Thai people love seafood, and with miles of coastline, it is no wonder that seafood is an integral part of Thai cuisine. When you travel to Thailand, food is as important as the sceneries. Trying out the delicious Thai foods allows you to experience the country’s culture. Thai cuisine, one of the most popular foods in the world, are also healthy and distinct with their flavors.
As Thailand is known for its beautiful beaches, it’s a given that seafood is well-known too. Here are the most delicious seafood dishes you must try in Thailand:
Pad Thai is a Thai fried noodles with prawns and egg. It is a national dish, which has a mix of sweet, sour, and spicy flavors from palm sugar, tamarind, and Thai chili. Eggs give this seafood dish added texture and flavors. Prawns are what complete Pad Thai, but it can also be vegan. It also features lime wedges, roasted peanuts, and other vegetables, such as bean sprouts, garlic chives, and pickled radishes.
Tom Yum Goong
Tom Yum Goong is a hot and sour prawn soup, which is another famous dish throughout the country. Thai chilies make this savory soup spicy, but Kaffir leaves is another major ingredient that makes the dish unique. It’s hard to make this dish outside Thailand where Kaffir leaves are not available, although tom yum has been popularized around the world. Other ingredients include lemongrass, galangal, and lime juice.
Gaeng Hua Sapparot Kap Goong
This is a red curry with pineapple and prawns with a nice combination of sweet and spicy flavors. Pineapple slices are what make Gaeng hua sapparot kap goong milder than other red curries, along with coconut milk. Locals prefer prawns, but the dish can be prepared using other types of seafood. Other ingredients include kaffir leaves, galangal, shallots, lemongrass, and sea salt flakes.
Thawt Man Goong
Thawt Man Goong is deep-fried prawn patties, also known as spicy Thai shrimp cakes, that contain red curry paste, vegetables, and various herbs. It is a great appetizer, especially when dipped in a sour and sweet cucumber sauce. It can also be part of the main course.
Som Tum is a spicy papaya salad, which is a staple food in the northeastern region of Thailand. Unripe papaya is shredded and mixed with chilies, yardlong beans, lime, hog plum, palm sugar, pla ra, and tomatoes. It usually has dried shrimps, but it is also popular with salted crabs.
Panang goong is a shrimp and vegetables in panang curry, which is perfect for tourists who are not fans of too spicy foods. Panang goong uses a mild type of Thai curry. It often has shrimp but meat can also be used. Other ingredients include coconut milk, kaffer lime leaves, and red hot pepper. Panang goong is best served with steamed jasmine rice.
Pla Tod Kamin
Pla tod kamin is a turmeric fried fish. Turmeric and garlic are grounded together with a mortar and pestle, which give the dish its flavor. Turmeric and garlic are then fried to crispiness, while the fish is also deep-friend until crisp and golden brown.
Thai cuisine will not be complete without seafood, and your travel to Thailand will not be as exciting without trying seafood dishes. Take note of the dishes listed here, so next time you’re in the country, don’t miss them!
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