- Gaeng Keow Wan Gai – Thai Green Curry with Chicken
A perfect blend of sweet and spicy, the green curry is quite a popular Thai dish. The green curry is made with morsels of chicken, coconut milk, and a spicy green curry paste. The coconut milk adds some sweetness to the dish and gives the gravy a rich and creamy consistency, while the green paste lends the green colour and adds the required amount of hotness to the dish. The green curry paste is made by crushing coriander, green chilies, shallots, eggplants, garlic, sweet basil, and a few other local Thai ingredients. This curry isn’t meant to be eaten on its own. Enjoy it with a bowl of fragrant Thai rice!
- Tom Yum Goong – Spicy Thai Soup with Shrimp
In the Thai language, “Tom” means boiling and “Yum” refers to a sour and spicy salad. This iconic bowl of steaming hot soup is a Thai favourite and is made with a lot of humble herbs like lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves, galangal, chili, tomatoes, onions, fresh cilantro, garlic, fish sauce, lime juice and of course, the two main ingredients: shrimp and straw mushroom. This delicious soup is usually served in an aluminum hot pot suspended over a charcoal burner to keep it warm. While shrimp is usually the preferred addition, shredded chicken, beef, or pork can also be added to the Tom Yum soup.
- Pad Thai – Thai Style Fried Noodles
Pad Thai is undoubtedly the most popular Thai dish served in Thai restaurants worldwide. A dish available on practically every corner in Thailand, Pad Thai is made with flat noodles stir fried with a generous helping of crunchy bean sprouts, spring onions, and egg. A few other ingredients that are added to this dish for some extra flavour are finely ground peanuts, fish sauce, sugar, lime juice, and chili powder. While the vegetarian pad thai noodles contain tofu, the typical non-vegetarian options are chicken and shrimp.
- Massaman Curry
This rich and flavourful Thai dish is a popular Thai Muslim dish that has heavy Persian influences, which explains the use of several spices. The perfect dish to be enjoyed on chilly winter nights, this dish usually features chicken or beef. The rich flavour comes from the use of fragrant spices such as cinnamon, star anise, bay leaves, cardamom,and cloves. Enjoy this delightful yellow curry with a plate of steamed jasmine rice.
- Pad Krapao Moo Sab Kai Dow – Minced Pork with Thai Basil and Fried Egg
A Thai classic, Pad Krapao is available in most Thai restaurants. Although it is usually made with minced pork and basil leaves, you can also opt for chicken or beef. Vegetarians can even try it with tofu! The other ingredients added to this dish are garlic, chili, soy sauce, and oyster sauce. A crispy fried egg is added on top and is then served with a plate of steamed rice.
- Khao Soi – Northern Thai Noodles with Curry
This Burmese inspired noodle soup is the quintessential Northern Thai dish. This mouthwatering dish has boiled egg noodles and coconut curry as its base. It is garnished with deep-fried egg noodles, red onions, fried chilies, pickled mustard greens, and a dash of lime juice. It is available in vegetarian, pork, chicken, and beef options. If you ever find yourself in Northern Thailand, do not miss out on trying this yummylicious dish!
- Som Tum – Green Papaya Salad
This dish that hails from the northeastern state of Isaan in Thailand has its lovers and haters. Made by pounding together green papaya, long green beans, cherry tomatoes, garlic, chili, carrots, peanuts, fish sauce, palm sugar, and lime juice in a mortar and pestle, this sweet and sour salad can be eaten with sticky rice. Some Thai locals also enjoy Som Tum with salted blue crabs and dried shrimps for some added flavour. Don’t forget to grab some grilled chicken for a more substantial meal.
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