A trip to Thailand isn’t complete without enjoying some street food specialties. Thai food blends simple cooking with aromatic spices such as lemongrass, kaffir lime, and basil. Spicy and sweet flavors blended together with coconut milk, nuts and fruit make for some incredible dishes. I have always been a huge lover of Thai food, and visiting Thailand was a culinary dream come true.
Here are some of my all-time favorite Thai dishes:
Grilled skewers of meat on a stick with a sweet and savory marinade. Usually beef or pork, but chicken is available too and comes with peanut sauce for dipping.
Rice Noodle Rolls
Similar to Vietnamese Salad Roles, these delicious appetizers are made from steamed rice noodles, meat or tofu, herbs, and vegetables rolled into a rice paper roll and typically served with sweet chili sauce. Yum!
Som Tum (Green Papaya Salad)
A salad of shredded green papaya, topped with tomatoes, dried shrimp, green chilies, peanuts and flavored with lime and fish sauce. The salad is spicy and refreshing.
Pineapple Fried Rice
This is a great breakfast option if you don’t want anything too spicy. It’s a delicious fried mixture of rice, meat (usually chicken or shrimp), shallots, garlic, green onion, peas, egg and topped with pineapple. It’s often served in a hollowed-out half pineapple.
A very popular dish is curry, often made with coconut milk and comes in several varieties such as red, green, yellow and Penang. Spice level varies, as does the veggies or meat in each dish, but all are delicious.
The national dish of Thailand! Rice noodles are fried with meat (usually seafood), veggies, fish sauce and palm sugar. It’s usually topped with peanuts and a fried egg. The recipe varies with every cook, so it will be a new experience every time.
Mango Sticky Rice
One of the most delicious desserts of all time! Sweet sticky rice is topped with fresh slices of mango and a drizzle of coconut milk. Simple, but amazing.