21 Best Street Food in Bangkok’s Chinatown You Can’t Afford to Miss – 2020

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Other than being a shopping paradise, Bangkok is home to one of the coolest night markets around in Asia. Ranging from fresh seafood to tasty desserts, Bangkok’s Chinatown is food heaven for people looking for cheap eats.

If you love food as much as I do, read on to find out what are the top 21 recommended food items that you must try!

  1. Grilled Skewers

One of the best food items to have when you want to walk around while having something tasty in your mouth, satisfy your food cravings by eating freshly grilled skewers. With many varieties available for you to choose from, pick to your heart’s content!

2. Fresh Seafood

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If you’re a big fan of raw oysters and cockles, you’d definitely be unable to resist yourself in Chinatown! In the mood for other seafood? No problem! Various seafood eateries sell similar and different dishes, such as crab, salt grilled fish and more.

3. Patonggo (Fried Doughnuts)

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Also known as “you char kuey” or “you tiao” in Mandarin Chinese, Patonggo is a well-known breakfast item normally eaten with a hot cup of coffee or soy milk. If you can’t have it for breakfast, you’re in luck because there’s no curfew for eating Patonggo – eat it for supper if you must!

4. Peking Duck

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This famous Chinese roasted duck dish is one of Beijing, China’s delicacies – with it’s crispy skin topped with cucumber, a sweet sauce wrapped in a roll – the taste is absolutely divine. Who said you can only eat fancy food like this in restaurants? Bangkok’s Chinatown has just proven that that theory doesn’t stick – good food is everywhere!

5. Satay

This grilled chicken dish on skewers is a local favourite, as it is served with a peanut sauce and picked vegetables such as cucumber and onions. The combination of these three simple ingredients gives off a heavenly taste, making you crave for more.

6. Fried Insects

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Definitely not for the weak-hearted, fried insects are (unsurprisingly) a huge delicacy in Thailand. They can either be served on skewers or as it is. If you’re feeling brave or just want to experience something new, give it a try! This crunchy snack might not disappoint you at all.

7. Fresh fruits

A tropical paradise with consistent hot weather everyday, Thailand is undeniably blessed with a range of tropical fruits, such as durian and mangoes. If you’re not in the mood for heavy meals, get yourself some fresh fruits at Chinatown that may make you expand your appetite to eat more.

8. Claypot Rice

Rice lovers, rejoice as we’ve found just the dish for you – a warm, filling portion of clay pot rice. Various stalls have different kinds of toppings for you to choose from, so if you have space to spare in that tummy of yours, go all out and try all of ’em! Do take note that some famous clay pot stalls may get crowded fast, so make it a point to have an early meal.

9. Khao Kha Moo

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Love eating pork? This dish is for you – Khao Kha Moo is excellent when paired with rice and vegetables. Remember to eat it with the gravy provided – the food lover in you will thank you for it.

10. Yaowarat Toasted Bread

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This toasted bread dish is so popular among the locals and tourists, the texture of soft, warm bread and sweet fillings undoubtedly will satisfy your sweet tooth cravings.

11. Dim Sum

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Who said dim sum is only for breakfast or brunch? Dim sum can be eaten for any meal! Highly recommended items range from the shrimp siu mai dumplings, custard steamed buns and barbecued pork steamed buns. Try out their pork siu mai dumplings and Jui Guay if you’re interested in more porky flavours.

12. Khao Gaeng Jek Pui

Similar to Malaysia’s economy rice “zap fan”, if you can’t decide what to eat, try visiting this Khao Gaeng Jek Pui stall in Chinatown! Each plate is served with rice and a curry dish of your choosing. Hungry locals visit this 70-year-old establishment to get their hands on a plate, and it should be fairly easy to spot with its line of plastic chairs, so do remember to get there early in case they sell out fast!

13. Spring Rolls

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Another delectable snack, help yourself to some savoury fried spring rolls. Not only are the portions big, but the combination of the fillings, the crispy spring roll skin and Thai chilli sauce makes it worth every penny spent.

14. Ba Mee

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Malaysians and Singaporeans may know it as “wan tan mee”. Though the portion is rather small, Mung Korn Khao Noodle’s ba mee tastes just as good as the ones you’ve been eating. It’s small portion also is a plus factor if you’re the type who likes to eat different stuff when visiting a night market.

15. Egg Omelette with Rice

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Dig in to some of Thailand’s most famous dishes – fried egg omelette served with rice. Although it may seem like a simple dish, this comfort food item brings the taste of home to locals and tourists alike. Choose from various toppings such as shrimp, crab sticks and vegetables and you’re already set for a scrumptious meal.

16. Kra Poa Pla

Another popular Chinese dish, treat yourself to a bowl of Kra Poa Pla (fish maw soup) to rejuvenate your energy after a long day of exploring Bangkok. Typically served with chicken blood clot and bamboo shoots, this soup dish is great for circulation and is ideally eaten when the weather starts to change from hot to cold.

17. Oyster Omelette

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Visit Nai Mong Hoi Thod, a small eatery in Bangkok’s Chinatown that specialises in oyster omelettes. Many have recommended ordering the crispy oyster omelette, where ten pieces of oysters are served alongside a crispy fried egg omelette. Not only is it cheap, but it must taste great too as they were on the Michelin food guides for 2018 and 2019.

18. Char Kway Teow

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Also a popular dish among Malaysians and Singaporeans, we can’t leave out the Thais’ version of char kway teow! Thai people have put on their own spin into the dish, such as adding generous amounts of cuttlefish. The noodles are oh-so-springy, fully packed with wok-hei flavours.

19. Bird’s Nest

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It has long been foretold that bird’s nest is great for relieving fatigue, curing phlegms and dry coughs. So if you’re feeling heaty after eating so many delicious Thai street food, why not treat yourself to a sweet bowl of bird’s nest? It improves your digestion – possibly allowing you to eat more once you’re done!

20. Thai Milk Tea

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Known as Cha Yen locally, this milk tea drink can be found all over Bangkok. The mixture of their black ceylon tea, condensed milk and evaporated milk makes this an ideal drink to be enjoyed by all ages, especially in the hot and humid weather. Toppings may vary based on stall and shop, such as pearls, nate de coco, or jelly.

21. Roasted Chestnuts

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A snack well known among Chinese communities all around the world, get yourself a bag or two of roasted chestnuts. Typically roasted with hot stones, roasted chestnuts are best eaten hot, and are an ideal snack when you’re back in your accommodation watching your favourite shows. Plus, peeling them as you eat is a lot of fun!

Salivating now, and wish you knew how to make your way there? Here are the directions:

Operating Hours: Different stalls will have different operating hours.

Location: Yaowarat Road | Samphanthawong, Samphanthawong, Bangkok 10100, Thailand

How to get there: Take MRT to Hua Lamphong Station and take Exit 1

Prepare to eat to your heart’s desire!

NOTE: All the above information is correct at the date of publication. If you come across any changes or updates, please let us know by email and we will update the information accordingly. Thank you!

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