25 Best Traditional Street Food in Thailand (with Pictures)

It is clear that Thais love to eat, and their favourite street food is Thai traditional street food.

 They have some of the finest cuisine in the world.

Thai chefs strive to achieve the perfect balance between salty, sweet and sour flavours in their food. However, the most obvious flavour to foreigners is’ spicy’!

Thai food can be found all over the globe, but eating traditional street food from their home country is something completely different.

You can expect stronger flavours, fresher ingredients, and a wider range of tastes and dishes to choose from.

Table of Contents

  • Street Food Tour in Bangkok

  • 1. Khao Soi

  • 2. Kai Jeow (Thai Omelette).

  • 3. Malang Tod Fried Insects

  • 4. Poo Pad Pong Karee is a sautéed crab curry.

  • 5. Pad-See-Ew (Soy Sauce Noodles).

  • 6. Nam Prik Kapi

  • 7. Tom Kha Gai (Coconut Chicken Soup).

  • 8. Gai Yang (Grilled Chicken).

  • 9. Laab (Thai Meat Salad)

  • 10. Pak Boong (Morning Glory).

  • 11.   Gai Pad Met Ma Muang (Fried Chicken With Cashew Nuts).

  • 12. Som Tam

  • 13. Kao Moo Dang (Red Pork and Rice)

  • 14. Nam Neung

  • 15. Massaman Curry

  • 16. Anything ‘Yam (Sweet, Spicy Thai Salads).

  • 17. Moo Satay (Pork & Peanut Satay).

  • 18. Pad Ka Prao (Stir Fried Basil)

  • 19. Kao Mun Gai (Chicken and Rice).

  • 20. Yam Pla Duk Foo (Fluffy Catfish Salad)

  • 21. Khao Pat (Fried Rice)

  • 22. Durian

  • 23. Khao Niow Ma Muang (Mango and Sticky Rice)

  • 24. Nam Tok Moo (Thai Waterfall Salad)

  • 25. Tom Yum Goong (Spicy Shrimp Soup)

Street Food Tour in Bangkok

Consider taking a cultural tour on the Bangrak Market Street Food Tour in Bangkok before we share the best dishes.

You will first enjoy a delicious breakfast at Bangrak Market. This is one of the oldest markets here in Thailand.

The local guide will then take you to the various sights-seeing spots, such as the Church, Temple of Golden Buddha and Museum.

You will be served a delicious lunch and tea breaks to quench your thirst at the end of the tour.

MagicalTrip offers other tours of Thailand’s food scene.

Here are 25 of the best Thai street foods to try after you have booked your tour.

Note: Pad Thai is not included in this list. Try something new,

1. Khao Soi

 

This northern Thai speciality is made with fresh egg noodles, chicken or beef, in a hot, rich broth of coconut, herbs, spices and topped off with crispy wonton noodles.

You can also add pickled red onion, red cabbage, and lime to this dish.

It’s undoubtedly the most loved northern Thai dish.

2. Kai Jeow (Thai Omelette)

 

Until you see someone make a Thai omelette, it’s likely that you will continue to believe that all omelettes can be healthy. But not in Thailand!

The secret to the delicious and sinful Thai omelette is its deep-fried vegetable oils. It emerges as a crispy, oily, salty, and mouth-watering eggy explosion.

This Thai favourite can be found in almost any restaurant that serves rice. It is often served with sweet ketchup and chilli sauce.

3. Malang Tod Fried Insects

 

Thai cuisine is extremely popular all over the world, but there’s at least one Thai dish that might not be accepted by other cultures.

Malang Tod is Thai for “fried insects”.

Usually fried in soy, pepper, or fish sauce, crickets and worms can be eaten as a snack during the day, or as a crispy and crunchy nighttime treat with beer or liquor.

4.  Poo Pad Pong Karee is a sautéed crab curry.

 

Poo Pad Pong Karee is like a Thai lovechild, a combination of Indian and Chinese flavours.

Sauteed onions, tomatoes, peppers and crab in a Thai yellow curry paste are followed by eggs. This makes the entire mixture creamy, thick, and fluffy.

 

As garnishes, you can add parsley or green onions to this dish.

This dish can sometimes be mistakenly translated as “fried crab curried” on Thai menus. Don’t let that put you off!

5. Pad-See-Ew (Soy Sauce Noodles)

 

Pad-See-Ew is one of the most hearty Thai noodle dishes. You will be satisfied for hours.

This delicious dish includes thick rice noodles that are fried with garlic, chicken or pork, as well as broccoli and plenty of dark soy sauce.

You can eat like a local by adding some chilli flakes or lime juice to the dish.

Pad See Ew’s savoury and filling flavour makes it the perfect dinner to bring home after a night out!

6. Nam Prik Kapi

 

Nam prik kapi, a northeastern specialty that consists of a plate with mixed steamed vegetables or fish (usually whole), is simple.

You can then eat each piece by dipping it in a fermented shrimp paste/chilli glaze.

Nam Prik Ka Phi is a traditional, healthy and simple choice. The amount of pungent sauce that you use will determine how spicy you make it.

 This is a wonderful choice for fish lovers.

7. Tom Kha Gai (Coconut Chicken Soup)

 

Tom kha gai, a creamy, sweet and slightly tangy Thai soup, is made with coconut milk, galangal and chicken.

This soup is extremely flavorful without being as spicy as Tom Yam Goong.

It is also extremely healthy and an excellent choice for anyone who feels like they are suffering from a cold or flu.

8. Gai Yang (Grilled Chicken)

 

You can bet that in Thailand, Gai Yang will be found near people who are eating street food. This is because of its popularity as an Isaan favourite.

It is well-deserved. Chicken as succulent and smoky as this is difficult to find anywhere else.

It is usually purchased from a street vendor and served with tangy som tam or sticky rice.

You will find the best gai-yang by determining which line is longest.

9. Laab (Thai Meat Salad)

 

Laab, a famous Thai dish, is made from minced pork or chicken, onion and chilies.

For a little crunch, you can add toasted rice at the end. If you’re lucky, you might also find some liver bits.

Laab is rich in warm, savoury and sweet flavours. It is best paired with sticky rice or raw vegetables such as cabbage and green beans.

10. Pak Boong (Morning Glory)

 

The most well-known Thai vegetable, ‘Pak Boong’ is a delicious and popular choice. It looks and tastes very similar to fried spinach stems.

It is usually fried in garlic, chilli and oyster sauce.

It is delicious and best enjoyed with steamed rice or a main course.

Beware vegetarians, sometimes pork bits can be added to this dish. Make sure you order it without.

11. Gai Pad Met Ma Muang (Fried Chicken with Cashew Nuts)

 

Everyone in Thailand knows that Gai Pad Met Ma Muang, a Thai favourite dish, is very popular with tourists due to its mild, sweet, and salty flavour.

This delicious combination of chicken, cashew nuts, dried chilies and onions is fried in a hot oil wok. It’s topped with a salty sweet glaze.

12. Som Tam

 

This Thai staple salad is delicious in Thailand!

Thai som Tam is traditionally made by smashing the ingredients with a mortar & pestle. This really brings out the flavours.

These ingredients include garlic, chilli’s (fish sauce), peanuts, tomatoes, sugars, lime juices, green beans and peanuts.

Som Tam can be made in many ways.

Sticky rice is the best way to enjoy authentic Thai cuisine.

13.  Kao Moo Dang (Red Pork and Rice)

 

Kao Moo Dang, another street food, is a good choice for when you need something filling and tasty.

This dish is made up of thinly sliced sweet pork, Thai sausage, and half of a boiled egg. It’s served over a mound of rice with a sweet BBQ-like gravy.

Bummi moo daang is a delicious egg noodle version of this dish. Both of these dishes are often sold at the same stall.

14. Nam Neung

 

Nam Neung, the Thai version of Vietnamese spring rolls, can be found in many Thai-style restaurants and stalls.

This DIY wrap usually includes garlic, sour man, cucumber, mint and cilantro. Wrap it in a thin sheet of rice and then dip it in a sweet and sour sauce.

15. Massaman Curry

 

Massaman, one of the most loved and delicious Thai curries, is a sweet and tangy concoction that originated in Southern Thailand as an Islamic dish.

It often contains chicken or beef and coconut milk, potatoes.

Enjoy it with rice by looking for an orange-colored sauce that contains large chunks of potatoes.

16. Anything ‘Yam’ (Sweet and Spicy Thai Salads)

 

Thai’s take on a salad, “Yam” dishes are some of the most delicious Thai foods you will ever find.

They typically contain at least one meat, protein, and are tossed with lemon juice, sugar, honey, parsley, mint, cilantro, mint lettuce, sweet onions and chilies.

The famous sweet, sour and spicy sauces that go with these dishes are called yam.

There are many yam salads that can be eaten in Thailand. Some of my favourites include Yam Wun Sen (glass noodles), Yam Kai Dao, Fried Egg Salad and Yam Tua Plu (wing bean salad).

17. Moo Satay (Pork and Peanut Satay)

 

Moo Satay is so delicious that you will want to eat more of its peanutty, juicy goodness after you have tried it.

This tasty dish is made with thinly sliced pork marinated and coconut milk. It’s cooked on a charcoal grill and served alongside a thick peanut sauce, sweet cucumber salad, and a vinegar cucumber salad.

You’ll be amazed at how many you will want to eat if you order more than you think.

18. Pad Ka Prao (Stir Fried Basil)

 

Pad Ka Prao is an everyday favourite of many Thais. It’s the default choice dish when locals can’t decide what they want to eat.

The meat is usually made from chicken or pork. Stir-fried with garlic and chilies, small green beans, green onions, green onions, green peppers and Thai basil, this dish is the star of its name.

It is usually served with a fried egg on top and eaten over rice.

19. Kao Mun Gai (Chicken and Rice)

 

Thais love this comfort food.

This simple chicken and rice recipe is great for those days when you need to take a break from the strong Thai flavours.

This dish is made with tender, chopped chicken and served over rice in the fatty chicken broth, often with salty chicken soup.

Some stands also offer sweet sauce fried chicken along with traditional boiled chicken.

20. Yam Pla Duk Foo (Fluffy Catfish Salad)

 

This unique combination includes catfish deep-fried until there are no more crispy bits, red onions, cilantro, and Thailand’s sweet and sour “yam”.

This dish is so good that you’ll never want to stop eating it.

This one is the best way to get all of the amazing and unique flavours and textures of Thai cuisine in one dish.

It’s best to pair it with a chilled Thai beer such as Leo or Singha

21. Khao Pat (Fried Rice)

 

Although this simple Thai dish may seem uninteresting, once you have tried it, you will see why it is the best Thai comfort food.

Try a Western-inspired Thai favourite: “American Fried Rice”–Thai version of USian food. It features mini hot dogs and a fried egg with ketchup.

22. Durian

 

You may smell strangely sweet aromas of onion, dirty feet, and armpits if you look for the yellow fruit. It is banned in public transport throughout Southeast Asia.

If you feel brave, take a bite of the thick, custardy flesh. Many consider it a delicacy.

You can get durian ice cream, cakes, and chips in Thailand if you don’t want to try the actual fruit.

23. Khao Niow Ma Muang (Mango with Sticky Rice)

 

This classic Thai dessert is loved by Thais as well as foreigners. It features a sweet yellow mango on top of sticky rice. The coconut cream or condensed milk topping can be added to the rice.

This dish is the freshest, most affordable, and easiest to find in Thailand’s Mango Season, which runs from April through May.

24. Nam Tok Moo (Thai Waterfall Salad)

 

Laab moo’s more hearty cousin, namtok moo, contains the same flavours as laab, including pork, mint leaves and chilies. However, the meat is thickened to make it a more flavorful and savoury option.

Nam Tok literally means “waterfall” in Thai. This dish was named after the sound that the saucy dish makes when it’s being prepared.

Serve it with sticky rice

25. Tom Yum Goong (Spicy Shrimp Soup)

 

Tom Yum Goong would be the top choice in a poll to determine Thais’ favourite food.

A popular romantic comedy is named after it!

This soup is filled with tomatoes, shrimp, galangal, galangal, galangal, kaffir lime leaves and is full of mushrooms, tomatoes, shrimp, tomatoes, galangal, galangal, galangal, and lemongrass. It is believed to perfectly combine the five main flavours in Thai food into one delicious bowl.

Coconut milk can be added to make a rich, sweet broth or you can choose to have it without.

Give it a shot and see why Thais love it so much!

There are way more than 25 delicious Thai dishes to be found in Thailand, but these are definitely some of the local favourites.

Join an organised food tour if you are planning to visit any of the major Thai cities.

 

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