If you happen to be planning a trip to Thailand, know that one thing you will be totally sorted on is what and where to eat. Street food is a way of life in Thailand. The markets there are buzzing with umpteen stalls and street food vendors selling all sorts of local delicacies.
The fun and charm of trying out street food is that it is quick and convenient, tasty, inexpensive, easily available and gives you the closest experience of sampling the region’s traditional food culture with its unique and authentic flavours.
Street food options in Thailand are a huge variety of fragrant dishes that usually have rice or noodles as the base, mixed with vegetables, sauces and a choice of meat that is optional. These are some of the most amazing and mouth watering street foods in Thailand that are a must try.
Whether you are in Chiang Mai, Phuket or Bangkok, Guay Teow or noodle soup is the most characteristic street food of Thailand that you are likely to come across. There may be slight variations in the style of preparation and what goes into the soup but the basics remain the same. Plus there is no denying why this flavour-packed comfort food is so popular among the variety of amazing street food available in Thailand. When you order a bowl of Guay Teow you will get a bowl of rice or egg noodles in a thick broth with vegetables and wontons or meatballs, spiced with chilli, sugar, fish sauce and lime juice.
Something that you will find being made and served at every street corner in Bangkok and literally everywhere you travel in Thailand, is a dish called Som Tam. This green papaya salad is a street food staple in Thailand. Shredded raw papaya, tomatoes, carrots, string beans, garlic, shrimp, peanuts and chillies, tossed together with fish sauces, sugar and lime juice is what goes into making of this well loved street food.
Don’t let the mild name and ingredients of Som Tam deceive you though. As super refreshing and delicious as this amazing dish is, it can also leave your taste buds on fire as the locals usually like their Som Tam extra spicy. Request the stall vendor to tone down the chilli quotient if you would rather play it safe. But Som Tam is something that you just cannot miss trying when exploring the street food of Thailand.
This is one Thai dish that is quite popular in India for its burst of flavours and combination of soft and crunchy textures. To enjoy Pad Thai like a local in Thailand, eating it as a satisfying and inexpensive street food prepared fresh and piping hot right before you, is quite a different experience altogether. This dish of stir-fried flat noodles tossed in a wok with veggies, bits of mixed meat or tofu for the vegetarian option, topped with bean sprouts, scrambled egg and crushed peanuts, with a dash of tamarind and lime to finish off is super delicious. What could be a more mouth watering street food to try in Thailand!
Street food in Thailand is not restricted to savoury snacks alone. If you pass by a stall selling Kao Niew Ma Mung you simply must stop and try some. You are likely to see more of this delicious dessert being sold during mango season but are sure to find street vendors selling it all year round as well.
When visiting Thailand you should definitely check out this absolutely heavenly Thai style mango dessert that is made with fresh mango slices and sticky rice soaked in coconut cream syrup. The combination of sticky rice and coconut cream syrup gives Kao Niew Ma Mung a mildly sweet taste and a velvety texture that is offset by the freshness of ripe mangoes. Yumm!
Thailand is a fascinating country and popular beach holiday destination with plenty to explore.
When saving for your trip, ensure that you buy travel insurance. It is a necessary safeguard that can actually save you money and hassle in case of an emergency. It could be just about any mishap, from having your pocket picked in the busy crowded markets or your luggage getting lost or misplaced. Even if your trip gets cancelled, you will be covered if you have travel insurance. Insuring your overseas trip will allow you to enjoy the sensory delights of the street food of Thailand without a worry.