Want to try Bangkok’s street food but don’t know where to start? Chawadee Nualkhair’s new book Bangkok’s Top 50 Favourite Street Food Stalls provides an excellent guide to hunting down the best BKK street eats, says Janet Brown
How do visitors to Bangkok move beyond fried rice, pad thai and shopping center food courts? It’s obvious from the minute foreigners hit the streets of this city that it’s a nonstop sidewalk buffet, but without a command of the language, how can they begin to sample the feast?
The solution is easy – pick up a copy of Bangkok’s Top 50 Street Food Stalls by Chawadee Nualkhair and start eating. This little book is lightweight, fits easily in a handbag, and offers more choices than most travelers will have time to explore. It’s a crash course in Thai cuisine, with a visual glossary of rice dishes, noodles, and traditional fruit beverages—dark marine blue butterfly-pea juice anyone?
Whisking from Chinatown to the indecipherable neighborhood near the Hualamphong ttain station, from Silom to Sukhumvit, from the Khao San Road neighborhood to Bangkok’s far northern edges, Chawadee tells her readers how to get to the best foodstalls, what to order there, and how to find the bathroom. Oyster pancakes, garlic-fried chicken, samosa with tamarind sauce, noodle soup with or without innards, Thai-style biryani, grilled chicken with papaya salad—the list goes on and on as stomachs expand and tastebuds go into a state of ecstasy.
This is a book that Bangkok expats can hand to visiting friends and family—and use themselves. They may not agree with every one of Chawadee’s favorite choices, but they’ll have a lot of fun finding food for argument!