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Yaowarat: The Chinatown Street Food Capital of Thailand

If you walk the streets of Yaowarat in Thailand’s famed Chinatown, you’re sure to have an interesting, exciting, and soulful experience. The Thai street food you’ll find here is a wonderful fusion of delicious Asian flavors. Sampling the street food of Yaowarat is an amazing way to feed your soul.

Yaowarat is where you need to go if you’re craving for seafood, yet you’re miles away from the ocean. In Yaowarat, the ocean comes to you! You’ll find fresh oysters, shrimp, and still-alive crabs cooked in various ways and served with yummy sauces for as low as $2.

If you’re traveling with family and friends and willing to splurge a little, there’s a shop that sells jumbo lobsters. A kilo of these lobsters will cost you around $50, but it’s a veritable feast for your group.

Looking for something to munch on while walking around Yaowarat?

You can’t miss the stalls selling chestnuts being roasted in front of you. These chestnuts come from places like Japan, Korea, and China, and they’re sold all year long. How much do they cost? Around $6 per kilo.

If you’re feeling adventurous, though, you can walk the wild side and try some fried silkworms, grasshoppers, and scorpions.

For heartier fare, look around you and you’ll find soups, noodles, and rice meals galore. The ones you really need to try are fish rice soups, the famous tom yum soup, and—of course—the Pad Thai. And oh, don’t forget to try the fish maw. It’s my personal favorite, something I’ve lived with since my childhood.

Yaowarat is where we got our inspiration for all the curry dishes we serve at Asian Mint.

In Yaowarat, you can get a curry rice dish for about $2. If you want extra meat, it will only set you back a dollar extra. Curry is really a dish that comforts the soul—smooth, creamy, and really, really good.

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Another Yaowarat-inspired food that we serve at Asian Mint is kua kai. It’s pretty famous here, and it’s made with big rice noodles, egg, and a little bit of soy. Good kua kai needs to be charred a little before serving.

Craving something cold and sweet, especially on a hot Thai summer day?

Grab a bowl of thapthim krop, which is like Thai’s very own sherbet, with cubes of water chestnuts as its centerpiece. A typical stall selling this treat will have an array of fruits, beans, and other goodies aside from thapthim krop for you to choose from. Your chosen ingredients will be piled in a bowl, served with coconut sauce, and then topped with crushed ice. Then you mix it around when you eat it. I tell you, this is the best way to end any Yaowarat thai street food escapade, or any meal, for that matter.

One thing you can’t leave without when you end your Yaowarat adventure is tea. This place has plenty of tea stalls selling a wide variety of teas from all over Asia. Do stop by one and grab some flower tea, goji berry tea, rose tea, and milk tea.

Check out my very own Yaowarat Thai street food adventure in this Nikky Feeding Souls episode:

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