Street food has always been a fun part of Southeast Asian experience and Krabi has more than a fair share of it. You can sample what this provincial town has to offer everywhere, especially in the town centre as well as the beach areas.
The cost is very affordable and street food here is similar to many dishes found around the southern part of Thailand, meaning some of its popular cuisine is influenced by Malaysian and Chinese food. The locals do a great job of adjusting and creating their own particular flavours by using Thai herbs, spices and more.
Great Street foods not to be missed
Phad Thai: Phad Thai is stir-fried rice noodles, seasoned with fish sauce, lime, red chili pepper, sugar, and tamarind juice. The main ingredients used in this dish also include tofu, eggs, dried shrimps, bean sprouts and meat, usually shrimp, chicken or pork.
Noodle soup: This dish comes with either clear or thick soup often made with beef or pork broth and with a choice of beef, chicken, pork and seafood.
Som Tam - Gai Yang: Som tam or green papaya salad is not only yummy but also quite healthy. It goes well with gai yang or grilled chicken on a skewer as well as sticky rice.
Moo Ping and Khao Niao: Moo ping (or grilled pork on skewers) and khao niao (sticky, or glutinous rice) is a classic street food combination you will find throughout Krabi.
Seafood BBQ: Krabi is home to a vast selection of beautiful fresh seafood. Try prawns, squid and mussels. They are simple yummy! A word of advice, though; avoid the spicy seafood dip, it can be extremely piquant if you are not used to.
Kanom jeen: Thin, spaghetti-like noodles made from rice with carp or other fish, and dipping sauces.
Khao Mok Kai: This yellow chicken rice dish originally comes from Malaysia and is served with fried shallots, sliced cucumber and a small bowl of clear soup.
Khao Man Kai: Its name literally means 'oiled rice chicken' but don’t let this turn you off. This Thai version of Hainanese chicken rice is basically fragrant rice cooked in rich broth and topped with juicy and tender chicken. It’s common to enjoy it with fresh salad, a spicy dip and a bowl of clear soup.
Drinks and Desserts
Wash all this down with tasty exotic drinks including coconut water, watermelon and mango smoothie. On a hot day in Krabi, cool yourself down with two favourite local drinks; sweet iced coffee and sweet iced tea. At first they might taste a little odd but give it time and you’ll see that they can be quite refreshing with crushed ice and condensed milk.
Many traditional desserts are based on coconut milk, white sugar, banana, and sticky rice and they’re a must try for all newcomers. Look for all-time popular sweets such as a) sticky rice and mango, b) sticky rice in banana leaf and c) sticky rice with custard. You should also try sticky rice with a chunk of durian in thick coconut cream if you dare. It’s lovely!
Good to Know
Most dishes cost around 30-60 baht. The BBQ items including chicken and seafood usually go for 15-30 baht per stick. The cost for a whole grilled fish is between 80-150 baht. Desserts cost less, usually starting from 7 baht per piece for basic items.
If you are not sure what to order, just go with the flow. Look for the stands that have the most customers, you can’t go wrong with that.
Where to get Street Food in Krabi
A small night market on Maharaj Soi 10 in the town centre (open: early evening till late.).
Krabi Walking Street next to Vogue Department Store (open: Fridays to Sundays from17:00-22:00).
Chao Fah Night Market at Chao Fah Pier on Kongka Road (open: Daily from 17.00-00.30).
Long-tail boat food
There are a few long-tail boat food vendors moored just off the beach in front of Phra Nang Cave at Railay. You will be amazed at the variety of goods they have in stock but most importantly the Thai fast-food style. They cook the food fresh right there and serve it in a box with a plastic spoon. You can basically order just about anything such as phad thai, fried rice with shrimp or chicken, corn on the cob, mango and sticky rice, soda drinks and coffee and tea. Prices are very reasonable.
These boat vendors have become quite handy for tourists as there isn’t anything else out there except the luxurious Rayavadee Resort.
- Opening Hours: All year round
- Location: Phra Nang Cave Beach, south of Railay Beach.