The cuisine of Thailand requires very little preface. The superb combination of sour, sweet, salty and spicy flavors of Thai food turn Thai cuisine into a distinctive one. The experienced chefs of Thailand are incredibly talented in incorporating international flavors in Thai gastronomy and converting them into their traditional recipes. The delicious Thai food varieties will make you extend your stay in Thailand. Here’s a list of cautiously chosen best 10 dishes of Thai cuisine that extend from typical traveler favorites to authentic Thai traditional foods.
1. Pad Thai: Pad Thai is basically fried noodle that is made in Thai style cooking. This dish is very famous all over the world. Inestimable variations have been made on this everlasting Thai dish. The Pad thai are made with onion, bean sprouts, tofu, and the crunchy final touch is the addition to ground peanuts. Since Pad Thai is a diner-partaking meal, you can add your own finishing touches like sugar, fish sauce, crushed peanuts and chili powder to please your taste bud.
2. Tom Yam Goong: Tom Yam Goong is a combo of oversized shrimp (goong) & mushrooms. Tom Yam Goong, a hot shrimp soup is the nationwide fragrance of Thailand owing to the liberal utilization of aromatic herbs and unique ingredients such as lime leaves, lemongrass, shallots and galangal which offers the irresistible aromas while fish sauce and Thai chilis bestow extra kick to this dish. The savor is an exclusive jumble of spicy and sour. Tom Yam Goong is a perfect launch to any meal or can accompany the Thai fried rice.
3. Som Tam: Som tam is a hot and spicy papaya salad that emerged from northeastern part of Thailand. However, this dish has reached every nook and corner of Thailand now. Minor local differences in ingredients and adjustments on the sweetness or sourness are done to Som Tam. A good dash of spiciness and shredded green papaya are common to all recipes though. This dish goes well with barbeque chicken and heaps of hot Thai rice.
4. Kuay Tiew (Noodle broth): Kuay Tiew, a noodle soup is an easy-to-whip and tasty Thai dish. Several numbers of variations in ingredients can be made in this dish to make it taste unique. Noodles that are thin (sporadically wide) are served in a soup with pretty much any cooked meat like chicken, pork, duck, beef and even with seafood (which are actually popular). Try a spoonful of this soup and you cannot stop until you gulp down the entire bowl.
5. Geng Kheaw Wan Gai (Green Curry Chicken): Geng Kheaw Wan Gai is an electrifying Thai dish. The green curry chicken of Thailand is similar to the Indian curries. Thailand has a technique of changing any foreign food into an authentic one idiosyncratically. Where is the evidence? In the coconut milk!!!
6. Gai Med Ma Moung (Chicken Cashew Nuts): This dish is a jumble of sweet soy sauce, roasted cashew nuts, garlic and Honey. Thai Chilies are also added to give an extra kick. The excellent amalgamation of nuts and chicken are really tasty. Gai Med Ma Moung is popular and so yummy!!!
7. Kao Phad Fried Rice: Kao phad may create you an impression of more than a huge stack of rice initially. Amplified with your selection of meat or shrimp, onion, egg, garlic, tomatoes and cilantro are added to intensify the flavor of the fried is rice. Give a jerk to your Kao Phad with a drizzle of chili sauce and dig in!!
8. Tom Kha Gai: This must be world’s most invigorating soup. Tom kha gai, the boiled galangal chicken is made by mixing coconut milk with galangal (that belongs to ginger family), lemongrass and chicken. You will experience a sweet, domesticated curl on this soup.
9. Khao man gai: Khao man gai means chicken & rice. This is a unique Thailand variation for the British fish & chips. Khao man gai is an omnipresent meal that is served habitually during the hours of daylight (till stocks available) at unique Thai eateries and food courts. First, the meat of chicken is boiled until it becomes soft. As a next step, the water used to boil the chicken is used up to cook the rice. Thus, Khao man gai conceives. Being served along with lip smacking sweet & spicy sauces and chicken soup, Khao man gai is an ideal lunchtime nibble.
10. Massaman Curry: The word Massaman refers to “Muslim”. Muslim people greatly adored this mouth-watering goodness of potatoes, coconut milk, bay leaves, roasted peanuts, cinnamon, tamarind sauce and sugar. Often, the choice of meat added to this dish would be chicken or beef. However, since this dish is held close also by the Buddhists, the meat of pork is also used.