Unless you have breakfast included in your hotel rate we strongly recommend you to skip the usual bacon and eggs and start your day culinary journey the way the Thais do. At the very beginning of Soi 0, a few different places will offer you khao lam, a bamboo tube stuffed with sticky rice drenched in coconut milk and grilled on a charcoal fire. Take one stick and continue your morning stroll – this is an ideal snack to eat on the way. Be careful if it comes directly from the fire and give it a bit of time to cool down.
A sweeter version of khao lam and easier to eat is khao nieow in banana leaves with taro added to sticky rice and coconut milk.
If you need your caffeine dose to kick-start your day, coffee shops are ubiquitous. They pour out good coffees and cappuccinos accompanied by traditional sweets and cakes. Toffee Coffee on soi 14 with a beautiful terrace right on the river is out favourite.
When the sun is about to go down, a lot more street vendors show up and the choices for dinner are endless. For the more adventurous palates naem moo is raw pork rolled into a banana leaf. The pork is left to ferment for 24 hours with spices and chili to give it a distinctive sour flavour and kill the bacteria that otherwise would make it dangerous to eat.
Another meaty option is naem khao tod. For this dish rice balls are deep fried before being mixed with some pork, chili and herbs are added to create a tasty salad.
Local prawn skewers are a must to try; don’t be fooled by the small size and give it a try; they are delicious.
If you prefer a comfortable dinner in one of the river front restaurant don’t miss the Mekong freshwater fish which is served everywhere and will be cooked at your choice; pair it with a som tam salad (papaya salad). A whole fish will come at around THB250.