In the early evenings roadside barbecues pop up across Bangkok’s busy streets. Locals congregate at seated street areas while Bangkok street food vendors work their grills. Fish are gutted, stuffed with pandanus leaves and lemongrass and coated with flour and rock salt. The Pla Pao fish are then grilled over charcoal. Pla pao grilled fish comes served with a dip of fish sauce, lime and chili. Other dips also on offer. Eat the meat not the skin.
There are three common freshwater fish sold at these roadside pla pao barbecues; tilapia (Pla Nin), catfish (Pla Duk Dam), snakehead fish (Pla Duk Yan). A popular fish grill hangout (pictured) is near the front of Centralworld Mall on the walk towards Pratunam area.