As Good as it Gets: The 10 Michelin Star Street Food Stalls in Bangkok
As if the food scene in Thailand wasn’t good enough already, Michelin have been to town and have handed out Thailand’s first Michelin star for street food. They also acknowledged multiple other street food stalls that stand out from the rest for quality and taste, and that’s quite an accolade in a city where delicious food is on every corner!
If you’d like to sample the best that Bangkok has to offer then read on for the 10 street food stalls in Bangkok that have received the Michelin Guide seal of approval. Best of all, street food is home to many Thai dishes you can’t find back home!
Raan Ja Fai – One Michelin Star
The only street stall to receive a coveted star threatened to give it back after they became too popular, and couldn’t keep up with demand! ‘Sister Mole’ runs the place and is easy to spot by her trademark goggles that she wears to cook. She turns out delicious Thai classics like Tom Yum Goong, Drunken Noodles and Crab Omelettes night after night to critical acclaim. With dishes ranging from $12 up to $36 it’s not cheap, but Michelin sure thinks it’s worth the money!
Location: 327 Mahachai Road, intersection with Samranrat Road
Hours of Operation: 3pm – 2am Mon to Sat, closed Sunday
Phone: 02 223 9384
Jeh O Chula
This down to earth place serves a banging Tom Yum, and the queues are always out the door. Expect to wait up to 2 hours if it’s really busy! The noodles are also recommended and the prices are reasonable, with dishes starting from $4 and not topping $10 anywhere on the menu.
Location: Banthat Thong Road, 113 Charat Muang Road, Pathumwan, 10330
Hours of Operation: 5:30pm – 2am
Phone: 064 118 5888
This is the place to come for a huge plate of well-cooked noodles. The specialities are Beef Horfun and Wanton Noodles, and the customer has the choice of the type of noodle that goes into the dish. Pick flat noodles when you’re hungry and rice noodles for a lighter snack. Prices start from a reasonable $4, although some dishes are a bit pricey compared to similar places.
Location: 1/35 Ratchawithi Road, Khwaeng Thanon Phaya Thai, Khet Ratchathewi, Maha Nakhon 10400
Hours of Operation: 11am – 3pm except closed first Monday of the month
Phone: 02 245 0849
Specialising in pink noodle soup, or Yen Tao Fo, this is a straight-forward place serving good food at very low prices. Pick from a traditional Yen Tao Fo or a slightly plainer minced pork version, and add crunchy vegetables for a fresh twist.
Location: 36/3 Convent Road, Silom, Bang Rak, 10500
Hours of Operation: 7am – 5pm Mon – Fri; 7am – 3pm Sat & Sun
Locals and visitors love this hole-in-the-wall place. Pretentious it isn’t, but delicious it is. Modern cafes pay a lot of money to look this ‘vintage’ but Sanguan Sri has managed it just by not moderning since the 1970’s! Prices start at around $7 and the menu rotates around Thai favorites like green curry and chicken massaman.
Location: 59/1 Witthayu Road, Pathum Wan, 10330
Hours of Operation: 10am – 3pm Mon – Sat, closed Sun
Phone: 02 251 9378
Ann Guay Tiew Kua Gai
Anyone who’s been to Malaysia will find the fried chicken noodles served at Ann Guay Tiew Kua familiar. The difference here is that they add in bonus extras like cuttlefish and squid, and there’s air con! Hallelujah. The runny egg sat on top of all their dishes adds a little bonus flavor.
Location: 419 Luang Road, Pom Prap Sattru Phai, 10100
Hours of Operation: 4pm – 1am daily
Phone: 02 621 5199
Thip Samai Pad Thai
Thailand’s favorite dish, pad thai, is done to perfection here. Expect to wait a little at busy times but don’t worry, the fresh and spicy flavors of the cooking will erase those memories as soon as you sit down! Located just outside Chinatown, the kitchen is out front so you can get excited in advance seeing your dish being prepared.
Location: 313 Maha Chai Road, Samran Rat, Phra Nakhon, 10200
Hours of Operation: 5:30pm – 1:30am daily
Phone: 02 221 6280
Polo Fried Chicken
Forget KFC and the rest, this is fried chicken as it’s meant to be eaten. Hot, crunchy, peppery and fresh, the chicken served up at Polo is a delight sat on top of a mound of sticky rice with a bowl of som tam alongside. It’s popular for good reason, with half a chicken starting from $4.
Location: 137/1-3 Soi polo, Thanon Withayu, Wireless Road, Lumphini
Hours of Operation: 7am – 8:30pm daily
Phone: 02 655 8489
For a bit of Chinese flair, check out Sanyod with its top-rated roast duck specials. This place is run by a Cantonese immigrant family who spotted an opportunity to bring a little bit of Peking to the tropics, and the result is a wonderful fusion of Thai-Chinese flavors. The signature dish is chargrilled roast duck with a sticky, sweet sauce which is well worth the few dollars it costs.
Location: 89 Khet Bang Rak, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10500
Hours of Operation: 10am – 9pm daily
Phone: 02 234 7968
Go Ang Pratunam Chicken Rice
Our last Michelin-mentioned eatery is Go Ang Pratunam Chicken Rice, which serves exactly what it sounds like! Unctuous pieces of roasted chicken are dished up on big steaming piles of fluffy white rice. This Hainanese dish has become popular across South-east Asia and this is a great rendition, with cucumber slices, chicken soup and a sticky glaze served alongside.
Location: Poonam Market, 960-962 Phetchaburi Road, Soi 30, Pratunam
Hours of Operation: 5:30am – 3pm and 5pm – 3am daily
Phone: 081 779 7255
Michelin star street food stalls in Bangkok are worth it.
In a country of such great food, these places really stand out as authentic examples of great Thai cuisine. The guys at Michelin know what they’re talking about, so hit a few of these restaurants and fall in love with the food of this amazing country all over again!
When you’re not stuffing your faces with delicious Thai food, consider some of the many Bangkok tours that are female friendly and safe!