After 10 days of exploring Thailand, I only had 24 hours to experience the mega metropolis of Bangkok. Fortunately, I had a local ace up my sleeve by the name of Mark Wiens, who has been living in Bangkok since 2009, writing and filming for his popular travel blog, Migrationology.com.
Mark and I spent the morning willingly trapped within a hunger-fueled pinball game, as we bounced from one street cart to the next in search of new and exciting flavors.
Here’s a little more information on (some of) the food we ate on that sweaty and awesome day in Bangkok.
Kuay teow reua (Boat Noodles) – Pork based noodle soup, the broth is thickened with pork blood to make it rich and flavorful. They are called boat noodles because the noodles used to be consumed on boats so the bowls would be served only partially filled so it wouldn’t spill when the boat rocked. Rating: Once you get over the thought of raw blood, it’s a deliciously spicy way to start your day.
Tod man – Deep fried pureed fish and curry paste patties. Rating: Sponge-like texture, but good curry flavor. Pass.
Khao jee – Common Isan snack of grilled day old sticky rice, basted in an egg batter and then deep fried. Rating: Great little sweet snack with crispy outside and soft inside.
Nam prik pla too – A chili dip made with roasted chilis and vegetables and mackerel, often eaten with rice and vegetables. Rating: One of my favorites, really strong grilled fish flavor with smoky goodness from the chilis.
Yam pla dook foo – Lettuce Wraps with green mango, shredded dried catfish and sweat & Sour sauce. Rating: Refreshing
Roti sai mai – Thin crepe made to eat with cotton candy inside. Rating: This cotton candy crepe taco is a kid’s dream, but a little too sweet for me.
Som tam boo plara – One of the most common types of green papaya salad made with fermented fish and crab. Rating: tastes like a spicy coleslaw, the papaya is bitter not sweet, and the flavors are bold and classically Thai. Perfect with the chicken.
Laab pla dook – Grilled catfish, deboned, and made into a minced salad, seasoned with lime juice, fish sauce, toasted rice powder, chili flakes, and herbs. Rating: Like a really fancy tuna salad.
Tom saeb graduk moo – A common Isan soup made with pork bones. Rating: As you see from the video, the spice smacks you right in the face but then magically dissipates for a softer vinegar flavor. Rollercoaster of emotions.
Be sure to check out Mark’s website for more awesome food content all the time at Migrationology.com
And if you aren’t able to watch the video on this page, click here to watch Bangkok Street Food.