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Dec 15, 2009 07:30 PM

Bangkok dining tips

I will be in Bangkok for three weeks, traveling solo, and I'd love to get some tips for where to get good eats that aren't touristy. I'd like to mix in some street food during the day with some sit-down solo dinners in the evenings.

Thanks in advance.

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    1. re: Curt the Soi Hound

      Thanks for the tip and link. I hit stall c21 in MBK and ordered the chicken per your suggestion. I must have hit it on off day as I found the parboiled rice and overcooked chicken leg wholly unappealing and undeserving of anything more than the bin. I'll try to make it to another choice of yours in the coming days and hope the outcome is better than my lunch yesterday.

      1. re: atomic42

        Sorry to hear it was a miss. Did you happen to use some of the sweet chili sauce shown sprinkled on the rice in my photo. Maybe I should include that in the photo. Many times, a sauce is what makes the dish. Khao mun kai, the non-muslim version, is another good example.

        I hope it hasn't gone downhill.

    2. curt has some excellent suggestions!

      since you are in bangkok for 3 weeks, you have lots of time to experiment.

      i would suggest that when you have a couple of hours to spare, pick a neighborhood or area and wander around the street food and restaurant areas, checking out which are crowded, what's on offer, etc. sometimes you'll end up with mediocre noodle soup, sometimes you'll stumble across something excellent or totally unexpected. tipped off by the massive line every morning, we recently "discovered" the most amazing fried chicken i have ever tasted just around the corner from our house. bangkok is full of stuff like that.

      what area are you staying in?

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      1. re: justintime

        If you don't mind me asking, where's your kai thod place? Is it a morning rush hour place only?