Ah, Bangkok, Thailand’s beautiful capital city. With a population of over eight million people and millions of tourists visiting Bangkok each year, it is no surprise that Bangkok is known to be foodie heaven to some. Unsurprisingly, like most big cities in Asia, Bangkok food ranges from great street eats to fine dining.
This blog post will give you an idea of what you can find while in Bangkok, as well as what I paid for these 9 delicious meals.
1. Khao Pad Gang Keow Wan (Green Curry fried rice) | ฿30 Baht
Cheap, delicious Bangkok food alert! This meal can feed two people. Yes, you heard right, two can dine on less than $1.50 CAD! Something to consider when you’re planning cheap dates in Bangkok (haha, just kidding!). This meal is similar to green curry except that the rice soaks up all of the curry sauce, leaving each bite full of flavor and spiciness.
2. BonChon Fried Chicken | ฿230 Baht
This Korean brand uses a double frying method before tossing the chicken in sauces that are imported from South Korea. While I was in Thailand, I noticed that every BonChon restaurant had a minimum hour-long wait time for seating. I could not understand what could make this fried chicken so special until I tried one. Don’t just take my word for it; Bonchon has won the title of the best-fried chicken in Manhattan, and that says a lot. So what does BonChon chicken taste like? The skin is like a paper-thin and crackly crust, while the meat remains surprisingly tender and juicy.
3. Stir-fried minced pork and Panang curry with milk tea | ฿530 Baht
My last Thai meal *tear* in Bangkok was a pricey one, but delicious. While the dishes were good, the milk tea with milk tea ice cubes is what made this meal stand out.
4. Kanon Bueang (Crispy pancake) | ฿12 Baht for one
Kanom Bueang makes for a great snack if you want something light and quick. The pancakes are thin and crispy, while the toppings come in sweet or savory fillings, such as sweet potato, fried eggs, and chopped scallions.
5. Chicken pesto sandwich and green tea drink | ฿330 baht
Ok, ok, so I know this sandwich and drink is nothing we cannot find in North America, but it’s so good! While Au Bon Pain is a North American chain with locations all across the United States, there is none in Canada, but there tons of places in Thailand! This café is pricey compared to Thailand food options but in line with what you’d pay for a sandwich and drink (around $12 CAD) in North America.
6. Japanese ramen and 7. fried chicken with rice | ฿358 baht
Towards the end of my Thailand trip, I started craving ramen. Luckily, I didn’t have to venture very far to find ramen from Chabuton to satisfy my craving. This tonkatsu ramen dish totally hit the spot and was so good it made me eager to plan a trip to Japan. The broth, while very flavourful, did not taste too oily or fatty, and had the right amount of saltiness. Unsurprisingly, the man behind this brand is Yasuki Morizumi, the world’s first ramen chef to attain a Michelin star.
Chabuton also served fried chicken with rice, which left me a happy camper because I was also craving simple, non-curry rice dishes. The verdict? Delicious. Fried chicken has a whole new meaning to me now after eating fried chicken at Chabuton and BonChon.
8. Rice with fried egg, seafood, and tom yum soup | ฿110 Baht
If you’re tight on time and on a budget, Food Republic food courts are a great place to have a straightforward and delicious meal. Food Republic is designed to have a local hawker feel with mini restaurants all in one place. Expect to find cheap eats, like this fried egg with rice and tom yum soup.
9. Chicken cutlet on rice | ฿120 Baht
Here is a sample of another straightforward and delicious meal that can be found in Food Republic stalls.
You’re probably thinking, Nancy, where are my khao soi dishes and Thai curry dishes? Read this post where I focus solely on the delicious Thai dishes that can be found anywhere in Thailand.
Comment below on some of your favourite things to eat in Bangkok!
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