Thailand is filled with some really incredible food! If you are going there, make sure to try these popular Thai dishes….and calm all the heavily spiced food with some Thai Iced Tea!
Garlic Vegetable Glass Noodle Soup
This is not a dish that is on every single menu, so make sure to try it when you see it! You may have a little bit of garlic breath after this, but I can promise you that it’s worth it! If you are feeling a little under the weather, this should do the trick.
Tom Kha Gai
This coconut milk based soup is almost like a dessert. It has a sweet a sour taste to it and it goes great with white rice. You can find it served with chicken, shrimp, or just vegetables.
This is obviously a more popular menu item and some places are better than others. The Famous Pad Thai Shop in Phuket was definitely one of my favorites.
Pad See Ew
This soft, wide rice noodle dish is pan-fried with garlic, Chinese broccoli, egg, and normally a choice of meat or chicken. It’s flavored with a dark soy sauce. Sometimes, the Thai will add sugar, chili flakes, and a dash of vinegar to create a unique flavor.
Mango & Sticky Rice
Amazing Thai dessert! Totally addicting.
This is another popular Thai dish that can be found almost anywhere, whether it be in a restaurant or a street food stand. It’s kind of like the Thai version of a chicken kabob. Best when served with peanut sauce for dipping!
Very popular in Northern Thailand, especially Chiang Mai. This curry-based noodle soup is optionally served with sides of lime, crunchy pickled greens, sliced shallots, and sugar. It has a coconut milk-based broth and is normally cooked with chicken or beef and wheat/egg noodles.
Yellow curry = mild, green curry = medium, and panang curry = spicy. All three curries have very different flavors, so if you can handle some spice go ahead and try them all! Don’t be fooled though because ¾ of the yellow curries I had were definitely not mild! But then again, is anything truly mild in regards to spice in Thailand?!
Vegetable Fried Rice
This is different than what you would expect. It’s not like the fried rice in the states. It has a little bit different flavor, as well as lots more veggies. Often times this is served in a pineapple, which makes it even better!
You can find these in a lot of restaurants, as well as at most street vendors. Served with sweet chili sauce of couse! Filled with veggies and sometimes chicken or pork.
Have any Thai food favorites that you enjoyed in Thailand? Leave them in the comments below!