13 Tantalising Thai street foods you need to try

What food is good to eat in Thailand other than tom yam soup and pad thai? Tons, and it’s so incredibly affordable.

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Thai food is seriously underrated. I mean I love pad thai, green curry, and tom yam soup as much as the next person, but there is so much great undiscovered Thai food people just don’t know about.

How many of these dishes have you tried? Try to keep score!

1) Hoh mok (Grilled fish curry)

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Hoh mok is a spicy curry that is steamed till it becomes solid. It comes wrapped in banana leaves and is grilled lightly before being served. You can see bits of minced fish and chopped chilies in the hoh mok when you take a bite.

I know Singaporean readers will be thinking “Huh, isn’t this just otah otah?” It isn’t, and trust me, it’s way better than the skinny, relatively bland otahs you’ll find in Singapore.

My first impression of the hoh mok as I leaned in to take a bite was that it smelled so yummy. The mild fragrance of banana leaves mixed with the smell of grilled fish got me salivating already. (In fact I’m salivating as I type this.) A bite showed me how much more spicier and flavourful this was in comparison to the usual otah otahs I eat.

It came in a huge portion for only 25 baht. I found myself scarfing it down quickly even though the spice left my tongue burning.

My rating: 4.5/5
Where I got mine:
Khlong Hae Floating Market, Hat Yai
How much does it cost: 25 THB / 1 SGD / 0.70 USD

2) Yum talay (Mixed seafood)

I got my yum talay from a vendor in Hat Yai who was selling all sorts of meats, seafood, and vegetables.

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My yum talay came with prawns, crab sticks, and an assortment of vegetables. I also asked for a topping of som tam – fried papaya saladThat’s the shredded fried brown fritters in the picture below.

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When I got the dish, my first thought was that I received a very small portion. However, I quickly discovered I probably couldn’t have eaten any more than was given. The dish tasted good, but it was extremely spicy and sour. Even my Thai friend who had the same dish found it pretty spicy too, and that’s pretty significant considering her high spice tolerance.

I would say you should try this dish if you dare!

My rating: 3.5/5 Though it tasted nice, I do not want to eat another bowl any time soon. 
Where I got mine:
Sritrang Market, Hat Yai
How much does it cost: 40THB / 1.60 SGD / 1.10 USD

3) Tung tong (Money bags)

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I love money bags so much! Tung tong/money bags are fried dumplings filled with minced chicken or pork. The dumpling is tied into a little sack using a strip of lemongrass or dumpling sheet.

The ones I had were incredibly large, unlike the ones I’m used to having in Singapore. The dumpling parchment was also a lot thicker and gave a solid crunch when I bit into it. Since the dumpling parchment was very thick, the meat inside remained piping hot. The taste was perfection, and the price is so affordable. Don’t give this a miss when you’re in Thailand.

My rating:  4.5/5
Where I got mine:
Khlong Hae Floating Market, Hat Yai
How much does it cost: 30 THB / 1.20 SGD / 0.90 USD

4) Sa Te (Satay)

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I know satay is pretty common in Singapore, but I think Thai satay (sa te) is worth mentioning because of how much bigger and cheaper it is. The meat is far thicker and succulent than the typical satay. Sa te is also accompanied by a bag of cucumber chunks and a tasty sweet/sour/spicy sauce, which is a nice alternative to the peanut sauce served back in Singapore.

My rating: 3.5/5 I would give this a higher rating, but it pales in comparison to the rest of the food in this list!
Where I got mine:
Kim Yong Market
How much does it cost: 10 pieces cost 50 THB / 2 SGD / 1.43 USD

5) Kanom Krok (Mini coconut custard pancakes)

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Kanom krok directly translates to “snack mortar” simply because the tray it is made in looks like it contains tiny mortars. (You know, mortar and pestle?)

Anyway, kanom krok is made from coconut milk and flour. It has a warm custard filling on the inside that will ooze into your mouth when you bite into it. I also love the added crunch from the crispy edges.

My rating: 4/5
Where I got mine:
 At the ‘Local Food Fare’ Festival in Hat Yai. They were located near the Chew Chan Temple. No worries though, kanom krok is pretty popular and you’re bound to find it elsewhere.
How much does it cost: A box costs 20 THB / 0.80 SGD / 0.60 USD

6) Hoy Krok (Mini coconut pancakes filled with seafood)

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Alright, I know the name of this food sounds absolutely disgusting. However, it was one of the tastiest street food I had.

Hoy krok is made from flour, coconut milk, and egg. The texture is similar to takoyaki, but the egg gives a slightly rougher texture to the exterior of the pancake. It’s filled with mussels, crab sticks, chives, and more.

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It’s pretty addictive. It would be too oily if eaten alone, but it is offset by the generous amount of lettuce it is served with.

My rating: 4.5/5
Where I got mine: 
Lard Yai Market, Phuket
How much does it cost: A box costs 30 THB / 1.20 SGD / 0.90 USD

7) Coconut ice cream with yolk

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I decided to be a little bit more adventurous and try coconut yolk ice cream. They gave me the wrong order though, as it came with additional chocolate powder dusted on top. The result was a creamy ice cream with a slightly grainy texture where ever there’s clumps of chocolate powder.

Surprisingly, the egg yolk did not make the ice cream taste weird. It was flavourless. The ice cream caused parts of the yolk to freeze up, creating a unique texture in my mouth.

Honestly, I wouldn’t say I’m a fan of this dish. I prefer salted egg yolk sauce that’s nice and warm, not cold. Then again, my friends who tried this ice cream seemed to really enjoy it. So perhaps it’s just me who didn’t like it as much.

My rating: 3.5/5
Where I got mine:
Nang Ngam Street, Songkhla City
How much does it cost: 25 THB / 1 SGD / 0.70 USD

 8) Loog Shin Ping (Grilled meatballs with spicy sweet sauce)

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The sauce is the star of the show in this dish. The meatballs are constantly marinated in bubbling sweet/sour/spicy Thai sauce. It’s incredibly cheap at only 7 baht a stick. It’s difficult to buy only one.

My rating: 3.5/5
Where I got mine: 
Talat Kasate
How much does it cost: A stick costs 7 THB / 0.30 SGD / 0.20 USD

9) Por Pier Sod (Fresh Thai spring roll)

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Por pia sod is a ‘fresh’ variation of the Thai spring roll. It’s called ‘fresh’ simply because it is not fried. Por pia sod usually contains beansprouts, vermicelli noodles, thinly sliced carrots, and lettuce. It comes with a viscous and sweet sauce that oozes out of the roll slowly when you eat it.

I’m not a huge fan of spring rolls that are not fried, but I found myself enjoying these.

My rating: 4/5
Where I got mine: 
Lard Yai Market, Phuket
How much does it cost: 25 THB / 1 SGD / 0.70 USD

10) Sai krog woon sen (Glass noodle sausage)

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I knew I had to have this the moment I saw it. This array of sausages were calling my name as flames from the grill lazily licked at them from below.

Sai krog woon sen glass noodle sausage - Thai street food, Lights Camera Adventure

The vendor sliced the sausages into hearty chunks and laid them on a bed of coral lettuce. Some chili padi was also served on the side, instead of sauce. You’re meant to bite the raw chili padi then eat the sausage. (No way I’m doing that!)

I must admit though, I was a little disappointed with the taste. I was craving something meaty when I saw those sausages, but I didn’t know the meat was mixed with glass noodles and rice. Though the dish didn’t ‘meat’ my expectations, it was a pretty great snack overall that was well complemented by the fresh lettuce. I recommend it!

My rating: 4/5
Where I got mine: 
Lard Yai Market, Phuket
How much does it cost: A stick costs 15 THB / 0.60 SGD / 0.40 USD, and a carton with two pieces, lettuce and chili costs 30 THB / 1 SGD / 0.90 USD

11) Charcoal Ice cream

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I love the colour grey and was immediately attracted to this milk charcoal ice cream. It contains active charcoal powder (the same kind you find in the charcoal tablets you might take for stomachaches.) The charcoal powder has no taste or smell, it only affects the colour. I suppose it’s a bit gimmicky, but it really tastes good.

It was not as sweet as milk ice cream, and had little grainy bits of either charcoal powder or crushed ice blended in.

This ice cream was really great as a dessert. If you visit a night market, you are bound to feel stuffed by all the savoury delicacies offered there. This ice cream is a perfect palate cleanser that will refresh you without making you feel bloated.

My rating: 4.5/5
Where I got mine: 
Lard Yai Market, Phuket
How much does it cost: It is relatively pricey at 40 THB / 1.60 SGD / 1.10 USD, but still affordable overall.

12) Crepe

I think Thai crepes are pretty alright. They’re perfectly crispy at the edges, but warm and soft near the middle.

There’s a huge variety of crepes you can try. You can find the usuals such as cream or chocolate crepes. But there are also Thai variations which include a crepe with scrambled egg and chili. I wish I had a chance to try more crepes, but I only had one with peanut butter and bananas.

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Overall, I think Thai crepes taste nice, but they certainly can’t hold a candle to authentic French or Western crepes. However, I think an extra point is deserved simply because there’s so many varieties.

My rating: 3.5/5
Where I got mine: 
Talat Kasate
How much does it cost: Depends on the ingredients. Ranges from 20-40 THB / 0.80 – 1.60 SGD / 0.60 – 1.10 USD

13) Macaroon

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Macaroons were suprisingly common in Thailand when I visited. I found them in Phuket and Hat Yai. There’s quite a bit of flavours to try. A bit of a warning though – It’s easy to buy these in bulk since they’re so cheap. But you should buy them in moderation unless you’ve got a sweet tooth.

I had tried only one macaroon. I felt that the flavour was lacking a little, and that the sweetness was a little overbearing. However, I think that might be because of the place I bought it from (bought it from a grocery shop). I would definitely try a macaroon again if I visit Thailand in the future.

My rating: 3/5
Where I got mine: 
Lard Yai Market, Phuket
How much does it cost: 25 THB / 1 SGD / 0.72 USD

Now that brings me to the end of my list! I hope you enjoyed reading it. Have you had any awesome Thai street food that’s not in this list? Let me know in the comments, so I can try it the next time.