The cuisine of Thailand is amongst one of the most scrumptious and diverse in the world. With the masterful combination of various ingredients and spices, trying out the different Thai dishes is one of the must things to do in Thailand. However, if you do not have a grasp of the Thai language, ordering food especially in the local markets of Thailand can be quite a task!
To save you from this and to make things a little easier for you during your Thailand vacation, here’s a list of the 11 most authentic Thai dishes that you must try:
1. Tom Yum Goong
This is a delectable Thai soup and a common dish to find in most restaurants of Thailand. With shrimp as its chief ingredient, this soup is a great start for exploring Thai cuisine particularly for all seafood lovers. Tom Yum Goong is a clear soup with a tangy, spicy and sweet taste. If you’re not much into spicy food, you can ask for a “mild” version of the soup. For the best Tom Yum Goong visit T&K Seafood in Bangkok.
2. Som Tam (Green Papaya Salad)
This dish has become a representor and ambassador of the Thai cuisine globally. The dish has ample of variations that impeccably showcase the culinary inventiveness of the Thai people. The classic Som Tam comprises of raw papaya, beans & tomatoes. Whereas, its modified variants include fish, shrimps etc. This is a very common dish and you can easily find it anywhere in Phuket & Bangkok.
3. Pad Thai
Pad Thai are like stir fry noodles that are mostly served as a popular street food in Thailand. You may find it in restaurants as well, but the street-style Pad Thai noodles are anytime better. You can enjoy these sweet and sour noodles with fish, chicken or vegetables.
4. Gang Keow Wan
Going on a vacation to Thailand and not trying the warm Gang Keow Wan is like never visiting Thailand! This green curry has an incredible depth of flavours with spices like green chilies, Kaffir lime, galangal, shrimp paste etc. The ideal companion to Gang Keow wan is a piping hot bowl of jasmine rice. Visit the Kaab Gluay restaurant in Phuket to enjoy this dish.
5. Gai Med Ma Moung
This is a version of Thai fry chicken served with cashew nuts. It is another spicy dish served in Thailand that is loved by most locals as well as tourists. You can also order some steamed white rice to eat along with this dish. The most authentic Gai Med Ma Moung can be found in the local restaurants of Hua Hin.
6. Khao Op Sapparot
Khao Op Sapparot or Pineapple Fried Rice is aromatic fried rice served with some crunchy cashew nuts, tender and juicy pieces of chicken sprinkled with some fresh pieces of pineapple. Served in a quirky pineapple bowl, there is absolutely nothing to not like about this dish. You can find it being served by many local food vendors in Bangkok.
7. Yam Mamuang
Fresh pieces of raw mango, the tangy-sweet vinaigrette and crunchy cashew nuts are enough to make anybody salivate! Yam Mamuang or green mango salad makes up for a perfect appetizer. Visit the Mango Tree Surawong restaurant in Bang Rak to enjoy this appetizer.
8. Khao Mok Gai
This Thai style chicken biryani is another popular dish in Thailand. The aromatic, soft and well-spiced rice, with fresh bone chicken pieces is only served during the lunch and dinner hours in Thailand. However, the authenticity of this dish makes it a must try. You can find this in most of the restaurants in Bangkok and Phuket.
9. Panang curry
Panang curry is a fiery red coloured curry cooked in local flavours such as lemongrass and shrimp paste. With coconut milk incorporated into the sauce, this curry makes up for a scrumptious dish. You can enjoy this dish with a big hot bowl of jasmine rice. For the best Panang curry you must visit Hua Hin.
10. Mah hor
This is one of the lesser known Thai dishes but is really worth the try. It is a truly refreshing sweet & savoury snack made up of fresh and juicy pineapples, oranges and minced chicken. Find this dish in the local restaurants of Phuket.
This is one of the most delicious and affordable dishes in Thailand. Oozing with flavour, Satay is grilled meat marinated turmeric and coconut milk. Locals usually recommended pairing satay with a chilled pint of beer. Most of the restaurants in Thailand serve this dish as it is easy to make and quite delectable.
If you’ve already made up your mind to visit Thailand after reading this article, all you need to do is book your Thailand tour packages and customize them so you can completely explore the Thai cuisine.