Bangkok's Street Food Named ‘The Best In the World’ By CNN
Bangkok was named as the city with the best street food in the world by CNN for the second year running in their annual update - Best 23 cities for street food - earlier this month.
The CNN article noted that it’s nearly impossible to stay away from Bangkok’s street cuisine since vendors sit on almost every street corner in the city waiting for their next customer, ready to serve up delicious meals like classic ‘pad Thai’, fresh seafood, and of course Thailand's most infamous street food dish - ‘som tum’. Thai street food really does have an answer to satisfy every palette.
The vendors serve food around the clock and offer up everything from breakfast to lunch and dinner, snacks, beverages, desserts and even Thailand’s own street booze, yaa dong. It’s not just the taste that makes street food in Thailand so popular though, it's the price too. Thai street food is so cheap it would be rude not to try the odd dish or two.
In their article about the world's 23 best street food destinations, CNN said of Bangkok, “Bangkok's Chinatown is one of the best city districts for street food. It's impossible to avoid street food in Bangkok, where sidewalk vendors in different parts of the city operate on a fixed rotation.
Some take care of the breakfast crowd with sweet soymilk and bean curd, others dish up fragrant rice and poached chicken for lunch and for the late night crowd they offer everything from phad thai noodles to grilled satay.
Chef Van, of the French brasserie 4Garcons on Thong Lor Soi 13 in Bangkok, favours street food in Chinatown, known locally as ‘Yarowat’. He recommends hoy tod nai mong, a crisp fried mussel pancake which the chef and owner makes one by one on his charcoal stove.”
After Bangkok, CNN rated Tokyo, Honolulu, Durban, New Orleans, Istanbul, Hong Kong, Paris, Mexico City, Cairo, Marrakesh, Cartagena - Colombia, Portland - Oregon, U.S., Dakar - Senegal, Bali, Mumbai, Ho Chi Minh City, Miami, Rome, Rio de Janero, Sydney, and Beijing, respectively.
You can read the full CNN article here.