Having spent over a month in Thailand, I mainly ate Thai food and loved every second of it. I would go as far as saying it is one of my favourite cuisines. It’s fragrant, full of flavour and most importantly, spicy! If you don’t like spicy food, have no fear. Most restaurants cater for all by asking what level of spicy you would like. But if you’re like me, when they say “spicy” about a dish, I end up taking this as more of an invitation than a warning.
Bangkok is an ideal place to get stuck into the Thai cuisine. It has no shortage of incredible restaurants serving up delicious, high quality food. No matter your price range, there is something for everyone. And now, some of my Bangkok food highlights…
As mentioned in my Introducing Bangkok post, I spent about two weeks in Bangkok as I used it as a base for my job hunt. Since I spent a considerable amount of time there, I couldn’t afford to be eating at restaurants every day. Therefore I ate the majority of my meals at food markets for a good cheap eat. I was lucky enough to be staying at a hostel across the road from Bangrak Market.
I ate here most days, sampling the various stalls in the market. The food is always tasty, served quickly and great value. A few of my favourites were pad Thai, chicken with Thai basil and tom yum soup.
Queen of Curry
This would be one of the first places I recommend to anyone looking for a good meal in Bangkok. The owner of this restaurant is 100% the Queen of Curry.
The curries served up at this place are some of the best I’ve had in Thailand. In fact, it was so good I went twice. The food was equally delicious on both occasions.
On my first visit I had a delicious red curry with fish and aubergine.
My following visit, I had beef massaman curry with stir fried morning glory on the side.
The Queen of Curry definitely proved herself worthy of such a title and deserves a crown to go with it. The massaman curry was my favourite of the dishes I tried, but then again it is my favourite Thai dish so I am probably biased. The prices at Queen of Curry are very reasonable, especially considering the quality of the food.
Supanniga Eating Room
And now onto the second restaurant I would definitely recommend to anyone looking for a good meal in Bangkok. Supanniga Eating Room is a stylish restaurant in the Sathorn area of Bangkok.
The menu has so many amazing options, we ended up ordering (probably) more dishes than we needed. We got yum nue lai (spicy beef salad), “son in law” eggs, chicken massaman curry and beef penang curry.
This was such a delicious and satisfying meal. Both curries were wonderfully flavoursome. The beef salad was delicious and coated in an amazing, spicy dressing. The eggs were my favourite though. They were boiled to perfection and the tangy sauce was delicious. The sauce was only described as “three flavour sauce” on the menu – I really wish I knew what was in it!
Supanniga is one of the pricier restaurants that I visited but it was definitely worth every penny!
Cabbages and Condoms
Yes, you did read that correctly. The quirky name was given by philanthropist and ex-politician, Mecahi Viravaidya to raise awareness for a good cause. Mechai Viravaidya is well known in Thailand for the work he has done to highlight various social issues such as sexual health, sustainability and anti-corruption. In the case of Cabbages and Condoms, all proceeds are used to fund social development programmes run by the Population and Community Development Association (PDA).
The most distinguishing feature of this restaurant has to be the unique materials used to create the decor.
They really take the promotion of birth control very seriously!
When you enter the restaurant, you are greeted by numerous life size statues. Can you guess what was used to decorate them?
The detailing was very impressive!
Anyway enough of this and onto the food…
We started off with some chicken dumplings.
This was followed by roasted duck topped with tamarind sauce and a mushroom and tofu curry. This was accompanied by a portion of red and white rice.
The food was very tasty and came with the added bonus of supporting a good cause. There is also a gift shop you should be sure to check out which has a selection of amusing and risque souvenirs.
Eating well in Bangkok (and Thailand in general) is easy. You can spend as little or as much as you like. The nearest food stall or restaurant is always 15 minutes away, at most. Whether you fancy a curry, a noodle dish or a stir fry, the selection available is vast and will satisfy all. Most importantly, the flavours will never fail to blow you away!
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