Bangkok is a vibrant city full of energy, life and a strong passion for food. My days in Bangkok were filled with strolling around different food markets and trying all kinds of delicious and colourful dishes. However when looking for the ultimate street food you will have to visit the following two places and get your mind blown and you’re tastebuds will crave for more!
Thip Samai Pad Thai
Thip Samai is a place that is known for their famous Pad Thai. As its getting more famous by the day you will want to beat the crowd and get there before 5 o clock when it opens. Get there at 5 and you will find yourself at the end of a never ending queue!
The original Pad Thai on the menu is a must to try and definitely will not disappoint. This is one of the very few places where I believe it actually lives up to expectations when a place is hyped up. However, one of my favourite dishes on the menu is the vegetarian Pad Thai. Its so full of flavour. You’re plate looks and tastes like a freshly made Pad Thai but instead of a slight fishy flavour you have the taste of fresh vegetables. Its my all time favourite! As its vegetarian you can choose not to have any egg in it too which makes your plate fully vegan and just as delicious! Both the original and vegetarian Pad Thai are only 60 Baht (1.40 pounds) – keep the plates coming!
When visiting I noticed that lots of people were just coming to take away some kind of florescent orange juice. Due to my curiousness I obviously had to try it and oh.my. am I glad I did! Thip Samai makes freshly squeezed orange juice every single day that attracts lots of tourists as well as locals. The taste is so incredible and not at all what we in Europe are used to. Its a must try!
Apart from their fresh orange juice another refreshing drink that you will love is the ‘icy coconut juice’ (30 Baht/0.70 pounds). Its sweet and absolutely delicious! A little treat that will help you fight against the heat!
How to find it
Thip Samai opens at 5pm until 2am.
The address is 313 Th Maha Chai, Pranakorn, Bangkok 10200, Thailand.
Raan Jay Fai
Raan Jay Fai is a must visit. It recently got put in the spotlight so if you want to visit you’ll have to do it quick and get there early in the day. The way it works is you put your name down in the book and wait for your name to be called. However, the wait can last up to several hours. I waited for about 4 hours to get seated, but Oh My was it worth it! The women behind all the spectacle is a very special lady. With her passion for food she cooks all day long with her Mad Max mask on and is getting down and dirty cooking the most authentic meals. The menu is full of delicious dishes and you can watch her whip up the plates just outside. Watching this lady’s passion and moves is already worth the wait!
If you are not vegan nor vegetarian then a must try is her famous ‘Crab omelet’. A huge omelette filled with fresh crab will leave your mouth watering. Its a very special dish that you have to try!
How to find it
Raan Jay Fai is open from Tuesday until Saturday from 2pm until 1am.
The address is Samran Rat, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok 10200, Thailand
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