Many people from all over the world travel to Thailand for its exotic and traditional cuisines that are hard to find especially in the West. Thailand itself is famous for its wide variety of delicious foods, which come at staggeringly low prices. As the local Thais take pride of the foods they prepare, the wait is definitely worth it once you get a taste of their delicious cuisines. Here are some of the traditional Thai foods that you should not miss when in Thailand:
Considerably one of the popular Thai dishes, Paad Thai can be found almost everywhere. From high-end restaurants to humble coffee shop to even street stalls at night markets; they are everywhere. Paad Thai is stir-fried rice noodles with fish sauce, lime juice and topped with crunchy, diced ground peanuts. It is usually cooked with chicken and bean sprouts. This is a relatively cheap dish if you buy it from night market street stalls.
Many Western tourists love this green, hot dish! Made of coconut mixed with fresh green chilies and chicken parts, Green Curry is usually accompanied with a bowl of steamed plain rice. The combination of lime leaves and basil leaves brings out the aroma and taste of this dish. Green Curry can be found in most Thai restaurants at a reasonable price, depending on the restaurant itself.
A dish consisting of green papaya strands, chopped peanuts, cheery tomatoes, prawns and yard long beans, Papaya Salad is usually eaten for starters. It gives off a sweet and sour taste. Sometimes, mango strands are also added to give the extra sweet taste to the dish. This is a popular dish that can be found almost everywhere (ie. Night markets).
Mango Sticky Rice
You have to try this dessert at least once in your lifetime! The sticky rice is cooked in thick coconut milk. The milk is usually sweetened and the rice tends to absorb the milky taste. It is topped with slices of mango that is ripe to perfection. This is a must try if you have a sweet tooth. At a very low cost, you can easily get this at any street stalls.
This dish has got to be the most famous traditional Thai dish of all! It is basically a hot and sour soup that is made with limejuice, lime leaves, dried chilies and lemon grass. It is usually spicy and best eaten when it is hot. Most often, the soup is cooked with either prawns (Tom Yam Kung) or chicken (Tom Yam Kai) and can be eaten with plain rice or glass noodle. Most Thai eating places have this delicious soupy dish.