We’ve found the street food scene in Bangkok to be pretty frustrating on the whole.
There’s lots and lots of it around, but if you can’t speak Thai it’s really pretty confronting to sit yourself down on a small plastic stool and try to order something, invariably you’ll get something surprising.
We did a bit of research on the matter and discovered that not far from us, in Soi 38 Sukhumvit, is a farang friendly street food nirvana.
Most of the vendors have either signs with some English, or at least a photo menu.
It’s a short strip of charcoal burners, hot woks and delicious smells. Great people watching as well, plenty of locals going about their lives, school kids chatting away, families enjoying a dinner out, work mates sharing plates of fried fish, stir-fried vegetables and salads, and the odd farang sampling the local delights.
With only around 20 stalls, each serving their own specialty, it’s easy to get around and to make your eating decisions.
We tried, roast pork egg noodle dumpling soup, then bbq’d chicken skewers with a peanut sauce, followed by fresh prawn cakes with a dipping sauce, a bbq’d pork and roast belly pork wonton soup and finally a sticky rice and mango dessert, all washed down with a few cold beers. Street food heaven.
Great value for money and an easy destination to get to, hop off the skytrain at the Thong Lo stop, exit number 4, and it’s right in front of you.
If we’d found Soi 38 at the beginning of our Bangkok stay instead of the end, I dare say we would have indulged a lot more in the street food scene with a bit more confidence.