Famous Food to Try While in Thailand

One of Thailand’s most famous attractions has to be its mouth-watering food, and from spicy curries to mouth-watering desserts, you’ll certainly never go hungry. Thailand has so many delicious dishes on offer, each one as diverse as the next, and here we’ll take you through eight foods you simply must try!

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Sticky Rice

Served with mango or banana, you can’t get much more Thai than sticky rice. Great as a snack or a quick breakfast, the banana variety can be found at a range of street stalls and is served wrapped in banana leaves and surrounding a banana.

Mango sticky rice is more commonly found as a dessert option and is served with thick, juicy slices of mango with a generous helping of coconut milk.

Pad Thai

Pad Thai is probably the most famous of all the noodle dishes and it’s a great choice if you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed by the vast amount of food on offer. Featuring chopped peanuts, garlic, onions, fish sauce, sugar and chilli and usually served with chicken or fish, this fried noodle dish is a real staple.

Yellow, Red and Green Curry

Originally the only difference between these three varieties of curry was the colour of the chillies used, but nowadays different flavours are added to a base of coconut milk and lemon grass for more distinctive tastes. While yellow curries often use turmeric, green curries often contain lime and coriander.

Spiciness varies between different regions and restaurants, but spice lovers will probably enjoy the kick of southern Thailand’s yellow curries the most.

Papaya Salad

It’s quite hard to escape the spice in Thailand, and this one is no different! Made with raw green papaya, chillies and a variety of other ingredients, this salad certainly isn’t boring! The papaya gives the salad a tart flavour whilst the cane sugar, lime leaves and fish sauce creates a flavour unlike any other.

Insects

The thought might make your stomach churn, but insects are a popular culinary choice in Thailand. From silk worms to grasshoppers, you shouldn’t have too much trouble finding a creepy crawly to munch on. We’ve heard that silk worms taste a little like boiled potato, but are you brave enough to confirm? If your taste buds are feeling adventurous, head to http://www.cheapflights.com.au/flights-to-Thailand/ and start planning your culinary journey now.

Khao Soi

This is one of northern Thailand’s specialities and it’s not to be missed, especially if you’re in the Chiang Mai region. Often yellow in colour, this flavoursome soup dish usually features a curried meat such as chicken, soft noodles and deep fried noodles.

Massaman Curry

Massaman Curry is believed to have originated he city of Ayutthaya and this mouth-watering beef dish often includes potato, coconut milk, cinnamon and peanuts. The curry is actually a twist on the classic Thai yellow curry, but it has a flavour all of its own.

Noodle Broth

There are more variations of this Thai staple than you could possibly count, and you’ll find this simple street food pretty much everywhere you go. Vegetarians may wish to avoid it as the broth is usually meat-based, and the noodles are cooked fresh to order and are often served with meat, beansprouts and a sprinkling of fresh herbs. Cheap, cheerful and full of flavour!

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