Thai Cuisine

 One of the most amazing things about Thailand is the incredible food

Thai Cuisine

 One of the most amazing things about Thailand is the incredible food

Our Top 10 Thai Dishes

A typical Thai meal would include rice, fish, soup, salad, spicy vegetables and sometimes a dish of pork, chicken or beef. Thai cuisine is a fusion of the best of Indian and Chinese traditional gastronomy such as noodles, curries, sweet and sours dishes as well as exotic spices.

# 1 / Pad Thai

World famous


Phad Thai, is the default Thai dish and can be found in Thai restaurants worldwide.
Thin or wide noodles are placed in a searing hot wok, to do a dance among crunchy bean sprouts and egg. The flavour in the Phad Thai dish lies in the accompanying condiments – fish sauce, sugar, chill powder and finely ground peanuts.

# 2 / Tom Yum Goong

Spicy Shrimp soup


The ideal Thai aroma! Tom Yum Goong is a refreshing blend of lemongrass, chilli, galangal, lime leaves, shallots, lime juice and fish sauce. Succulent fresh prawns and straw mushrooms are added in giving this dish an explosion of flavour. The invigorating sour-spicy-hot-taste screams THAILAND!

You will find this dish in all Thai restaurants (even in the local thai towns and rural areas).

# 3 / Som Tum

Spicy Green Papaya salad


The origins of this dish come from the Northeast state of Isaan. This dish has quite the bite. Garlic, chillies, green beans, cherry tomatoes and shredded red papaya are all mixed together. This releases a sweet-sour-spicy flavour that you will not forget.

Regional variations throw in peanuts, dry shrimp and slated crab into the mix.

# 4 / Khao Phad

Fried Rice


This is a very simple yet delicious dish comprising of fried egg, onion and a few herbs. This is a popular lunch dish (popular in the schools too) and is served with lime and slices of cucumber.

The dish is very simple, and the secret is that you get to dress the dish. Thais use prawns, crab, chicken and basil, chili, leftover vegetables to dress this dish.

# 5 / Tom Kai Kai

Chicken in coconut soup


This is Thailand’s iconic soup which combines fiery chilies, thinly sliced young galangal, crushed shallots, stalks of lemongrass and tender strips of chicken. The coconut milk added to the soup softens the spicy blow. The soup is topped with fresh lime leaves, it’s a sweet-smelling combination, creamy and tasty.

# 6 / Pad Krapow Moo Saap

Fried Basil and Pork


A very popular dish for lunch and dinner in Thailand is the fried basil and pork.
Holy basil leaves, large fresh chilli, pork, green beans, soy sauce and a little sugar are all added to an incredibly hot wok.

The minced, fatty pork is oily and mixes with the steamed white rice for a lovely fulfilling meal. It is often topped with a fried egg (kai dao) you will most likely be asked if you would like an egg with it.

# 7 / Gaeng Keow Wan Kai

Green Chicken Curry


This curry combines fresh chicken, cherry-sized eggplants, tender bamboo shoots, sprigs of coriander, sweet basil, spoons of green curry paste that is stirred furiously into hot creamy coconut milk. Served alongside a bowl of Thai white rice.

# 8 / Yam Nua

Spicy Beef Salad


Yam Nua gives you the experience of a fresh fiery thrill, the salad mixes onions, coriander, spearmint, lime, dried chilli and tender strips of beef. You have to experience the yummy-ness of Yam.

# 9 / Kai Med Ma Muang

Chicken with cashew nuts


Tourists go nuts for this stir-fried dish. Sauteed chicken alongside roasted cashews, sweet soy sauce, onions, chilli’s, pepper, carrot and mushrooms. The important thing is that this dish works: it’s simple but scrumptious, a little bit tame and yet still totally Thai.

# 10 / Gaeng Daeng

Red Curry


Made with morsels of meat, red curry paste, smooth coconut milk and topped off with a sprinkling of finely sliced kaffir lime leaves, this rich, aromatic curry always gets those taste buds tingling.

Street Food in Thailand

Street food is a way of life in Thailand, many houses are not equipped with kitchens, ingredients can cost more than prepared meals, that’s why it’s no surprise that eating out is more common than eating in.

If your priority when travelling is to experience the culture or enjoy the food (or to save money), the Thai street food scene will be a dream come true. When teaching in Thailand, the street food becomes the norm for breakfasts and dinners (lunches will be served at the schools).

There are many different street food snacks you can indulge in, coconut pancakes, pork skewers, sweet rotis, fried insects (yeah, you read right!) there are many different fried insects you can try, thai crepes, Thai sausage, fried bananas, BBQ skewers, all the incredibly interesting thai fruits.

Exotic Thai Fruit
  Thailand has a variety of very interesting fruits. From mangosteen, rambutan, pomelo, the stinky fruit, Durian, rose apple, coconuts, to dragon fruit and jackfruit, these are must try when in Thailand.