Street food stalls make first Michelin Guide Bangkok + SA's must-visit street food spots

2017-12-18 18:00 - Kavitha Pillay
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Cape Town - Indulging in street food is the best way for travellers to satisfy their hunger and get a taste of local culture while on the go.

This makes the Tourism Authority of Thailand's (TAT) launch of the first Michelin Guide Bangkok, which features street food stalls, a win for travellers from across the globe.

A total of 98 Thai, Asian and international restaurants, including for the first time 28 Thai street-food stalls, are featured in the inaugural Michelin Guide, which was launched at a gala ceremony in the Thai capital on 6 December.

The selection of the Michelin Guide Bangkok 2018 features 3 two-star restaurants, 14 one-star restaurants and 35 Bib Gourmand restaurants.

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It is the first step in a project known as the Michelin Guide Thailand, covering the period 2017–2021. The Michelin Guide Bangkok 2018 will be followed by similar guidebooks covering the food, service and catering sectors in other popular destinations such as Chiang Mai, Phuket and Hua Hin.

Yuthasak Supasorn, the TAT Governor, says that “The inaugural Michelin guidebook will elevate Thailand’s food scene to a new level of excellence and significantly enhance the country’s reputation as a world-class dining destination.

“The Michelin Guide is a measure of gastronomic quality for many people around the world. It sets a high benchmark, and we are confident that the launch of Michelin Guide Bangkok will attract more food connoisseurs to Thailand, which will in turn increase revenue for restaurants and substantially contribute to Thailand’s overall tourism and leisure market.”

He also congratulated the first restaurants and chefs in Bangkok to be awarded prestigious Michelin Stars.

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According to the World Tourism Organisation (WTO), food tourism can generate US$150 billion in revenue. For Thailand, in 2016, international visitor expenditure on food totaled 326 billion Baht, representing 20% of the tourism revenue. The 4th UNWTO Conference on Gastronomy Tourism will be held in Bangkok in May 2018.

Yuthasak says that Gastronomy Tourism is an important part of TAT's marketing strategy and “Thai cuisine is famous all over the world."

"It is rare a major city in the world that does not boast a Thai restaurant, be it in the form of fine-dining or takeaway. All our culinary delights have their roots in Thai agriculture, which was our bedrock source of economic livelihood well before tourism. Now, the Royal Thai Government is more firmly linking both.”

In 2018, TAT is also supporting the publication of a bilingual Thailand guidebook Gault and Millau Belux 2018 edition.

SA's street food spots to check out

Little Gujarat

Little Gujarat in Durban is vegetarian spot offering bunny chows and roti rolls for local bites on the go. 

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Baha Taco

Get a taste of Mexico in Jozi with hand-rolled tortillas made from organic stone ground flour and traditional methods. Grab your meal from this food stand in Jozi.

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Lucky Bao

A tiny bar serving Asian street food, Lucky Bao combines Japanese and Chinese cuisine. You can watch the chef prepare your food fresh right before you and it offers something unique to the Cape Town dining scene says Food24.

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Rua

Serving European street food, Rua is a creative and ambient space in Cape Town boasting service and a passion.

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The Prawn Shak 

This unique, rustic restaurant cooks up a selection of local favourites on the unspoilt beach of Amatikulu, located on the North Coast, 110km from Durban.  

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Urbanologi

In the heart of Johannesburg, this eatery offers a fusion of street food, Asian cuisine and local ingredients. "The essence of their food comes from using the highest quality of fresh Asian and local ingredients while harnessing the character of street food with an Avant Garde thought process," says Food24.

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