There are many great reasons to visit Thailand and for someone like me, who loves discovering new flavors all the time, the food is definitely on the top of the list.
Thai food is an incredible mix of colors, spices, and herbs all of which combined with rice, noodles, fruits, vegetables, fish, and meat.
Thailand is a country with a rich culture and history and also when it comes to food there are hundreds of dishes which will capture you with their flavor, aroma, and appearance.
I’ve been to Thailand many times already and have now my own selection of my favorite Thai dishes that I’m looking forward to during each trip.
Check out the 9 Thai foods you simply can’t miss if you ever find yourself in this amazing country.
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KHAO PAD SAPPAROT
Khao Pad Sapparot which is basically Thai pineapple fried rice is one of the Thai signature dishes and one of the first ones I tried.
This recipe will normally include ingredients such as rice, raisins, fresh pineapple pieces, cashew nuts, onion (and other small pieces of vegetables), shrimps and chicken.
It is absolutely delicious and the fact that it is actually served in a half pineapple makes it even more inviting and pleasurable.
Khao Pad Sapparot can be easily found anywhere in Thailand and no matter if you are in a metropolitan Bangkok or on a remote Island in Thailand it is served in almost every restaurant.
It is also one of the most affordable options and the portions are always generous.
When embarking this new culinary adventure in Thailand you can’t miss another must-try dish and I’m talking about the Massaman Curry.
This tasty option with a coconut milk base is so creamy, rich and mouth-watering you will be considering getting an extra portion.
I find the Massaman Curry is not extremely spicy but whenever I’m in a restaurant I specify and always ask for a mild version, just to be on a safe side.
This dish is available with chicken, lamb or beef but you can also ask for a vegetarian variant which is equally exquisite.
Pad Thai is one the most well-known and iconic Thai dishes and trying it in an authentic local restaurant in Thailand is an incredible experience.
Pad Thai is a simple dish made with rice noodles normally stir-fried with eggs and shrimps and with lime, spices, and mix of vegetables on a side.
The quality of the ingredients plays an essential role and some of the best Pad Thai I’ve ever tried was at a food stall in a market in Bangkok.
And of course, you are not going to be surprised when I tell you that after trying this authentic version of Pad Thai in the Land of Smiles it was impossible for me to enjoy my local takeaway back at home.
THAI FRIED RICE – KHAO PAD
If you are not exactly adventurous when it comes to food you can just order yourself a classic Thai Fried Rice and will never go wrong with it.
I think even the pickiest eaters in the world enjoy eating rice and the most common versions of Khao Pad can be served with chicken, pork or shrimps.
You can also ask to replace meat with vegetables and enjoy a vegetarian option of this dish.
I personally love rice in every shape and form and tend to order Khao Pad for lunch as a quick and nutritious solution which gives me a lot of energy for the rest of the day.
PAPAYA SALAD – SOM TAM
Papaya Salad is a refreshing and light salad, ideal especially when it gets really hot and humid.
I usually order it when I’m at the beach on of the heavenly Thai Islands and I find it’s a nice replacement for fried and oily food sometimes.
Also, since Som Tam is a spicy salad make sure to always specify if you like it very hot or not spicy at all during your order.
The main ingredient of the Papaya Salad is shredded green papaya which combined with hot chili, lime and fish sauce guarantees a unique culinary experience only to be lived in Thailand.
Although spring rolls are technically an appetizer they are so large sometimes that I just take them as a main dish.
They are served almost in every restaurant in Thailand, big or small and come in a number of varieties.
I especially love the vegetarian spring rolls filled with delightful veggies and herbs but meat and fish options are available as well.
They are normally served with some sweet-sour sauce but I find them incredible with soya sauce too.
THAI CHICKEN SATAY
Chicken Satay is one of the signature dishes of Malaysia and Indonesia and I was really curious to try the Thai version as well.
Thai Chicken Satay are basically grilled chicken skewers with a savory peanut sauce and if you order some rice with them you are going to get a filling and complete meal.
MANGO STICKY RICE – KHAO NEOW MAMUANG
I still remember the first time I tried this fantastic dessert during my first trip to Thailand years ago.
Since then it became one of my all-time favorite foods and I like to treat myself with it from time to time.
As always the simplest foods, made with just a few ingredients are the best in my opinion and this is definitely the case with Mango Sticky Rice.
The ingredient list is very short and includes only fresh mango, coconut milk and of course rice.
As a result, you get a flavourful dessert which is not only sweet and satisfying but also very healthy.
It wouldn’t be a proper journey for me if I didn’t have the Khao Neow Mamuang at least once If you ever have a chance to try it I strongly recommend it!
I know fruit shakes can be made/bought anywhere in the world but believe me if you want to take your fruit shake experience to a whole new level go to Thailand.
Fruits in the Land of Smiles are not only ridiculously cheap but also absolutely delicious.
Mangos, pineapples, and bananas are phenomenal and are perfect ingredients for a tasty, nutritious and refreshing fruit shake.