The food in Thailand is full of exotic flavors and I can normally smell it before I am even close to a restaurant or street vendor. The blends of spices combine together magically to create a fragrance that no one can miss, and the taste is indescribable.
Here are my top 6 foods from Thailand:
- Som Tum
Som Tum is a spicy green papaya salad that combines garlic, green beans, chilies, cherry tomatoes, and shredded raw papaya together. There are multiple regional varieties, so I have also had it with peanuts, salted crab, and dry shrimp added.
- Pad Thai
Pad Thai is Thai style fried noodles and it is considered the default international dish in the country. Noodles are dropped into a hot wok along with an onion, egg, and beansprouts. This dish is eaten with many different condiments including sugar, chili powder, ground peanuts, and fish sauce.
- Khao Pad
Khao Pad is fried rice, but this is not the fried rice that you are used to. Thai fried rice is rice, an egg, onion, and a few herbs. There is nothing more in this popular dish. Everyone orders this and then adds whatever they wish to it. I usually choose to add leftover vegetables to mine, but others will add chicken, prawns, crab, or even chili to theirs.
- Yam Nua
Yam Nua is a spicy beef salad filled with tender strips of beef mixed with onion, spearmint, coriander, lime, and dried chili. The flavors will explode in your mouth before it all melts away.
- Kai Med Ma Muang
Kai Med Ma Muang is chicken with cashew nuts and the texture of this dish is amazing. The chicken goes wonderfully with the crunchy cashews, the sweet soy sauce, and the tender peppers, carrots, and mushrooms. A little bit of honey adds a little more sweetness to the dish without overpowering it.
- Tom Yum Goong
Tom Yum Goong is a spicy shrimp soup that smells as amazing as it tastes. Prawns and straw mushrooms are combined with lemongrass, galangal, chili, lime leaves, lime juice, shallots, and fish sauce for this delicious soup that is spicy, hot, and sour at the same time.
These are my absolute favorite dishes to eat while I am in Thailand, but I have eaten other dishes there as well. I love trying new foods and one day I may find another new favorite to add to this list.