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What’s the scoop with Thai dishes?
We’ve written about eating Thai food in Bangkok before – from enjoying delicious street food to visiting original eateries like Somtam Nua, Sweet, sour, salty, bitter or spicy flavors work together to form a huge variety of delicious, aromatic dishes that you just can’t resist.
To Thai people, rice is a representation of life and is traditionally served with most meals. The foundation of a Thai dish is usually rice or noodles, with a selection of vegetables and fish or poultry. Meat isn’t as prominently featured as fish, shellfish or chicken, but beef and pork in particular do appear in various Thai dishes.
We take a look at the best Thai cuisine to try at home or abroad, but especially when in Bangkok.
What are the Top 5 Thai dishes?
Pad Thai is the national dish of stir-fried noodles, found across the world from Thai street food vendors to high-end London restaurants, and is a firm favorite of many. You’ll find shrimp and tofu amid beansprouts, noodles and onion, mixed in with a fish sauce and topped off with finely ground peanuts.
Som Tum is the Northern Thai favorite of papaya salad that has a sweet-sour-spicy flavor that’s too hot for some to handle. Chilies, garlic, green beans, tomatoes and raw papaya are crushed together and often added to shrimp or crab to create a taste sensation.
Khao Phad is a comfort food fried rice dish that typically consists of just rice, egg, onion and herbs cooked together. Served with lime and cucumber, this oh-so-simple dish can be dressed with chicken, shrimp or seafood to make it more of a meal and chili sauce to give it a bit of a kick.
Khao Man Gai
Khao Man Gai is a simple meal of boiled chicken and rice, but with a chicken broth accompaniment and sweet and spicy sauces, you won’t regret trying it when in Bangkok. This dish is a street food not widely known outside of Thailand, but is a national favorite.
Gaeng Keow Wan Kai
Gaeng Keow Wan Kai is a green chicken curry dish that’s based on coconut milk and fresh green chilies. Fish or meat is added to the mix, as well as vegetables like eggplant and bamboo shoots and a good helping of herbs and spices, and then served with rice or noodles.
What else do I need to know about Thai dishes?
There are so many dishes that you’ll be yearning to try in Bangkok once you breathe in the unique flavors, and hopefully these favorites will get your taste buds tingling before you go.
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