Street Food Obsession: Fish

There are times you walk the streets of Bangkok and you’re overwhelmed by the sights, sounds and smells of the food. The amount and variety of food being served street side never ceases to amazing. To combat the large number of choices, I find myself picking out one or two different dishes for a brief period and constantly ordering that dish.

As written, I have a long standing love affair with noodles, particular yellow noodles, served dry with red pork. While noodles are great for lunch, they’re a bit light for dinner; I’ve been searching for a ‘go to’ dish for dinner, I’ve been eating a lot of chicken and pork dishes.


Tilapia, waiting for a lucky person. This photograph was taken in Ari, just under the BTS station (outbound traffic side of the street).


Fish, the big one as seen in the picture, is my new found favorite. The fish is tilapia, it’s served with a whole big plate of veggies, some rice noodles and a dipping sauce; it’s amazing. Herbs are stuffed in the belly of the fish before it’s cooked, the outside of the fish is encrusted with salt to retain moisture. The fish is grilled- a good vender will be grilling the fish throughout the evening to ensure the fish is always warm and fresh.

If you want to order this fish, here’s the Thai: เมี่ยงปลานิลเผาเกลือ (ชุดใหญ่-เล็ก). Suggestion- like all other street food, make sure you dine at a street side stall that is serving a lot of food and frequented by Thais.

About faranginbangkok

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. I moved to Singapore in 2016...fallen behind on this blog since.
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