Living in Bangkok for 6 Months – you find some GREAT places to eat and enjoy.
So what does Thailand cuisine include? Noodles, Chilies that make me cry, Fresh vegetables, Curries and More! Thailand has a wide assortment of food, all of which is spicy (unless asked otherwise – “my pet” – No spice). The food is highly aromatic, filled with amazing fresh vegetables, and known for its mixture of four taste senses: sweet, sour, salty, and spicy. All of which makes me salivate just thinking of.
- Thai food is eaten with a Fork and a Spoon. Not with Chopsticks, as the surrounding Asian countries do. The fork was introduced during the reign of King Mongkut, Rama IV (1851 – 1868) to “westernize” the country.
Throwing food away if not finished during the meal enrages the Thai god of rice. She is the deity who watches over the people to ensure everyone is fed. Bad luck or famine may result.
So lets get to it! What are the traditional foods of Thailand that you MUST try?
- Sticky Rice with Everything
- Phad thai – Rice noodles with fish sauce, sugar, lime juice, peanuts, egg. Choice of meat.
- Khao tom – Rice soup with pork, chicken or shrimp
- Khao khai chiao – Omelet on top of white rice
- Tom yam – hot & sour soup with meat
- Kaeng khiao wan/Kaeng phanaeng/Kaeng phet – Curry – Green, Coconut, or Red. Green chillies, basil, and chicken or fishs.
- Som tam – Papaya salad
- Khao phat – Fried rice with any of: Chicken, Shrimp, Beef, Pineapple, Crab, Coconut, Veggies.
- Khao soi – Chicken curry soup with crispy noodles
- Stir-fried prawn with curry powder
- Kai Med Ma Muang – Chicken with cashew nuts
- Lots, Lots More!
- Khao niao mamuang – Mango & Coconut Sticky Rice
- Ruam mit – Water chestnuts in coconut milk.
- Deep Fried Banana drizzled in Chocolatee
- Sang Som – Whisky Thai style – Cheap and toxic!
- Fresh Squeezed Juice: Mango, banana, Orange
- Coconut Milk
- Chang Beer
Thailand is an extremely vegetarian friendly country. All foods come in vegetarian options, and with the abundance and diversity of vegetables, if vegetarianism is ever being considered- Thailand is the place to start! Thailand is known for its amazing street foods which comes at amazing value. There is a less formal dining experience required, but if you want to enjoy a sit-down meal, it will cost you more, but here is a list of some of the restaurants I’ve been and I’ve loved!
- Cabbages & Condoms (Sukhumvit soi 12) $$$
- Soi 38 street food (After 19:00 there are stalls open with everything) $
- The Mango Tree (Soi Tantawan, Surawongse Road) $$$
- Doo Dee (Siam Square Soi 4) $$$
$ = 0 – 100 THB $$ = 100 – 250 THB $$$ = 250 – 400 THB $$$$ = Too Many THB
Overall, Thailand food is some of the best in the world. I can’t wait to return!