How to eat like a local cross Thailand?

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Food and restaurants listed below are recommended by serveral local foodies who live in Thailand or tour leaders in Thailand.

Many websites have listed food to try for first timers, such as Tom Yum Goong (Spicy Shrimp Soup), Tom Kha Gai (Chicken in Coconut Soup), Som Tam (Spicy Green Papaya Salad), and so on.

We are here to give you some different ideas that you could eat in Thailand like a local.

7 Best Dishes and Restaurants to Eat

#1 After The Rain Coffee and Gallery

The cafe is value for money, tasty pork neck rice, agreeable sweetness Thai milk tea, the coconut-flavored banana thick toast are recommended.

The most unique thing is the leaf roll that can wrap various materials.

By the way, the Dragon Temple near the cafe is particularly shocking. Worth to take a look.

The average cost is 10-15 US dollars per person.

#2 Krua Khun Puk

Another thing worth trying is the Thai food in the restaurant of Krua Khun Puk on Sukhumvit Road.

Mango glutinous rice, Tom Yum Goong soup, Thai stir-fried noodles, flavor of each dish is particularly great.

The average cost is USD 10 per person.

#3 After You desert Cafe

Be sure to try strawberry smoothie in this cafe. The strawberry jam is sour and sweet. It's not too refreshing to just put it in your mouth.

Besides, durian ice cream is another must-eat.

#4 Cha Tra Mue

It is one of the most popular Thai milk tea shops in Bangkok.

#5 Jeh O Chula

Do you believe it?

A restaurant in Thailand that sells instant noodles has become a world-renowned seafood instant noodle restaurant, the name is Jeh O Chula.

This restaurant opens at 5:30 every afternoon, and the queue is full every day.

The best seller is seafood Tom Yum Goong instant noodles.

The seafood and other ingredients are very fresh and elastic. After improvement, the tom yam soup, which is not so hot and sour, is boiled with milk and served with another signature dish of salmon salad with lemon and mint. One is mellow and the other is refreshing, which is a perfect match.

#6 Mongo Sticky Rice

The first street food you must try when you come to Thailand is mango sticky rice.

Peel and cut a whole large mango, put it on top of glutinous rice, and pour coconut milk into it.

The mango-sweet glutinous rice is soft and sticky, just buy it when you see it on the roadside.

The average cost is 50 baht.

#7 Here Hai Crab Omelette Fried Rice

In recent years, one of Bangkok’s best offering, Crab Omelette Fried Rice, became a viral hit, for many good reasons.

It is not easy to find this restaurant, it does not have its own sign.

It's amazing, there is a rice noodle shop on the first floor, you will miss it if you don't pay attention.

Here Hai hides on the second floor of the rice noodle shop, and you have to climb a narrow old staircase to get there. The restaurant is very small, with only six or seven tables, it can accommodate not many guests at same time. Many locals choose to order takeaway.

They use the best quality Thai Surin fragrant rice, which is fried with eggs, and then topped with freshly shelled surat crab legs. Before eating, it must be topped with fresh Thai-style sour and spicy dipping sauce.

Besides, other three dishes are also recommended: Unshelled Mantis Shrimp, Crab Meat Fried Roll and Crab Rice.

Bangkok Night Food Market

There are so many night markets in Bangkok, and the most distinctive one is the Chinatown night market, but how to choose so many delicious ones? I will share with you today, five must-eat points for Phuket residents to Bangkok.

#1 Red Nail Brother's Fried Shrimp and Crab Roll Stall

His crab rolls are full of crab meat, which is very genuine. This freshly fried crab roll is very hot, don't get burnt when you eat it.

Remember that his signature red nails found this stall when he found the red nails.

The price is about 70 baht.

#2 Fried dumpling shop

his fried dumpling shop has been in business for 30 years.

As a Chinese, I don't think dumplings are novel. But after eating this dumpling, I couldn't help recommending his dumplings.

The dumplings are very big, full of pork inside and a whole shrimp in each dumpling.

#3 Pepper soup noodle shop

This is a Michelin-rated pepper soup noodle restaurant.

50 baht for soup noodles, 20 baht for drinks.

There is shark fin in his soup base, so it's very delicious, don't miss the longan juice and chrysanthemum tea, refreshing and quenching your thirst.

#4 Grilled Squid

This shop is too busy, so get the order number first, and then come back to get it after half an hour. But for those who can't eat spicy food, just forget it, because it's hot.

A squid head, squid eggs plus squid meat are total 300 baht.

#5 Bird's Nest Shop

Finally, get some sugar water to nourish the stomach, this is a 40 years old bird's nest shop.

No need to buy the expensive one, just buy the cheapest one which is 200 baht.

The coconut stew is served with ginkgo, and the American ginseng and fresh milk are also served with eggs, but be careful when you strike this egg, because it is a hot spring egg.

Pattaya Weekend Night Market

#1 Spicy Big Octopus

The price of octopus varies by size from 60 baht to 250 baht.

After choosing the size, the boss cuts the octopus into pieces for you, which is convenient to cook and eat. Then boil it in the pot until it's not hard or soft.

Then add some soup which pre-prepared to remove the smell of octopus and seafood sauce. It's done now.

This shop in Pattaya night market has been run for almost 10 years.

#2 Fried Chicken

The fried chicken that you must eat at the weekend night market in Pattaya. The shop is the first to close at the weekend night market, because it sells very fast.

The fried chicken in this shop is not only liked by Thais, but also for Europeans and Americans.

Chicken is served with sticky rice, which is very common style in northern Thailand.

Fried garlic which is mixed in chicken is so fragrant, don't throw it away.

11 Must-eat Fruits in Thailand

#1 Langsat

Native to Thailand, the langsat is a small, round, seasonal fruit available between July and October.

It is said that this is the favorite fruit of the Princess of Thailand.

It is only found in the hot and humid areas of southern Thailand. This fruit has a thin skin and sufficient moisture. The taste is a bit like lychee, and the taste is like grapefruit. The sweetness and sourness are very good.

#2 Mangosteen

Little known outside Thailand, the mangosteen is a bizarre-looking fruit that contains in its round, deep purple shell a delicate, flavorful white flesh that's eaten in sections. The number of sections found inside match the number of petals found on the bottom of the shell. A delicious, distinctive flavour also makes it wonderful for juices.

#3 Snake fruit

The creepy name of snake fruit comes from the pattern of the hard, brittle shell.

But crack it open and you'll reveal white lobes of flesh that deliver a burst of sweet and sour flavours. The small seeds are inedible but can easily be eaten around.

#4 Mango

One of the most well-known fruits in Thailand, there are many varieties of delicious, refreshing mango and a few different ways of eating it.

When ripe, it can be halved and eaten with a spoon, while many choose to enjoy it with sticky rice and coconut milk (Khao Niew Ma-Muang). Others like to eat it half-ripe and dip the crunchy slices in sugar. Also makes a wonderful juice.

#5 Rose-apple

With a shape much like a pear, the rose-apple has a shiny skin that is either pink or green in colour.

Extremely refreshing and with a crisp, crunchy taste, it's often eaten with salt and sugar.

#6 Guava

Originally from Central America and the West Indies, Guava is now grown in many tropical countries and favoured especially for its fragrant, exotic taste.

Available all year round, it makes a popular snack that can be eaten green and crunchy alongside salt, sugar and chilli, or when ripe.

Tasty and highly refreshing, guava can also be made into delicious drinks, luscious ice creams or rich jams and jellies. Its Thai name, farang, is also the term that foreigners are known by.

#7 Papaya

A delicious year-round fruit that's at its best between March and June, the papaya is oval in shape and cut lengthways to remove the small black seeds in the middle.

When ripe, the soft dark orange-coloured meat is full of flavour. Thais like to shred unripe papaya and mix it with lemon juice, chillies, peanuts and dried shrimp to make som tam – one of Thailand's favourite salads.

There are cuts in the supermarket like 7-11 convenience stores, which is easier for eating or taking away.

#8 Coconut

Coconuts are just about the most versatile fruit there is – the juice is more hydrating than water, the soft flesh goes great in desserts, and the nut can be used to make adorable souvenirs.

Some shops also serve baking coconut, after baking at low temperature, the coconut oil is mixed into the coconut milk, and the taste is sweet and mellow.

#9 Durian

Surely the most controversial fruit on earth, durian is to its fans a rich, unique-tasting fruit.

To its critics, it's a putrid-smelling, lame duck of a fruit. Its extremely strong aroma – which some say resembles rotting fruit down a blocked drain – let alone its aggressive look, is enough to put many off tasting it at all.

Others swear by it. It's the most expensive of all Thai fruits and actually banned (yes banned!) from some public places, hotels and on planes.

The best season for durian is June to October.

#10 Pineapple

The Kingdom is one of the largest producers of this flavourful, juicy fruit.

Growing year-round, it's best planted in sandy seacoast soil and grows on a low lying plant. It's an incredibly versatile fruit that finds its way into desserts, drinks and savoury dishes.

#11 Jackfruit

Available between January and May, the jackfruit is roughly the size of a large melon and packs a distinctive aroma and succulent taste.

Divided into multiple sections, each of which contains waxy meat surrounded by seeds, it's usually eaten raw, although some Thais like to fry it in a batter.


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Robert Van Lived in Bangkok for 8 years and taught English in a local middle school
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