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OFF-GRID FOOD ADVENTURES IN THAILAND

Deep down the backstreets of Bangkok and in the hidden corners of Chiang Mai is where #localsknow you’ll find the best street food in Thailand. 

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ROTEE MATABA

When nighttime falls in Chiang Mai, the roti stalls come out, catering to cravings of traditional roti filled with banana, cheese, egg, or chocolate.

SOM TAM UDON

Order their standard papaya salad and prepare for your face to tingle, your lips to go numb, and your tongue to burn as though you’ve licked the sun.

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SIRICHAI KHAO MAN GAI

JOKE SUAN DOK GATE

CURRY PUFF

Perhaps Sirichai’s biggest claim to fame is that no one knows its name, despite it being featured in Lonely Planet… just with the wrong moniker.

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When Ms Somdee’s puff pastry shop opened 27 years ago, there wasn’t much happening on Arak Soi 5. There were few buildings and no businesses…

KHAO SOI KHUN YAI

PINKY MILK

KHAO KHA MOO PRAI SA NEE

Thanks to Anthony Bordain, the North Gate cowgirl is the most famous vendor in town serving khao kha moo… but she’s not the only one.

When you first walk into Pinky Milk you’d be forgiven for thinking you had stumbled into a cartoon-like alternate universe.

You can’t come to town and not try the most classic dish of Chiang Mai at the most classic place. Consider this a cheat in our off-the-grid list.

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At 4am, Nek opens the doors to his family-run breakfast shop. By 6am, the place is packed with locals, who are all ordering up one of three dishes…

SOR NAA WANG

There are only four tables in Som Sri’s tom yum shop in front of Bangkok City Hall. That means if you come for lunch, either come early or be prepared to wait.

Kruea’s som tam stays true to its northern roots, as she uses fermented fish sauce in the dressing. It’s a pungent flavour that not too many farang may be used to tasting.

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RAAN PORPIAH

NU TUM POLLAMAI

KRUA LUK NIANG

For those with a sweet tooth, the sisters’ roti sai mai is the ultimate sugary delight. Ordera bag of coloured spun sugar – the Thai take on cotton candy

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Down a tiny little alley in Bangkok – so narrow you might walk right past – you’ll find 5-star dining in the form of a beloved curry shop.

AISAH RODDEE

KANOM JEEN NAAM YA

SOM SONG POCHANA

For over 40 years, locals have been lining up down unassuming Soi Lamphu in search of some off the best traditional Thai cuisine in Bangkok.

Made from fermented noodles, kanom jeen is simultaneously sweet and sour. The rice or flour is left over night in a mixture of water and yeast.

Despite being practically next door to the backpacker ghetto of Khao San Road, the massive courtyard of Aisah Roddee is always almost entirely filled with locals.

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Tum pollamai consists of guava, apple, pineapple, green mango, tomato, steamed corn, and shredded carrot, tossed in a sauce made from…

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There are only four tables in Som Sri’s tom yum shop in front of Bangkok City Hall. That means if you come for lunch, either come early or be prepared to wait.

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For those with a sweet tooth, the sisters’ roti sai mai is the ultimate sugary delight. Ordera bag of coloured spun sugar – the Thai take on cotton candy

Despite being practically next door to the backpacker ghetto of Khao San Road, the massive courtyard of Aisah Roddee is always almost entirely filled with locals.

Made from fermented noodles, kanom jeen is simultaneously sweet and sour. The rice or flour is left over night in a mixture of water and yeast.

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