Thai Street Food and Famous Menus

Aug 22, 2014

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Thai Street Food and Famous Menus by Nine

Thai street food in Thailand is not just a “grab and go” or snack food.  From dawn to late at night, street vendors prepare full meals and it is hard not to find a street corner with a row of carts lined up dishing up meals.  Eating out is a way of life for Thais and because of this, Thai street food is often of very high quality. Vendors in popular areas compete for customers so the food is always superior in taste to anything available at restaurants.  Thai street food is generally safe, one can see what is being cooked and it is fresh, visitors get to interact with the locals.  It is authentic, delicious and the best way to give back to the local economy.  Experiencing communal eating surrounded by traffic and urban life is also an interesting part of visiting Thailand.

In Thailand street food is everywhere and most people get at least one of their meals every day from the street. Vendors in Thailand prepare dishes from small stands and often even set up tables and chairs on the sidewalk so one can eat out in the open and not eating on the run.

There are so many varieties of Thai street food to be selected.  One can spend a whole month trying Thai street food three meals a day with snacks in between and the results would be that food is not repeated.  This is just to show the vast choices of Thai street food that one can choose from.  The food is always fresh and fast and a meal will rarely cost anyone more than 40 baht ($1.30).  The most common words used in Thai dishes are “Kao” which means rice and “Pud” means to fry or “Gang” means curry.

Patonggoor Chinese Doughnuts

With the shape like an “X”.  The drink that comes with this deep fried dough is sweetened soy milk.  It is often sold early in the morning or from evening till night time.  Thai people could have it as a handy breakfast or for snack at night.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”16px”][vc_single_image image=”2965″ css_animation=”fadeInUp” alignment=”center” style=”vc_box_rounded” border_color=”grey” img_link_large=”yes” img_link_target=”_self” title=”patongko – picture from http://2travel4.blogspot.com/” img_size=”full”][vc_empty_space height=”16px”][vc_column_text]

Guay Teow or noodle soup

The Noodle is the most popular Thai street food dish.  Its origin is from China but has become uniquely Thai over the years.  The soup is made from a chicken, pork or beef stock and the noodles are either rice noodles or egg noodles. Most vendors would have some vegetables and either sliced meat, meat balls, fish balls or wontons to offer.  The dried chili peppers, sugar, lime juice and fish sauce being used as condiments make this dish uniquely Thai.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”16px”][vc_single_image image=”2964″ css_animation=”fadeInUp” alignment=”center” style=”vc_box_rounded” border_color=”grey” img_link_large=”yes” img_link_target=”_self” title=”Noodle with Pork” img_size=”full”][vc_empty_space height=”16px”][vc_column_text]

Pud Si Iew

Pud Si Iew is a widely popular fried noodle dish in Thailand.  The wide rice noodles are cooked with Chinese broccoli (kai-lan), pork or chicken, eggs, seasoned with soy sauce, dark soy sauce and some pepper.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”16px”][vc_single_image image=”2963″ css_animation=”fadeInUp” alignment=”center” style=”vc_box_rounded” border_color=”grey” img_link_large=”yes” img_link_target=”_self” title=”Pud Si Iew” img_size=”full”][vc_empty_space height=”16px”][vc_column_text]

Kao Pud Gaprao

Kao Pud Gaprao is stir fried pork, chicken or beef with holy basil and chilies. This dish is one of the most common dishes in Thailand.  It is usually served as a one-dish meal, a quick meal eaten over rice and is usually topped with a fried egg.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”2962″ css_animation=”fadeInUp” alignment=”center” style=”vc_box_rounded” border_color=”grey” img_link_large=”yes” img_link_target=”_self” title=”Kao Kra proa Ped” img_size=”full”][vc_empty_space height=”16px”][vc_column_text]

Rard Naa Mee Grob or Crispy Egg Noodles

Rad Naa Mee Grob in thick gravy with pork or one can choose to have “Rard Naa Moo”, wide or thin noodles in thick gravy with pork and Chinese broccoli (kai-lan).[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”16px”][vc_single_image image=”2961″ css_animation=”fadeInUp” alignment=”center” style=”vc_box_rounded” border_color=”grey” img_link_large=”yes” img_link_target=”_self” title=”Lad Nar Mee Krob” img_size=”full”][vc_empty_space height=”16px”][vc_column_text]

Pud Prik Gang Moo/Gai or pork/ chicken

Pud Prik Gang Moo stir fried in red curry paste with holy basil is also one of a quick and easy Thai street food dishes.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”16px”][vc_single_image image=”2960″ css_animation=”fadeInUp” alignment=”center” style=”vc_box_rounded” border_color=”grey” img_link_large=”yes” img_link_target=”_self” title=”Pud Prik Gang Moo – Thank you picture from http://anniefucopure24hr.com” img_size=”full”][vc_empty_space height=”16px”][vc_column_text]

Pad Thai

Pad Thai is  Thailand’s famous stir fried noodle dish with either fresh or dried shrimps, tofu and a hint of tamarind.  Pad Thai is not as popular in Thailand as it is abroad but most street food vendors that make stir fries will have “Pud Thai” to offer. Check out the food tour to eat at famous Pad Thai street vendor.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”16px”][vc_single_image image=”2959″ css_animation=”fadeInUp” alignment=”center” style=”vc_box_rounded” border_color=”grey” img_link_large=”yes” img_link_target=”_self” title=”Padthai – no meat” img_size=”full”][vc_empty_space height=”16px”][vc_column_text]

Kao Soi

Kao Soi is the popular dish from Northern Thailand, with egg noodles (both soft and deep fried) and chicken or beef in coconut curry.  The curry is similar to that of yellow or massaman curry but of a thinner consistency.  Kao Soi is served with pickled cabbage, shallots, lime and ground chilies fried in oil.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”16px”][vc_single_image image=”2958″ css_animation=”fadeInUp” alignment=”center” style=”vc_box_rounded” border_color=”grey” img_link_large=”yes” img_link_target=”_self” title=”Koa Soi” img_size=”full”][vc_empty_space height=”16px”][vc_single_image image=”2957″ css_animation=”fadeInUp” alignment=”center” style=”vc_box_rounded” border_color=”grey” img_link_large=”yes” img_link_target=”_self” title=”Koa Soi” img_size=”full”][vc_empty_space height=”16px”][vc_column_text]

Kao Mun Gai or chicken rice

This is also one of the most common street foods in Thailand.  The dish is served with slices of juicy and tender chicken meat served with fragrant rice cooked in rich broth and a unique spicy sauce of ginger, garlic, chilies and soy sauce.  The piquant sauce helps to balance out the richness of the chicken and the rice.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”16px”][vc_single_image image=”2956″ css_animation=”fadeInUp” alignment=”center” style=”vc_box_rounded” border_color=”grey” img_link_large=”yes” img_link_target=”_self” title=”Koa Man Kai” img_size=”full”][vc_empty_space height=”16px”][vc_single_image image=”2955″ css_animation=”fadeInUp” alignment=”center” style=”vc_box_rounded” border_color=”grey” img_link_large=”yes” img_link_target=”_self” title=”Koa Man Gai” img_size=”full”][vc_empty_space height=”16px”][vc_column_text]

Kao Moo Dang or Red Barbeque Pork on Rice

Kao Moo Dang is a widely available and popular Thai dish.  It starts with a scoop of rice and usually includes a few slices of red barbecued pork, some crispy pork belly, a few slices of Chinese sausage, slices of half boiled egg, garnished with some coriander and shoots of green onions.  All these are topped up with sweet pork flavour red sauce, which balances all the tastes together.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”16px”][vc_single_image image=”2954″ css_animation=”fadeInUp” alignment=”center” style=”vc_box_rounded” border_color=”grey” img_link_large=”yes” img_link_target=”_self” title=”Koa Moo Deang – Thank you picture from http://www.bloggang.com/” img_size=”full”][vc_empty_space height=”16px”][vc_column_text]

Kao Pud or Fried Rice

Fried Rice with egg, pork or chicken and vegetables. Thais like their fried rice with fried egg on top.   The most popular fried rice is crab fried rice.  Thai fried rice gets much of its unique flavour from the mix of fish sauce, soy sauce, chili peppers and lime.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”16px”][vc_single_image image=”2953″ css_animation=”fadeInUp” alignment=”center” style=”vc_box_rounded” border_color=”grey” img_link_large=”yes” img_link_target=”_self” title=”Fried Rice” img_size=”full”][vc_empty_space height=”16px”][vc_column_text]

Som Tum  (papaya salad)

Papaya Salad is a sweet, sour, spicy, salty salad made from shredded green papayas, tomatoes, garlic, shrimp, peanuts and chili peppers.   It is one of the most popular dishes in Thailand which comes from the Northeast.  One can find it in almost any area where street food is sold.  The flavour combination is delicious, refreshing and very healthy.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”16px”][vc_single_image image=”2952″ css_animation=”fadeInUp” alignment=”center” style=”vc_box_rounded” border_color=”grey” img_link_large=”yes” img_link_target=”_self” title=”Som Tam – Papaya Salad” img_size=”full”][vc_empty_space height=”16px”][vc_column_text]

Moo Ping or grilled pork skewers

Grill pork skewers is another hugely popular street food, but it is not just skewers of pork one will find being grilled on the street. There are also grilled chicken and grilled beef.  Every street food vendor has his or her own recipe for the marinade, but it is usually sweet and garlicky.  Usually “Moo Ping” will be accompanied by sticky rice or “Kao Neaw”.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”16px”][vc_single_image image=”2951″ css_animation=”fadeInUp” alignment=”center” style=”vc_box_rounded” border_color=”grey” img_link_large=”yes” img_link_target=”_self” title=”Moo Ping – thank you picture from -http://mooping-siam.exteen.com/20120920/entry” img_size=”full”][vc_empty_space height=”16px”][vc_column_text]

Ice Cream Gati  or Coconut Ice Cream

Some of the best ice cream sold in Thailand is by street vendors selling coconut ice cream.  It is served in a coconut shell that has coconut flesh.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”16px”][vc_single_image image=”2950″ css_animation=”fadeInUp” alignment=”center” style=”vc_box_rounded” border_color=”grey” img_link_large=”yes” img_link_target=”_self” title=”coconut Ice cream – picture from pantipmarket.com” img_size=”full”][vc_empty_space height=”16px”][vc_column_text]

Thai Desserts

Thai street food is convenient, but it can be too tempting.  One will find plenty of sweets and desserts being sold along side the noodles and grilled meats. Mango sticky rice is only available in very busy areas, but there are always fresh fruits, “Kanom Krok”(Thai coconut pancakes) and other Thai sweets to choose from.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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