You may have suspected this when buying grilled pork or som tum salads or noodles, but now it's official.
Bangkok has been voted the ''Best Street Food City'' by editors and members of the US-based travel website VirtualTourist.com.
The website boasts about 1.2 million registered members around the world, and became part of the Trip-Advisor Media Group in 2008.
According to VirtualTourist, street food is not only snacks but a storied tradition of eating and a celebration of collective national heritage.
In compiling its top-10 ''Best Street Food City'' list, the website focused on places with a healthy presence of vendors hawking local delicacies.
''Few places in the world, if any, are as synonymous with street food as Thailand. For the variety of locations and abundance of options, we selected Bangkok as our number one city for street food,'' the website said.Its members recommended Soi Rambuttri, a U-shaped lane off Khao San Road for pad thai as well as Sukhumvit Soi 38 where the food market opens in the evening and stays up until about 3am, serving up a whole range of staples and local delicacies as well as desserts.
In second place was Singapore, where the best place to sample the fare was a hawker centre, which was a hybrid between a food court and a fresh food market neatly organised with food stalls food.
The recommended dishes were Hainanese chicken rice; laksa, a spicy Chinese and Malaysian noodle soup; and satay.
In third place was Penang in Malaysia, followed by Marrakech in Morocco, Palermo in Sicily, Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam, Istanbul in Turkey, Mexico City in Mexico, Brussels in Belgium, and Beachside Ceviche in Ambergris Caye, Belize.
Visit VirtualTourist.com for more details.