Thailand is well known for its mouth-watering dishes. Truth to be told Thai food is one of the greatest foods in the world. It mixes a variety of complicated flavors and textures in a few layers. The common ingredients for Thai dishes are including galangal, lime, basil, lemongrass, turmeric, tamarind, coconut milk, garlic, oyster sauce, fish sauce and many more.
This kind of ingredients are the ones that make Thai food so rich and flavorful. Come and explore that rich flavors of the Thailand cuisine by eating your way through this below list of top 5 Thai dishes you must try when visiting Thailand.
Guay Teow (Noodle Soup)
One of the most popular Thai dishes and can be found almost everywhere is Guay Teow. To put it simply, Guay Teow is any kind of noodle soup. It can be made with beef, chicken, sea food, and even pork. It also can be made of either egg noodles or chicken noodles whatever you prefer. Normally, sellers also add several ingredients to the broth such as wantons and meatballs. The dish is best served with several kind of condiments such as dried chili pepper, sugar, lime juice, and fish sauce. This dish can be eaten at any time of the day, and it is especially great as a late-night snack.
Tom Yum Goong (Spicy Shrimp Soup)
If you are a spicy dish lover, then Tom Yum Goong is one of the popular dishes in Thailand that you cannot miss. This dish is a heaven served in the bowl with amazing taste. Tom Yum Goong is well known for its bold, aromatic, and spicy flavors. This dish is made with typical Thai ingredients such as turmeric, lemongrass, galangal, chili, shallot, fish sauce and many more. For this popular dish you can’t miss to add fresh prawn and mushroom, and if you prefer to taste the creamier version you can add coconut cream.
Tom Khai Gai (Chicken in coconut soup)
If you want to try Tom Yum Goong, but you can’t eat spicy dish, you can try to eat Tom Khai Gai instead. This dish is still related to Tom Yum Goong, but it offers a dish with mild spiciness for anyone who has a low tolerance of spice. Apart from the spice scale, Tom Khai Gai is also different in the term of texture compared to Tom Yum Goong because this dish comes with lots of velvety coconut milk that creates a rich sweet soup. If you are a vegetarian, you can still enjoy this dish by substituting a few ingredients.
Som Tam (Spicy Green Papaya Salad)
Som Tam is one of the most popular dishes in Thailand that originally comes from Isaan in North-eastern Thailand. This dish comes in many varieties of style, but the original recipe has the ingredients of shredded green papaya, carrots, tomatoes, peanuts, dried shrimps, lime juice, palm sugar, tamarind pulp, runner beans, garlic and abundant of chilies. Those above ingredients are mixed together in a mortar, which strengthen the flavors into a super delicious dish. Tom Sam is unique in a way because some people can’t get enough of this dish, but some of them can’t even handle it.
Pad Thai (Thailand Style Fried Noodles)
Another popular dish that you must try in Thailand is Pad Thai. To put it lightly, Pad Thai is Thailand style fried noodles. This dish is one of the go-to dishes for tourist who are starting their journey in exploring Thai cuisine. This dish is a fried noodle dish which is commonly made with chicken, shrimp, or meatball. If you are a vegetarian, you don’t have to worry because there is a vegetarian option as well. You can find this dish almost everywhere and it is also very cheap.