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10 delicious Thai dishes not to be missed, what to eat in Thailand

by Pierre To
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10 delicious Thai dishes not to be missed, what to eat in Thailand

It's hard to know what to eat in Thailand when you don't know Thai food, here are 10 delicious dishes you shouldn't miss.

What to eat in Thailand All the dishes in this list are easily found in most regions and are very popular.

A travel to Thailand It's also an opportunity to discover a tasty and very healthy cuisine, that is, if you don't abuse fried dishes.

The way for many to lose weight without depriving themselves, because the food is healthier, less refined and often mixed with aromatic and medicinal plants.

1. Thai fried rice, khao pat (ข้าวผัด)

Recipe for Thai Fried Rice, Khao Pat (ข้าวผัด)

It is rice sautéed with vegetables and meat of choice (see here), usually served with a bowl of fish sauce and half a lemon for seasoning.

See the recipe for Thai fried rice.

2. Thai fried noodles, Pad Thai (ผัดไทย)

Phat Thai or Pad Thai

Pad Thai (or Pat Thai) is noodles fried with bean sprouts, pieces of tofu, crushed peanuts, eggs and usually shrimp.

See the Pad Thai recipe.

3. Chicken with ginger sauce: Khao man Kai (ข้าวมันไก่)

Chicken rice with ginger sauce Khao-man-Kaille

Khao man kai is rice cooked in chicken broth and served with pieces of chicken breast.

The dish is accompanied by a delicious ginger sauce and a bowl of broth.

4. stir-fry with basil: Pat krapao (ผัดกระเพรา)

Pork sautéed with holy basil leaves: Pad Krapaow Mou

Basil stir-fry is meat (pork, chicken...) or tofu, stir-fried in oyster sauce and with a large handful of holy basil leaves.

See the recipe for Basil Stir-Fry

5. Soybean noodles, pat see you: ผัดซีอิ๊ว

Stir-fried rice noodle with soy sauce: Pad See You

Pat See You is wide rice noodles stir-fried with soy sauce. It is usually served with chicken.

See the recipe for stir-fried rice noodles with soy sauce: Pad See you

6. Spicy papaya salad: Som Tam (ส้มตำ)

Som tam thaï

Beware, this dish is reserved for thrill-seekers, it is a very spicy dish!

It is a green papaya salad cut into strips and mashed with fish sauce, mini tomatoes, lemon, peanuts and small hot peppers.

This salad exists in several versions (see here) and can be made with grapefruit, noni or mango, and it can be accompanied by crabs or fermented fish.

See the Som Tam recipe

7. Red curry, Kaeng phed (แกงเผ็ด)

Red curry chicken "Kaeng phed kai

A dish to be reserved for chilli lovers too, I have seen travellers with red faces and tears in their eyes telling me "it's too good but it's too strong".

Kaeng phed, meaning spicy curry, is often prepared with chicken or pork.

See the recipe for Red Curry Chicken

8. Mango sticky rice, Khao niao ma mouang (ข้าวเหนียวมะม่วง)

Glutinous rice with mango and coconut milk

Glutinous rice with mango and coconut milk is a delicious Thai dish or dessert.

See the recipe for mango sticky rice

9. Chicken soup with lemon coconut milk,Tom Kha Kai (ต้มข่าไก่)

Tom ka Khai

This is a delicious Thai soup with a very lemony taste, with galangal root and combava leaves simmered in coconut milk.

See the recipe for Tom Kha Kai

10. Lemongrass and shrimp soup: Tom Yam Kung (ต้มยำกุ้ง)

Tom Yam Koung

Tom Yam Kung (or Koung) is a spicy soup with incredible flavours, composed of aromatic plants, such as lemongrass, bergamot leaves, galanga root...

See the recipe for Tom Yam Kung

What to eat in Thailand, go further

To see all our recipes:
Category: Thai cuisine

To recognize and know how to order Thai food:

Recognise Thai dishes and order them in Thai in restaurants

Desserts : 8 desserts from Thailand eaten on New Year's Eve

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