Trying street food in a country when we travel is one of the best ways to experience local culture and also save you money. Today I would like to introduce you typical Thai breakfast dishes that you can find them on street in the morning (some dishes you can also find them during the day too). Let’s get to know them first, and try them when you are here.
Barbecued Pork with Sticky Rice or Kao nieow moo phing (ข้าวเหนียวหมูปิ้ง)
I wrote about Kao Nieow Moo Phing here once, since it is my favorite breakfast. The smell of grilled pork always makes me mouth-watering. You can have barbecued pork alone, but we usually have it with sticky rice in order to make us feel full. Nowadays we also have fried chicken or fried pork with sticky rice for breakfast.
Soybean milk served with Chinese doughnut or Nam tao hu and Pa tong kho (น้ำเต้าหู้ ปาท่องโก๋)
Soybean milk is one of my favorite drinks especially the fresh one that is available almost everywhere here in the morning. Some vendors also have jelly, red beans, and sweet basil seed as options. You just pay a little bit more to get them. Nowadays soybean milk has various flavors such as black sesame and green tea.
Chinese doughnut or Patongko is deep fried dumplings. The shape of patongko is like an “X”. Round shape is also available; we call it Salapao. The dough for making patongko and salapao is different. The taste of salapao is slightly sweeter than patongko. I prefer salapao to patongko, but many people like patongko more. So, I recommend you to try both. Besides, you can dip the patongko and salapao into sweetened condensed milk. Some vendors also sell a green color sweet dip called sangkayah (pandan cream).
It is typical to eat patongko and salapao together with Soybean.
Rice porridge or Joke(โจ๊ก)
We usually put minced pork and also eggs into rice porridge. Ginger and parsley are added as toppings. You can add pepper or fish sauce on the dish to adjust the flavor to suit your taste. Sometimes, we have rice porridge with patongko.
Boiled rice soup or Khao Tom (ข้าวต้ม)
Khao Tom is similar to Joke, but it is less thick. Fish and shrimp Khao Tom are more popular than other meats. Fried garlic and parsley are added as toppings. We usually add chilli powder, fish sauce, or vinegar with sliced chillies to adjust the flavor to suit our taste.
Pork blood/entrails in clear soup or Tom Lued Moo (ต้มเลือดหมู)
Pork blood/entrails in clear soup is a healthy dish. We usually have it with steamed rice. Because this dish is made from entrails and some vendors do not prepare or clean entrails in the right way, I always order it from well-known stalls or restaurants only. If you want to try this dish, I recommend you to order it from crowded stalls or restaurants.
Entrees over rice or Khao Lard Gaeng (ข้าวราดแกง)
Entree served over steamed rice is another typical Thai breakfast. Many restaurants or stalls usually have about 10 choices available; and we just choose 2 or 3 entrees that we want. You can have more than 3 entrees, but you just have to pay more.
Have you ever tried these foods? Do you like them? Share your experience with me in the comments!