Thailand’s food needs a minimal introduction if not none. Its profusion of exotic fragrances and flavors make it among the most coveted and admired international cuisines. As you walk through Bangkok, these flavors and fragrances seem inexhaustible. Thai foods are quite spectacular. They span everything from staple backpacker favorites to Thai classics. Thai cuisine is renowned for its diversity in terms of ingredients, ample medicinal properties, and outstanding spiciness.
A principle in the preparation of Thai dishes in the balance of five in flavors which are salty, sour, spicy, sweet and bitter. Thai food is eaten mostly as a single dish or with rice. When you are traveling to this land of thousand smiles, Thai food is one of the things you should not miss. Here is our list of top foods you should not miss.
Tom Yum Goong
Tom Yum Goong is an amazing Thai soup with Shrimp as the main ingredients. If you don’t like taking seafood, then this dish is probably not for you. For all seafood lovers, this type of dish gives you a great start into Thai food experience. Its soup is mixed with lemongrass and can be served in both mild and spicy versions.
Pad Thai dish can loosely be translated to stir-fried noodles. They are often served at local eateries and in the streets. Pad Thai can be taken with chicken or seafood or as a veggie dish. The dish is not spicy and comes with a more sweet and sour flavor.
Som Tum hails from the Northeast state of Isaan. It is an outlandish dish that can be served with spicy green papaya salads. Some can’t get enough of its bite, yet others can’t handle it. Ingredients that make this dish include chilies, cherry tomatoes, garlic, green beans and shredded raw papaya. There are regional variations which include peanuts, salted crabs, and dry shrimps.
Panaeng is meat that is cooked in spicy coconut cream. It can be cooked using either pork, beef or chicken. Panaeng tastes like Thai red curry with its coconut milk sauce being thicker and richer. When compared to theThai red curry, Panaeng dish is mildly spicy and sweet. It is best served with steamed rice. There is hardly anything you would not like about this dish except that it can get too greasy or fleshy for some people. Other dishes you might need to try include Moo sa-Te (which is grilled pork sticks with turmeric) and Kang Keaw Wan Kai which is green chicken curry.