Spicy seafood salad, chicken in coconut soup, tom yum—it sounds hackneyed and a little bit boring, doesn’t it? If it seems that you’ve already tried everything Thai cuisine has to offer, we are here to show you that it isn’t all about curry, noodles, and seafood.
In this short piece, we’ve handpicked seven authentic Thai dishes that will impress every gourmet and help you rediscover this aromatic and mouth-watering cuisine. From an oyster omelet and a green pepper chili paste to northern Thai sausages and Chinese broccoli with fried pork belly—these dishes are definitely worth your attention!
- Hoy Tod (Oyster Omelet)
Do you want to feel the unique atmosphere of Bangkok’s busy streets full of colorful vendor stalls, night markets, bars, and boutiques? Then, hoy tod is just a perfect Thai dish for you to enjoy as it’s one of the brightest representatives of the local street food.
Hoy tod is a crispy omelet filled with fried oysters, bean sprouts, red chili, and onions. The omelet is served with tomato or fish sauce and garnished with pepper and coriander leaves.
If you are not a fan of oysters, you can enjoy hoy tod with mussels or other shellfish as well. Complement your omelet with a glass of tomato juice or a cup of espresso and enjoy your Thai meal!
Kana Moo Krob (Chinese Broccoli with Fried Pork Belly)
You can’t go wrong with a combination of crispy meat and stir-fried vegetables. This classic Thai dish is simple, but it will satisfy your taste buds with nourishing pieces of pork and crunchy broccoli.
Kana moo krob comprises Chinese broccoli and crispy slices of deep-fried pork belly mixed with a generous amount of sweet chili peppers, garlic, dark sweet soy sauce, and oyster sauce. This lip-smacking mix of sweet and salty tastes will delight even the most demanding foodie.
Kana moo krob is served with long grain rice, making it a full-fledged dinner. We recommend you savor it with a glass of chilly sauvignon blanc to let the Thai flavors unfold on your palate.
Sai Oua (Northern Thai Sausage)
Sai Oua is an ideal dish for those who adore meat and street food. Tourists unfairly underestimate it, but the locals love sai oua for a unique mix of smoky and lemony flavors. These northern Thai grilled sausages of minced pork are filled with many herbs and spices like garlic, lemongrass, galangal, and coriander.
You may enjoy sai oua as a nourishing snack or accompany it with a bowl of jasmine rice and fresh vegetables. These sausages go perfectly with apple cider or stout and allow you to relish the tempting flavors and scents of Thai food from the comfort of your own home.
Mala Pad Kai (Stir-Fried Bitter Melon with Duck Eggs)
This dish might taste unusual at the first bite if you’ve never tried it before—its bitterness will probably surprise you. The best decision here would be to eat mala pad kai several times until your taste buds start to enjoy this fantastic bitter flavor mixed with light notes of soy sauce.
Mala pad kai consists of bitter gourds (also known as bitter melons) stir-fried with eggs, ground black pepper, garlic, and a mix of soy and fish sauce. The locals always make sure to remove all the seeds from bitter melons and boil them in the saltwater for 10 minutes to eliminate this extra bitterness. This classic Thai dish can be complemented by shrimp or tuna.
What’s more, bitter melons are good for the kidneys and help reduce the blood sugar level, making mala pad kai a perfect example of healthy Thai food. You can pair it with a glass of refreshing ginger lemonade to start your day on a fit note!
Nam Prik Noom (Green Pepper Chili Paste)
Nam prik is a spicy dipping sauce, numerous versions of which can be found all over the country. It’s one of the most popular Thai dishes made with various ingredients like garlic, dry chilis, shallot, lemongrass, nuts, shrimp paste, and tomatoes. This sauce is perfect for eating with meat and grilled vegetables.
Nam prik noom is one of the varieties of the nam prik sauce famous in Northern Thailand. It is made of roasted green chilis, garlic, shallots, shrimp paste or fish sauce, coriander, and lime juice. This spicy sauce, along with fried pork rinds and a glass of cold ale, is a perfect snack to fill you up!
Tod Mun Pla (Fish Cake)
One of the most delicious Thai appetizers, tod mun pla can be found literally everywhere in Thailand as it’s one of the most favorite dishes among the locals. Tod mun pla is a fish cake made with clown knife fish, beans, curry paste, and basil. The locals also add some lime leaves for a unique fruity flavor.
The cake is traditionally served with a sweet chili dipping sauce. It goes well as an appetizer or as a full-fledged dinner accompanied by a bowl of brown rice and a glass of dry riesling. Just give it a try, and you will be impressed by this fantastic combination of sweet and savory flavors dancing on your palate.
Yum Kai Mang Da Talay (Horseshoe Crab’s Roe Salad)
If you want to enjoy Thai cuisine to the fullest, this unusual dish is a perfect option for you to try. The horseshoe crab is not precisely a crab: this marine creature with blue blood is more related to scorpions. The only part you can consume is crabs’ eggs as their meat isn’t edible at all.
Yum kai mang da talay is a delicious salad made with horseshoe crab’s eggs, green mango, garlic, shallots, celery, and coriander. The salad is usually served inside the horseshoe crab’s shell itself, making this dish look as impressive as it tastes. Yum kai mang da talay accompanied by a glass of gin and tonic will immerse you into the special Thai atmosphere in no time!
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