Bangkok Street Food Statistics

I love the street food in Bangkok- you should too. The Bangkok Post published some statistics about street food in Bangkok, highlights:

  • Thb54.75 billion is total amount spent on street food annually
  • 80% of Bangkokians eat street food more often than food from shophouses, department stores and restaurants
  • Number of vendors: 20,275 that operate in permitted areas and another 17,731 operating illegally. The fine for operating illegally is Thb2,000, a low risk considering the amount someone call sell.
  • Fees- Thb300 per square meter for monthly cleaning fee (permitted vendor)
  • Fines- a fine of up to Thb20,000 can be levied (also jail time) for selling contaminated food.
  • Favorite street foods- noodles, somtam, fried food; comment- good lesson in basic supply and demand as these three foods are both popular (demand) and easy to prepare on the street, this leads to most streets having vendors with these foods. For the fried foods, fried chicken would probably be most common followed by fried fish and pork.

Crowded sidewalks, smoke from cooking and rubbish are negatives of the street food scene. But street food fuels the masses- from office workers to laborers- and is a great look (and taste) at the Thai society.

Where there is a will- and one square meter- there will be a way to make some kind of food.

About faranginbangkok

Additional pictures: For more updates about Bangkok, Thailand and other thoughts: I began working in Bangkok during 2008- a time that featured a great deal of political unrest in Thailand and particularly Bangkok. I had lived in San Francisco for 15 years and was working on a project in Thailand. Generally I spent 2 weeks in Bangkok and then 3-4 weeks in San Francisco. Did Bangkok begin to feel like home? Yes, and No. Bangkok and the Thai culture forced me to feel many things, the change in culture and environment was so dramatic it forced the decision- embrace or ignore. I embraced and made Bangkok my home and base in 2009. I have enjoyed living in Bangkok, experiencing Thailand and the entire ASEAN region.
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One Response to Bangkok Street Food Statistics

  1. Baitoey says:

    hello, where did u get those information from? im a mahidol university student. can i use this information to do a report? thank you

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