Well maybe not in the Oxford dictionary, but Thai food is synonymous with street
culinary treats. Its sidewalks are a rhapsody of aromas, flavors and tantalizing visuals.
Explore this food wonderland by tucking into 10 of our best Thai street food picks.
1. Khao Gang (Curry Rice)
A permanent fixture on the streets of Bangkok and other Thai cities, this is a great on-
the-go meal option. Basically a choice of curries and stir fried veggies (or meat) is
heaped on a bed of rice to create scrumptious combinations. The dish has attained a sort
of cult status among backpackers looking for a greater bang for their buck.
2. Som Tam
One of Thai’s flag bearing street food creation, Som Tam comprises of shredded raw
payapa, peanuts, dried sea-food, beans, tomatoes, carrots garlic, lime juice, fish sauce
and loads of fiery chilies with a dash of sugar. All ingredients are pounded together, and
the result is nothing short of spectacular. Increase your spice quotient, this baby is
3. Pad Thai
Who doesn’t dig into this iconic stir-fried noodle treat when in Thailand? It’s sprinkled
with tofu and a generous helping of shrimp, with a dash of tamarind. Many street food
stalls offer the preparation as an accompaniment to stir fried veggies or meat. The sheer
versatility of the dish where anything and everything can be heaped on a plate of
noodles, topped by choice of flavor makes this a must try.
4. Moo Ping
One of Thailand’s easiest and can’t go wrong street snacks, Moo Ping is grilled pork (or
chicken or an assortment of other meats) attached on skewers and sold with
accompaniments of sticky rice. Each vendor whips up a unique, flavorsome marinade
that mainly comprises garlic, sugar with a hint of soya sauce, leading to flavors that are
delightfully sweet, spicy and tangy.
5. Khao Soy (Curry Egg Noddles)
Northern Thailand’s iconic street food preparation, Khao Soy is an assortment of
Oriental style noodles, heavily infused with the famous coconut based curry and braised
beef (or other meat). The egg noodles are alluringly swimming in a mildly spiced
coconut broth sprinkled with fried noodles, shallots, raw green onions and a dash of
6. Sai Ooah
The strange sounding Sai Ooah is a staple on Chiang Mai’s streets (and other northern
towns too). It’s a signature Thai sausage created out of robustly flavored ingredients
such as pork mixed with lime leaves, red chili paste and lemongrass. The aromatic
mixture is grilled until it assumes a delicious, golden form, and is mostly served with
rice and stir fried veggies.
7. Poh Pia Tod
Springs rolls or Poh Pia Tod are the ultimate comfort snack that are reliably delectable
and filling. Vendors generally cut the humongous deep fried rolls into bit-sized portions
which are dunked into a combination of sweet and spicy sauces, before being served on
a toothpick. The filling can be anything from veggies to rice to noodles.
8. Guay Teow
Another popular Thai street food preparation, Guya Teow is a warm and filling noodle
soup that much like its other street food fare comes with innumerable variations.
Essentially made from chicken or beef stock, you can ask to add your own choice of
throw-ins such as meatballs, egg noodles, sliced meat, veggies and wontons. The broth is
then sprinkled with chili peppers, lime juice and a signature fish sauce. Truly soul
9. Kai Jeow
One of Thailand’s least expensive street foods, Kai Jeow is served at several food stalls
throughout the day. It is a Thai omelet version heaped on a bed of rice. The eggs are
cooked slightly differently here. It is fluffy on the inside like a regular omelet. However
the outside is slightly crustier and golden. Kai Jeow is mainly made of fresh chilies and a
unique fish sauce.
10. Roti (Pancakes)
Another fixture on the streets of Thailand, Roti is pancake/crepe dough filled with
bananas, condensed milk or a delicious chocolate sauce (Nutella pancakes are quite a
rage here). Skilled vendors prepare the pancake by stretching the thin dough and
subsequently fry it on a mammoth hotplate. The delicious, golden fried treats are then
served in bite sized pieces.