10 Must-Try Foods In Thailand!

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Fresh, elegant, appetizing are three relevant words to describe Thai cuisine. It’s one of the reasons why travelers want to extend their stay in Thailand. From fancy tom yum to cheap pad tai, they take joy in every bite. Their smile, showing how incredible the taste is, is a clear hint that Thai dishes are everybody’s finest pick.

Here are 10 best Thai foods to try for your preference:

1. Tom Yum Goong

Tom Yum Goong
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Everybody must agree that the legendary Tom Yum Goong deserves to be the top-rated Thai dish. The aromatic blend of spices like galangal, chili, lemongrass, and lime leaves, along with the fish sauce and lime juice is incredibly sensational. You will never face a life problem when slurping the soup and chewing the fresh prawn.

Tom Yum Kung Restaurant

Address: Khaosan Rd, Khwaeng Talat Yot, Khet Phra Nakhon, Bangkok, Thailand

Opening Hours: 11 am to 12 am

2. Gang Keow Wan

Thai green chicken curry and roti
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One of the most flavorful Thai dishes, recommended for curry enthusiasts, is Gang Keow Wan or Thai green curry. The flawless combination of coconut milk, green chili paste and chicken matches with steamed jasmine rice. To eat this, you need some companions such as crispy fried fish and nam prik (Thai chili paste).

Krua Apsorn

Address: 169 Dinso Rd, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok 10200, Thailand

Opening Hours: 10.30 am to 8 pm

Website: Krua Apsorn

3. Kaeng Som

Are you a veggie lover? Kaeng Som or Thai sour curry shouldn’t be missed. The clear tangerine soup has a blend of sour and sweet taste. The kaeng som curry paste is the key to why the soupy Thai dish is mouth-watering. It consists of palm sugar, various vegetables (carrots, string beans, and cauliflower), palm sugar, tamarind juice, and the most essential ingredient, the fish sauce.

Waterside Restaurant

Address: 13/16 Mu 9, Pradit Manu Tham Road, Bueng Kum, Bangkok, Khong Kum 10230, Thailand

Opening Hours: 5 pm to 1 am

4. Pad Krapow

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Pad Krapow is one of the widely spread fast food dishes in Thailand. It’s sautéed holy basil with minced meat (pork, chicken, and beef), spices, and fried egg. Some vendors also add some sliced onion and sweet bell peppers. The typical savory dish is absolutely tasty and goes well with the hot steamed rice.

Soul Food Mahanakorn

Address: 56/10 Soi Thonglor, Sukhumvit 55 Rd., Klongtunnua Wattana, Bangkok 10110, Thailand

Opening Hours: 6 pm to 11 pm

Website: Soul Food Mahanakorn

5. Khao Na Pet

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Khao Na Pet is roasted duck slices on rice with spiced sauce. The Thai-Chinise fusion food is sweet, savory, crunchy and soft at the same time. Before being slow-roasted in a coal oven, the duck is marinated with Thai herbs like lemongrass and galangal. Meanwhile, the sauce is made of a mixture of water, herbs and flour.

Prachak Pet Yang

Address: Charoen Krung Road (across from Robinson Bang Rak), Bangkok

Opening Hours: 7 am to 9 pm

6. Gai Med Ma Muang

Kai phat met mamuang himaphan
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Gai Med Ma Muang refers to stir-fried chicken with roasted cashew nuts. The vibrant color on the dish along with the soft chicken chunks and the crunchy brown cashew nuts is indeed tempting. The sweet sauce, chilies, and onions are other highlights you shouldn’t skip. The blend of the taste, from sweet to savory, and the texture, from soft to crunchy, is incredibly good.

Thiptara at The Peninsula

Address: 333 Charoennakorn Road, Klongsan, Bangkok 10600, Thailand

Opening Hours: 6 pm to 10.30 pm

7. Larb Moo

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Larb Moo is a typical Thai Isaan food which has similarity with som tam (the papaya salad). You could call it a minced pork salad, seasoned with some aromatic herbs like chili flakes and lime juice. The fish sauce and khao kua (toasted sticky rice) are added to enrich the flavor. The tenderness of the pork and the crunchiness of the rice are the best parts.

Huen Phen

Address: 12 Ratchamanka Rd, Tambon Phra Sing, Amphoe Mueang, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Opening Hours: 5 pm to 10 pm

8. Khao Neeo Mamuang

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Khao Neeo Mamuang or mango sticky rice is absolutely the top Thai dessert you must try. It consists of sliced fresh yellow mango, glutinous sticky rice, and coconut milk cooked with palm sugar. Eat the sweet dessert while it’s still fresh instead of keeping it in the fridge!

Boonsap Thai Desserts

Address: 1478 Charoen Krung Road, Bangkok, Thailand

Opening Hours: 7 am to 9 pm

9. Som Tam

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Som Tam or Thai green papaya salad is very popular through the entire country. This tasty Isaan-style food has several different types. The common Som Tam Thai is a simple salad with sweet and sour dressing. Som Tam Boo Plara is a salad with crab and fermented fish sauce. Tam Ba consists of green papaya and fresh water snails.

Somtam Nua

Address: 392 Siam Square 11 Alley, Khwaeng Pathum Wan, Khet Pathum Wan, Bangkok, Thailand

Opening Hours: 10.45 am to 9.30 pm

10. Khao Yam

Khao Yam or Thai rice salad is a typical southern dish which is very popular in Phuket and southern Thailand. It includes cooked rice, fermented fish sauce dressing, dried shrimp or fish and shredded coconut. The toppings are sliced lemon grass, lime leaves, and bean sprouts. To make this healthy food more spicy, you can add dried chili flakes to it.

Lan Ahan Puk Tai Dao Tai

Address: 508/26 Phran Nok Road, Bahng Koug Noy, Bangkok, Thailand

Opening Hours: 7 am to 8.30 pm

Have an amazing culinary adventure with Thai food

The exotic Thailand is indeed the center of good Asian foods. The savory, sweet, and sour flavors combined with the aromatic Thai herbs and fish sauce are the reasons why the food tastes great. The Tom Yum Goong, and the Larb Moo, to the Khao Yam should be put onto your must-eat food list when vacationing in Thailand.

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