Are you thinking of traveling to Thailand and wondering what to it?

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Then great, here are the 10 most famous foods from Thailand that are definitely worth trying out for any first timer in Thailand.

1. Som Tum (Spicy Green Tea Papaya Salad)

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Som Tum hails from the North Eastern Side of the state of Ishaan in Thailand. It is one of the most pleasurable dishes to have that will leave you craving for extra.

Som Tum takes in a mixture of garlic, chilies, green beans, and cherry tomatoes all blended in a pestle and mortar. The flavor of the salad is and spicy which makes it very tasty and not easy to forget.

Some variations of Som Tum take in peanuts, dry shrimp, and salted crab as part of the final mix to give a great taste.

2. Pad Thai (Thai Stir-Fried Noodles)


Pad Thai is undoubtedly one of the best and most famous dishes in Thailand. Pad Thai, when translated to English means ‘Thai-style stir-fried noodles.’

For a first time visitor to Thailand or someone’s who has not had any experience with Thai Food, then Pad Thai might be a great introductory dish to get started with Thai food.

The taste of this dish is a bit traditional, stemming from fish sauce and dried chimp. Unlike most Thai Dishes, Pad Thai is not spicy. The chili is usually added separately giving you the option to add it to your meal when you want it.

3. Tom Kha Gai (Thai Coconut Galangal Chicken)


Tom Kha Gai is one of Thailand’s most popular soups, especially among locals. If you prefer eating mild food as compared to spicy foods, then you will enjoy this soup.

The most prominent ingredients in Tom Kha Gai are the galangal herb, which in Thai is referred to as Kha and the coconut milk.

Most restaurants will top off this soup with fresh lime leaves to give a finally sweet smelling concoction that is creamy and compelling.

4. Gaeng Keow Wan Gai (Green Chicken Curry)


Gaeng Keow Wan Gai is translated to Thai Green Chicken Curry. In fact, Green curry is the most popular curry in Thailand, a must try for any traveler or tourist.

The curry is made from herb and spice blend paste that is cooked together with coconut milk. Thai Green Chicken Curry is spice but not too spicy as compared Som Tum which makes it suitable for first-timers who wouldn’t want to take a risk on Thai Food.

When served with steaming rice or the legendary Kanomjeen Noodle, Thai Green Chicken Curry is an irresistible dish.

5. Pad Kra Pao (Thai Basil Stir-Fry)


If you are looking for a dish that’s popular among the local Thai locals, then you should consider the Pad Kra Pao, which is translated to Thai Basil Stir Fry.

To break down the name of the dish, Pad is a Thai Word for Fired and Kra Pao is translated to Holy Basil, the main ingredient in this Thai Dish. Thai Basil Stir Fry is often cooked together with Chicken, Pork, or Beef and served with rice.

It’s not spicy which means you can try it out even if you are a first timer with Thai Dishes.

6. Khao Man Gai (Chicken Rice)


When walking in the streets of Thailand, the most common food you are likely to come across is the Khao Man Gai, the Thai Chicken Rice.

It’s everywhere in Thailand. The main ingredient as the name says is boiled chicken. The chicken is served with cucumber slices as well as soya bean sauce and winter melon soup.

This is a great dish to try in Thailand for any traveler. You will be left craving for more after enjoying this meal.

7. Khao-soy (Northern Thai Curry Noodles)


Khao Soy is popular in Northern Thailand and a favorite dish for locals around there.

The main ingredients used to make Khao Soy are coconut milk and soft eggs noodles as well as crispy fried noodles.

To prepare the meal, the coconut milk is poured on top of the soft eggs noodles. The crispy fried noodles are then topped to the coconut-egg noodles mixture.

8. Tom Yum Goong (Shrimp Sour and Spicy Soup)


Tom Yum soup is very popular in Thailand and something that is definitely worth a try.

One amazing thing about this Thai Soup is that it is as popular in Thailand as it is in other countries. The soup is clear, tasty, and hot. It extracts its flavor from the fragrant lemongrass, galangal root and kaffir lime leaf that’s added to it.

You can get Tom Yum in many variations, which depend on the main ingredients used in making the soup. Some of the main ingredients used are chicken, fish, and mixed seafood.

Most people prefer the shrimp version of the soup as it is not only tasty but also superbly delicious.

9. Kao Pad (Fried Rice)

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Kao Pad is Thai Fried Rice and one of the most famous Dishes from Thailand.

Thai Fried Rice comes in numerous and distinct flavors that you can enjoy. These different flavors make the Fried Rice Unique, Special, and Customizable for any event or occasion.

For a great meal, the Thai Fried Rice, Kao Pad, is topped with fruits and vegetables like Cucumbers, tomatoes, and fried onions.

10. Yam Pla Dook Foo (Fried Catfish Salad)


Thai Yam Pla Dook Foo is translated to Fried Catfish with Green Mango Salad.

This is one of the greatest dishes to ever come out of Thailand and crispy due to the Catfish that is fried in tiny pieces. The green mango salad is sweet, sour and spicy which is the secret ingredient that makes this dish amazing to enjoy.

The dish can serve as a great appetizer before you get to enjoy your main dish.



Besides these 10, you can try out in Thailand many other great meals. If you want to have an adrenaline-filled eating experience, then just walk into a restaurant and randomly order something off the menu to see how it goes.

That’s how you can enjoy the great meals in Thailand.