I think most of Thais have a talent in cooking, at least they should know how to make Thai omelets. Nowadays, with the modern, busy lifestyle that forces people to spend more time at work, Thai urbanites have less time to cook at home. More people, especially Bangkokians, rely on the restaurants or food stalls for their breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Fresh squeezed lime juice easily found on sales in China Town.

Fresh squeezed Tangerine juice easily found on sales in China Town.

In Bangkok, it is easy to find food cart vendors just around the corner of apartments or a condominiums. The offer varies from cooked meals and beverages to desserts and fruits. Street food stalls are particularly busy in the morning and at lunch.

During the day, the most popular street food area in Bangkok is Soi Lalai Sap on Silom road, Bangkok’s main business district.  Located in a small alley off Silom Road close to the head office of Bangkok Bank, this place is not just a street food haven for office workers but also a major street shopping area in the capital. The meaning of ‘Soi Lalai Sap’ as ‘the money-dissolving alley’ says it all.

China Town at night still crowded with cars and people coming out for dining adventure at night.

China Town at night still crowded with cars and people coming out for dining adventure at night.

Among all street food areas in Bangkok, China Town is my favourite, especially at night. The area is packed with a variety of delicious Chinese food from a simple dish like barbecued pork noodle soup and fried chicken to roasted Peking duck. The sidewalks and alleys off China Town are lined with street food vendors shortly after 5 pm.

China Town street food 1

I enjoy going China Town with my friends for a dining adventure.  Since there are various kinds of foods on offer and, of course, I cannot eat all these delicious dishes myself, it is a good idea to bring your friends along to share the dishes. We like to hop from one food stall to the other. Knowing their customers well, many food stalls will prepare small plates or bowls for each of you to share the food when they see you come as a group.

Fruit Stalls on the sidewalk

Fruit Stalls on the sidewalk

There are a few tips for anyone who wants to have an authentic street food adventure in Bangkok.

  1. Notice a number of customers.  A long queue of customers implies that the food must be good enough (you should bear in mind that individual tastes vary). Anyway, this trick works most of the time.
  2. Look for the area where these vendors wash their bowls and dishes. Of course, you do not want to eat at the food stalls that have limited water supply for washing their used dishes.
  3. Safety seating… this may sounds weird!  It does not mean that the seating must have seat belt. It means the vendors should have the tables and chairs set on the safe place and away from the road traffic.
A staff selling Chinese tradition sweets

A staff selling Chinese tradition sweets

Let’s go out and explore the fun of street food dining!  It will be your great exotic travel experience in Bangkok.