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Is Bangkok streetfood safe?

Or should I stick to restaurants? I have seen pictures of interesting street grub in Bangkok and I wonder if they're safe to eat. - Tom - Guest

bangkok streetfood safe
Very. You'd be missing out on a lot of good eats if you just stick to good ol' restaurants. Bangkok streetfood are definite must tries and they are not hard to find in almost every street corner where rows of food carts line up, dishing out steamy meals and quick bites like fish cakes, noodle soup, barbecues, and curries.

A good rule of thumb would be to stay away from pre-cooked foods that have been left out without heat or refrigeration. Most food carts that sell noodle and rice dishes, stir fried goodies, and the like, have their food cooked to order, so you are sure they are fresh and safe. Given that streetfood and food carts are a staple for average Thais, sellers that don't make good, clean, and safe food don't survive very long in the business, so you won't have too much trouble looking for a safe place to grab awesome street grub without hugging the toilet at the end of the day.

Basically, just follow where the crowds are, they are the perfect barometer for what's good and what's not. Streetfood hunting not only lets you experience some of the best authentic eats in town, it also allows you to interact with the locals and contribute to the local economy. Plus, it's super cheap! A big bowl of noodle soup and a bag of fish cakes will set you back less than $3!


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