Don’t worry guys, I’m not gonna cover the basic entry level dishes like Thai green and Thai red curry. Freshly coming back from Thailand, I have sampled a huge range of Thai dishes and I’m here to tell you what to look out for next time you visit Thailand.
Sôm Tām Green Papaya Salad
A spicy salad made from shredded unripe papaya. Unripe papaya is sliced into thin strips during preparation. The dish combines the five main tastes of the local cuisine: sour lime, hot chili, salty, savory fish sauce, and sweetness added by palm sugar. The ingredients are mixed and pounded in a mortar. As the name som tam suggests, sourness is a dominant taste.
Khao Kha Moo Pork Leg Rice
Khao Kha Moo is not only a favorite of Thailand's Prime Minister (a celebrity chef), it's also one of those ubiquitous dishes served by street vendors throughout Thailand. Heavily influenced by the Chinese. This dish is absolutely delicious and one of the best comfort food dishes of all time!
Khao Man Gai Chicken Rice
Khao Man Kai (Thai: ข้าวมันไก่), literally meaning "chicken-oil rice". The chickens used in Thailand for this dish can be free range chickens of local breeds, resulting in a leaner and tastier dish, but increasingly meat chickens from large scale poultry farms are being used. Khao man kai is served with a garnish of cucumbers and occasionally chicken blood tofu and fresh coriander, along with a bowl of nam sup, a clear chicken broth which often contains sliced daikon. The accompanying sauce is most often made with tauchu (also known as yellow soybean paste), thick soy sauce, chilli, ginger, garlic and vinegar.
Pra Kra Pao Holy Basil Stir Fry
Pra Kra Pao is one of the most common dishes in Thailand. It’s usually served as a one-dish meal, a quick meal eaten over rice, and is usually topped with a fried egg. This recipe is for a ‘one-dish meal’ sized portion. If you plan on making this as a dish to serve with others for a shared meal, double the recipe. Unfortunately, it’s hard to get Holy Basil outside of Thailand, so most restaurants in the West substitute with Thai Basil, which isn’t as good in this dish. Pad Ga-prao can be made with ground or sliced chicken, beef or pork using this same recipe. You can even use pre-fried tofu. Serve with a sliced chili in a bowl with a teaspoon of fish sauce.
Khanom Krok Coconut Custard Cake
Let's end our list with a delicious dessert.
Khanom krok is a sweet thai dessert recipe that can be easily found anywhere in Thailand as it is a popular street food. It consists of two layers – the base is made from a rice flour and coconut milk mix, and the topping is a sweet mix of coconut milk and sugar, plus whatever other toppings you want to use! Popular toppings include sweetcorn, taro or pumpkin.
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