How much do you know about Thai food? Is your knowledge about this tasty cuisine limited only to the red and green curries or Pad Thai? Let us tell you a bit more about Thai food — its versatility and the amalgamation of flavours it encompasses.
What makes Thai cuisine so popular?
While most of the dishes we have mentioned can be found in restaurants everywhere, the authentic flavours of the cuisine can only be enjoyed when you visit the country. Thai food has a complex set of flavours. It involves an interplay of at least 4-5 fundamental flavours. The intricacy, texture, smell, use of ingredients, colour and taste of Thai food makes it one of the most popular cuisines in the world.
There’s more to Thai cuisine than you know. Read on…
Local restaurants around the world serve popular items like Pad Thai, Thai Green Curry, Thai Red Curry, Spring Rolls and so on. But there’s a lot more to Thai cuisine than just these few items. For example, did you know that Thai cuisine also includes a fragrant and sweet iced tea? Similarly, some side dishes and desserts will make you go crazy about Thai food.
We have picked out 20 specialty Thai dishes that you must try at least once in your lifetime. A few of these dishes have many versions. Choose the one you prefer and dig in.
Tom Yum Goong
This hot Thai soup has shrimp as its main ingredient. Seafood lovers who want to give Thai food a try can start with this superb dish. It has a mix of sweet, tangy and spicy flavours. It is loaded with coconut milk, lemongrass, galangal, mushrooms and kaffir lime leaves.
If you love Thai food, Pad Thai wouldn’t be a new name for you. People across the world rave about this particular Thai delight. Medium sized rice noodles are stir-fried with a variety of ingredients like peanuts, tofu, green onions, garlic, pepper and more. You can have the vegetarian version or take it up a notch with your choice of seafood or chicken.
Geng Kheaw Wan Gai (Green Curry)
The mild flavour of herbs and coconut milk lend an enticing flavour to this dish. The green colour of this curry comes from spicy green peppers, so if you’re not a big fan of spicy food, try the milder version of the green curry. It tastes best with chicken, but you can also try the seafood and beef versions.
If you love to eat Thai food, you must be familiar with their spicy red curry paste. Chicken is fried with red curry paste and then doused with coconut milk to create this delicious curry. Kaffir lime leaves are sprinkled to add a more dynamic flavour.
Kai Jiew Moo Saap
Looking for something very simple on the Thai menu? Try this Thai-style omelette. It’s cooked with a dash of fish sauce and minced pork. The egg mixture is deep fried instead of the way an omelette is usually fried. Serve it with chilli sauce.
Almost everyone loves spring rolls and Thai-style spring rolls are something you’ll kill for. You can have them stuffed with vegetables, seafood or any other meat of your choice. Enjoy them with some hot or sweet-sour sauce.
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