Top 5 most famous Thai foods

Tom Kha Kai Edsel L/Flickr

Tom Kha Kai ©Edsel L/Flickr

Food is always an important part of a holiday to a country you’ve never been before. When it comes to Thailand, the importance of food is even more prominent, as Thai food is world renowned. Prepared all around the world, Thai food is characterized by a distinctive world of flavors and spices. The best place to taste it remains Thailand. If you are planning a journey to Thailand, it is good to find out which are the top 5 most famous Thai Foods. Choose Tom Yum Goong, Tom Kha Kai, Pad Thai, Som Tum or Gaeng Daeng and make yourself a unique gastronomical experience. Read the following guide to find out more about these dishes and their ingredients.

Tom Yum Goong

Tom Yum Goong is with no doubt one of the most popular Thai foods. It is the quintessential Thai aroma. The dish is actually a soup. The ingredients of this dish include the following: lemongrass, lime juice, lime leaves, chili, shallots, galangal, mushrooms, fresh prawns and fish sauce. It is characterized by a sour-spicy taste, while its smell reminds you of a perfume. If I were you, I wouldn’t miss it.

Tom Yum Goong stu_spivack/Flickr

Tom Yum Goong ©stu_spivack/Flickr

Tom Kha Kai

A milder food is Tom Yum. It is also a soup which consists of the following: chili, galangal, lemongrass, shallots, and tender strips of chicken, not to forget the coconut milk. The soup is usually served with fresh lime leaves on top of it. Creamy and sweet-smelling, the soup is extremely popular in Thailand. You shouldn’t miss it either if you are in Thailand.

Tom Kha Kai Edsel L/Flickr

Tom Kha Kai ©Edsel L/Flickr

Pad Thai

Considered to be “the international Thai dish”, Pad Thai is an extremely delicious meal. It is a main course, including the following ingredients: thin or wide noodles (depends on your preferences), onion, egg, beansprouts and the following condiments: sugar, chili, fish sauce and ground peanuts. All are dropped in a searing hot wok. It is kind of a Thai fried noodles.

Som Tum

A spicy papaya salad, the Som Tom is one of the most popular salads in the country. It is a very distinctive dish, having a unique aroma.  To prepare this dish, you have to get a pestle and mortar and throw garlic, green beans, chili, cherry tomatoes and shredded raw papaya into it. You will never forget its sweet-sour-spicy flavour. Regional variations use peanuts, salted crab or dry shrimp.

Som Tum avlxyz/Flickr

Som Tum ©avlxyz/Flickr

Gaeng Daeng

The ingredients used for preparing the Gaeng Daeng are the following: meat, coconut milk, red curry paste and lime leaves. It is a very mild and sweet dish, being delicately fragrant. You absolutely can not miss this food if you visit Thailand.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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