Thailand is one of the most tourist attraction destinations in Southeast Asia thanks to its iconic temples and delicious dishes. You cannot miss out on the flavorful street food when visiting Thailand. With so many mouth-watering options, it can be difficult to pick the perfect Thai dish. This list can give you some recommendations for your next trip to Thailand.
#1. THE CLASSIC "PAD THAI"
Pad Thai is one of Thailand’s national dishes and is a go-to for tourists who are starting out their Thai cuisine exploration. Although it is available on almost every street corner, it is widely believed that you haven’t had Pad Thai until you’ve had it in Bangkok.
Pad Thai is a fried noodle dish usually made with shrimp or chicken. However, the vegetarian option is popular too. It is a cheap but very delicious street food of Thailand. A tasty Pad Thai dish that can be found anywhere in Thailand would only cost you some baht to enjoy.
#2. TOM YUM GOONG SOUP
If you love strong flavors, you’ll love this soup for sure. A spicy broth-based soup with lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves, galangal and spicy Thai chillies, altogether making a bold, aromatic and comes with a fairly strong spicy kick. Fresh prawns, mushrooms and coconut cream are added if you want the creamy version. It will definitely become one of your go-to meals on the first try.
#3. KHAO SOI (NORTHERN)
Khao Soi is a Burmese-inspired coconut curry noodle soup famous in Chiang Mai. Available in chicken, beef, pork or vegetarian options, this mouthwatering dish has rich coconut curry-based, boiled egg noodles. Deep-fried crispy egg noodles, pickled mustard greens, shallots, lime and ground chillies fried in oil are also used for garnishing. Khao Soi should be on every travellers’ ‘must eat’ list in northern Thailand.
#4. SOM TAM (GREEN PAPAYA SALAD)
Som tam is originated from Isaan in Northeastern Thailand and is one of the most popular dishes in Thailand. This isn’t just a normal salad, it’s a combination of a million delicious flavors all mixed together in a clay mortar. It is sweet, sour, salty, and, if you’re up to it, spicy.
Som tam comes in a variety of styles, but basically, it consists of shredded green papaya, tomatoes, carrots, peanuts, dried shrimp, runner beans, palm sugar, tamarind pulp, fish sauce, lime juice, garlic and plenty of chillies. The ingredients are mixed together with a mortar and pestle to its highlight the flavours.
#5. MASSAMAN CURRY
If you’re not quite ready to jump into the Thai spice level but still want all the local Thai flavors, Massaman curry is the perfect option for you. Most of Thai’s curries using coconut milk as curry paste. But what makes it different is its mild, creamy flavors and perfectly cooked potatoes.
#6. MANGO STICKY RICE
Thailand is well-known for its delicious mango. Therefore, mango sticky rice is undoubtedly the number one dessert in Thailand. It is made of sticky rice, mango, and a sweet coconut milk sauce. This dish will win your heart with the perfectly steamed sticky rice, mixed with creamy coconut milk and sugar, then paired with perfectly ripe yellow sweet mango.