Your dream vacation to Thailand will not be complete without a taste of its world-famous foods and dishes. Besides being aromatic and healthy, Thailand dishes are a unique mix of varying flavors and textures as it blends around the 5 fundamental flavors: salty, harsh, zesty, severe, and sweet!
This list will help you explore the flavors of one of the most visited countries in the world by eating their special dishes that every person should try while visiting Thailand.
1. Tom Yum Goong: Spicy Shrimp Soup
Tom Yum Goong is by far one of the best dishes you can eat in Thailand. This spicy Shrimp Soup is mixed in a hot and sour broth flavored with special Thai ingredients like lemongrass, galangal, shallots, fish sauce, kaffir lime leaves and chili for that spicy kick.
Also, you have the choice to add some meat like chicken, pork, beef, or shrimp to make it more delicious. Order the cream version of Tom Yum Goong with the coconut cream milk if you want it to be more taster.
2. Guay Teow: Noodle Soup
You basically can’t miss the Guay Teow while in Thailand. This one is the most popular dish in Thai and it can be found almost everywhere with good prices. This spicy noodle soup can be made with pork, chicken as well as either rice noodles or egg noddles.
Guay Teow will be more taster with a selection of condiments like sugar, lime juice, fish sauce, and chili peppers, also most vendors add some meatballs to the broth for extra flavor, so you will love the Guay Teow.
3. Pad Thai: Thailand Style Fried Noodles
Pad Thai is a super popular Thai dish which you also find in Thai restaurants around the world. This tasty dish is basically a fried noodle that usually is made with chicken or shrimp and other spicy ingredients like chili, ground peanuts, fish sauce, and sugar. You van Found Pad Thai in almost every street corner and is a cheap and tasty meal.
4. Khao Phat or Khao Pad: Fried Rice
The word “Khao” in Thailand means rice, and “Phat” relates to being stir-fried. This tasty and delicious dish is made of Thai jasmine rice, eggs, onion, small meal slice, garlic, and tomatoes. You can found it anywhere in Thailand from restaurants to street foods. This simple dish is perfect for long night snacks
5. Som Tam: Papaya Green Salad
If you’re looking for a popular dish that you can find at almost every street food cart in Thailand, Som Tam is your best choice. The main ingredient of this delicious salad is the green Payaya with a perfect balance of sweet, sour and spicy.
However, Som Tam can be very spicy, so you need to ask for a milder version with fewer chillis. Most visitors try and love this famous Thai dish, so we suggest you try it for yourself.
6. Pad See Ew
If you love spaghetti and meatballs, then you will love the popular Pad See Ew. The dish basically made of wide rice noodles that are stir-fried in dark spicy soy sauce with chicken, beef, pork as well as either cabbage or Chinese broccoli. The flavor is magical and thoroughly enjoyable by tourists and locals alike.
7. Kai Jeow: Thai Omelette
One of the most delicious and cheapest dishes that you ever find in Thailand, the Kai Jeow which is an Omelettes but with Thai cuisine touch. The Thai Omelette is made a little differently from what you know, the inside is fluffy but the outside is golden and much spicier. It’s usually cooked with fish sauce and chilies, and most visitors order it for breakfast, to start the day the right way.
8. Cha Yen & Kafae Yen: Thai Ice Coffee And Tea
One of the top and most popular drinks in Thailand, especially during the hot summer months. These drinks are made using a blend of cream and condensed milk, visitors tend to love these kinds of drinks because they are not that expensive and they are extremely delicious.
Some vendor serves the drinks in a very large cup, that is almost impossible to finish it alone. The drinks will help you a lot to cool off after a spicy Thai dish.
9. Coconut Ice Cream
Pretty self-explanatory with the key ingredient being coconut. Most travelers wonder why they serve ice cream in a coconut shell, but as soon as they try it, it becomes a must in the day. You can choose from a range of toppings including coconut jelly sweet kidney beans corn and peanuts and more to make it more special.
10. Tom Yum
If you more into soups, Tom Yum is one of the popular Thai soup that most visitors enjoy. Tom Yum is a type of hot and sour soup that is usually cooked with shrimp. The main ingredients include broth lemongrass kaffir lime leaves galangal lime juice fish sauce and chili peppers.
11. Thai Iced Coffee
Now, this is strong and Decadent. it’s made with strong black regular ground coffee ground cardamom sweetened condensed milk and sometimes evaporated milk (alongside the condensed milk) and some almond extract. Thai Iced Coffee will definitely wake you up.
12. Nam Tok
Nam Tok, this amazing and delicious dish is essentially a salad it commonly comes with beef but in this case. One of the standout ingredients is toasted sticky rice flour, YEP rice is pounded to flower and then toasted for a light crunch in the dish, super tasty.
Roti is Thailand’s famous pancake with dough surrounding a filling of bananas with some milk or chocolate sauce. This popular dish didn’t originate in Thailand, but it has managed to become one of Thai most popular food of all time.
One of the fun things to do is to watch your Roti prepared, and see how the vendors stretching the dough extremely thin and after that expertly frying it on a large hotplate, so fun.
14. Mango Sticky Rice: Khao Niew Ma Muang
This sweet and tasty dish is one of Thailand’s most popular desserts that you can find almost everywhere. Mango Sticky Rice is a street food that has been in Thai cuisine for a very long time.
The sidhe is served with a sweet slice of mango and drizzled with coconut cream and a smattering of sesame seeds. You can even try this dish with different types of fruit, not just the Mango, each fruit has a different taste.
15. Gai Yang: Grilled Chicken
You basically can’t find a street market without the Gai Yang, this delicious street foods is super popular in Thailand and you just can’t miss it. Enjoy this street food with tangy som-tam and sticky spicy rice, this dish id the perfect choice for a long day trip. One gold advice, to choose the best Gai Yang, check out which line is the longest and wait, Thank us later!
Tips To Keep In Mind When Eating Street Food In Thailand
- Always eat fresh food that has been prepared in front of you.
- Thailand street foods are not always healthy and they are most often brushed with oil. So if you have some health issues or you don’t have a strong stomach and you want to eat Thai food, just eat slowly with small quantities.
- Most vendors speak English, but if the vendor you choose doesn’t speak it, you need to be very clear with the kind of meat you want with your food. Point to the dish you want and be extra careful with it.
- The street foods taste vary from one place to another, eating at the popular stalls is your best way to make sure that your food is tasty and hygienic.
- Thailand’s food can be very very spicy, so you need to ask for a mild version if you can’t handle all that heat.
- Always drink bottled water and not their local water, as it not safe and may cause some health problems.
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