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8 Dishes you must try in Thailand

Updated: Mar 15, 2023

Thai street food is known for its spicy and tangy flavors. With so much to try, you’re likely to miss most of it even if you went on trying one dish a day.

While having it all might sound tempting it's neither possible nor advised. Eggs, beef, pork, noodles, or curries? The choice can be hard, but we are here to resolve the dilemma by bringing you our top picks:

1. Pad Thai

A sumptuous plate of stir-fried rice noodles made with shrimp, peanuts, scrambled egg, and bean sprouts, among other vegetables, and lots of flavors and served with the famous sweet and tangy Pad Thai sauce. You’ll find it at every nook and corner so, make sure to grab a bite.

2. Tom Yum

It's a hot and sour Thai soup, cooked with shrimp and other meats like beef or chicken. This broth-like soup is boiled with herbs like lemongrass, and lime leaves and has a tangy and flavorful punch that is addictive. Its preserved mixtures are famous around the world, and we suggest you give it a shot to know why!

3. Thai Curries: Massaman, Red, & Green Curry

Thai curries are well-known and for all the good reasons. Be it the green curry made with rich coconut milk and green chilies or spicy red curry with dried red chilies, garlic, and loads of other fragrant spices. And if you’re not a fan of spice, the Massaman curry is tailor-made for you. This fusion curry with Persian origins is a milder alternative to other spicy curries. We can assure you, it’ll have your mind blown.

4. Nutella Roti

Another fusion food that will win your heart if you have a sweet tooth, Nutella roti is a famous street food around Thailand. Often combined with banana and eggs it's a treat in itself and a big one for all those Nutella lovers.

5. Mango Sticky Rice

Good old sticky rice cooked with coconut milk and loads of mango, mango sticky rice is another dish for sweet-toothed. This rice pudding is a mouth-watering punch of fruit and flavor, packed with the goodness of coconut cream. You can find it at any of the local markets.

6. Papaya Salad

Green Papaya salad or Som Tam is a Thai salad made of green papaya, fried shrimp, tomatoes, and other sour fruits. It is sweet, sour, and spicy and tastes finger-licking good. You’ll find a different version of the dish in every region, so be sure to try some of the varieties.

7. Khao Pad

Khao pad isn’t your usual fried rice, it's the best you’ll have. Flavored with lime, garlic, fish sauce, and herbs, and topped with scrambled eggs, meats, and veggies, Khao pad is then stir-fried in a wok that gives it its smoky flavor. So for one who’s not much of a noodle fan or one who’s simply a rice eater, Khao pad is an unmissable dish.

8. Phat Kaphrao

Phat Kaphrao is a Thai delicacy cooked with Thai holy basil. It is one of the most popular Thai à la carte dishes, popularly served with rice, eggs, and fish sauce. The dish also involves the use of bamboo and coconut shoots which gives it a unique flavor.

Are you drooling yet?! There is so much more to Thai food, and the same goes for Thailand too.

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