Blessed with great natural resources, Thailand is one of the places where you can find scrumptious, delicious and mouth-watering foods on the planet. From the spiciest down to the sweetest of all dishes, Thai foods are considered sought-after international cuisines. Not only will you enjoy the flavorful combinations of its irresistible taste and aroma, you will also delight in the freshness of the herbal ingredients the place has to offer.
With the broad range of delicious dishes that will please both your sense of taste and sight, a roundup of the top foods from Thailand is carefully listed below that you should not afford to miss when you visit the country.
Pad Thai (Thai Style Fried Noodles). Being Thailand’s world famous, this dish prides itself with the combination of the four fundamental flavors – sour, sweet, salty and bitter. Through the years, this dish has evolved into two styles: classic Pad Thai and variation. The former is a stir-fried noodle added with condiments such as eggs, fish sauce, chili powder, crushed peanuts, and shrimps while the latter is dry and flavored lightly.
Tom Kha Kai (Chicken in Coconut Soup). This dish is especially prepared with many types of Thai herbs added with coconut milk that makes the food incredibly delicious. A mild version of Tom Yum, the tender strips of chicken and green leaves makes the soup more loved by non-spicy eaters. You’ll surely be compelled to indulge yourself when you get to smell the aroma of this creamy dish.
Som Tum (Spicy Green Papaya Salad). A perfect combination of spice and sour taste, this salad is made from fresh vegetables with papaya as its main ingredient. Unripe and shredded, the fruit is mixed with green beans and cherry tomatoes. This is a dish that really makes a great impression to the newcomers and leaves them having burned and swollen tongues.
Gaeng Daeng (Red Curry). A most often cooked curry in Thai household, this dish is easily prepared with Thai pantry such as dried chilies, garlic, shallots, and dried herbs and spices. Made creamier with coconut milk, it can be cooked in any meat, seafood or tofu as well. To get a more authentic experience with this dish, Thai vegetables such as Thai eggplant is being paired with it. The simplest of Thai dishes but definitely not the least.
Gang Massaman Mu (Yellow Beef Curry). This cuisine is a product coming from Southern Thailand. This is a Halal dish and due to its Muslim roots and therefore dietary laws, this curry is made from beef but can also be made with duck, tofu or chicken. With Massaman curry paste as its flavoring ingredient, this dish is made more delicious with coconut milk, roasted cashew nuts or plain peanuts, potatoes, cinnamon, fish and tamarind sauce.
Tom Yam Goong (Spicy Shrimp Soup). Found both in Thailand and Laos, this dish is a spicy, clear soup. With an aroma of lemon grass and kaffir lime leaf, this herbal mixture is well known for its medicinal properties. Using white flesh fish is popular for this cuisine but shrimps brings out the best of it.