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Thai Food

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SPECIALITIES

With explosive flavours drawn from fresh ingredients, Thai cuisine blends several Southeast Asian and Indian elements into a rich amalgamation of distinctive tastes. A typical Thai meal emphasises lightly prepared dishes with strong, aromatic components and includes four main seasonings: salty, sweet, sour and spicy.

Thai Red, Green and Yellow Curries

Thai curries are heavily influenced by Indian spices, yet still manage to maintain a unique flavour thanks to the addition of local spices and ingredients such as Thai holy basil, lemongrass and galangal (Thai ginger). These full-bodied dishes are usually shared and served over rice and offer a truly authentic taste of Thailand.

Chim Chum

Chim Chum is served in an earthenware pot with meats, vegetables, mushrooms and noodles cooked in a clear herb broth of Thai ginger, kaffir lime leaves and lemongrass. At times, spices such as Thai holy basil and chillies can be added too, and is often served with nam chim, a dipping sauce. 

Phad Thai

Phad Thai is a noodle dish that's now also extremely popular throughout the rest of the world. It combines stir fried rice noodles with fish sauce, sugar, lime juice, ground peanuts, egg, spring onion and bean sprouts, topped with tofu or meat such as pork, chicken or prawns.

STREET FOOD

Street food stalls are dotted throughout Thailand's streets in every city and town and offer a great way to taste authentic Thailand.You won't be able to go a block without seeing at least one portable eatery. Eating from street stalls is cheaper and often tastier than going to restaurants; just be sure to only order street food from vendors whose food is clean, fresh and cooked right in front of you.

Some Thai street food favourites include:

Som Tam

The most famous of all Thai street stall dishes, som tam is made from unripe papaya mixed with shrimp paste, peanuts, tomatoes and green beans. A few chillies are thrown in to spice it up, but you can ask for it to be mai pet (less spicy) if you prefer.

Salapao

Salapao are tasty savoury dumplings, similar to Chinese steamed dumplings, filled with pork and red beans, or custard and cream for a sweet variety. They are extremely popular in Thailand and eaten at any time of day; breakfast, lunch or dinner. If you stumble across a street vendor selling these bitesize snacks, be sure to sample some.

AVERAGE PRICES

Prices in Thailand are fairly inexpensive, with a plate of Thai food and a soft drink typically costing between 40 and 70 Thai Baht. When it comes to drinks, a litre of bottled water from a local store will likely cost you around seven to 12 Thai Baht, with a bottle of wine costing around 450 Thai Baht. Thai street food is inexpensive and won't cost you a fortune. Typically, a dish of food, such as grilled chicken and sticky rice from a street vendor, will cost around 20 Thai Baht, with bottles of water from local stores costing around seven to 12 Thai Baht. If you fancy popping into one of the local bars for a small beer, it's likely to cost between 60 and 150 Thai Baht.