When you visit Thailand and getting around, don’t forget to try the famous dishes of Thai cuisine. There are too many dishes for you to choose but today we will introduce you Eight Thai dishes that you should try.
Pad Thai are easily translated in stir-fried noodles. They are often served as street food and at local eateries. They do serve it in restaurants, but in my experience the cheaper versions of this dish are ALWAYS better! Pad Thai can be eaten with seafood or chicken, or as a veggie dish.
Tom Yum Goong
This is a delicious Thai soup with shrimp as a main ingredient. So if you are not into seafood, jump ahead to the next dish! For all of you seafood lovers, you’re having a great start into your Thai food experience. This is a clear soup with lemongrass and is often seen as a hot and sour soup. So if you are not into spicy, don’t forget to ask for a “mild” version.
This dish combines all five tastes; sour, hot, salty, savory and sweetness and mixes it together. In English this dish can be translated to ‘green papaya salad’. Throughout cities in Thailand, this dish is one of the staples of street food cooking and dining. It’s fresh, easy to prepare, and tastes wonderful.
Pad pak boong fai dang
This dish literally translates to “red light stir fried morning glory.” The red light refers to the flames that leap up while cooking this dish on a wok, as well as the red Thai chilis that freckle the dish. Morning glory is a relatively neutral tasting veggie, so this dish dresses it up in a fermented soy bean, oyster sauce, and soy sauce gravy. Eat this with a bowl of rice porridge for a filling Thai breakfast.
I wasn’t going to put them in, because they are often referred to as backpacker food. You seriously can’t go without them though; they are the best damn things that have ever come out of Thailand. I’m not kidding, it has been almost 3 years since I was in Thailand and you can ask anyone, I still talk about them. The other night I even had a dream about them, those delicious banana pancakes with vanilla sauce mmmm.. They have hundreds of variations (even some without banana if you prefer that) but you can get them with chocolate, vanilla, strawberry, hazelnut, orange, almost anything you can think of, they can put it on for you!
Gai Med Ma Moung (Chicken Cashew Nuts)
Thai stir fry chicken with cashew nuts. Another often very spicy dish, so don’t forget to ask for a milder version if you prefer this, and if it is an option. Together with some veggies, the cashew nuts and the chicken this is a perfect dish. I often also order some steamed white rice on the side if I’m really hungry!
Kao Phad (Fried Rice)
The famous Thai fried rice is a favourite for almost all locals and tourists. The meal usually includes some kind of meat, either chicken, shrimp, crab or beef. Together with egg, garlic, onions and a delicious seasoning this is an easy to go to meal that can be found at many street vendors.
Another favourite of mine, I so love my curry’s! Interesting fact is that Massaman is not a native Thai word and comes from the Muslims early writing around the 19th century. This is a bit of a softer curry compared to the green, red and yellow Thai curries. It does have some dried peppers in there, so be aware it is still spicy. The rich flavors in the paste come from cinnamon, nutmeg, cumin and several others, these are all spices imported from the Middle East.
There are many other Thai dishes , we can not mention all here. Let’s come and check it yourself.