Thailand’s cuisine has been heavily influenced by the neighboring countries of Burma, Laos and Cambodia, together with the cooking traditions of China and Vietnam.
Variations in landscape and ethnic diversity have resulted in regional differences across the country, and the combination of sour, sweet, salty, bitter and spicy flavors create an enticing mix that has become one of the world’s most popular cuisines.
While pad thai and green curry are staples on Thai restaurant menus outside of the country, the truth is that Thai cuisine is hugely diverse. Sampling the authentic soups, noodle and rice dishes at the lively food markets are one of the true pleasures of traveling in Thailand, not to mention the variety of exotic tropical fruits.
Thailand’s cuisine is very rich here’s some most popular Thai Dishes that you will like to try if you visit
Guay Teow (Noodle Soup)
Guay teow is arguably one of the most popular Thai dishes and can be found almost everywhere. Guay teow describes any type of noodle soup. It can be made with chicken, pork, or beef (rarely vegetarian-friendly) as well as either rice noodles or egg noodles. Most of the time, vendors also add wontons or meatballs to the broth. The dish is best topped with a selection of condiments including, sugar, dried chilli peppers, lime juice, and fish sauce. Guay teow can be eaten at any time of day and is particularly good as a late night snack.
Tom Yum Goong (Spicy Shrimp Soup)
This iconic bowl of steaming goodness is bold, aromatic and comes with a fairly strong spicy kick. Tom yum goong is created with quintessential Thai ingredients like lemongrass, chilli, galangal, kaffier lime leaves, shallots, fresh lime juice and plenty of fish sauce. Fresh prawns and mushrooms are added and coconut cream if you want the creamy version.
Tom Kha Gai (Chicken in Coconut Soup)
Tom kha gaiis related to tom yum and offers people with a lower tolerance to spice the opportunity to taste the same beautiful flavours. Besides the spice scale, Tom kha gai is also unique in that it typically comes with lots of creamy coconut milk creating a rich sweet soup. Like most Thai foods, vegetarian options are easily adaptable by substituting a few ingredients.
Som Tam (Spicy Green Papaya Salad)
Som tam hails from Isaan in Northeastern Thailand and is one of the most popular dishes in Thailand. Som tam comes in a variety of styles, however, the classic som tamconsists of shredded green papaya, tomatoes, carrots, peanuts, dried shrimp, runner beans, palm sugar, tamarind pulp, fish sauce, lime juice, garlic and plenty of chillies. The ingredients are mixed together using a mortar and pestle, which amplifies the flavours into a super moreish dish.
Laab (Spicy Salad)
Laab is a northeastern-style salad with meat or mushroom and mint which originates in the northeastern province of Isan. Laab comes in a variety of styles including chicken, pork, and mushroom. It is not recommended for those who can’t handle spice as it tends to come with a hefty kick.