Best Bangkok cheap eats at Terminal 21

Best Bangkok cheap eats at Terminal 21 food court

Looking for good cheap eats in Bangkok? Hit up the Terminal 21 food court: Pier 21. Because some of the best street food in Bangkok isn’t actually on the street! The Terminal 21 food court is a mecca of street food that’s actually cheaper than what you’ll find on the street. And every stall has a menu with English, so it’s a great place for Bangkok beginners to easily try a whole bunch of dishes. Needless to say, we visited the Terminal 21 food court many times during our two trips to Bangkok. And after all that intensive research, we feel like we identified the best of the best. So here are our recommendations for what to eat at Terminal 21 in Bangkok.

The best: what to eat at Terminal 21

Red Thai curry omelet at Kitchen Delight

The curry is rich and savory and spicy. The meat is tender. It’s all wrapped up in a thin layer of egg and served with rice. It’s absolutely delicious and was our favorite dish by far. It was 60 THB, so on the pricier side, but worth it. The stall is in the back corner right behind the cashier.

Thai curry omelet at Kitchen Delight, Pier 21, Terminal 21, Bangkok, Thailand

Gyoza at Skyluck

These dumplings are way more deep fried than any of the ones we had in Japan, but they always came out crispy and fresh. The dipping sauce  and cabbage accompaniment are great too. And at only 30 THB, you can always get them as an addition to any meal. The stall is pretty much smack in the middle.

Gyoza at Skyluck, Pier 21, Terminal 21, Bangkok, Thailand

Pad Thai at Hoy Tod

The Pad Thai stall is extremely popular (there will likely be a line) and for good reason. Everything is fresh and the sauce is sweet but not overpowering. You can get it with two different types of noodles (regular or vermicelli) and with or without shrimp. We recommend the plain old regular version for 30 THB (with shrimp, the cost is 50 THB). The stall is against the wall closer to the entrance.

Pad Thai at Hoy Tod, Pier 21, Termainl 21, Bangkok

Stir-fried morning glory at Kindee

So we’ve ordered this dish multiple times in every country we’ve visited in Southeast Asia. We can’t get enough of it. We like the versions that come with pork, which this one does. This version is really, really spicy (almost too spicy for Sarah, but Justin loved it). It comes with rice. Don’t add any additional spices until you’ve tasted it (you’ll be admonished by the cooks if you do). Cost: 30 THB. The stall is located right next to the Pad Thai stall.

Kindee, Pier 21, Terminal 21, Bangkok, Thailand

Smoothies at Tam Pen Juicez

This is a big huge smoothie stand with beautiful cups of fresh fruit they turn into delicious smoothies. We like the mango-banana best for 37 THB.

Tam Pen Juicez, Pier 21, Terminal 21, Bangkok, Thailand

Duck with sesame noodles at Dragon X

It’s hard to miss the stall with the animals hanging in the window. The duck is the winner here as it’s roasted and the skin is yummy. Get it with the buckwheat noodles all smothered in a rich sesame sauce. Cost: 45 THB.

Dragon X, Pier 21, Terminal 21, Bangkok, Thailand

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Honorable mentions: what to eat at Terminal 21

Mango with sticky rice at Cheng Sim Ei

Our friend Lee will argue that this should belong in the “best” category, but it was a pretty standard version of this popular dish. Although it’s a steal at Pier 21, at only 35 THB. The stall is right behind the smoothie stall.

Cheng Sim Ei: best Bangkok cheap eats at Terminal 21 food court

Crispy mussels at Hoy Tod

This dish is from the same stall that makes the delicious Pad Thai. They also have a version with oysters. The mussels are fried in a batter so it almost looks like they’re in a super crispy crepe. It was tasty but way too rich and oily. If you want to try it, plan on sharing. Cost: 50 THB.

Crispy mussels at Hoy Tod: best Bangkok cheap eats at Terminal 21 food court

Stir-fried noodles with pork at Tai Heng

Pretty typical Thai dish of stir-fried broad noodles with veg and pork. Tasty, but kinda boring. But, only 25 THB! Apparently we should have tried their sukiyaki, but we didn’t know that was a thing at the time. This stall was at the very back of the hall right behind the cashier.

Tai Heng: best Bangkok cheap eats at Terminal 21 food court

Sweet and sour (and spicy) BBQ pork soup at Sriwan’s

Justin got this because he couldn’t eat hard food (more to come on dental tourism in Bangkok soon). It was sweet. And sour. And spicy. And solid. Cost: 35 THB.

Sriwan: best Bangkok cheap eats at Terminal 21 food court

Tips for visiting the Terminal 21 food court

  • Pier 21 is on the fifth floor of the mall, right behind the Golden Gate Bridge.
  • The stalls operate under a cashless system: you put cash on a card and pay with that. There are two places to get the cards, one in the front and one in the back. The one in the front is typically much busier, so we recommend going to the one in the back.
  • If you’re with other people, you should each get your own card even if you’re going to share. You’ll get food faster that way.
  • There is free filtered water you can use to fill up a water bottle.
  • Dip your utensils in the hot water to sterilize them before eating.
  • Come hungry and enjoy!

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14 thoughts on “Best Bangkok cheap eats at Terminal 21

    • Sarah and Justin says:

      Yes it’s air conditioned and they have places to fill up water bottles! And you don’t need to know any Thai to order. Every dish has an English description, pictures, and you order by number. It’s the perfect intro to eating in Thailand!

  1. Ashley says:

    Wow – that doesn’t look like any food I’ve ever eaten at a food court in a mall. That looks amazing! Those gyoza dumplings at Skyluck have my mouth watering!

  2. Richa says:

    There is so much to eat at this terminal, I am surprised! I usually do not like eating at the airport and escape to lounges for food and drinks but this looks like a mall and not an airport. Good to know 🙂

  3. Rajlakshmi says:

    I love gyoza…they are so yumm. And look at those smoothies… It’s already making me feel hungry. I have never tried crispy mussels before. It looks good 😊

  4. Quirky Globetrotter says:

    This is a great post! Far too often I’m stuck at the airport and have no idea where to purchase cheap but good food. This is a great series to start, honestly! I love that you included a variety of options to cater to others tastes and needs. Safe travels to you!

  5. alexisrae13 says:

    I would never have been able to make decision there! But it all looks really good. Weird about the utensils not being already sterilized, but at least they give you the option to DIY? Lol

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