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5 Most Popular Thai Dishes - The Ones You Cannot Miss Out On!

The Thai cuisine is perfected with the ultimate balance between sweetness, sourness, spiciness, bitterness and saltiness. When in Thailand, make sure not to miss out on these five dishes!


Tom Yum

Let's start the list off with the most popular soup all around the world, the Tom Yum. This is a sour and spicy soup that originally came from North-Eastern Thailand as well as Laos. No matter what you do this trip, you have to try this soup here in Thailand. The most popular version of this soup is made out of shrimps and seafood with the addition of fresh herbs and ingredients like lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves, fish sauce, lime juice, galangal and some crushed chilli pepper. You must know that this soup served in Thailand is quite spicy and therefore if you cannot handle 'the spices' make sure you ask them for the mild version.



The seafood here will absolutely tantalise your taste buds. It is incredibly good, something you might not have tasted anywhere in the world. You can try out a feast of seafood ranging from crabs, lobsters, prawns, squid, fish, seaweed, fresh fish, and so much more. The locals here bring all the flavours to point with the addition of lemon juice, ginger, tamarind, coconut cream and fresh ingredients! If you would like to try the local seafood platter you can check out some of the best restaurants in Chaweng. For instance, you can check out places like Tree Tops Sky Dining & Bar for a good authentic meal.



This is a sweet and sticky candy that is made out of glutinous rice flour, coconut cream and palm sugar. If your taste buds are craving something sweet, you might as well try this local delicacy which is much loved by the locals and tourists alike. There are many coconut plantations here which resulted in this sweet candy. Kalamae is nothing but the Thai version to the caramel of the French.


Phad Thai

This is another very popular dish here. And guess what? It is a noodle dish and when in Asia this is a must-try. The stir-fried noodles are theorised to be either of Vietnamese or Chinese origin. Although it is made out of basic ingredients like eggs, rice noodles, tofu, fish sauce, red chilli peppers, soybean, palm sugar, garlic and shallots, the resulting flavour is absolutely exquisite. It is served with a variety of meat from chicken, crab to shrimp.



Satay is seasoned and grilled barbecue meat which can range anything from chicken, beef, pork, mutton, goat and fish. We have all heard of satay and have tried it in different parts of the world but tasting it here in Thailand should be a priority. This is one of the popular street food that is served in most vendors along the road. You can also try it in markets and restaurants too. The peanut sauce served with it brings the taste up a notch making it absolutely flavoursome.