Bangkok cuisine requires very little introduction. The flavours and fragrances seemly have no end! So, to make things a little I’ve put together a list of the 7 most popular Thai dishes you’re likely to encounter on your journey.
Let’s tuck in!
1) Pad Thai
(Thai Style Fried Noodles)
Frome Bangkok to Brussels, if you’re interested in Thai Cuisines, you’ll of heard of this famous dish. Dropped into a sizzling hot wok, handfuls of thin or wide noodles (the choice is yours) dance alongside juicy bean sprouts, onions, and protein a filled egg.
Once everything is complete a placed on your plate the fun really begins. It’s a truly interactive experience as you flavor it to your liking with an array of condiments - sugar, chili powder, fish sauce, and my favourite... peanuts.
A truly simple and incredible dish. If you haven’t tried it yet. You should!
2) Gaeng Daeng
Made with meat, red curry paste, smooooth coconut milk and finished off with sprinkling of sliced kaffir lime leaves, this delicious aromatic curry will get the taste buds going. The meal is at it’s best when the meat is tender, and the flavors come together to make it sweet and delicately fragrant.
3) Khao Pad
A staple, another classic dish. Comprising of friend rice, egg, onion, and a few herbs chucked in for good measure - nothing more, nothing less. It’s a popular dish to be served at lunch usually with a wedge of lime and a few slices of cucumber. The secret to this recipe is its simplicity.
The concept is similar to Pad Thai - you’re eating it, so you dress it. You can use prawns, crab or chicken, chill and left-over vegetables. Chuck it all in to turn this plane Jane into a gastronomic feast!
4) Pad Krapow Moo Saap (Friend Basil and Pork)
Another incredibly poplar ‘one plate’ dish for either lunch or dinner. This meal comprising of fried basil and port is certainly one of the most popular Thai dishes. Made in a boiling wok with basil, fresh chili, soy sauce, green beans, and a little sugar.
The pork is oily and mixes with the steamed white rice for a nice meal. It’s often topped off with an egg, and you’ll most likely be asked if you’d like one.
A word of caution - most Thais like their dishes HOT! So if you’re not a fan of cold sweats and tingling lips, ask for your Pad Krapow to be just a little spicy.
5) Gaeng Keow Wan Kai
(Green Chicken Curry)
Ahh, my favorite on the list and one that I could eat daily. With fresh chicken, cherry-sized eggplants, coriander, and basil. These simple elements form the bulk of this curry. But how does it get it’s brilliant green color?
From the green curry paste mixed generously into hot and creamy coconut milk. Served alongside a bowl of fragrant rice Gaeng Keow Wan Kai is the extreme opposite of Pad Krapow Moo Saap!
6) Kai Med Mu Muang
(Chicken with Cashew Nuts)
Perhaps it’s the vastly differs contrasting textures of sauteed chicken alongside roasted cashews, sweet soy sauce, onions, chilies, pepper, carrot, and mushrooms. Or perhaps it’s the sweetening dash of honey that appeals to the masses.
It doesn't’ matter so much. The important thing is that it works. It’s simple but it works, and that’s why I like it!
7) Yam Nua
(Spicy Beef Salad)
If there were a title for the King of salads, then Thailands zingy “Yam” would take the crown. I know what you’re thinking - salads are rubbish!
Try the mix of onion, coriander, spearmint, lime, chili, and tender strips of beef, and I promise you you’ll change your mind.
It’s perfect salad, to sum up Thailand and well worth trying.
Watch this great video by Street Food Around The World to see how Bangkok cuisine is prepared