Traditional Thai Foods

If you are planning to visit Thailand, it would be a pity not to take the opportunity to taste some of the most traditional foods. Thai food is known for its delicious flavours and fresh ingredients, but many tourists visiting the country miss some of the most popular dishes, as they are simply unaware of them. Here is our list of the top traditional foods you must try while in Thailand:

  1. Massaman Curry

The Massaman curry is a blend of spices and herbs, including cardamom seeds, tamarind powder, and chili peppers. The word "massaman" comes from the Arabic word "masam" which means "sour". The curry is usually made with beef or chicken, but some varieties can be prepared with peanut sauce.

  1. Pad Kra Prao

Known as "White Elephant", this dish is a mixture of lean pork, shrimp paste, chicken, hardened peanut sauce and coconut milk. The dish is named after the small earthenware jar used for storing the ingredients for the recipe.

  1. Kao Ka Moo

This is a very popular Thai dish made with pork, rice, spices and soy sauce. The meat is first roasted in a large pot with all the ingredients and then boiled. The dish can be served with Thai omelette and steamed rice.

  1. Khao Soi

The Khao Soi is a dish based on fried meat and vegetables, cooked in coconut milk and Thai yellow curry. It is one of the most popular dishes in Northern Thailand. The recipe includes coconut milk, tomato, mustard green and chicken. The Khao Soi is served with yellow rice noodles and garnished with bean sprouts and limejuice.

  1. Yam Nua with Beef Salad

Yam Nua is a dish made with shredded beef and fried onions. The dish was first made by Thai street vendors who often used the meat to make different "Thai rolls". This dish is usually served with steamed white rice, lettuce and cucumber.

  1. Pad Woon Sen

The Pad Woon Sen is a dish made with rice noodles and a sauce of oyster sauce and chili. The dish is usually served with meatballs, strips of beef or fish, and cooked with egg. The meal is accompanied by steamed rice.

  1. Thai Fried Rice with Roast Egg and Duck

Thai fried rice with roast duck and egg is a dish containing steamed white rice and an egg, deep-fried and served in a hot wok. The dish is usually accompanied by a plate of vegetables, a plate of fresh spring rolls, and a small bowl of fish sauce.

  1. Kway Teow (noodle soup)

Kway Teow is a dish made with rice vermicelli, fish balls, meat and vegetables, and different types of sauces. The most popular kinds of Kway Teow include black bean sauce, oyster sauce and brown sauce. The recipe also includes thick coconut milk or stock and fried tofu. The dish is served with steamed rice.

  1. Hor Mok Ma Prow Awn

Hor mok ma prow awn is a dish made with seafood and Thai chili powder. The dish is usually served with coconut milk and garnished with cucumber, lemon and tamarind leaves. The recipe also includes dried shrimp, dried squid, hard-boiled egg, soft-boiled egg, sliced green onion and fish sauce.

  1. Pla Kapung Neung Manao (Steamed lime fish)

The Pla Kapung Neung Manao is a dish made with fish and vegetables cooked in coconut milk and lime leaves. The recipe also includes sliced ginger root, lemongrass, shallots, galangal, fish sauce and chili paste.

  1. Som Tam (Papaya salad)

Som-tam is a salad made with papaya or green mango slices. The dish is usually served with dried shrimp, boiled peanuts and dry-fried shallots. The final touch to this appetizing dish is a mango sauce.

  1. Mango Sticky Rice

Mango sticky rice is a dessert made with ripe mangoes and glutinous rice. The recipe includes sticky rice, which is soaked in coconut milk and deep-fried in. Thais usually add different fruits, such as passion fruit juice, banana, peanuts or sweet pork roast.

These are just some of the most popular Thai dishes you must try while traveling through Thailand. There are of course many more and you can be sure of enjoying some delicious meals while on holiday.