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The traditional food of Thailand creates the perfect balance between salty, sweet, sour, and spicy. From fragrant curries to noodle dishes that pack a flavour punch, it’s no wonder this vibrant cuisine is celebrated the world over. 

Discover Thailand's aromatic cuisine

Thailand is home to a dizzying choice of culinary offerings, with plenty of exciting regional variations to unearth. Venture north and you’ll discover the spices are rich and rice dishes are king. Journey south and you’ll be treated to fiery dishes with plenty of fresh seafood and coconut.

With so many flavoursome dishes to sample, here are a few of our favourites to help you plan your Thai food adventures:

Pad Thai

One of Thailand’s most popular foods, pad Thai – also known as phat Thai – is a mild and highly addictive noodle dish. Many establishments put their own spin on this classic, but most start with a base of rice noodles, stir fried with dried shrimp, fish sauce, bean sprouts, egg and tamarind. From there, chefs can get creative, adding anything from chicken and pork to tofu. The noodles are topped with crunchy peanuts, a squeeze of zesty lime and finely chopped chives. 

Tom Yum Goong

This iconic Thai soup packs a real hot-and-sour punch. Its unmistakeable flavour is created from a blend of lemongrass, chilli, galangal, lime juice, tomatoes, fish sauce and Kaffir lime leaves simmered in a light broth. 

Gaeng or red, green and yellow curry

Whether green, red or yellow, Thai curry is a heady blend of heat and umami. Each locality will offer up a slightly different take on the dish, using regional ingredients and different spice pastes: feast on intense red beef curries in the mountains and light green fish curries by the beach. 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. 

Yam Nua

With its gorgeous tropical climate, you’ll find a host of yam – which translates as salad – dishes in Thailand’s restaurants. This is one of the best, piling tender grilled beef with crisp shallots, coriander, mint and spring onions. The salad is then dressed with a hit of chilli, fish sauce and lime juice. 

Khao Pad

Thailand’s much-loved fried rice dish is a speciality you’ll see everywhere on your travels through this beautiful country. Ideal for a hearty lunch, this simple gem is served with your choice of protein – shrimp, chicken, pork, egg, beef – and a huge array of condiments so you can season to your tastes. 

 Kao Niew Mamuang

Indulge your sweet tooth with a delicious serving of mango and sticky rice. Made with sweet condensed milk and coconut milk, this is the Thai version of a comforting bowl of rice pudding.    

Visit our Thai street food page to find out about our favourite street food dishes. 

Top Tips from our Experts

Clive

Content Editor

“Forget the Western tradition of set courses. Do as the locals do, and order a spread of dishes for the table to serve. As a general rule of thumb, or the same number of dishes as diners.” 

Steph

Direct Marketing Campaign Manager

“If you’re not sure which street food stall to choose, just follow the locals. Eat where they eat as they will know which vendors serve the best quality food.”