Thai cuisine has become famous worldwide with its generous and creative use of fresh herbs and spices. The cooking here places emphasis on lightly prepared dishes with strong aromatic components and a spicy edge to them. Thai cooking rejects simplicity and is about “the juggling of disparate elements to create a harmonious finish”.
17 Dishes to Try on Your Trip to Thailand
1. Pad Thai
Pad Thai, also known as Thai Style Fried Noodles, is the national food of Thailand, it can be easily found on the streets. It’s made with rehydrated dried rice noodles, stir fried with eggs and chopped firm tofu, flavored with tamarind pulp, fish sauce, dried shrimp, garlic or shallots, red chili pepper and palm sugar, and served with lime wedges and chopped roasted peanuts.
2. Khao Pad
A delicious dish which can be found easily on the carts in the streets of Thailand is Khao Pad which is also known as Thai Fried Rice. The thing that makes it different from the Chinese Fried Rice is that Jasmine Rice is used to make this dish along with egg, onion, seasoning and a few extra ingredients of your choosing.
3. Tom Yum Goong
The name itself means ‘The Flavour of Thailand’, it’s spicy shrimp soup which can be found all over Thailand and you will get the authentic taste of Thailand while tasting this. It’s made with fresh ingredients such as lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves, galangal, lime juice, fish sauce, and crushed red chilli peppers.
4. Gaeng Keow Wan Gai
Gaeng Keow Wan Gai is a green Thai curry, and one of the spiciest curries you can have here. It is made with slices of chicken, Thai eggplant, bamboo shoots, coriander and basil, combined with the flavourful green curry paste that’s a combination of coconut milk, green chilli, kaffir lime, galangal, shrimp paste, cilantro, lemongrass, and other spices. You can have it with Jasmine Rice.
5. Khao Soi
Khao Soi is made with a mix of deep-fried crispy egg noodles and boiled egg noodles, pickled mustard greens, shallots, lime, ground chillies fried in oil, and meat in a curry-like sauce containing coconut milk. This dish is served at almost every restaurant in Thailand.
6. Pad Kee Mao
Are you nursing a hangover?? This is the dish that can help you get rid of it. Pad Khee Mao is made up of ground pork, wide rice noodles and plenty of fresh basil. Soaked in a sauce typical of Thai cuisine which is perfectly balanced with heat, tanginess and sweetness – coming from thai chiles, rice wine vinegar and sweet soy sauce.
7. Tom Kha Gai
Tom Kha Gai is a dish for people who cannot eat spicy food, it has a flavour of galangal (similar to ginger) and coconut. It is also known as Thai Coconut Chicken Soupand and is a very famous soup in Thailand.
8. Pad Kra Pao
The literal translation of this Dish to English is stir-fried holy basil chicken. Pad Krapow consists of meat like chicken, pork, beef, or seafood, and is stir-fried with basil, chillies and garlic, served over rice and egg. It is a not so spicy dish and one will love the garlicky flavour.
9. Rad Na
It is a street food that can be easily found in Thailand. Rad Na is a Thai style flat rice noodle in thick gravy. It is a delicious dish with the meat of your choice. You can put some additional sugar, fish sauce, sliced chillies in white vinegar and ground dried chillies on the side when eating.
10. Spring rolls
This is a very common dish which is found all over the world and is made with all the spring vegetables mixed together and put in the dough and fried. However, Thai Spring Rolls are something worth trying. It’s a snack that can be easily found at any food stall in Thailand.
11. Gai Med Ma Moung
A unique combination of dry fruits, veggies and chicken that you will find in Thailand is Gai Med Ma Moung. A very spicy but tasty dish to try (better ask for a milder version if you can’t eat spicy food).
12. Gooay teeo reua
Also known as Boat Noodles, it has a strong flavour. It contains both pork and beef, along with dark soy sauce, pickled bean curd, and other spices, and is normally served with meatballs and pig’s liver. The soup contains pig or cow blood mixed with salt and spices, to season the soup.
Joke or Rice Porridge is one of Thailand’s most commonly found breakfasts. If you are awake early morning and looking for food, try Joke.
14. Jim Jum
Jim Jum is a bowl of relaxation. It is great street food, especially found in Bangkok. You select your own fresh vegetables and cook it in a mud pot. Pork, eggs and mung bean noodles are also commonly ordered to supplement the vegetable soup and make it even more delicious.
15. Khao Ka Moo
This is a dish which will become your favourite once you taste it. Every meat lover should try this amazingly tasty dish. Khao Ka Moo is also known as Soy Sauce Pork. Pork knuckles are boiled in an aromatic blend of soy sauce, sugar, and cinnamon five-spice for hours to make this delicious dish.
16. Khao Neow Ma Muang
A mouth-watering dessert made with mango and sticky rice topped with coconut cream. The not too sweet taste of this dessert makes it your all-time favourite.
17. Khanom Krok
Also known as coconut rice dumplings, these are a saccharine desserts made with coconut, sugar and rice.