Thailand’s food needs little introduction. The exotic flavors and fragrances make it among the most coveted of international cuisines in the world. Walking around any street in Thailand will give you a sense of how important food is to the Thais. Whether it’s a juicy piece of grilled pork on a stick or a fiery bowl of ‘Tom Yum’ soup, to the hot freshness of Som Tum, your senses will be awakened especially by these favorite Thai classics:
Pad Thai is one of the most famous street foods especially with back packers. You can find it almost everywhere in the city. It is heavenly combination of fresh ingredients like rice noodles, meat, tofu, egg and vegetables in a sweet tamarind sauce that is stir fried in small wok.
The countries most popular salad is the Payapa Salad or “Som Tum”. A simple and quick food to make, young green papaya, limes, garlic, chilis, are the fresh ingredients that are combined together to create a sweet and sour treat for your tastes buds. You can request it as hot or mild as you like.
The Traditional soup of Thailand is Tom Yum. It means Hot and Sour soup. “Goong” means Shrimp but you can use chicken too. One of finest dishes that truly represents Thailand, it combines spices, herbs, limes, and chilis to create a savory hot and sour taste that will make your tongue dance.
The most popular dish eaten by the Thais for lunch or dinner is Pad Krapow. Pad Krapow means “Stir Fry Holy Basil” which is cooked by combining basil leaves, fresh chilis, and meats. The dish is mainly served with steamed rice and topped with a fried sunny side-up egg. It is standard to be very spicy so you must request less spice if you cannot handle hot.
The most famous dessert for Thais is the Mango Sticky Rice. This wonderful dessert is made by combining sweet coconut milk sauce, sticky rice, and fresh mango on top. A simple recipe, but packed of heavenly flavors.
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