Flight Network Foodie
Thai food is an extremely popular dish in many cultures across the world. With our large multicultural cities across North America, you are bound to find a couple Thai restaurants near you. Whether you’ve had Thai food at home or haven’t tried it at all, you don’t know what you’re missing until you’ve been to Thailand and tried the real thing.
After 4 months living in Thailand, I tried everything from chicken feet to sugared pear fruit and have come up with a list of 10 foods you have to try when making a visit to Thailand.
Yes, the infamous Pad Thai. You’ve likely tried it at home, but have you tried it in Thailand? You can get Pad Thai literally everywhere you look in the streets of Bangkok. For less than one dollar you can find a delicious plate of Pad Thai filled with the best ingredients possible: ground peanuts, egg, noodles, bean sprouts, sugar, fish sauce, soy sauce, chili powder, tofu and onions.
Mango Sticky Rice
This is a famous dessert among the Thai’s. Though I thought a combination between a fruit and something I would eat for dinner would be odd, this dish is actually delicious! Most food stalls across Thailand will also add a yummy coconut sauce on top for only a few cents. Though very basic, this dish caught the hearts of many travelers alongside with me.
This fruit was my choice for breakfast, snack and dessert every day! Now that I am outside of South East Asia, I crave it on a daily basis. When the weather outside is hot and humid, there is nothing better than freshly cut ice cold rose apple. In the shape of a pear with a red tone to it, rose apples are juicy with a crisp clean crunch after every bite!
The second best fruit (in my opinion) is jackfruit. I find this is a fruit which some people choose to love or hate. The shell of the jackfruit is a huge melon-like fruit with spikes hanging from the trees. There are tons of little bite size jackfruit pieces within one shell and the taste is wonderfully tropical.
I’ll admit, I really didn’t like this fruit. The texture is absurd, the taste is extremely pungent but the fruit itself is so unique. Some people love it, some people can’t even stand the smell. The reason I say you need to try this fruit is to understand all the numerous hilarious signs across the cities that you will see stating ‘NO DURIAN ALLOWED’. This fruit is so pungent that hotels, public spaces and shopping malls have actually banned people from even bringing it inside with them.
Khao Lam: Sticky Rice in Bamboo
Served around every street corner, you can’t help but try this dessert. The packaging is so unique stored inside bamboo shoots and while the vendor prepares the dessert for you, they crack open the bamboo with a machete and make a bamboo spoon for you to eat it right away. The inside is made up of sticky rice, black beans and a coconut cream syrup, absolutely delicious!
Khao Man Gai: Rice with Chicken and Cucumber
If there was one dish in Thailand I had the most, it was khao man gai. Served at almost every street corner vendor, this chicken, rice and cucumber dish will normally cost you no more than a dollar or two. It is very basic but the perfect dish when you’re looking for something simple. Often times I felt the spicy and flavorful dishes were too much more my pallet.
Tom Kha Gai
My favorite Thai soup has got to be tom kha gai. This has chicken, coconut milk and fresh herbs, a delicious and refreshing soup for snack, lunch or dinner. This is a very common soup across Thailand and can be found at almost every restaurant.
Geng Kheaw Wan Gai: Green Curry Chicken
I’m not a huge fan of curry, the spice is too much for me and I find it hard to enjoy. Green curry on the other hand is a little bit creamier in taste but is actually the spiciest of curries. The coconut milk, blended with green curry and chicken minimizes the spice and makes for a delicious meal.
Gai Med Ma Moung: Cashew Chicken
Hands down, my favorite dish of all Thai dishes. Roasted cashews sautéed
Roasted cashew nuts. Sweet soy sauce. Honey. Garlic. And, of course, chilies ‘ it would be Thai food without a little enjoyable pain. Three cheers for the clever soul that figured out nuts and chicken were a good mix. A dish this popular must be more than a little good. Phuket raises the standard with a vast supply of some of the world’s best cashew nuts, and they’re grown locally.
Thai foods are all very specific to certain pallets, there may be some which you absolutely love and some that you’d rather avoid. Either way, many of these 10 foods I am sure you will absolutely fall in love with! Which ones are your favorite? Do you have any additions to this list? I would love to hear what you think!