It’s no secret that one of the many exciting things you can do in a tourist destination as exotic as Thailand is to go on a nonstop food crawl. With its capital, Bangkok, oozing with such rich culture and vibrant street life, you can find countless places to explore, shop and dine in literally everywhere. And in our newest edition of Hungry Caveman, we’re here to reveal to you exactly that—our discoveries from our recent gastronomic trip to the Land of Smiles.
We arrived at our hotel around noon, just in time for lunch. Check-in wasn’t available yet at the time, so we dropped our bags off first and headed out to eat. We didn’t really plan much where we’d be eating in Bangkok—sometimes spontaneity works best for foodie adventures—as long as we got to try their famous pad Thai, satay and have authentic Thai milk tea, we were good! So the moral of the story here is to step foot in your destination with a resolute mindset to hunt for the most appetizing food that you see in every area you go to, and to have a reliable pocket Wi-Fi for those trusty ‘Restaurants Near Me’ suggestions by Google. LOL. Here we go:
1. Street food carts
Food hawkers are everywhere in this city. As we walked around the neighborhood, dying to have a quick snack before having our first taste of authentic Thai food in Bangkok, we stumbled upon a food cart selling grilled meat on sticks. The vendor knew a little English so he was able to explain to us his offerings: there was pork, chicken, and even a whole fish being grilled at that time. You could choose between sweet and spicy for the sauce to go with your meat sticks.
2. Lunch at Thong Lee
Our first stop was Thong Lee, a Thai-Chinese restaurant. When we got there, the whole place was packed already—it was lunch time after all—but we were lucky to have scored the last table available. This place has a simple setup and exudes a homey vibe.
Since we were starving (to the point of being hangry), we ordered a bunch of dishes. Food serving is quite generous and great for sharing.
Yes, we ordered three different dishes, and personally, I enjoyed the Thai fried omelette the most. The restaurant also provides a variety of beverages, from sodas to fresh juices.
3. Ice cream on the streets
Of course a meal wouldn’t be complete without desserts, and luckily, we spotted an ice cream vendor while walking back to our hotel to check in. The only flavor available was coconut, but we had the option to eat it plain or add peanuts or chocolate syrup on top.
4. Dinner at Noodle Box in Lhong 1919
A morning flight, a scrumptious lunch to kick off the trip and all the hotel check-in shenanigans… it only made sense that a power nap was in order before getting with our program (a.k.a. city tour).
After a good two-hour rest, we first headed to Lhong 1919, Thonburi’s latest attraction, its name referring to the original Chinese name for the defunct steamship pier, Huay Jung Long, which was built in a group of old warehouses and a Chinese shrine back in 1851. This place is packed with co-working facilities, eateries and art and design shops showcasing the work of young artists.
Roaming around Lhong 1919 all afternoon lead us to getting hungry, so we made our way to Noodle Box. In all honesty, the golden pork belly had caught our eyes while we were walking and promoted me to order a box with the crispy pork and The Thai owner willingly explained to us how to eat the noodle dish. At first look, the meat slices seemed few, but it turned out to be just enough and really tasty.
Bro tip: you can also get this very refreshing drink along with your meal for a discount.
5. Desserts at night markets
After our cultural stroll and delicious dinner at Lhong 1919, we headed to the famous Chatuchak Market, unbeknownst to us that the place closes quite early (6PM, take note y’all). We were bummed for a bit until we found another night market nearby, the JJ Green Market.
We came across this stall that serves Khanom bueang, a Thai dessert which are basically crispy pancakes. You can tell from the photo that they resemble tacos; only what’s inside is a mix of coconut cream and some sweet or salty toppings (e.g. Foi Thong or strips of fried eggs). It’s safe to say this ancient confection is perfect for people with a sweet tooth.
6. Dog in Town
Just as this Bangkok visit was a Hungry Caveman adventure, it was also a trip full of temple tours. We checked out Wat That Thong, a temple (mainly for funeral purposes) that is easy accessible by BTS. And since we were already in the Ekkamai area, we made sure to also check out Dog in Town, a dog-friendly café not far off the temple. As a huge dog lover, this place—full of charming furbabies—did not disappoint at all. They’ve got a big yard in front of their dining area that serves as the dogs’ play station.
It was still too early for lunch so we just got their best seller dessert, Dog In Town Tower, for our sweet snack.
7. Jeib Rod Dee Det
Walking distance from Scala Cinema, Rod Dee Det or Roddeedet is a long-established Thai eatery in Siam that’s famous for their beef noodles. We ordered the noodles with beef balls, rice with fried pork and garlic, and a variation with sweet pork, which are all best paired with their signature iced tea.
8. Talad Neon
On our last night, we visited Talad Neon, a night market located in the heart of Bangkok. Unlike the other night markets, this one is quite small but still offers a great selection of Thai mains (a looot of seafood, bros) and desserts, and cheap deals for clothing items and cosmetic products.
Here, we ordered pad thai and chicken satay—we worked hard eating our way through Bangkok and deserved one last power meal to end the trip. LOL. Excuses, I know—next Hungry Caveman trip, we’ll definitely inject some fitness activities in between to feel less guilty for all the eating.
Bonus: When a Caveman Gets Thirsty
ChaTraMue (The Original Thai Tea)
Which restaurant or dish from the list would you like to try when you visit Bangkok? Any suggestions for other foodie places one should check out? Discuss in the comments.
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