If you really want to get a taste of a country’s culture, it’s a must to try their local cuisine. And, it doesn’t get more local than a nation’s street food. Street food is cooked by the people for the people. Vendors aren’t trained chefs or culinary geniuses, but they know what the locals want and how a national dish is supposed to taste like.
Thailand is famous for its street food. Nearly all dishes that are associated with this country can be bought in sidewalks, from street vendors and are cooked right in front of you. Many tourists are afraid of getting food poisoning from eating street food. Don’t let this fear stop you from sampling these treats! Just be sure to bring your own water and watch out for suspicious seafood.
Pad Thai is a famous Thai noodle dish. It’s also a very common treat found in every street corner. It’s basically just fried noodles with shrimp and tofu, yet no self-respecting Thai restaurant would be without it on their menu. For the best Pad Thai, scour the streets of Bangkok and you’re surely going to come across 10 places to buy one. Don’t be hesitant to try the Som Tam, shredded papaya salad with a spicy twist. Khao kha moo, stewed pork leg on rice, is a simple and filling dish that can rival Pork Satay as a great dinner or lunch dish. For dessert, sample some tua dum saku biak (black beans and tapioca balls) or the super sweet sakay chuem (breadfruit in syrup).
One other great thing about street food is that they are budget friendly! Not only do you get to immerse yourself in Thai culture, you can do so without burning a hole through your wallet. So enjoy and indulge in all that Thai street food has to offer.