Food Patrol: Thai Street Foods


Thai Food is one of the ‘Amazing Thailand’ protocol and you may have tried it in Thai town or Asian Market in your country. If you have never eat it in Thailand, though, simply mean that you may never have taste it at all! Especially, Thai Street Food where you will not only use your tongue to taste, your noise to sniff, your eyes to scan and occasionally, your ear to catch the sound of vehicles so you can step away. 

  • Pad Thai (ผัดไทย)

It’s name may present Thainess as clear as day but it had been introduced to Thai in Ayutthaya period by Vietnamese.  Later on, Thais adapted it into Thai flavor and it reflect Thai profile.  Pat Thai is a very common dish for local people and is very famous street food.  Vendors stir-fried soaked rice noodles with egg and chopped Chinese firm tofu.  They added more flavored with tammatind pulp, fish sauce, dried shrimp, pepper and sugar.




  • Kai Jeow (ไข่เจียว/ Crispy Omelet)

Thai style omelet is another very common dish at home and on street.  The ‘why’ it’s became popular can reflect Thai nature, somehow.  Egg may come with simplicity of favor, basic cooking skill and reasonable price but Egg is good for health, can be mix with various other ingredients and still give you a yummy taste. Thais maybe easy-going and friendly but Thai live simple yet sophisticated and Thais can blend in with others if needed. We mixed our omelet with meat, vegetable and fruits and you can order different kind of them at many vendors on Thai street.

  • Som Tum  (ส้มตำ/ Green Papaya Salad)

Som Tum is a very famous Thai cuisine that come from North-East region of Thailand and it is originated by Laos.  Som Tum is a spicy salad made from sharedded unripe papaya, the dish combines 5 tastes of Thai Local cuisine which are sour lime, hot chili, salty, palm sugar and fish sauce.  Thai’s Som Tum was listed as world’s 50 most delicious foods compiled by CNN in 2011.

  • Guay Tiew (ก๋วยเตี๋ยว/ Noodle)

Noodle is common food that you can find in almost every corners of streets and alleys.   Noodle come in many kinds such as pork, beef or duck noodle-soup, noodles size are different from big to small and noodles are made of different ingredients such as egg, flour or green bean.




  • Khanom Chin (ขนมจีน)

The word ‘Chin’ is how Thais called China.  Though, the dish have Chinese word in it name, it is pretty Thai traditional dish. Khanom Chin are fresh, thin rice noodles made by fermented rice dough and extruding dough through a sieve into boiling water. It was served with many kind of curry such as shrimp Thai paste or Spicy fish curry.  We ate Khanom Chin with fresh vegetable and pickles.

  •  Moo Ping, Kai Yang (หมูปิ้ง ไก่ย่าง/ Grilled meat; Pork and Chicken)

If you see a vendors full of smoke that’s where you can find Moo ping (Grilled pork) and Kai Yang (Grilled chicken). Meat marinated in rich Thai spices to make it tender and tasty. We often dip it with spicy sauce or sweet sauce and ate with sticky rice. There you go the perfect Thai food on a stick.

  • Khao Gaeng (ข้าวแกง/plates of rice with side dishes)

This is Thai style of ‘Fast Food’ but it is even better than usual fast food because it’s newly cooked in the morning and serve to you during the day. At Khao gaeeng vendor you can find just almost any Thai food you want to eat, very common and famous among the foreigners and locals. Don’t know what it look like? Just look for a vendor that have many trays fill with difference kinds of foods.

We had come to an end on Thai street food report by locals. You can try all these foods by yourself but remember that it’s introduce to you by locals. Thus, the best way to try Thai street food maybe taste with local who know best about Thailand which I would like to call ‘Local Experts’

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