Bangkok is famous around the world for many things: its historical temples, hectic streets, the maze of canals, sprawling markets, towering skyscrapers, eclectic nightlife, smiling people and, of course, its street food. Here you’ll find a rich array of flavors, with ingredients and recipes from across Thailand - and Asia - all found in one kind of version throughout the city.
It’s a frequently asked question for many foodies visiting the city: where is the best place for street food in Bangkok? And while this question may well get 10 different responses if you asked 10 different people, one of the oldest and most diverse areas when it comes to eating in the city has to be Talad Noi. This historic market neighborhood located in the capital’s ‘Bang Rak’ area next the Chao Phraya River is home to some mouth-watering restaurants and hawker-style stalls, with a particular focus on Thai-Chinese flavors (thanks to the Chinese settlers who have called Talad Noi home for over 100 years). The neighborhood can easily be explored on foot from the Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel & Towers, and below you’ll find just some of the street food highlights.
Jae Paa Southern Thai food
If you like your curry both hot (and when we say hot, we mean hot!) and full of flavor, don’t miss out on trying one of Thailand’s famous southern dishes. Right around the corner from the Royal Orchid Sheraton, you’ll find a particularly good southern Thai food restaurant called Jae Paa. The menu here boasts 40+ specialties that are available on a daily basis, and recommended items include gaeng tai pla (spicy fish soup), the tourists’ favorite gaeng kiow wan (green curry), or the extra creamy kua kling (pork curry).
Khun Pu’s Curry Puff
Karipap, a Thai-Malay-style curry puff pastry, comes either with a sweet or savory filling and has that satisfyingly flaky crunch on the outside and soft, often warm filling inside. Khun Pu’s curry puff shop is one of the best places to try this popular Southeast Asian snack in town, and there are six different fillings to choose from such as salted peanut, sweet & salty coconut, chicken curry, mashed taro and many more.
Ped Toon Jao Taa (Stewed Duck Noodle)
Ped Toon Jao Taa restaurant has been opened for more than 40 years, and thanks to its long and successful history, many consider it to be the best (and oldest) place to eat duck noodles in the entire Talad Noi neighborhood. The specially selected mule duck is stewed alongside a fragrant mix of Chinese herbs to pack the noodle broth full of flavor. Don’t miss out their specialty dishes such as the stir fried water minis and stir fried fish with Chinese celery.
Baa Jang Jae Watchalee (Zongzi)
Also known simply as zong and referred to in western countries as sticky rice dumplings,Baa Jang Jae Watchalee has been serving this sweet treat for over 30 years. The zongzi here are created by filling glutinous rice with sweet or savory fillings (such as beans, taro, egg or even slightly sweet meat), wrapped up tight in bamboo leaves and then left to steam until soft. A perfect afternoon snack on your walking tour of Talad Noi.
This noodle shop in the Talad Noi neighborhood has been open for over 100 years, with the same recipe passed from generation to generation. Its meaty ingredients that go into the traditional broth include gourmet fish-balls and freshly boiled fish dumplings. There’s also side snacks served with the noodles: our recommendation is to go for their crispy deep fried wontons that taste so good with Roo Noodle’s special sweet dipping sauce.