TBJ TRAVELS: Bangkok Diaries 3: Eating Around Thailand + Top Restaurants in Bangkok + Chatuchak Market



Guys, I'm sorry if this post will make you hungry and make you stray from your diet; it's about my food adventures in Bangkok! :D

Bangkok is touted as one of the best food destinations in Asia; It is more notable for its street food and street food culture. In Bangkok, everyone, all of a sudden, eats street food. It seems like no matter who you are and where you came from, you won't be able to resist the allure of dining beside busy streets and highways, and feasting on local fare in the sois of Bangkok!


Street Food vendors are located at Sois. The first one we went to is the one right beside Palladium Mall, Pratunam District. The vendors are almost everywhere that you don't even have to try finding one.


Soi in Thai refers to a minor street that leads to a major street.

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Our first meal in Bangkok was at KuangHeng, a popular eatery. How did I know? KuangHeng has a branch in every street food area I've been to!


KuangHeng offers a bevy of Thai dishes, but they're popularly known for Boiled Chicken and Deep Fried Chicken sets. I got the latter.

We also ordered Chicken Satay.


Service water in street food joints isn't exactly water-it's water mixed with tea. If you want pure water only, you'd have to buy the bottled one.


For dessert, we had Sticky Rice. I don't know, but Mango Sticky Rice in Bangkok tastes much better than our versions here; The former always comes with this tasty, crunchy rice- like topping that I really, really liked and I think that made me say what I said. :D Oh, there's Durian Sticky Rice as well for Durian lovers.

We only paid 390 Baht for our dinner consisting of a plate of Chicken Satay, Boiled Chicken Set, Deep Fried Chicken Set, Mango Sticky Rice, a bottle of Chang beer, and a cup of pure Coconut Juice.

Other local favorites are Pork Marmite Ribs, Bak Kut Teh (Pork Bone Broth), and grilled seafood.

I would highly recommend that you try street food when in Bangkok because the food is so cheap, but very good, unless you have a very weak stomach; I would not say that Thai food in Manila is inferior to the one in Bangkok, but what makes the latter special is you take it in a special setting. To be honest, street food dining is not the most comfortable dining experience especially if you dislike smoke and heat, but it's nice to try at least once for a little adventure.

The biggest question would probably be "Is Thai street food safe?" Pretty much. Two days before leaving for Bangkok, I was rushed to the hospital due to gastrointestinal problems and right when I got here, I immediately feasted on street food (with a little caution, of course) and never encountered any health issues in my 4-day affair with it. However, I can't say if Thai street food is truly safe. 

My advice for an enjoyable street food adventure in Thailand would be: 1.) Always ask the server to warm or cook your meals thoroughly. 2.) Avoid having too much of one thing, especially spicy and salty foods. 3.) Bring medicine. 4.) Avoid seafood because in general, it's the food that gets spoiled very quickly. If you really want to eat seafood, choose only the freshest ones and make sure you know how.

Here are our precious restaurant finds in Bangkok:

Little Home is a restaurant/bakery that we chose to eat at in Silom Complex, a mall in the Silom district. 

Top, L-R: Iced Tea and Lemon Juice; Lemon Chicken
Bottom, L-R: Chinese Fried Rice, Ham Salad (?)

Little Home offers a variety of dishes ranging from American, Chinese, Thai, and Thai-American fusion; Their food really resembles home, but with a bit of fanciness to it and it's an ideal restaurant to go to if you're famished from all that walking or temple- hopping because their meals are really filling. It's a nice breakfast place too.

Must Try Dishes at Little Home: Chinese Fried Rice; Lemon Chicken.

For dessert, we blindly went for After You and turned out that it was one of the highlights of our vacation. 

Top, L-R: Hazelnut Latte, Chocolate Lava
Bottom, L-R: Cheese Toast, Americano

After You is a popular Coffee and Dessert joint amongst Bangkokians. The owners of this restaurant must be devoted fans of sweets because they make really good and really pretty desserts!

Must Try Dishes at After You: Cheese Toast and Chocolate Lava; Other After You branches I know are at CentralWorld and Siam Paragon, Bangkok.

My BF is a true blue chocolate lover and he craves for it regularly, like how I'd crave for coffee. For his chocolate fix in Bangkok, we got some from Melt Me, a popular chocolate + gelato store.

Their chocolates are okay, to be honest; I won't mind eating them again, but I probably won't go the extra mile for it.

Our last food destination today is the super famous Chatuchak Weekend Market or also known as Jatujak Market. It's basically street food universe as it's a sizable area brimming with street food vendors! It's only open during weekends and from morning until 6pm.

Our first meal in Chatuchak was Pad Thai and Pork with Sauce with soup from a random vendor:


 Of course, we had to have our staple Mango Sticky Rice.

Any trip to Chatuchak is incomplete without having the famous Coconut Ice Cream. There are a lot around Chatuchak and the one we tried is CoconutIceCreamJJ. For only 50 or 60 Baht, you get a bowl of all- natural Coconut Ice cream placed in a Coconut shell with Coconut meat leftovers at the bottom that you can eat. Toppings available are red bean, crispy rice, sticky rice, Nata De Coco, and Corn.

This textured, lightly sweet Coconut Ice Cream is beautiful in all levels and I love how unique the toppings are. Rice with Ice Cream? Why not! This Ice Cream is what I will go back for at Chatuchak! 

There's also a flea market at Chatuchak and it's where you can score brand new and second- hand jeans, boots, and interestingly, cowboy- inspired items.

Unfortunately, we weren't able to go around and try as much street food as we wanted to because it rained pretty bad during our visit. For me, there's no difference between Chatuchak and the other street food joints around Bangkok, but I'd go back here for the Coconut Ice Cream alone!


How To Get To Chatuchak Market: Ride MRT Yellow Line and alight at Mo Chit Station. Exit at Exit # 1.

That's all and I hope this post will come handy to you in your upcoming Bangkok trip!

For our last day in Bangkok, we'll go shopping! :) Do come back for it. ;)

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32 Lovely Thoughts

  1. my fave thing do to, foodie!! i love that you didn't go 'maarte' ms. m and really tried their street food. for me, experiencing their local cuisines is what makes a travel worthwhile. you just have to be extra careful on where to eat and never ever forget your med kit! ;)

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    1. Yep, that's me. I'm not really 'maarte' when it comes to food, as long as it is not VERY exotic haha. :D

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  2. Yey!! Food adventures! Bangkok culture is so cool when you mentioned that all people in there are eating street foods:) they looks delicious! Hehe. Mango sticky rice, coconut ice cream and the ham salad to, I want to taste it all. Feeling hungry now:)
    Excited for tomorrow's shopping adventure:)

    PS: sorry for the late comments from your other post. I was busy lately.

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    1. Hey, no worries. Thank you for making time for my blog. Appreciate it!

      Glad you loved this post! :D

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  3. I love this Bangkok series, Martha! We were supposed to go to Bali for honeymoon buy we chose a different route and Bangkok is one of the places that we will visit. I am excited to go there because of the food!!! YAY thanks for your suggestions. :)

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    1. Hi Donna! Oh, right, you're getting married pala this year. :D Yes, Bangkok is a pretty great destination. I have an itinerary that you might wanna refer to. Just let me know, I can send it to you. :D

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  4. This post made me miss Bangkok...must plan my return trip there soon! :)

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    1. When I return, my destination will be Chiang Mai. :)

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  5. This post made me miss Bangkok...must plan my return trip there soon! :)

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  6. Oh, those photos made me hungry! If i had been there with you, maybe i gained 50 pounds now, haha! Perhaps, the After You restaurant would be my favorite. And the coconut ice cream seems to be so yummy. It was very obvious from your photos that you enjoyed your short vacation a lot. Good food, nice place, sweet bf=great vacation!

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    1. I think I gained two pounds in the trip haha! :D

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  7. Oh my gaaaahhhd Chicken Satay and Lemon Chicken my favorites *wipes keyboard* :)))

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  8. Oh yum yum! This made me hungry, like what you stated in your intro. Hehe. I can't wait to try authentic Thai street food! and those Melt Me chocolates are sooo cute!

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  9. ohh that manggo sticky rice!! haayyy..i missed it so much! kaso lang ms. M honestly po ahh, i didn't really like their food so much.. kasi ewan ko ba it taste the same kasi they put this herb in all their dishes kaya it tasted mcuh the same.. i remember that i feel so bad eating their food kaya i decided to eat DQ's hotdog sandwich with salsa at the airport and my oh my ganun pa rin yung lasa!! silantro pa rin.. anyway, im happy you enjoyed your trip..now im waiting for your last blog about your thai escapade :)

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    1. Yey, I'm not the only one who didn't like their food a lot too *high five* (although there were some that i was able to tolerate)...stayed for 2 weeks before...after a week of eating and trying to adjust my taste buds to thai food, i ended up with chicken breast strips and rice on my 2nd wk and my go-to mcdo/7-11 goodies....hihi...:)

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    2. Haha. No worries. To each his own. :) I'm a lover of Silantro so that's why I loved their food. :D

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  10. I'd definitely plan a whole day solely for food trip (street foods and restaurants included!) if I visit Bangkok. :)

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  11. I'm so hungry right now. I want to try all of them.

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  12. Oh here's chatuchak! Aww hope you had time to go around. Clothes there are nice as well, the owner of the stalls design their own. Hopefully you can write another travel diary! :)

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    1. Wow! That's great to hear. :D I always write about my travels here. looking forward to another one. :)

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  13. I super love street food! Aside from being affordable, they taste really good. :) Wow, the food you ate really looked delicious. The restaurants have fancy food too. Oh, those chocolates are pretty I don't think I can eat them immediately. Haha. The coconut ice cream looked really good. Sana magkaganyan din dito sa Philippines. :)

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    1. Melt Me is okay. I've tasted better chocolates, especially here in the Philippines. :D Yes to the coconut ice cream coming to the Philippines. :D

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  14. Thailand food is really appetizing. Many of my friends who have already visited the country always talked about their food experience -cheap, clean and with variety of options. Hay.. I so wish that I can go there soon as well. thanks for the nice photos.

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    1. You're welcome. Hope you can visit soon. :)

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  15. Aahhhh, this post makes me wanna go there now! As in now! Haha

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  16. I'm smiling while reading this post. haha
    It made me feel like I'm with you on the trip (the photos are inviting!)
    and I wish I was! Especially at the "After you" :D

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  17. wow.. ang daming street foods ang daming variety ng foods!!!

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