Like the United States, Thailand is a country where gastronomy has its place in the national culture. There are several dishes in different styles that you must absolutely taste when you are visiting Thailand or
Like the United States, Thailand is a country where gastronomy has its place in the national culture. There are several dishes in different styles that you must absolutely taste when you are visiting Thailand or when you live there. The advantage of Thai food is that it is available everywhere, at any time, and low prices.
All the dishes listed below cost between 2 and 6 dollars (80 to 240 baht) depending on the restaurant where you taste them. So, without further ado, let’s dive into this blog and learn some of the best Thai dishes that everyone should taste at least once in their life.
1. Tom Yam Kung
Tom Yam Kung is almost the national dish as the name is famous and the taste appreciated by both Thai and Westerners. Sweet and sour soup served hot, mainly based on Tom Yam Kung shrimps, is distinguished by its red color, quite pronounced depending on how it is prepared.
It can be very spicy, as Thai people like it, or simply a little bit spicy. Tom Yam has many variations, the most famous being the version with shrimps and prawns. For example, you can cook a Tom Yam soup with seafood (Tom Yam Talé) or chicken (Tom Yam Gai) as the main ingredient.
2. Tom Ka Gai
Another famous Thai soup, the Tom Kha Gai, is an amazing mix of coconut milk, galangal, lemongrass, Thai red pepper, lime, and chicken. It is a real explosion of exotic flavors to which you can add shiitake mushrooms and coriander leaves. This dish is found everywhere in Thailand. It is very appreciated for its creamy soup. The small pieces of chicken that are bathed in the broth come out with a light coconut flavor and melt in the mouth.
3. Som Tum
A typical street food dish, Som Tum, also known as papaya salad, is a dish originating from Isaan, the northeast region of Thailand. This dish, very appreciated today by all Thai people, was originally a dish for modest families. Little by little, this dish conquered the whole country until it became one of the world’s most famous Thai culinary specialties.
The great Thai chefs have fun reinventing this dish every day in the trendy restaurants of the capital. This dish can be eaten spicy or not, by choosing the number of chilies, from zero to five. Two or more chilies can be very spicy for a Western palate not used to this food. Som Tum with five chilies is almost inedible for a farang (westerner).
4. Pad Thai
The Thai government popularized Pad Thai following the economic recession that followed World War II. The stated purpose was to reduce the domestic demand for the country’s star grain: rice. Today, Pad Thai is probably the most famous Thai dish in the West and is very popular in Thailand.
This dish is cooked with rice pasta that the cook sautés, depending on the variant, with fresh shrimp, eggs, and various spices and sprouts. A simple dish to make in a few minutes, you can taste pad thai almost everywhere where you can find street food in Thailand.
5. Khao Man Gai
The Khao Man Gai is a dish of surprising simplicity compared to the traditional Thai Khao Man Gaimais of pure delight. Thai variation of the famous Hainan style chicken, Khao Man Gai is undoubtedly one of the most popular street food dishes; Thai people are crazy about it!
This dish is simply composed of cooked chicken breast accompanied by a fragrant rice and a soup. It is served with a hot sauce made of ginger, garlic, chili, and soy. It goes without saying that without the sauce, the dish loses all its flavor and originality.
6. Yam Tua Plu
There are dozens of different Yam, Yam Tua Plu significant spicy salads in the Thai culinary tradition. Yam Tuna (spicy tuna salad), Yam Talé (spicy seafood salad), or Yam Gai Kratiam (spicy chicken salad with garlic) are some examples. Yam Tua Plu is one of these famous Yam. It is a fresh salad made from chopped winged beans, shrimps, eggs, sliced squid, peanuts, and cashew nuts, all coated with a spicy sauce. The result is a surprisingly creamy combination that is not, literally, lacking in power.
7. Cha Nom Yen
Cha Nom Yen can be translated as cold tea with milk. This Thai drink is popular throughout Southeast Asia. Cha Nom Yen vendors can be found on the street and in shopping malls, thanks to several brands that have entered this ชานมเย็นmarket.
A Cha Nom Yen is built around a tea, Thai or otherwise, to which fresh milk or condensed milk is added. The result gives a smooth, soft, and sweet taste to which one may quickly become addicted as the taste is so addictive. It is possible to drink milk tea without ice cubes, but the mixture will lose its refreshing function during hot tropical weather.
Looking for help?
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We will also soon offer cooking classes for everyone looking to replicate our dishes in their home. So, what are you waiting for? Give them a call to fix all your cravings and get some authentic Thai food. For more information, visit their website or give them a call.