4 Must Try Dishes in Thailand

December 1, 2014 by

Eating in Thailand

Not all that long ago, you would be hard pressed to find a Thai restaurant here in the west. Now it’s like they can be found in every strip mall in rural areas and on every corner in the larger cities.

It’s a cuisine that introduces a whole new world of flavors and diverse cultures and there’s no better place to enjoy it than in Thailand itself. It’s a destination that offers limitless choices of authentic dishes served up with true Thai hospitality.

Eating establishments will range from dining in antique teak houses to trendy restaurants. No matter which eatery you try, look for these dishes on the menu.

Khao Soi

Khao Soi

Khao Soi: Northern Thailand Favorite

Khao Soi can be made with beef, chicken, or pork. It’s served over crispy noodles with pickled vegetables. This popular dish can be found just about anywhere in Thailand these days, from small hole-in-the walls to five-star resorts.

Tom Yam Goong

Tom Yam Goong is a soup made using fragrant herbs including lemongrass, lime leaves, galangal, and shallots with ingredients like chilis and fish sauce offering an authentic Thai kick. The substance of the soup is found in jumbo shrimp and mushrooms which results in a unique combination of spicy hot and sour.

You can enjoy it as an appetizer or pair it with rice as a main dish.

Som Tam

Som Tam

Som Tam

Som Tam is a popular street food in Thailand. In English, it’s a fresh papaya salad seasoned with ingredients like sweet palm, salty fish sauce, hot chili and lime juice. It offers a nice blend of sweet and sour.

Geng Kheaw Wan (Green Curry)

If you’ve never tried curry of any kind, Thailand’s green curry is perfect for a first experience. Unlike red curry which is spicy, green curry offers more of a sweet flavor with a tiny after burn. Strict vegetarians will want to pass on this dish, for while you can order this dish without meat, the sauce itself contains fish sauce.

After you’re done eating, order a glass of bai bua bok. It’s an herbal drink (Asian pennywort) that helps you cool off.

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  1. Ruby T. says:

    I like the crappy chain food Thai food I get around home, I can’t imagine how heavenly it would be to get to eat authentic Thai food in its home country! Mmmm. Drooling already.

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