Thai cuisine is a celebration of the fresh and fragrant. Thailand is famous for its street food culture also. So where ever you go, food would be near you. Thailand won’t let you go hungry anytime. There is something for everyone. Being a main tourist destination, an abundance of international cuisine is also available but tourist still would go for local and delicious thai cuisines.
Tom Yum – Tom yum soup is a spicy, broth soup. The basic broth is made of stock, lemongrass, lime leaves, lime juice, fish sauce, and crushed chili peppers. You can add your meat of choice, though the most popular is tom yum kung (shrimp).
Massaman Curry – This is a southern Thai dish that is Muslim in origin. The dish usually contains coconut milk, roasted peanuts or cashews, potatoes, bay leaves, cardamom pods, cinnamon, palm sugar, fish sauce, chili, and tamarind sauce. It also comes with a side of rice.
Barbeque Skewers – BBQ skewers are common nowadays in restaurants also, but Thai BBQ sticks from the street are marinated in a mix of soy sauce, sugar, and garlic which makes them unique in their own way and to savor it when you are hungry are a day of shopping or exploring the face is just wonderful.
Banana Pancakes or Roti – Fried dough filled with bananas and topped with sugar and condensed milk (you can also get it with chocolate). It can also be mixed with egg too. They can be found almost everywhere in Bangkok and the best part for me was that it reminded me of my Indian food as most of the dishes are non vegetarian. So to have something which I can savor it was perfect for me.
Sticky Rice with Mango – This delicious dish combines sweet mangoes, sticky rice, and coconut cream syrup. It’s sweet, and the mango and cream sauce makes it a great snack or desert.
The interesting thing is that I can have this food all day long. This along with the roti and egg fried rice were the best options for me in Thailand
Som Tam – This dish is a staple of Thai cuisine. Shaved papaya is tossed in a mortar and pestle with carrots, peanuts, tomatoes, string beans, palm sugar, fish sauce, and a whole lot of chilies. Some people may not like it very spicy so better inform them in advance to make it less spicy.
And last but not the least
Pad Thai – The quintessential Thai dish. It consists of thin rice noodles stir-fried with egg, tofu and shrimp, and seasoned with fish sauce, sugar, tamarind, vinegar and dried chili. The other good thing for me is that there is a vegetarian version also of it. So I had the chance to taste it.
The Street food stalls are there late in the night as well around 11.30 pm so even if you want a quick bite, you can go outside and eat something.
Helpful Thai phrases
Hello (informal): Sa-wat-dee
Hello (formal, speaker is man): Sa-wat-dee khráp
Hello (formal, speaker is a woman): Sa-wat-dee khá
Thank you: Khop khun
No: Mai chai
Goodbye: Laa kon
Goodbye (informal): Sa-wat-dee
Excuse me (to beg pardon): Kho thot
I’m sorry: Kho thot
Is there someone here who speaks English?: Tee-nee-mee krai poot-pa-sa Angrit dai-bang?
Help!: Chûai dûai!
Cheers!: Chai yoo!
Food & Photo source: nomadicmatt
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