Thai food is one of the most popular in the world. When you are on a holiday In Thailand, you can have several typical foods that represent the national culture. It is hard to know what to eat in Thailand when you do not know Thai food; here are 5 delicious dishes not to be missed during your holiday in the Land of Smiles.
1. Som Tum (Spicy Green Papaya Salad)
This is a Queen of Thai salad which is also known as “Papaya salad”. This is a fresh green papaya salad from northeastern Thailand, in Isaan, and its many variations make this dish a surprise at each new taste. This salad is available in several versions can be made with grapefruit or mango and also by crabs or fermented fish. The papaya is pounded in the mortar and added with garlic, chili, sour lime, palm sugar, fish sauce to taste. The best is to eat with grilled chicken and sticky rice.
2. Tom Yum Goong (Spicy Shrimp Soup)
Tom Yum is another great classic of Thai cuisine. It is a soup made of tomato, mushrooms, lemongrass, galanga, with a little coconut milk, and which is generally served with seafood. Tom Yam Kung is a spicy soup with incredible flavors, composed of aromatic plants, such as lemongrass, bergamot leaves, and galangal root. And if you think Tom Yum is too spicy, you can also turn to the Tom Kah Kai, chicken soup with coconut, a softer version of Tom Yam.
3. Tom Kha Kai (Chicken in Coconut Soup)
Another dish made from coconut, “Tom Kha Kai” is chicken in a coconut milk soup with galangal (a herb of the ginger family). The sweetness of the coconut milk and the subtle spices of the galanga form a wonderful Thai dish with tasty contrasts. This soup can also be served as a main dish if it is accompanied by rice or vermicelli rice. This soup is popular in Thailand because of its creamy soup.
4. Pad Thai (Thai style Fried Noodles)
Pad Thai is one of the most famous Thai dishes, the “Pad Thai” is sautéed rice noodles with eggs, peanuts, dried shrimp, tofu, bean sprouts, tamarind juice, and sometimes squid and shrimp. If you want to try the best “Thai pad” in Thailand, there is a restaurant that makes good “Thai pad” called “Thipsamai”. This national dish is also one of the best known Thai dishes outside the country, and it is one of the cheapest. It can be found in any restaurant even in tourist restaurants.
5. Gaeng Keow Wan Kai (Green Chicken Curry)
The green curry is cooked with small aborigines, bamboo shoots, baby corn, coriander and Thai basil, and of course coconut milk. It is much sweeter than red curry and it is a perfect dish for those who want something a little creamier. To make the dish more flavorful, 1/2 cup of fresh green peppercorns can also be added to the curry mixture.