You won’t have much time to think when travelling through Bangkok. It is too busy, dirty, and overcrowded, and unless you keep your wits about you, you may not survive. Yet the smells of cooking from around the street corner could arouse your suspicion and get you thinking in more ways than one: after all, it’s dinner time!
If we leave the street food scene for a while, and just take a look at the fast food instead, what will we find in the bustling metropolis that is Bangkok? I ate quite a lot of food in Thailand, and although street food is cheaper and more accessible, the fast food that you will find in shopping malls or speciality shops is just as tasty! Let’s take a quick look at what I ate!
In Thailand, McDonald’s is pretty big (isn’t it everywhere?), and one of the more unique things I saw on the menu was the pork samurai burger, which obviously isn’t for the Halal crowd or tourists from the Middle-East! The pork samurai burger was delicious and as with everything in Thailand – cheap and easy!
For a slightly more upmarket hamburger, I don’t think I could recommend a better place than the aptly named Bangkok Burger Company. I think they only have 2 or 3 branches, but you should seek them out if you’re in the city. It’s great food with a good ambience.
Slightly weird, albeit still really popular, is the restaurant named Cabbages and Condoms. This is a backpacker favourite and they give out free condoms (instead of mints) before the meals. Prices here vary, but the food tastes good. Perhaps not too interesting for a solo diner, but in a group or as a couple, you will have a lot of fun here at one of Bangkok’s most unique eateries!
Now I will make no secret of the fact that I am a huge fan of mango and sticky rice (known locally as Khao Niao Mamuang), and this is one of the country’s most popular desserts. There is a place near Siam Square called Mango Tango, which specialises in all things mango, from smoothies to sorbet and of course the mango and sticky rice dessert itself! It is perhaps geared more for tourists rather than local Thais, but it is still a must-stop destination!
Saving the best until last, we now have the famous After You Dessert Café. This became famous with its Shibuya Toast, which is topped with sexy ingredients such as whipped cream, chocolate sauce, banana, strawberry, and ice cream! Other ‘dishes’ are also available in this dessert café, including a strawberry cheesecake Kakigori – which is probably what the word “FOODPORN” was invented for! Undoubtedly my best ever dessert I have ever tried (even better than the Japanese matcha Kakigori from Tokyo)!
Well, we can’t talk about fast food in Bangkok without at least mentioning pad Thai once, can we?! Perhaps more than anything else, this stir fried noodle dish epitomises the street food scene here in the capital, and unlike some of the other dishes listed in this article, Pad Thai is typically for locals as well as tourists!