Well, fear not brave travelers! Let me guide you through this, and together we shall see what Muslim-friendly street food is available for you to try during your next trip over.
Bangkok. Sometimes I wonder just what is it about you that makes me want to visit. One of the challenges as a muslim i must face when visiting Bangkok would be figuring out which street food is halal and this challenge magnifies when it comes to all that delicious street food you will end up passing by as you make your way through the streets of this lively city.
A general guide would be to head over to any area that has a mosque as they will always have many halal restaurants or street food stalls available. A popular area would be Ramkhamhaeng (where Ramkhamhaeng University is located), soi 37 all the way up to Ramkhamhaeng soi 65, and also Phetchaburi soi 7 in Pratunam area where Darul Aman Mosque is located!
1. Coconut ice cream
It’s no surprise that coconut ice cream is a favourite among both locals and tourists. Probably one of the most popular stalls selling these is Coco JJ’s, where the ice cream is so light, it melts in your mouth instantly! Try it with glutinous rice toppings for a truly authentic Thai experience.
2. Refreshing Red Ruby (Tab Tim Krop)
If you’re in the need for something cold and refreshing to combat the heat in Bangkok, have yourself some tab tim krop; a delicious mix of water chestnut pieces wrapped in glutinous rice flour, mixed into iced coconut milk. Have a bowl of these gorgeous ruby pieces at the famous Chatuchak Weekend Market!
3. Sweet and Savoury Thai Coconut Hot Cakes (Kanom Krok)
Another must-try, Kanom Krok (Thai coconut hot cakes) is a sweet dessert made of coconut milk, tapioca starch and rice flour. The savoury bit of this dessert comes from the topping of green onions – all cooked on a circular cast iron pan. Usually crispy on the outside and melty-fluffy on the inside, this dessert is definitely best when eaten fresh off of the griddle!
Found at most street food joints, one of the best can be found at Kao Wang Kanom Krok, across Ratchawat Market in Dusit!
Price: THB$40 per box
4. Thai Style Chicken Briyani (Khao Mok Gai)
Looking for something more filling as opposed to just snacks? Khao mok gai is Thailand’s version of the well known chicken briyani, and can be found in most halal restaurants and specialised street stalls in Bangkok.
There are many restaurants that serve up the best of this delicious dish, however if you’re walking along Convent Road at Silom, head on over to Khao Mok Gai Convent and look for the stall with the big pot of yellow rice!
Price: THB$40 for briyani & THB$30 for soup
5. Fried Quail Eggs
Who would’ve thought something so simple could be so tasty? It’s a simple snack of fried quail eggs sprinkled with special seasoning and black pepper! You can find these stalls pretty much everywhere, ready to be eaten on the go!
Price: THB$100 onwards depending on stall
6. Thai Sweet Crepe/Taco (Khanom Buang) at Sao Ching Cha
Khanom Buang is a an old style Thai dish that consists of two different kinds of fillings; the sweet being a mix of foi thong (golden egg yolk threads), coconut, persimmon or candied gourd on a pandan base or the savoury; using egg, shrimp and cilantro in a thin, crepe/taco like shell. One of the best khanom buang can be found at the heart of Sao Ching Cha in Bangkok, as this family has been making it for over a 100 years!
Prices of this khanom buang may be slightly expensive for local standards, however with the quality, legacy and the fact that everything (down to the rice flour grinding) is hand-made – it is definitely worth the price! Follow the map below to navigate your way through.
Price: THB$30 per piece
7. Mango Sticky Rice – the classic thai dessert
A classic favourite, what makes a mango sticky rice stall greater compared to other mango sticky rice stalls would be the quality of the sweet mangoes, and the fluffiness of the sticky rice. This particular stall, Partunam Sticky Rice is well known amongst locals and foreigners alike for its quality mangoes, and is located in the heart of Pratunam!
8. Finger Licking Fried Chicken at Asoke
The fried chicken in Thailand is pretty famous and we’re sure after you try it, KFC will never be able to live up to it. You are sure to find at least one fried chicken stall around the local mosques in Bangkok itself, but if you find yourself at Asoke Road and looking for some crispy, succulent fried chicken that looks and tastes finger licking good, look no further than Soi 23, at the entrance of Srinakharinwirot University.
Price: THB$20 onwards (varies depending on size of chicken).
9. Seafood Tom Yam @ Tomyam Paa Nga
Get your authentic halal seafood tom yum fix in Pratunam at super affordable prices! Choose the level of spiciness you desire and be entertained by the super friendly owner who has been selling his delicious tom yum for many years now.
Price: Starts from THB$100 onwards
10. Charcoal Grilled Squid (Pla-meuk)
Bangkok’s famous grilled squid is one of the best seafood options to go for, as it is simply grilled over charcoal and served with a deliciously sour and spicy Thai sauce. Be sure to get the ones that are cooked fresh when you order!
Price: THB$20 per stick onwards (Depending on size of the squid!)
11. Go healthy with Som Tam (Papaya Salad)
A delightful dish of Thai style, shredded green papaya, – this sweet, sour and spicy dish is one of the healthiest you’d find in Thailand. They generally don’t contain meat but always check with the stall owners as certain stalls may include pork.If you’re unsure, the best place to have this yummy dish would be at Phetchaburi Soi 7 where you can be worry-free on your choice of toppings! (I suggest soft shell crab or salted egg. Yums!)
Price: THB$45 onwards