Top 15 Famous Thai Dishes You Must Try When You Visit Thailand

You must have heard that Thailand is famous for its beaches, nightlife, Buddhist temples, but do you know Thailand is famous for its mouth-watering cuisines as well? Thai cuisine is the national cuisine of Thailand which is prepared with strong aromatic elements, varying flavours, textures and spicy and tangy flavour. If you are planning a trip to Thailand, it will not be completed without a taste of its world-renowned cuisines and dishes. So, here is the list of Top 15 famous Thai food which you must try when you visit Thailand.

1. Mookata Thai BBQ

 Mookata Thai BBQ
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Mookata Thai BBQ is a great choice to try with your family and friends at a street-side barbeque restaurant. A pot is used for this meal to barbeque the pork fillet, or any other protein slices, and the moat channel around it is used to contain aromatic broth.

2. Som Tum

som tum
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Som tum is a spicy green papaya salad which is a simple but wonderfully tasty dish with very simple ingredients like, small green papaya, tomatoes, carrots, long beans, peanuts, garlic, chilies. These ingredients provide five vibrant flavors of sweet, savory, spicy, salty, and sour.

3. Tod Mun Pla

tod mun pla
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Tod Mun Pla is a Thai fish cake and it is a good choice for an appetizer. The fish is deep-fried and is served with an amazing dip made with chopped cucumbers, chilies, shallots, peanuts, sugar, fish sauce, and vinegar. This spicy dipping sauce is the soul of this dish.

4. Poh Pia Tod

poh pia tod
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Poh Pia Tod is basically Thai Spring Rolls made with ground pork, carrots, sliced cabbage, rice noodles, and onion all wrapped up in spring roll wrappers and fried until golden. This dish is a combination of fresh aromas, making it a great choice for an appetizer.

5. Mah Hor

mah hor
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Mah Hor is also known as Galloping Horses. It is a small snack but richly flavored and is made with mandarin orange or pineapple and topped with pork, chicken, peanuts, sugar, peppercorns, and coriander. This dish combines sweet fruit with a savory topping giving a taste you’ll never forget.


6. Khao Soi

khao soi
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Khao Soi is a Thai Coconut Curry Noodle Soup famous in the Northern part of Thailand especially in Chiang Mai where it is influenced by Burma. Noodles are the main ingredient of this dish which is made with wheat and eggs and served inside a fragrant curry broth. Lemon squeeze on top completes this dish.

7. Nam Prik Ong

nam prik ong
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Nam Prik Ong is spicy pork and a tomato dip with vegetables famous in the northern part of Thailand. This dish is served with a plate and a bowl where you will find sweet cherry tomato sauce and minced pork. This dish is a good chance of flavor and a perfect fit for an appetizer.

8. Khanom Jeen Nam Ngiaw

Khanom Jeen Nam Ngiaw
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Khanom Jeen Nam Ngiaw is a spicy noodle soup with a dark red broth cooked with beef or pork, and dried smoky chilies. Vegetables which are used in this dish are cabbage, pickled mustard greens, bean sprouts, cilantro and fried garlic are added to enrich the smoky and tangy flavour. It is a spicy dish with a tangy flavor and aroma.

9. Khua Kling

khua kling
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Khua Kling is a Thai Dry Meat Curry made with a choice of pork, beef, or chicken. This dish is made with a lot of spices and injected in curry paste, chili, garlic, and lemongrass and seasoned with kaffir lime leaves, resulting in little tender chunks of concentrated flavor. This dish should be served with rice to complete it.

10. Pad Thai

pad thai
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Pad Thai is basically Thai-Style Fried Noodles and it is a signature dish in Thailand which is supposed to be on the menu of every restaurant in Thailand. This dish comprises of rice noodles stir-fried with extravagant amounts of fresh prawns, crunchy bean sprouts, eggs, tasty tofu cubes, onion and finely grated peanuts and is served with a pinch of lemon juice to give this dish a tangy taste.

11. Tom Yum Goong

tom yung goong
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Tom Yung Goong is a spicy dish with a unique flavor which is achieved by the combination of fragrant lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves, shallots, lime juice, fish sauce, fresh chilies, and rich exotic flavor sets your definition of the flavor of Thailand. This dish is a famous dish in Thailand and one must definitely try this.

12. Khao Yam

khao yam
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Khao Yum is a southern Thai fragrant rice salad with grated coconut, dry shredded shrimps and a lot of herbs like kaffir lime leaves, lemongrass, turmeric, etc. This dish is mixed with all these ingredients and then dressed with a little bit of sweet fish sauce. The sauce used gives it a combination of flavors that will make you love this ubiquitous street food.

13. Gaeng Sataw

gaeng sataw
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Gaeng Sataw is a Thai sink beans dish with shrimp made of gaeng sataw which is a kind of stinky beans, extremely popular in southern Thailand. This dish is delicious with spicy curry and fried beans with shrimp paste and meat. To give it a tangy flavor squeeze a lemon into it.

14. Banana Roti

banana roti
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Banana roti is basically banana pancake which is a lovely treat from street vendors of Thailand.  The pancake is fried on both sides until it is golden and crispy and banana slices are inside the pancake. The dish is topped with condensed milk and sugar, you can also add strawberries for a different flavor.

15. Pad Kra Pao Moo

Pad Kra Poa Moo
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Pad Kra Poa Moo is a popular “one plate” of Thailand which is frequently ordered in Thai restaurants. This dish is made with a combination of fish sauce, oyster sauce, and sugar to give it a balanced sweetness and spice. This dish is very simple and quick with chopped shallots, garlic, and chilies into the pan and stir fry until all aromas are released, then add minced pork, mix well and serve with a spread of basil leaves.

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