Are you coming to Bangkok soon? Then you should know that Thai food is one of the main attractions because it ranks as one of the best in the world!
Therefore, we have created this top five of the best Thai foods at Apoteka, to let you know what foods you MUST try during your stay. We will bring you the full list of ingredients, an analysis of what it tastes like and recommendations on how to accompany these dishes.
So, get ready for this culinary adventure because your taste buds will go crazy just from reading this article!
Pad Thai – Thai Style Fried Noodles
Pad Thai is one of the most popular Thai foods, and therefore, an authentic icon of local cuisine. It is a simple yet delicious combination of the following ingredients:
- Wide/thin/small noodles
- Stir fried eggs, onion and beansprouts (super crunchy!)
- Garlic and shallots
- Fish sauce, red chili, palm sugar and dried shrimp (for boosting the flavor)
- Seafood (Squid, crab, shrimp, etc.)
- Meat like chicken, beef or pork (an alternative)
- Crushed roasted peanuts
- A slice of lemon wedge to complement the plate
Everything combined in a delicious dish that you will be able to enjoy in street eateries or high-end restaurants in Bangkok. A fresh dish that you can eat any time, especially after a wild night hitting the best clubs of the city.
It is also very light, which makes it ideal if you feel heavy and need to nourish your body with a healthy and delicious food. Furthermore, you can also order it to accompany soups, in case your hunger is too much to bear.
Tom Yum Goong – Spicy Shrimp Soup
Soups are also very popular in Thai cuisine, and Tom Yum Goong is one of the best examples. If you are a fan of deep, spicy and seafood flavors, then you are going to love this dish. It combines these ingredients in a magnificent way:
- Fish sauce
- Kaffir lime leaves
- Straw mushrooms
- Lime juice
Despite being spicy – although some restaurants allow you to have it spicy-free or to reduce it to lower levels – it is surprisingly refreshing, and what is more important, it is absolutely delicious.
We recommend you to accompany it with steamed white rice, because this combination will take your experience to the next level. In case you are very hungry, you can combine this dish with Pad Thai!
If you want to modify it a little bit, you can request to add a bit of coconut milk. It will give it a completely new flavor and put it nearer to the Tom Kha Kai, but without leaving the spice aside.
Gaeng Daeng – Red Curry
If you are a fan of traditional curry, then you are going to love Gaeng Daeng even more. A delicious red curry combines the following ingredients:
- Red curry paste
- Coconut milk
- Sliced kaffir limes leaves
The combination of flavors like the umami of the meat, the spicy of the curry and the smooth and uniting nature of the coconut milk, make it a delicious dish that you have to try no matter what.
Many people think that it has a very strong flavor due to its striking color, but truth be told, it is surprisingly mild and not outrageously spicy. However, if you want to step up your spicy game, then you can always request some fresh chili to accompany your curry.
In case you cannot eat meat, be it a personal choice or any other reason, you can always ask the chef to replace it with mushrooms or tofu.
Som Tum – Spicy Green Papaya Salad
Straight from the north of Thailand arrives Som Tum, a delicious and spicy green papaya salad. It is a combination of spicy and fresh flavors, thanks to this wonderful combination of ingredients:
- Shredded green papaya (raw)
- Cherry tomatoes
- Green beans
What makes this dish amazing and unforgettable is the stark combination of sweet, spicy and sour flavors, and you will either love or hate it, there is no middle ground. Therefore, if you are after exotic and strong flavors, rest assured that this dish will meet all of your expectations.
Depending on the restaurant, some may add some salted crab, crushed peanuts or dried shrimps to the dish. Therefore, make sure to ask, in case you strictly want to taste the authentic Som Tum and not some variation.
Tom Kha Kai – Coconut and Chicken Soup
As you can see, Thai cuisine makes use of coconut in many different ways, be it as a fruit, oil or milk. In this case, they use coconut milk to prepare the delicious Tom Kha Kai, which combines the following ingredients for creating an authentic bomb of sensations for your taste buds:
- Fresh coconut milk
- Strips of fresh chicken
It is a popular variant of Tom Yum in case you are not a fan of seafood or simply do not want to deal with the spice. The coconut milk takes care of driving the spice to the lowest levels possible, to bring you a hearty and delicious meal.
Similar to Tom Yum Goong, we recommend you to accompany it with steamed white rice. In case your hunger is too much, do not be afraid to order some Pad Thai as well. It will help you to feel full and send your taste buds on the ride of a lifetime!
Now you know what the top 5 Thai foods are. You can try them in most Thai restaurants, and of course, in street eateries. You can also do it at Apoteka, where we can offer you many of these classic dishes along with innovative and delicious variations!