Thai food: Don’t leave Thailand without tasting these meals!
Bangkok is the place to be to overload yourself with so many culinair tastes you will have only scratched the surface of it by the time your vacation is over. The streets of Bangkok are packed with restaurants that offer food from all over the world, and then there are the thousands of street vendors that offer the most mysterious bites you will ever see. The Thailand noob might find him or herself lost in this ocean of food and don’t know where to start.
We encourage you to try it all, but if you are short on time and looking for that Thai taste experience then you need to be on the lookout for the following dishes:
Tom Yam Kung
Ask a Thai Person what to eat to get the real Thai experience and one of the first thing they will say is Tom Yam Kung and rightfully so. This soup is just loaded with taste from the lime, chillies, lemongrass, and more. Sour, spicey, sweet and salty, it all blends together. The “Kung” in Tom Yam Kung stands for Shrimp, but you can also order the chicken “Tom Yam Kai” or fish “Tom Yam Plaa” versions.
Som Tam Thai
Another dish that is essential to get the real Thai taste experience. This papaya salad is super refreshing and mega spicy if you don’t tell the vendor to cut down on the chillies. We find the Somtam bought from the street vendors usually better tasting and more authentic than the ones bought from restaurants. More interesting too as they will prepare it right in front of you. Traditionally eaten with sticky rice and grilled chicken.
Spicy red curry with either chicken, pork or beef and a whole lot of coconut milk to make it nice and creamy.
One of the most common dishes to be found in Thailand. The noodles are stir-fried with lime juice, peanuts and bean sprout and is considered a fast food.
Minced pork is boiled and then mixed with crushed toasted sticky rice to give it a crispy texture. It is then springled with fish sauce, lime juice, chillies, red onions, and mint. There is so much taste in it and super fresh. Usually eaten with sticky rice. There is a similar dish name “Naam Tok Moo” which has marinated grilled pork instead of boiled minced pork. Both are great.
A delicious noodle soup that comes in chicken, pork or beef variant. When you buy this from a street vendor, you can usually choose your other ingredients such as fish balls, vegetables, and chili. Almost every street in Thailand has someone selling this delicious meal.
Tom Khaa Gai
This silky chicken coconut soup is creamy and has the perfect taste.
Kao Niew Mamuang
We really needed to add this Thai dessert to the list because almost everybody loves it. Sweet Mango slices with sticky rice topped with coconut cream.
Gaen Kiew Waan
This green curry is probably the most popular Thai curry, which is creamy, a bit sweet and teeming with taste.