Thai food is famous the world over. No matter what country you go to, there’s sure to be plenty of amazing Thai restaurants in the more populated areas, sometimes even in the quieter ones too. Cities across the world are filled with Thai restaurants but for the best Thai food you really have to come to the land of Smiles and try the local dishes for yourself. Only in Thailand will you get the true authentic taste of Thai culinary delights.
Here are our top 5 favorite dishes that you really have to try.
1. Pad Thai
Probably Thailand’s most famous dish, though a lot of people don’t know its origins, which are still disputed to this day. This dish was declared the national meal during world war 2 and is now listed as one of the top 5 meals, not just in Thailand but all across the world.
Thai curries are all very unique, each with their own particular flavors and levels of spiciness. The Thai red curry is an easy one to eat usually, as it is creamy with coconut milk and not as spicy as some of the others.
3. Pad Krapow
This rice dish comes with basil leaves and your choice of chicken, beef, pork or shrimp, sometimes you can even get it with all those ingredients combined. It’s a very popular meal for people who are on the go.
4. Som Tum
This spicy dish also goes by the name of Papaya Salad. It certainly isn’t for the fainthearted. It sure can be spicy so if you have a sensitive tongue make sure you mention that you don’t want too much chili when ordering. Say ‘Ped nid noi’, which is Thai for a little spicy.
5. Tom Yum Goong
This delicious soup combines shrimps, shallots, lemongrass, lime and all sorts of other ingredients that really get along well. Not only does this dish taste amazing, it also has a mouth watering aroma. Tom Yum Goong could almost serve as perfume, as well as food.