10 foods you must try in Thailand

One major part of travelling is trying all the local food. Thailand is no exception to the crazy amount of dishes that are on offer from their local cuisine. In fact, some people go to say it is one of the best cuisines in the world. From fiery, lemon grassed infused curries to spicy salads. Thailand sure does have some great choices to tingle your taste buds.

Here are my top 10 favourite dishes that I think you should try if you ever find yourself in the land of smiles.

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Som Tam, Khao Niao, and Kai Yang. ส้มตำไทย ข้าวเหนียว ไก่ย่าง

Som tam is better known as spicy green papaya salad, made with the young papaya, tomatoes, lime juice, fish oil, coconut sugar, garlic and a handful of fresh chilli, this spicy Isaan dish is one of my favourite Thai dishes. Team it up with a kit of sticky rice and some freshly grilled chicken. Aroi Mak. This dish would typically set you back about 60 baht (£1.12).

Khao Soi ข้าวซอย
Khao Soi ข้าวซอย

Better known as Chiang Mai noodles. This Northern delicacy is one of my all-time favourite dishes. Boiled noodles at the bottom in a red curry soup, usually with a chicken leg thrown in and topped with crispy noodles (that turn soft when they hit the soup) and some coriander for some extra flavouring. It’s hard to find anywhere else in Thailand other than the north, so I took a visit there over New Years and feasted on this dish until my stomach was happy. This cost roughly 40 baht (£0.74).

Bami Mu Daeng บะหมี่หมูแดง
Bami Mu Daeng บะหมี่หมูแดง

This dish originated in China but is now a staple dish in Thailand. Pork, egg noodles and kale in a hot warm broth. One of my go-to dishes in the winter when the nights are a lot colder, or even when I fall ill. You can also turn the soup into any flavour you like, sweet, sour or spicy with the condiments you will typically find on any table in any Thai restaurant. This dish roughly costs 35 baht (£0.65).

Kuai-tiao rat na ก๋วยเตี๋ยวราดหน้า
Kuai-tiao rat na ก๋วยเตี๋ยวราดหน้า

This is a nice go-to dish when you aren’t in the mood for anything spicy. It is a simple fried wide rice noodle, kale, any meat of your choice (this one is chicken) in a thick gravy based soup. Price is around 45 baht (£0.84).

Khao Phat ข้าวผัด
Khao Pad ข้าวผัด

A simple and quick dish to have if you don’t have much time is Thai style fried rice. You can make it however spicy you want it but it’s just a simple dish, that seems to be my go to lunch hour dish because it is quick. Also, add any meat of your choice and perhaps a fried egg. Will normally set you back around 30 baht (£0.56).

Khao man kai ข้าวมันไก่
Khao man kai ข้าวมันไก่

A simple dish of chicken and rice. It’s very simple but very delicious. The one thing that pulls me to eating this dish most often is the broth that comes with it, it is basically the stock that they cooked the chicken in and ‘OH MY DAYS’ I could eat (or drink) barrels of the stuff, it is that good. Price for a happily full stomach about 35 baht (£0.65).

phat phrik phao moo เนื้อหมูผัดพริกเผา
phat phrik phao moo เนื้อหมูผัดพริกเผา

Basically, a meat of your choice stir fried in a wok with chilli paste. It is amazing what the wok masters of Thailand can do in their little outside kitchen they have turned into a restaurant at the front of their houses. Cost roughly 40 baht (£0.74).

pad puk ruam moo krop ผัดผักรวมหมูกรอบ
pad puk ruam moo krop ผัดผักรวมหมูกรอบ

So many vegetables and delicious chewy fried pork cooked in what I think is oyster sauce. Such a great dish and another one I always find myself-going to order. I think it’s the pork, it’s just too good to resist. Rough price 40 baht (£0.74).

Chicken fried noodles. Pad Thai Gai .
Pad thai ผัดไทย

Of course, Pad Thai would creep up in this list somewhere. You can find it being cooked up on most street vendors across the country. It is just fried noodles cooked in a fish sauce and egg, with any meat of your choice. There are also many options to add to this dish such as sugar, lime juice, chilli flakes, peanuts, or bean sprouts. This would cost about 40 baht (£0.74),

Roti โรตี
Roti โรตี

I’ll add one of my favourite sweet dished in this list too. Roti, which originated in India, but has made its way to Thailand and you can find it just about everywhere. Most streets will have a vendor selling this indulgent snack. Typically, these are made with banana and Nutella, or egg, inside a thin layer of dough. The one pictured above is a Nutella one. So delicious. The prices of roti depend on the flavour of the roti you choose, a plain roti would cost around 10 baht (£0.18) and egg roti could cost around 15 baht (£0.28) any other flavours could cost from 20 baht (£0.37) to 30 baht (£0.56). What a bargain to feed that sweet tooth craving.

Eating in Thailand is an adventure on its own. Eating out is a norm here, as it is cheaper than cooking at home. It’s so cheap and one way of getting to know the local culture.

Do you love trying new foods when you travel? Which country do you think has the best cuisine? What are your favourite foods in Thailand or any other country? What would you recommend for me to try?

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