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Reema Bhalla Feb 14 2014

Which are the 10 must try dishes in Thailand?

Kanika Nevatia Feb 14 2014
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No matter which part of the world we live in we all love to hog on Thai food. So when in Thailand its impossible to not indulge on the authentic delicacies that the land has to offer. In order to make your life simple, here’s a list of the 10 must try dishes in Thailand.

Pad Thai

A dish that you will find everywhere from street hawkers to the fine dining restaurants, Pad Thai is so popular in Thailand that imagining life without it would be impossible for the locals. Quintessentially a stir fried rice noodle dish it can be made in both the vegetarian and non-vegetarian variants, although in Thailand you are sure to see mostly the non-vegetarian version. One of the national dishes of the country, the Pad Thai you are going to taste in Thailand will be different from any other in the world. If you’re in Bangkok you should definitely visit Thip Samai for what is considered one of the best Pad Thais in the city.

Photo of Pad Thai (by Terence Ong)

Som Tam

Som Tam is a Thai green papaya salad which is among the staple foods in many cities of Thailand, topping the street food charts of the country. There are many different variations of this famous salad, but most commonly you will come across one with a slightly salty, sweet and sour taste. Dried shrimp and peanuts also constitute the main ingredients of this salad. When street food can be this fresh and healthy then having to resist it is just not an option. You can get a good interpretation of the dish at Siam Square in Bangkok.

Photo of Som Tam (by Takeaway)

Khai Nok Krata

Khai Nok Krata which are better known as fried Quail Eggs are another delicacy from the streets of Thailand. The quail eggs are cooked on a special pan over medium heat then gently scraped out using the traditional Thai-style stainless steel spoon. The eggs are then drenched with a few drops of Golden Mountain sauce, a famous Thai sauce while still hot, and sprinkled with Thai pepper powder. If you love your eggs then try them out with a slight difference.

Photo of Fried Egg (by Charles Haynes)

Hor Mok

Hor Mok or Thai fish custard is a dish so divine that a few bites are good enough to take you on a trip to food heaven. The combination of fish, red curry paste, kaffir lime leaves, sugar and coconut cream is sure to make your mouth water. Ideally wrapped in a banana leaf cup and steamed this dish is healthy and delicious both at the same time. Most seafood restaurants and street hawkers around Phuket serve Hor Mok, and the Phuket style Hor Mok is surely the best.

Photo of Hor Mok (by Terence Ong)

Kaeng Khiao Wan

Thai Green Curry is natively known as Kaeng Khiao Wan. The dish is slightly sweet in taste and gets it green colour from fresh thai basil and green chillies which are the main ingredients of the recipe along with coconut milk. Aubergines are commonly found in the curry. While some places you will find it only with vegetables other places include various seafoods and meats in the recipe as well. It is eaten with rice or flat bread. For authentic flavours grab a bowl at the Chatuchak Market in Bangkok.

Photo of Thai Green Colour (by Takeaway)

Tom Yum Soup

Tom Yum Soup is not just delicious but equally healthy which makes it the right choice for not just foodies but also health fanatics. Though we are used to many interpretations around the world the authentic version consists of succulent prawns along with a host of other ingredients such as lemongrass, chilli, galangal, lime leaves, shallots, lime juice and fish sauce. The aromas give out by the soup coupled with the flavors are sure to hook you. The Bang Pae Seafood, next to Bangpae Waterfall in Phuket serves Tom Yum soup that is to die for.

Photo of Tom Yum Soup (by Takeaway)

Tod Man Pla

If you love fish then Tod Man Pla, which are basically Thai Fish Cakes are the dish for you. They are simply cakes of shredded fish bound together and fried in hot oil. The outcome is so juicy and pleasing to the taste buds that just a few of these cakes can’t be enough for you. A delicacy that you can find anywhere in Thailand is best when bought from a street vendor. If you have the time to visit the Pratunam Market in Bangkok then try looking for a old lady who sells Tod Man Pla from a small stall along the street. You are sure to fall in love with them as soon as you bite in.

Photo of Fish Cakes (by avlxyz)

Moo Satay

Moo Satay mainly consists of grilled pork, skewered with thin bamboo sticks and grilled, barbeque style. It is served with a spicy peanut sauce and cucumber relish and goes well with sticky rice. The taste of the pork paired with the char from the barbeque makes the Moo Satay absolutely irresistible. The Moo Satay at Jirawat Pattakam in Bangkok offers one of the best and most lip smacking versions of this dish.

Photo of Moo Satay (by Gunawan Kartapranata)

Khao Niao Mamuang

A very exquisite Thai dessert Khao Niao Mamuang is a must try of your visiting Thailand. It consists of ripe mango with sweet sticky rice both topped with dollops of sweet coconut cream. To add a little crunch to the dish it is topped with a sprinkle of toasted mung beans. Though at one point of time this was a seasonal dessert now it is mostly available the year around. You could buy a hearty portion of the dessert at Ayutthaya in Bangkok.

Photo of Khao Niao Mamuang (by Terence Ong)

Pla Pao

Pla Pao is in simple terms Thai style Grilled fish. The dish is prepared by rubbing a good amount of salt on the exterior of the fish and stuffing lemongrass inside it. The fish is then grilled thoroughly. In doing so it is made sure that the freshness and moist flavour of the fish is kept intact. Along side the fish various dipping sauces are usually provided. The skin is highly salty and can be avoided. The interior however is so tasty that you’re sure to go back for seconds. Though available almost everywhere the Hom Pla Pao restaurant in Bangkok is famous for this dish.

Photo of Grilled Fish (by Christian Losari)

If you’re planning a trip to Thailand soon then there is no way that you can miss out on all the scrumptious food that the country has to offer. Pick from this list of the 10 must try dishes in Thailand and embark on a culinary trail. You can also check out the Thailand Travel Guide to figure out other fun things to do while in the country.

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