A big part of the Thai experience is trying and tasting the wide variety and sometimes downright weird food that’s available here.
If you like spicy food, lime and coriander you will probably like most of the Thai dishes. however, it is important to know that Thai’s like their food VERY SPICY.
If you can’t handle that much spice, then it is useful to know the word ‘phet’ which means spicy Phet (pronounced pet). If you want your food to not be spicy you say ‘mai phet’ (not spicy) or ‘phet nit noy’ (a little bit spicy).
So if you come to the land of Elephants, dreamy Islands and Ladyboys, here is a list of 10 must-eat Thai dishes you should try.
1. Massaman curry
This is my favourite Thai dish.
It is a rich, relatively mild Thai curry and its main ingredients are (beef, chicken, tofu), coconut milk, onion, peanuts or cashews, potatoes, bay leaves, cardamom, chili).
In most places you can find it for 100 baht.
2. Pad Thai
This is probably the most famous Thai dish commonly served as a street food and at casual local eateries in Thailand. The stir-fried rice noodle dish can be as cheap as 1$ and its main ingredients are dried rice noodles, eggs, tofu, tamarind pulp, fish sauce , garlic or shallots, red chili pepper, palm sugar, lime, peanuts and (beef, chicken, tofu or shrimp).
3. Tom kha
Tom kha gai ((Chicken) or Thai coconut soup is a spicy and sour hot soup with coconut milk lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves, mushrooms and chillies. It is the perfect hangover cure;) !
4. Green papaya salad
It is a spicy salad made from shredded unripe papaya, the Thai variation, was listed at number 46 on World’s 50 most delicious foods compiled by CNN Go in 2011. The dish combines the five main tastes of the local cuisine: sour lime, hot chili, salty, savory fish sauce, and sweetness added by palm sugar. The ingredients are mixed and pounded in a mortar. I have to admit that anytime I have a papaya salad I down like 2 liters of water… so spicy!.
5. Phanaeng curry
It is also spelled phanang. It is a type of red Thai curry that is thick, salty and sweet, with a nutty peanut flavor.
Its main ingredients are dried chili peppers, galangal, lemongrass, kaffir lime zest, coriander root, coriander seeds, cumin seeds, garlic, shallot, shrimp paste, and peanuts.
6. Mango sticky rice
This is a Thai dessert made with rice, fresh mango, and coconut milk. It is one of the most delicious dishes I have tried In Asia.
It is prepared with glutinous rice, commonly called sticky rice. Mango sticky rice is served warm and it easier to find it in the north of Thailand.
7. Green curry
Its main ingredients are Coconut milk, green curry paste, palm sugar, fish sauce, kaffir lime leaves, Thai basil.
It is typically eaten with rice as part of a wider range of dishes in a meal, or with round rice noodles known as khanom chin as a single dish.
8. Fried Insects
Yes, fried insects… I have to admit that I haven’t been able to try them but I have definitely seen so many people chewing grasshoppers and scorpions all over Bangkok and …. well let’s just say that I’ll keep eating Pad Thai and curry dishes.
But I put it on this list because there is always someone willing to try the weirdest things.
You can always find them in the most popular street of Bangkok on Khao San Road.
According to some of my travel partners, Crickets and grasshoppers are crispy, whereas bamboo worms are slightly crunchy on the outside, but soft on the inside. Grasshopper legs and cricket wings stick in your teeth and scorpions are harder to eat with all that shell. #notformethanks!