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Scrumptious Thai street food dishes to try – Thai delights to try on your holiday

Thai cuisine is one of variety. With a spectrum of colours and flavours, this delectable cuisine is a reason for Thailand's tourist population. Here's a list of must-try Thai dishes.


Tom Yum Goong

Also known as the spicy shrimp soup, tom yum goong is a classic Thai dish anyone who visits Thailand must try. The aroma of the soup is enough to make you hungry. With the classic Thai blend of chilli, lemongrass, shallots, lime juice, fish sauce and galangal, the soup has a divine taste. To add body to the soup, shrimps and mushrooms are thrown in. This versatile dish can be enjoyed with anything. While you can get this ordered to your family room hotel Bangkok, for the complete foodie experience, you should go to a spot that serves this delicious soup.


Som Tum

The famous spicy papaya salad is a must-try for any tourist visiting Thailand. Originated in the northern region of the country, som tum is served at fancy restaurants as well as street markets. This has a very distinctive flavour; you either love it or you hate it. The main ingredient of the salad is papaya. Raw papaya is shredded and mixed with green beans, garlic, chilli and cherry tomatoes. Depending on the region, you are served different versions of the salad. Some like to add peanuts, salted crab and dry shrimp to the mix.


Tom Kha Kai

This is chicken made in coconut soup. A milder version of tom yum, tom kha kai has an infusion of ginger, galangal, lemongrass, fiery chilis and soft stripes of chicken. The difference between tom kha kai and tom yum is the addition of coconut milk. The soup is usually topped off with lime leaves which exudes a very fresh aroma.


Gaeng Daeng

Not suitable for those who don't eat spicy food, but you are at liberty to give it a try. Made of meat, red curry paste, kaffir lime and coconut milk, this aromatic dish can be enjoyed anywhere including Pathumwan Princess Hotel. You can pair this with rice, bread or roti.


Pad Thai

This is the most Thai thing about Thailand. A taste of Thai style fried noodles can set you on a journey to try Thai food. Made of noodles, onion, eggs, bean sprouts, pad thai is the most quintessential feature of any Thai restaurant in the world.


Khao Pad

There's nothing complicated about khao pad. It's just fried rice made of rice, vegetables, eggs and onions. Mainly consumed for lunch, khao pad is served with a wedge of lime and a dish ide of sliced cucumber.


Pad Krapow Moo Saap

A popular lunch and dinner dish, fried basil and pork is among the most sought after Thai dishes. Made in a hot wok with loads of basil and other ingredients like vegetables and chilli, pad krapow moo saap is another must-try Thai dish. It can be really spicy as Thai people love spicy food, but if you are not a fan of spicy food, you can tell the cook to reduce the level of spiciness. If you are a foreigner, you'll most likely be asked if you like it to be spicy or not.


Where to eat Thai food

Thailand has many restaurants that serve Thai food along with other international cuisines. But if you want the most authentic Thai experience, you should visit the street markets. Chinatown, Silom Road, Soi Rumbuttri, Banglamphu and Soi 38 Sukumvhit are a few places where you can enjoy Thai food.

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