Thailand has been a popular destination with tourists of every age and background for some time and it’s easy to see why if you take a look at what the country has to offer.
Whether you have a limited budget and want to travel to somewhere exotic and beautiful, simply want to spend your time sipping cocktails on a serene white sandy beach whilst watching the world go by, or want to stay in a luxury hotel overlooking a beautiful bay, you’ll find that Thailand has something for everyone.
Aside from its stunning temples, tropical beaches and beautiful green scenery, Thailand has something else that will get you hooked and keep you coming back for more, and that is the delicious cuisine on offer there.
A tongue tingling fusion of Chinese, Cambodian and Malaysian influences, with fresh ingredients, fiery spices and divine flavours, Thai cuisine is, in my opinion, some of the most flavourful and heavenly food the world has to offer.
If I’ve convinced you to make Thailand your next holiday destination, why not take a look at my favourite dishes below:
Tom Yam Gai
Perhaps my all time favourite Thai dish, Tom Yam Gai is a delectable and spicy hot and sour chicken soup that will blow your mind (and your sinuses) and leave you thirsty for more. What strikes me most with Thai food is its ability to let you experience each flavour and ingredient without it all merging into one and this soup is no exception; you’ll get the taste of the lemon grass and beautiful chicken stock followed by the kick of the chilli (ask for it extra hot if you’re feeling brave).
Thailand’s national dish, Pad Thai is a delectable dish of stir-fried noodles that comes in two varieties depending on where you experience it. There’s the variation dish (influenced by Western culture) and the classic dish which is the tastiest in my opinion.
The classic dish consists of stir-fried noodles with bean sprouts, shrimp, tofu and eggs in a full-flavoured sauce made from fish, tamarind juice and chilli’s. It’s usually served with a garnish of crushed peanuts and fresh coriander which perfectly compliments the flavours in the dish.
Gai Pad Med Mamuang
A simple but yummy dish with few ingredients but divine and perfect when you want something to satiate your appetite. The chicken and cashew nuts (usually locally sourced from Phuket which is a big exporter of the nuts) are perfectly complimented by the sweet soy sauce, garlic and honey; you’ll soon be hooked on this beautiful dish.
I love coconut milk as an ingredient and it features in many Thai dishes, one of which is Panaeng Curry, a heavenly and creamy dish with plenty of chilli like you’ll find in many Thai dishes.
Usually containing a choice of chicken, pork or beef and served simply with boiled rice, it has just enough of both the coconut milk and chilli to give it a kick whilst remaining a little mellower on the palate.
Tom Kha Gai
When it comes to Thai soups, I really can’t get enough of them and never tire of their unique and zesty flavours. If you try the Tom Yam Gai mentioned above, but feel like you want something less hot or with a creamier consistency, then try the scrumptious Tom Kha Gai.
A smooth and creamy soup with chicken and fresh coconut milk, the addition of Galangal (a herb related to Ginger but with a much different taste) gives this soup an altogether different taste than Tom Yam Gai but it is still absolutely delicious.
If you are lucky enough to sample each of the dishes above, I’m sure you’ll agree that Thai cuisine really is delicious!
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