Thailand’s food will make you cry. Yet, despite tear-inducing spiciness, you will continue eating. It’s that good. There are more mouth-watering dishes in Thailand than we can list in one blog post, and we were only there for a short amount of time. Imagine all of the foods that exist that we haven’t even tried! So our advice to you is to just pick something and try it, but to get you started here are a few of Thailand’s most famous dishes.
Tom yum is a spicy soup. The most popular version is tom yum kung, which means that it’s made with prawns or shrimp. There is usually a variety of seafood in the soup. I am not kidding about this soup being spicy. Our first bowl of tom yum came from a restaurant in Chalong Bay in Phuket. We used all of the napkins available for tears and snot, but we finished the soup. We tried it at a few other places in Thailand, but that was the best we had by far.
I’m sure you have all tried or at least heard of pad thai. If you haven’t, it is a fried noodle dish. It usually has eggs and vegetables mixed in the noodles, and it’s all cooked in a kind of sweet sauce. It’s been one of my favorite foods for a long time, and I was just certain that in Thailand it would be completely different than what I was used to. It wasn’t. Pad thai in Thailand tasted exactly like what I am used to eating in the states, and that’s not a bad thing. Like I said, it’s one of my favorite foods.
Pad Kra Pao Gai
The day before we left Thailand, two friends who live near Chiang Mai treated us to the best dinner we had during our entire stay. It was at a restaurant along the river that we never would have found on our own, and, no, we can’t give you directions. You have to walk down a muddy alleyway to get to the river’s edge. That’s the best we can do. They ordered for us so I can’t guarantee that I got the names right. Everything we tried was delicious, including the pad kra pao gai. It’s essentially minced pork fried with chilies and basil. This is another one of those spicy but worth it dishes.
Pla Rad Prik
The winner winner of our wonderful dinner was the fried fish. It is a whole fish that is fried and crispy served with a chili sauce. This dish may be the best food we had in Thailand.
Pad Pak Boong
Pad pak boong, the vegetable accompaniment for our dinner out, is that dish that makes you feel like you’re eating healthy while still tasting amazing. It is stir fried morning glory. Very flavorful yet leafy and green. I can’t attest to any actually nutritional value, but it’s a dark green leaf so go ahead and pat yourself on the back.
Mango Sticky Rice
This sweet treat can be found all over in Chiang Mai. I’m not sure how common it is in other areas of Thailand, though. It’s a simpler dish than the name suggests. Mango sticky rice is not mango-flavored rice. It is sticky rice served with sweet coconut milk and sliced mango. Again, delicious. By this point you really shouldn’t be surprised. Everything in Thailand is delicious. Even the noodles in gravy that had a disturbingly snot-like texture tasted delicious.
Those were just a few of our favorite culinary adventures in Thailand. What’s your favorite Thai food?