Some of the very best names in street food are facing off at Mahanakhon, and you get the try the tasty results
King Power Mahanakhon’s new event is bringing the best of street food into the same arena. This Mar 13-17, the Bangkok-Hong Kong Street Battle Food Festival gathers 25 legends from Bangkok and Hong Kong’s street food scenes to showcase the very best both cities have to offer.
The theme is a battle, but both sides have a lot in common—namely, Thailand’s large Thai-Chinese population that makes up 14 percent of all the country’s people. The most famous street food vendors at the event are largely offering Chinese dishes or are owned by people with Chinese lineage.
Among the best participating restaurants is Hong Kong’s Mak Man Kee Noodle Shop, whose Cantonese wonton noodle bowls have drawn lines of tourists and locals to its Kowloon noodle stall for years. There are also some Michelin credentials on display here. Bangkok’s Guay Tiew Kai Suan Mali is bringing its tender braised chicken with special sauce that earned it a Bib Gourmand honor from the 2019 Michelin Guide. The unbeatable Cantonese BBQ from Sun Kwai Heung is a must-try if you are looking for something a little more substantial. Expect beautifully bronzed and caramelized char siu (Chinese roasted pork) marinated in a mix of five different spices. For lighter bites, try the succulent pork sataay—charcoal-grilled to perfection—from Chueng Ung Lak, which are honestly so good you could fill up on them alone.
If you have a sweet tooth you need to try the chewy, bite-sized patongo (Chinese doughnut) from Yaowarat’s dessert mainstay Patongo Saveoy, which is oozing with subtly sweet bursts of steaming custard. Need something a little unique? Hong Kong’s Waso Cafe is doling out one of its signature pastries: pineapple bread. While the name might suggest it's sweet and tangy, you'll be surprised with the savory notes from the fluffy fried egg and refreshing kick from the tomatoes at first bite.
After you are done stuffing your face, head to the top of King Power Mahanakhon to get a glimpse of Thailand’s highest observation deck—the sights really are amazing. Start at the Observatory—located on the 74th and 75th floors—for indoor panoramic views of the city. There is also an augmented reality experience featuring various tourist attractions in Bangkok. If you’re not terrified of heights, or you are and want to scare yourself, check out the Glass Tray on the 78th floor—one of the world’s largest see-through floors and the highest atop a building. Exclusive! Those who attend this event can have their all-access tickets for the top of King Power Mahanakhon slashed from B965 to B765. There are tons of duty-free discounted items awaiting you along the way, too.
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