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Thai Street Food: Tasting a Kingdom Stall By Stall

In Thailand, locals eat cheap, taste bud tickling street food every day, sweet, spicy, salty and sour; stir-fried, deep-fried and grilled. Flavors for every mood and palate, aroma drenched smoke drifting off sizzling woks and glowing grills.

Hawkers sell from makeshift stalls, carts and baskets, in streets, markets and temple fairs. Some already prepared dishes, others cooked to order, all seasoned with a variety of herbs and spices.

Here’s some of my favorite Thai street food photos to make your mouth water!

Selling meat and fish balls on sticks, street food, Thailand

Selling meat and fish balls on sticks.

Chicken, pork and fish balls, sausages and prawns on sticks, street food, Thailand

Chicken, pork and fish balls, sausages and prawns on sticks.

Assortment of grilled meats and fish on sticks, street food, Thailand

Assortment of grilled meats and fish on sticks.

Chestnut seller, Street food, Thailand

Chestnut seller.

Night market stall, street food, Thailand

Night market stall. Rice and noodle dishes made to order.

Fried rice, fried noodles, spring rolls and corn, street food, Thailand

Fried rice, fried noodles, spring rolls and corn.

Cart with medley of sausages and fries, street food, Thailand

Cart with medley of sausages and fries.

Deep fried chicken, giant grilled ribs and iced drinks, street food, Thailand

Deep fried chicken, giant grilled ribs and iced drinks.

Fried array of bugs, street food, Thailand

Fried array of bugs.

Fried bugs sold in tubs drizzled in soy sauce, street food, Thailand

Fried bugs sold in tubs drizzled in soy sauce.

More crispy fried bugs, street food, Thailand

More crispy fried bugs.

Vendors selling eggs cooked on portable charcoal grill, dried squid on sticks, peanuts and fruit, street food, Thailand

Vendors selling eggs cooked on portable charcoal grill, dried squid on sticks, peanuts and fruit.

Selling plastic cups filled with strawberries drenched in sugar, street food, Thailand

Selling plastic cups filled with strawberries drenched in sugar.

Yellow khao mok gai (a muslim dish with chicken) and meat balls, street food, Thailand

Yellow khao mok gai (a muslim dish with chicken) and meat balls.

Tort man pla (fish cakes) and kai nok ka ta (quail eggs), street food, Thailand

Tort man pla (fish cakes) and kai nok ka ta (quail eggs).

Dried squid, street food, Thailand

Dried squid.

Deep fried chicken and sticky rice (khao neeow), street food, Thailand

Deep fried chicken and sticky rice (khao neeow).

Grilled meat, street food, Thailand

Grilled meat.

Grilled fish, street food, Thailand

Grilled fish.

Deep fried potato twists on sticks, street food, Thailand

Deep fried potato twists on sticks.

Deep-fried and grilled chicken, street food, Thailand

Deep-fried and grilled chicken.

Squid on sticks served with chili sauce, street food, Thailand

Squid on sticks served with chili sauce.

Grilled prawns and squid on sticks, street food, Thailand

Grilled prawns and squid on sticks.

More squid and meat on sticks, street food, Thailand

More squid and meat on sticks.

Fried meats, sticky rice and pork cake, street food, Thailand

Fried meats, sticky rice and pork cake.

Meats and fish on sticks, street food, Thailand

Meats and fish on sticks.

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7 responses

  1. Wow fried bugs! I saw them in China. Have you ever tried them? I am always really nervous to eat street food as I’m afraid of getting sick. Weak stomach I guess but the food looks delicious!!!!! I love Thai food too. Mmmmm.

    April 26, 2013 at 1:48 am

    • Nicole, I’ve tried the crispy, cockroach looking ones but not the maggoty ones! Just tasted of soy sauce! I’ve always eaten street food in Thailand and rarely had a problem and nothing major. No typhoid or giardia and all the intestinal infections I had eating street food in Guatemala. I love Thai food!!!

      April 28, 2013 at 12:15 pm

      • Now my mouth is watering but not for the roaches! I bet the Thai food is amazing there!!!!

        April 29, 2013 at 7:38 pm

      • Haha! No taste for roaches then? Like anywhere the food can be good or bad but it’s my favorite cuisine by far. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that there’s so much flavor and I don’t have very sensitive taste buds.

        April 29, 2013 at 7:40 pm

      • I just love Thai food so much but have never had the real thing. Someday! I hope you are doing well and loving being back in Thailand. Life is exceedingly busy. A little too busy. I leave for India in two weeks and then the following weekend am going to Toronto for a travel bloggers conference! But then thankfully I’ll be home sweet home to enjoy the summer with my kids! 🙂

        May 3, 2013 at 7:50 pm

      • Nicole, I hope one day you get the chance to visit Thailand and hopefully I’ll still be here! All’s good thanks. Still trying to sort myself out here. Good luck with the India trip! I know you’re excited about that and I would be too. Also, a travel bloggers conference sounds awesome! Enjoy every moment and I’m looking forward to reading your posts and seeing your photos from all your trips! 🙂 You’re gonna be busy!!!

        May 4, 2013 at 10:27 am

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