While researching things to do and things to eat in Thailand, I came across some VERY interesting things like this list right here…. http://www.buzzfeed.com/jjgoode/things-you-can-eat-in-thailand but then I also came across the mouth-watering dishes that are more well known and are much more appealing than deep fried frog skin.
You know when you go to dinner with friends, every item on the menu looks fabulous, and you can’t even fathom narrowing it down to one dish? The people of Thailand have it figured out. When you go to dinner you typically order one dish for every person at the table and then share all of the dishes! But think twice before ordering something that can’t be finished, it’s considered bad luck to throw away food.
Thailand also has snacking figured out (I’m liking the way they handle food here). Snacking is also common but rather than regular old chips or crackers, you can choose from spring rolls, chicken or beef satay, soups, salads, and sweets from stands along the streets for pennies. Speaking of street stands, some of the best noodle dishes can be found at food carts and many are open late hours…..can you say late night pad thai?!
Here’s a quick low down on food in Thailand: Salty, sweet, spicy, sour, and bitter are the flavors. Rice is a staple food in Thailand and is eaten with almost every meal including breakfast and dessert. Curries, soups, noodle dishes, meats, garlic, basil, and fish sauce are all common items on the menu.
I’ll go ahead and start with the obvious, most popular Thai dish that we all know and love….
Egg noodles, bean sprouts, eggs, peanuts, lime, meat/no meat–your choice
Tom Kha Kai
Chicken in coconut soup (coconut soup… sounds funky but is to die for!)
fried rice but an extremely simple version compared to the kind we are used to
Tom Yum Goong
a spicy shrimp soup made with tomatoes, basil, shrimp, straw mushrooms, lime juice, shallots, fish sauce, and other ingredients
Gang Keow Wan
a popular dish, Thai green curry. Green curry paste, coconut milk, chicken, bamboo shoots, Thai herbs, and eggplant. It’s soupy so be sure to eat it with the always present rice!
Kao Na Phet
A dish for duck lovers. Duck meat over rice, drizzled with duck stock, and usually served with a side of duck soup
Moo Dad Diew
A great snack, deep fried pork bites marinated in a dark sweet soy sauce and then deep fried again…served with a chili sauce and of course, rice
Pad Ga Pow Moo Kai Dow
Chicken, pork, or minced meat stir fried with garlic, chilies, vegetables, basil and then served over rice accompanied with a fried egg (sounds about like our version of fried rice!)
Gai Pad Med Mamuang
Chicken seared in a wok with onions, dried chilies, and cashew nuts! Oyster sauce, fish sauce, and spices make the sauce for this dish
After doing all of this reading, I’m ready to jump on the first plane to Thailand….anyone with me?! If you love Thai food or have been to Thailand and tried the real deal, what are your favorite Thai dishes??