Traditional Thai cuisine is among the most coveted of international cuisines. It's a celebration and profusion of fresh exotic flavours and fragrances that is seemingly inexhaustible. But with such culinary diversity you need to know what’s really worth getting your teeth into.
1. Som Tum – Originally from northeast of Thailand or Isaan, this outlandish spicy green papaya salad is truly distinctive. The combination of garlic, chillies, green beans, cherry tomatoes and shredded raw papaya is a flavour sensation not easily forgotten. The dish can be customized to your preference, which can be mixed with salted or fresh crab, dried shrimps, Thai pickled fish sauce, and peanuts. It’s the type of dish that polarises opinion, so you’ll either love it or hate it, either way it's a must to try!
2. Gaeng Daeng – This rich aromatic red curry is made using tender morsels of meat, red curry paste, fresh coconut milk finished with a sprinkle of finely sliced kaffir lime leaves. Gaeng Daeng is one very agreeable dish that’s sure to get your taste buds tingling.
3. Phat Kaphrao – Flash-fried meat with holy basil (kaphrao) and lashings of fresh garlic and chilli served over a generous bed of rice, and not unusually crowned with a fried egg. It’s one of Bangkok’s best kept secret street foods – to experience the essence of the Thai-style one dish meal in it's true environment head over to Bangkok’s Chinatown, Yaowarat.
4. Pad Thai – This is one of the most famous Thai quick noodle dishes, makewith stir-fried rice noodles and other additional ingredients such as roasted peanuts, shrimp, egg, chicken and bean sprouts s and balancing the flavour with tamarind sauce. This dish is commonly served in street food casual places in Thailand.
5.Tom Yum Goong– Teeming with shrimp, mushrooms, , lemongrass, galangal and kaffir lime leaves, this Thai masterpiece soup inescapably unifies a host of favourited Thai tastes: sour, salty, spicy and sweet, all in one bowl. If you like it extra creamy you can even add coconut milk or cream. It’s a truly authentic Thai delicacy best enjoyed next to Chao Phraya river at the Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel's riverside restaurant Thara Thong where you'll experience truly authentic dining complimented by live Thai classical dance and music performances.
6. Jim Jum – A small clay pot is filled with a porky aromatic broth over a bed of charcoal. Then an array of raw morning glory, cabbage, meats, eggs, glass noodles, and holy Thai basil are added to the pot to slowly boil into a hearty soup. It's a real culinary experience and makes for a unforgettably relaxing evening with friends.
7. Khao Pad – Quite simply, it’s fried rice, egg, onion, Chinese broccoli and tomatoes - nothing more, nothing less. However, it is an unparalleled partner to prawns, crab, chicken, basil, chili, vegetables, and of course for ultimate unpretentious simplicity, a dash of lime or slice of cucumber.
8. Kai Yang – Grilled chicken on a whole other level. The chicken is lovingly marinated in a unique mixture of fish sauce, coriander root and garlic and served with sticky rice and green papaya salad. Legendary is almost an understatement for this traditional Thai dish.
9. Gang Keow Wan – Thai green curry is perhaps the most famous and sought after Thai dish and for good reason...it’s delicious! Green curry paste, coconut milk, bamboo shoots, chicken, Thai basil, Thai eggplant along with, galangal, lime leaves are what make this delectable delight so very delectable.
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