A great staple Bangkok Street food for Thai people is Khao Kha Moo. You will find this all over Thailand. Every street has a stall. It is great value, at between 30 to 45 baht (1 to 1.5 USD) a plate. If you are hungry you can even ask for a big portion by adding the words ‘Pi Set’ which means special in Thai, to the end of the name of the dish.
You will spot Khao Kha Moo stalls by the whole chicken and pieces of pork hanging up behind a glass container. This puts some foreign visitors off as they think it is unhygienic. However, this is a mistake. The meat is generally cooked in the morning on an industrial scale by catering suppliers and then purchased on the same day by the street vendors. The food is really popular so always gets sold out in a day. The meat isn’t hot when you eat it, but that doesn’t matter as the ambient temperature is warm anyway.
Khao Kha Moo shops actually sell a variety of dishes. We have listed the main ones below:
Khao Kha Moo
This is stewed pork leg with pickled vegetables over rice. It comes with a broth and a red chilli sauce.
Khao Man Gai
This is boiled chicken with uncooked cucumber over rice. It comes with a broth and a slightly sweet black chilli sauce.
Khao Man Gai Tort
The same as Khao Man Gai, but the chicken is deep fried with breadcrumbs.
Khao Moo Daeng
Stewed pork leg with crunchy fried pork leg cut into chunks and sliced slightly sweet Chinese sausage. The whole mix of meats comes on rice with a hot red sticky sauce. Yummy!
Khao Moo Grop
Crunchy fried pork leg cut into chunks served on rice. Sometimes served with a sweet red sticky sauce, although normally accompanied by a bowl of broth, and green chilli sauce.
If you find yourself wandering down the Sukhumvit Road after midnight in need of a good feed then head down to the street stalls between soi 7 and soi 15. There are lots of options such as noodles, curry and rice dishes or barbeque delights. However, what we suggest, especially if you are in a group, is Dim Jum.
Bangkok Street Stalls are lively in the evening
Dim Jum is a dish with Chinese origins. You will find it in Bangkok and some parts of Northern Thailand. We tried a search on a Google – but nothing came up. This is a real classic and something only the locals know about.
Dim Jum is a traditional hot pot dish. What you get is a charcoal burner with a pot on top. The pot is filled with stock which bubbles away. You then order trays of food which you add to the stock and cook for yourself. What you put in is up to you. The selection normally includes noodles, vegetables, offal, fish and chicken. When you think everything is cooked you ladle the soup mixture into individual bowls to eat. The meal can go on as long as you want. You just order more ingredients for the pot if you are still hungry.
Drinking Beer Late Night in Bangkok
An insider’s tip is that they will serve you beer whilst you eat, but only in a plastic cup as it is illegal to sell alcohol after midnight in Thailand without a special license.
Eating on the street in Bangkok can be fun
How To Order Dim Jum
The process of ordering Dim Jum can be a bit intimidating if you don’t speak Thai. However, with a bit of patience you can do it. Walk along the street and locate the stalls by looking out for someone else eating the same thing. Order by pointing normally works. The vendors won’t speak much English.
Here are a few basic Thai words to help you on your way:
- Vegetable = pahk
- Morning Glory = pahk bong
- Glass noodle = wun sen
- Chicken = gai
- Shrimp or Prawn = gung
- Water for the pot = nam rawn