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Even for those who have lived here a while, the wide variety of Thai dishes on offer can seem over whelming, and it’s easy to stick to what you know. Over forthcoming posts, we intend to introduce you to some more unusual and less well known Thai dishes, but for starters, we thought we would share with you five of our favourite and perhaps more well-known Thai dishes:
Khao Man Gai (Chicken and rice)
We look at this dish as being our equivalent to Thai comfort food. Although boiled chicken served with rice cooked in chicken fat sounds admittedly less than appealing, trust us with this. The chicken is so soft and falls apart, and the rice is just so flavoursome. The dish comes served with a lip tingling sauce made from ginger, garlic, chillies and soy and a bowl of broth on the side.
Tom Yum Goong (Spicy prawn soup with prawns)
Ahhh the famous Thai soup, which can often be accompanied by rice or noodles, balances flavours of lemongrass, fish sauce, galangal, chillis and coriander–mixing them with fresh prawns, mushrooms and coconut milk. If you are not a fan of spicy food, ask your vendor to go easy on the chilli! The perfect tom yum goong gets the balance of lemongrass and coconut just right.
Som Tum (Papaya salad)
Either eaten on its own, or served as the best accompaniment to BBQ chicken which is hard to miss wandering the streets of Bangkok, the original som tum originates from the North East of Thailand and is made with unripened papaya, fish sauce, lime, dried shrimps, green beans, peanuts, grated carrot, tomatoes, tamarind and fresh chilli. We recommend you try only one chilli to start, but if you have the chance to ask Thai people how many chillis they have in their som tum make sure you do!
Larb Moo (Minced meat with herbs)
Another dish which originates from the North of Thailand and also Laos, Larb Moo is made with fish sauce, lime, chilli, kaffir lime leaves, coriander, red and spring onion rice powder and mint leaves. Although it can be made with both minced chicken and duck, pork (moo) is our favourite. Again, if you are new to Thai dishes, go easy on the chilli – this dish can really make the eyes water!
Khao Niaow Ma-Muang (Mango and sticky rice)
Possibly the most famous of Thai desserts, and although initially this concept is one that sounds like it shouldn’t work, after all fruit with rice (really?!) let us reassure you, it really does. The coconut sauce poured over the sticky rice makes it taste like sweet rice pudding which is the perfect complement to the soft ripe mango and a must try in Thailand.
We hope your appetites are now suitably whet!