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10 best Thai dishes: what to eat in Thailand

It is difficult to know what to eat in Thailand when you don’t know Thai cuisine, here are ten best dishes to try during your stay in the Land of Smiles.

What to eat in Thailand: all the Thai dishes on this list are easily found in most regions, they are prevalent.

Travel to Thailand is also an opportunity to discover a tasty and very healthy cuisine if you do not abuse fried dishes.

The way for many people to lose weight without depriving themselves.

Food is healthier, less refined, and often mixed with aromatic and medicinal plants.

Help to order a dish in a Thai restaurant

In most restaurants (large and medium), it is possible to order foods with these ingredients of your choice: pork (mou), chicken (kai), shrimp (kung), squid (plaa meuk) and tofu (tao hou).

Example with fried rice:

Khao phat mou: fried rice with pork
Khao phat kai: fried rice with chicken
Khao phat koung: fried rice with shrimp
Khao phat plaa meuk: fried rice with squid
Khao phat tao hou: fried rice with tofu

1. Thai fried rice, Khao pat (ข้าวผัด)

The Thai Fried Rice Recipe, the Khao Pat (ข้าวผัด)

It is fried rice with vegetables and meat of your choice, usually served with a dash of fish sauce and half a lemon for seasoning.

See the recipe for Thai fried rice.

2. Thai-style sautéed noodles, Pad Thaï (ผัดไทย)

Phat Thai or Pad Thai

Pad Thai is noodles sautéed with soy sprouts, tofu pieces, crushed peanuts, eggs and generally shrimp.

For many tourists, it is one of the best Thai dishes!

See more: Pad Thai: Thai fried noodles recipe

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

Chicken rice and ginger sauce Khao-man-Kaille

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

The dish is served with a delicious ginger sauce and a bowl of broth.

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

Pork sautéed with sacred basil leaves : Pad Krapaow Mou

Basil stir-fry is meat (pork, chicken) or tofu, stir-fried in oyster sauce and with a good big handful of sacred basil leaf.

5. Stir-fried soy noodles, pat see you: ผัดซีอิ๊ว

Stir-fried rice noodle with soy sauce : Pad See YouPat See You is a large rice noodle sautéed with soy sauce. In general, it is served with chicken.

6. spicy papaya salad: Som Tam (ส้มตำ)

Som tam thaïBeware, this dish is reserved for lovers of intense sensations; it is a dish that is eaten very spicily!

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

This salad exists in several versions and can be made with grapefruit, noni or mango, and it can be served with crabs or fermented fish.

See the Som Tam recipe

7. red curry, Kaeng phed (แกงเผ็ด)

Chicken with red curryA dish to be also reserved for chili lovers, I have seen travelers, their faces red and tears in their eyes, telling me, “it is too good, but it is too strong.”

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

See the recipe for chicken with red curry

8. Sticky mango rice, Khao niao ma mouang (ข้าวเหนียวมะม่วง)

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

See the recipe for sticky mango rice

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

Tom ka KhaiIt is a delicious Thai soup with a very lemony taste, with galanga root and kaffir lime leaves well simmered in coconut milk.

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

Tom Yam KoungTom Yam Kung (or Koung) is a spicy soup with incredible flavors, composed of aromatic plants, like citronella, bergamot leaves, galanga root.

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Settled in Thailand since a few years (with trips to Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia), I love this country and its inhabitants, the real country of Smiles! Sorry for any translation errors that may occur. Feel free to mention them in the comments, I will correct them. Thank you.

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