Thai cuisine is one of the most popular and relished cuisines in the world. With their exotic blend of flavours, Thai dishes are sure to impress even the first-timers. So, whether you are planning a Thai trip for the first time or visiting the Land of Smiles again, here are some of the best Thai dishes that you must try-
1.The Thai Curry
One of the most common names in the huge list of dishes from Thailand is the Thai Curry. While this is the collective name, it has two types that differentiated on the basis of ingredients- Gaeng Daeng (Red Curry) & Gaeng Keow Wan Gai (Thai Green Chicken Curry). Being one of the most widely served dishes in Thailand, it is available for both vegetarians and non-vegetarians with their choice of key ingredients.
Also referred to as the Northern Curry Soup, Khao Soi is a common dish between Thailand, Myanmar and Laos. Found abundantly in Chiang Mai and Pai, it is a soupy dish mixed with deep-fried crispy egg noodles and boiled egg noodles, herbs, and meat in a curry-like sauce containing coconut milk. This purely non-vegetarian dish is subtly spicy and can be relished by all.
Literally translated to stir-fried noodles, Pad Thai is a popular street food in Thailand. This sweet and sour flavored dish is found both with chicken and vegetables, making it available to both vegetarian and non-vegetarian tourists.
This famous Thai fried rice is a favourite among all locals and tourists alike. Usually a non-vegetarian dish, it is mainly cooked with chicken, shrimp crab or beef. Besides the additions, as its main ingredients, Khao Phad includes eggs, garlic, onions and some authentic Thai seasoning and makes up for a delectable street food.
5.Tom Yum Goong
Also known as Spicy Shrimp Soup, Tom Yum Goong is a must try for sea-food lovers. A mouth-watering Thai soup with shrimps as the main ingredient, it leans more towards the spicy side of the taste card. Don’t worry, if you’re not into hot spicy food, you can always ask for a mild version of the soup.
If you’re a vegetarian and have been screening through the blog looking for a vegetarian Thai dish, then Som Tam or the Spicy Green Papaya Salad is your option. A combination of all five flavours- sour, hot, salty, savoury and sweet, is a staple street food in Thailand. While it is mainly a vegetarian dish, some variations do have a topping of fermented fish sauce or salted preserved egg. Given the sauces used, this dish can be very spicy, so be aware.
7. Gai Yang
Another star dish from the streets of Thailand, Gai Yang is popularly known as Grilled Chicken with Thai Sticky Rice. As the name suggests, this dish consists of juicy grilled chicken served with authentic Thai sticky rice.
8. Massaman Curry
Found mainly in Southern Thailand, Massaman Curry is a variation of the traditional Thai curry. In English, it is called the Southern Peanut Curry and has a very rich flavour. While it is found all over Thailand in abundance, try it best in Southern Thailand and ensure that you explain your spice tolerance level beforehand as this dish consists of dry chillies.
9. Tom Kha Kai
A blog about Thai cuisines would be incomplete without mentioning the authentic Thai soups. Among the many, Tom Kha Khai is Coconut Soup with chicken. A blend of sweet and sour flavours, the soup is both healthy and tasty.
10. Yum Pla Duk Foo
A traditional Thai dish with sea-food, Yum Pla Duk Foo literally translates to Crispy Catfish With Green Mango Salad. Made with Thai charcoal-grilled catfish (pla duk yang), the dish is a readily available street food in Thailand. As the name suggests, the fish when cooked is served with a Green Mango Salad and Jasmine Rice.
11. Tod Mun Pla
Commonly known as Curried Fish Cakes, this popular street food is made with fresh fish paste, long beans, red curry paste and kaffir lime leaves. The dish is an absolute delight, given its exotic blend of flavors.
12. Thai Satay
A classic street food served all over Thailand, Thai Satay is a treat for all meat lovers. The recipe is any kind of meat mixed with grated coconut, thick coconut milk, lemon juice, shallots, and pepper. This is one of those few dishes that Thailand has in common with its neighbouring countries of Malaysia and Indonesia.
13. Khao Man Gai
Commonly known as Chicken with flavoured boiled rice, this delicacy is a staple in Thailand. It may sound like a very common dish but what makes it special is the flavoured used to boil the rice with.
14. Nam Neung (Thai Spring Rolls)
When exploring the street food of Thailand, Nam Neung or Spring Rolls are a must try. Often served as an appetizer, these are accompanied by hot or sweet-sour sauce. This dish too can be found for both vegetarians and non-vegetarians.
15. Pad Kee Mao
Commonly known as Drunken Noodles, Pad Kee Mao is prepared with ground pork, wide rice noodles and plenty of fresh basil. To enrich the flavours these ingredients are cooked in a special Thai sauce that adds a tangy and sweet taste to the dish.
16. Laab (Minced Meat Salad)
This Thai minced meat salad originally hails from Laos and is very popular in Northeastern parts of the country. Made with minced pork, chicken or fish cooked with vegetables, chillies, and fish sauce, the dish is best served with sticky rice.
17. Kao Niew Ma Muang
Popularly known as Mango Sticky Rice, Kao Niew Ma Muang is one of the most popular traditional Thai desserts to relish when in Thailand. The dessert is made of chilled mangoes freshly sliced and placed on hot steam rice, with a dressing of coconut milk on top.
18. Sweet Thai Crepe
On your street food tours in Bangkok, Banana Pancakes are something that you are sure to find in every city. The dessert consists of freshly grilled sweet Thai crepes holding within, a filling of meringue, a thick cream made of egg whites and sugar; which is finally topped with foy thong (shredded egg yolk).
19. Khranom Khrok
Mainly found on the street food stalls of Thailand, this dessert not just tastes delicious, but looks adorable as well. Commonly known as Coconut Pancakes, these traditional Thai desserts are a favourite among all tourists.
20. Thaptim Krop
Literally translated to crispy rubies, this dessert is made with fresh and crunchy pomegranates coated with sweet syrup. Found in local street stalls, this dessert is equally delicious and appealing by the look.
Besides the dishes enlisted above, Thailand has a plethora of other dishes to offer to you. Once you’ve tasted the best dishes, they are sure to remain etched in your memories for a long time.