My top two favorite dishes in this restaurant are:

– Fried Rice with Premium Beef

– Green Curry with Premium Beef

The beef is expertly sliced and tender. Don’t forget to order a glass of Thai Milk Tea with Ice to go with your beef.

Price:

The price depends on which cut of beef you order; the ones I order are usually between 200 to 300 Baht per item. But you can order more expensive cuts of meat if you want. Make sure you ask about the price of each cut of beef before you order.

Address:

Happy Beef by M Restaurant

635 Sukhumvit Rd, Khwaeng Khlong Tan Nuea, Khet Watthana, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10110, Thailand

Happy Beef by M at Siam Paragon (This is the branch I usually go to, because of the convenience of location)

991 Rama 1 Road, Puthumwan, Bangkok

Opening Hours:

10:00 AM to 10:00 PM (Open Everyday)

How to Get There

If you want to go to the stand alone restaurant, you can take a BTS to Phrom Phong station. From there, it’s only a 2 minute walk to the restaurant.

The other branch is located at the Siam Paragon Food Court. Nearest BTS: Siam.

#5 Thai Style Rice & Curry at Khao Gaeng Jake Puey in Chinatown, Bangkok

‘Khao Gaeng’ in Thai literally translates to ‘Rice & Curry’. The street-side stall in Chinatown called ‘Khao Gaeng Jake Puey’ serves one of the tastiest set of rice and curry I have ever tasted. I usually order the fish and beef in coconut milk curry sauce. The stir fried crab is also great. What I absolutely adore about this place is the fact that they drench the entire plate of rice with the rich goodness of the amazing curry sauces based on your order.

The stall is guaranteed to give you a complete street food experience, as they don’t have any big table setup for the customers. Instead, the remarkably long queue of customers buy their plate of rice and curry and sit on one of the many chairs set up on the sidewalk. You will have to use one hand to hold the plate throughout your meal.

Price: A plate of rice and a couple of curries will cost you 60 Baht (US $1.75).

Address: 427 Mangkon Rd, Khwaeng Pom Prap, Khet Pom Prap Sattru Phai, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10100, Thailand

Opening Hours: 4 pm to 9 pm (Closed ONLY on Monday)

How to Get There:

Bangkok’s Chinatown is located in the older part of Bangkok, which means you cannot go there by BTS so your only option is to take a taxi directly to Yaowarat Road or take a boat taxi to Ratchawong Pier and walk from there on. The exact location is shared below.

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#6 Seafood Feast at ‘T&K Seafood and Lek & Rut Seafood’

The Seafood restaurants T&K and Lek & Rut are both equally brilliant based on what I have tasted. These rival restaurants are located right next to each other and offer a similar menu of items. I have been to both of these places and the dishes seemed equally flavorful. Some of my favorite items at these restaurants are:

Squid Cooked in Lime, Garlic and Chili

Barramundi Fish Cooked in Lime, topped with Garlic and Chili

Chili Mussels

Grilled Shellfish

Price: Items vary in pricing. You can choose the portion size for most items. A seafood feast for two people won’t take more than 1200 baht. (approx. US $35)

Address: Phading Dao, Yaowarat Road แขวง คลองตันเหนือ เขต วัฒนา Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10110, Thailand

Opening Hours:

T&K Seafood: 4:30 PM to 2:00 AM (Closed on Sunday ONLY)

Lek & Rut Seafood: 5:30 PM to 2:00 AM (Closed on Sunday ONLY)

How to Get There:

As I have mentioned earlier, BTS does not go as far as Chinatown. The best way to get there is to hop on a taxi directly to Yaowarat Road. These two restaurants are located side by side nearly halfway down the road.

#7 A Juicy Wagyu Beef Burger at ‘Daniel Thaiger’

One of the juiciest and finest burgers I have ever had is at Daniel Thaiger, a popular burger chain based in Bangkok. The juicy and tender beef, smothered in their signature ‘Thaiger Sauce’ is gently placed in between the soft bun which is slightly crispy on the inside.

The great thing about Daniel Thaiger is that you can customize your burger by adding or removing your choice of ingredients from their signature burgers.

One of the Unique Selling Propositions of Daniel Thaiger is that they only use freshly minced beef which they ground every morning. The freshness of the ground beef can be tasted with every bite.

Price: Depending on what type of burger you order, a burger will cost you somewhere between 150 and 200 Baht (Less than US $6). Sides and further customization will cost you extra (around 20 baht per item, i.e. cheese, jalapeño etc)

Address:

Daniel Thaiger Kiosk (The branch that serves wagyu beef):

Soi Sukhumvit 11, Khwaeng Khlong Toei Nuea, Khet Watthana, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10110, Thailand

The original food truck is usually parked in the following address:

Sukhumvit 30/1 Alley, Khwaeng Khlong Tan, Khet Khlong Toei, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10110, Thailand

Opening Hours: 4:30 PM – 9:30 PM (Closed ONLY on Monday)

#8 Vegetarian Buffet at Ari

 

A few vegetarian restaurants are located near the Ari BTS station. I went to eat at the one located in Phanon Yothin 7 Alley. Before I say this, I must assure you that I am one of the most voracious meat-eaters in the world. Here goes, Vegetarian food at Ari is amazing.

It’s a buffet style restaurant offering a variety of choices. In the photo above, you can see what I ordered from the wide range of food the restaurant has to offer. I ordered a chunky mushroom soup as a starter (on the left), and a plateful of sticky rice topped with an eggplant curry, fried cauliflower, sautéed mushrooms and a vegetarian sausage (made of tofu and soy).

Trust me when I say this, the sausage tastes almost like a chicken sausage, if I didn’t know it was vegetarian beforehand, perhaps I wouldn’t have been skeptical about its ingredients at all.

The restaurant follows the exact same business model as a Malaysian rice and curry buffet; i.e. there is no fixed price for the buffet; instead, you only have to pay for what you choose to eat from the wide variety of choices. A refill would mean you will have to pay again. This pricing system in Malaysia is called the ‘Economy Rice’ system and it is widely practiced all over south east Asia at the moment.

 

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Price: My plateful of food cost me 70 Baht (Around US $2.5). The price is variable, depending on what you put on the plate.

Address: Phanon Yothin 7 Alley, Ari, Bangkok

Opening Hours: 11 AM to 10 PM (Everyday of the Week)

How to Get There: The alley is very close to Ari BTS station. It will take 5 minutes to walk from the exit of the station to the restaurant.

#9 Pad Thai at Thip Samai Restaurant

Thip Samai

Thip Samai is the most famous Pad Thai restaurant in Bangkok. Pad Thai noodles is Thailand’s national dish and extremely popular among both tourists and locals. It is a stir fried noodle dish made with vegetables, prawns, fish sauce and some other local ingredients.

The way the expert chefs at Thip Samai stir fry the noodles and wrap it with the egg coating is a delight to watch. Seeing them cook the dish right in front of you is very appetizing and it is a part of the entire meal experience. (Watch the video below)

Price: 60 to 100 Baht (US $3 at most)

Address: 313-315 Maha Chai Rd, Khwaeng Samran Rat, Khet Phra Nakhon, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10200, Thailand

Opening Hours: 5 PM to 2 AM (Everyday)

(Note: Due to their high demand, if you want all the items on their menu to be available, you should plan to reach there no later than 10PM)

How to get There:

The best possible way to get there is by Taxi or Tuktuk. This place is popular among tourists, so the taxi/tuktuk drivers know ‘Thip Samai’ by name.

#10 Scrumptious Meals at Or Tor Kor Market

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Located near the famous Chatuchak Weekend Market, Or Tor Kor Market is a paradise for fresh fruits, seafood etc. This market caters to a large bunch of locals and tourists every day.

Unlike other fresh markets, this market is perfectly clean which shows their attention to quality control. This is one of the reasons why the market draws foreigners regularly. An abundance of both fresh and dried fruits are sure to catch any tourist’s eyes. I personally buy a bunch of dried fruit when I visit Or Tor Kor market.

But the main reason that I, along with many other foodies visit Or Tor Kor Market, is the food court. The food court at Or Tor Kor Market offers a plethora of food items at affordable prices.

On my last visit to the food court I had a couple of amazing dishes for lunch.

– Braised Duck with Rice

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Price: 60 Baht

– Wagyu Beef Noodle

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Price: 100 Baht

Address: 139/4 1, Samsen Nai, Phaya Thai, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10400, Thailand

Opening Hours: 6 AM to 6 PM (Daily)

How to Get There:

You can either hop on a taxi or go via MRT to Kampheng Phet Station. The market is located right at the MRT Exit#3.

#11 Noodle Bowl at Victory Monument Boat Noodle Alley

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The boat noodle alley used to be a famous alleyway in Bangkok where they served noodle dishes from boats floating on the nearby canals. At present,  it has  transformed into a bunch of restaurants right beside the canal.

I had at least 10-12 bowls of beef noodle soup before I decided to call it a day, and trust me that’s not even close to what everyone else orders. The noodles are inexpensive (12 baht per bowl) which makes the boat noodle alley one of the most popular food joints to spend an afternoon.

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You can choose the type of noodle when you order a bowl. Choices range from Egg Noodles, different types of Rice Noodles, Glass Noodles and Vermicelli. The noodle is then covered in a smokey spicy broth and a meatball of your choice is put on top of it.

I myself ordered every single choice of noodle available and then topped it with Beef balls, Vinegar, Spices and a incredibly flavorful dark broth.

Price: 12 Baht per Bowl of Noodles (US $0.35 per bowl)

How to Get There

You can take a taxi, tuktuk or BTS directly to Victory Monument. The Boat Noodle Alley is just a few blocks away. You have to walk through alleyways to find the place.

#12 Gigantic Gourmet Burgers at Bangkok Burger Co.

Bangkok Burger Co

Since 2011, Bangkok Burger Co has been serving hungry customers with huge gourmet burgers with a ridiculous amount of meat, cheese and veggies inside. The burgers are juicy and impossible to eat without getting your hands dirty.

One unique thing about this stall is that each burger on the menu represents a different country or cuisine in terms of flavor. You will notice pictures of small flags of various countries beside the names of each burger.

According to their brochure, their ingredients include “Farm-fresh produce of the highest standard with exceptional 100% Australian grass-fed Ribeye,”

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You can order any of their beautifully messy burgers in two sizes: Medium or Large. I can guarantee that this burger is something you MUST eat in Bangkok.

Price: Price may vary from  250 to 350 Baht, depending on your choice of Burger.

Address:

Bangkok Burger Co. opened three branches in Bangkok. The locations are given below:

  • Siam Paragon Mall: Ground Floor Food Court Pathumwan Junction, Siam BTS Station
  • Silom: 5/12 Soi Saladaeng, Silom, Sathorn Bangkok 10500
  • Central Plaza: Food Loft – 3rd Floor, 99/99 Moo 2 Tumbol Bangtalad, Amphur Pakkred, Nonthaburi 11120

#13 Chef P’Soei’s Signature Dishes at Soei Restaurant

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Over the past few years, local Thai chef P’Soei has gained popularity all over the media. Andrew Zimmern visited this restaurant last year for his show ‘Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern’. This restaurant was also named as one of his favorite restaurants in Bangkok by Thailand based Blogger and Vlogger Mark Weins. I admire both of these foodies, so I had no choice but to visit Soei Restaurant.

Three dishes that I Absolutely Loved at Soei are:

– Fried Mackerel Faces (Kaem pla too tod)

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PERFECT appetizer to the dishes which were soon to follow. The entire heads of Mackerel fish are deep fried with hints of garlic & salt and served with their signature dipping sauces.

– Fried Egg Salad (Yam kai dao)

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This dish perfectly shows the masterful cookery of chef P’Soei. He is so meticulous with his control of ingredients and temperature that this egg perfectly came out as crispy on the outside, whereas the yolk was perfectly oozy.

– Soft Shell Crab Curry (Boo neem pad pongari)

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This is one of the TOP 3 Crab dishes I have ever tasted. Beautiful soft shell crab in a yellow curry sauce with a perfect blend of sweet, sour and spicy.

Pricing:

For a meal consisting of 3-4 items, expect to pay around 600-800 Baht.

Opening Hours: 10:00 AM – 9:30 PM (Closed only on Saturday)

Address:

Phibun Watthana 6 Alley, Khwaeng Samsen Nai, Khet Phaya Thai, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10400, Thailand

How to Get There:

The nearest BTS is Ari but unfortunately, this restaurant is a good 20 minute walk away from the BTS exit. You can take a direct Taxi to Soei, but, with no knowledge of the Thai language, I found it very difficult to communicate with the Taxi Driver, so I had to guide him with the help of Google Map application on my phone.

#14 Shrimp & Crab Delicacies at Nhong Rim Klong

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Nhong Rim Klong is a street side, rather canal side stall where I discovered some unique Thai flavors in the form of seafood dishes. The garlic shrimp (goong tod gratiem) is absolutely brilliant, beautifully seasoned and goes perfectly well with the rice. The seasoning is so perfect that you won’t really require any extra salt, pepper, chilies or sauce to add to it.

However, the dish that this place is well known for is:

Stir Fried Cabbages with Crab Meat

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Galam bee pad nam pla neua boo or stir fried cabbages and crab meat, is a dish with a nice combination of sweetness and heat from the fish sauce.

To be honest, I loved the Garlic Shrimp more and if I ever go to visit Bangkok again, I will order the garlic shrimp in large portions.

Signature Items:

  • Garlic Shrimp (Goong Tod Gratiem)
  • Cabbages with Crab Meat (Galam Bee Pad Nam Pla Neua Boo)
  • Drunken Stir Fried Seafood (Pad Kee Mao Crab)

Note: The restaurant does not have a menu in English and none of the waiters or chefs can speak proper english, so it’s better to either learn the names of the dishes in Thai (given above) or take help from any local customer eating at this restaurant. Thai people are very friendly and usually they happily help tourists as much as they can.

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Price: Expect to pay around 200 baht for Each dish you order at this restaurant

Address: 30 Ekkamai 21 Alley, Khlong Tan Nuea, Bangkok 10110, Thailand

Opening Hours: 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM (Closed only on Sunday)

How to Get There:

The nearest BTS is Ekkamai and it’s a 15 minute long walk from the exit of the BTS station to the food stall. Alternatively, you can just hop on a taxi and tell the chauffeur to take you to ‘Ekkamai Soi 21’, and he will drop you somewhere near Nhong Rim Klong.

#15 Chocolate Lava Cake at ‘After You’ Dessert Cafe

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After You dessert cafe was first opened in 2007 and is currently one of the most beloved local dessert chains in Bangkok. They have multiple branches all over town. The cafe interior, the ambiance and above all, the desserts emit a very tasteful and aesthetic vibe.

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Since it is a post about a Chocolate Lava Cake, it would be a sin not to share a video of the oozing chocolate sauce. I have instagrammed it last year from Bangkok; the link is embedded below:

Price: 145 Baht (Approx. US $4.2)

Besides the Choco Lava Cake, After You Cafe offer a variety of signature desserts. I am yet to try all of them, but according to their Menu, the signature desserts include:

  • Shibuya Honey Toast
  • Chocolate Lava Cake (Mentioned Above)
  • Panookie
  • Figgy Pudding

Address:

After You Dessert Cafe is quite popular and you can find branches in the food courts of most of the big shopping malls (Siam Paragon, Central World, Siam Square One, Seacon Square etc)

If you want a detailed locations of different branches of After You Cafe, follow the link below:

Branches

Opening Hours depend on the food court the particular branch is located in.

#16 Famous Toasted Bread in Yaowarat, Bangkok

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The toasted bread stall in Yaowarat Road, Chinatown Bangkok is immensely popular and you are guaranteed to stand in a long queue in order to get a taste of it. It is basically a small toasted bun filled with your choice of sauce.

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There is no place to sit down at this busy stall. The only option is to takeaway your order in boxes. The way they take orders is sort of unique. You will have to stand in a queue and write down your specific order by filling up a form (given below), submit it, and wait for your name and number to be called.

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You have a choice of three types of bread: Crispy, Coco Crispy and Crispy and Soft. On the other hand you have a few flavors of sauces to choose from: Sugar Butter, Milk, Chocolate, Egg Custard, Chili, Nut, Strawberry, Marmalade and Pineapple.

The process of toasting the bread and adding fillers is done through a production line of 8-10 employees who are constantly at work. A short video of the preparation process is provided below:

Address: Located at Yaowarat Road, directly opposite to Lek & Rut Seafood (See Above)

Opening Hours: 6:30 PM to 12:00 AM (Closed only on Monday)

Street Side Specialties:

The food items below are not restaurant/area specific. You can find them in almost every crowded street corners in Bangkok.

#17 Thai Basil Chicken with Rice

Rice with Basil Chicken

A famous spicy Thai dish available almost everywhere in Bangkok.

#18 Coconut Ice Cream with Sticky Rice in a Bun

Coconut Ice Cream

Coconut Ice Cream is very popular in Thailand. Apart from the bun, you can order the same ice cream with sticky rice in a cone or a cup. However, I always order it in a bun because it’s kind of a new food experience for me.

#19 Mango with Sticky Rice

Mango with Sticky Rice

If you’re skeptical about the idea of having Mango with Rice, you couldn’t be more wrong. The sticky rice is drenched in sweet coconut milk and with the slices of ripe mango, it tastes ethereal.

#20 Khanom Buang: Thai Dessert Tacos

Khanom Buang

These local favorites are basically sweet taco shells made with a pancake batter with a filling of coconut cream or sweet custard.

#21 Tom Yum Soup

Tom Yum

Tom Yum soup is an authentic Thai hot and sour soup served all over Thailand. A few great Tom Yum Soups can be found in:

  • P’Aor
  • Tom Yum Goong Banglamphu
  • Usman Thai Muslim Food Restaurant
  • T&K Seafood
  • Lek & Rut Seafood

But there are a lot of restaurants and street stalls selling Tom Yum soup, so feel free to explore and let me know your favorite Tom Yum Soup in the comments section below.

Bonus: Fresh Fruit Juices and Smoothies

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It’s always Summer in Thailand, especially in the Southern region, and to keep the tourists and locals hydrated while walking the streets of Bangkok, smoothies and fresh juice stalls can be found in every corner. My favorite flavors of juice to drink in Bangkok are Watermelon and Pomegranate. But each and every flavor is worth a try.

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