Thailand is a food heaven and it’s very rare to find foodies who try Thai food who don’t come back craving more. Even Spiderman and Aunt May ‘larb’ it! You may remember the Prachaya Thai restaurant scene from the movie Spiderman Homecoming where Peter Parker and Aunt May were enjoying Larb dishes with a glass of chilled Chang beer! It shows that Thai food already has infiltrated western culture with its delicious flavor. Drinking and eating go hand in hand for Thai people and visitors alike. You will fall in love pairing Thai beer with the flavor profile of different types of Thai dishes, where there is a balance of spice, sweet, sour, and salty.
If you are just starting out you can ease into Thai food with a Khao Pad (fried rice) or Pad Gra Pao (stir-fried meat with holy basil) entree and wash it down with a Thai lemon tea. If you are a sugar lover, go for a Cha Nom Yen(Iced Thai Tea)!
For hot and spicy, soup dishes like Pla Neung Manao (fish with a citrus sauce), we recommend grabbing a bottle of Chang or Singha beer. Singha is a bit stronger than other Thai beers and it’s called the original Thai beer. Many will enjoy Chang for its full-flavored lager and lighter taste. Another favorite of Taste of Thailand are Larb dishes (larb ped, larb moo, larb gai). Leo beer pairs quite well with this Thai classic for its great taste and light lager color. Don’t be surprised if they ask if you want your beer over ice! It will keep it cold and your waiter or waitress will be topping off your glass before you know it.
If you are at a sit-down restaurant you will often find wines offered to pair with your food. We recommend to start out with a Som Tam (fresh green papaya salad with chilies, fish sauce, and lime juice) as an appetizer then go right for the delicious Pad Thai Goong (stir-fried noodles with shrimp) or a green curry with eggplant. You can pair them with a Riesling (American, Austrian or Australian), Beaujolais, Gewurztraminer, Pinot Gris. Most wines you will find are imported so they can be a bit more expensive, but you will usually find Jacob’s Creek or another house wine option relatively affordable. If you find yourself ordering steak, then you might prefer to order a red wine. It’s recommended to choose wines with lower alcohol level because the spice of the food could clash with wines whose alcohol content exceeds 12%.