Thai cuisine is a complex one. Every Thai food has a mix of flavors and distinguishes itself with strong aromas and spicy edges. Every dish looks like a party: there is always so much going on, on the plate! It’s colorful, it’s tasty, it has many ingredients and yet every dish is surprisingly different yet similar: it might be our favorite Asian cuisine. 

We have collected the 17 best Thai food plus recipes, so you can make these gorgeous dishes at home! We have indicated if a dish is spicy with 🌶, with a maximum of 🌶🌶🌶🌶🌶. If it doesn’t show a ?, it’s not spicy!

Pad Thai

Thai Style Fried Noodles – a dish you can find worldwide, but will never taste as good as the authentic dish in Thailand!

Pad Thai Best Thai Food
Try making Pad Thai!

Pad See Ew

Thai stir-fried noodles, based on Chinese-style noodles and similar to Malaysian and Singaporean Char Kway Teow.

Pad See Ew - Thai Stir Fried Noodles
Try this Pad See Ew recipe

🌶 Pad Kee Mao (Drunken Noodles)

Also called “drunken noodles” as it is the perfect food after a night out – which is how the dish allegedly came into being!

Drunken Noodles (Pad Kee Mao)
Make it yourself!

🌶🌶 Gaeng Daeng (Thai Red Curry)

Time to dive into curries! This one is Thai red curry, definitely spicy but not yet spiciest! This one especially tastes good with self-made red curry paste!

🌶🌶🌶🌶🌶 Gaeng Keow Wan Gai (Thai Green Curry)

The notorious spicy Thai green curry. Only for diehards. The good thing about cooking it yourself: you can adjust the level of spicy!

Thai Green Curry
Green curry recipe

🌶 Massaman Curry

A relatively mild Thai coconut curry, yet rich in flavor. Easily one of our favorite curries.

Thai Massaman Curry with Chicken
Follow this recipe

🌶 Khao Soi

A Northern Thailand Chin Haw dish also served in Myanmar and Laos. Hands down our favorite Thai food!

Khao Soi Thai Coconut Curry Chicken Noodle Soup
Cook this curry!

Tom Kha Gai

Off to soups! This chicken in coconut soup is perfect if you can’t handle spicy – or if you’re simply a coconut lover. One of the simpler Thai dishes, but still so delicious!

Tom Kha Gai
Make this Thai soup

🌶🌶🌶🌶 Tom Yum

This hot & sour shrimp soup is a truly authentic sensation in your mouth.

Tom Yum Soup (Thai Soup)
Try this spicy recipe

Gai Pad Med Ma Muang (Cashew Chicken)

Stir-fried chicken with cashew nuts, originated from the Sichuan Chinese dish “Kung Pao Chicken”. Instead of peanuts, the Thai use cashew nuts. Voila! New dish.

Thai Cashew Chicken
This this Thai Cashew Chicken recipe

🌶 Pad Kra Pao Gai (Basil Chicken)

This basil chicken dish is one of the classic Thai street food dishes!

🌶🌶 Laab | Larb | Laap

Whatever the name, this minced meat salad is the unofficial national dish of Laos but is also eaten in the Thai Isan region.

Try this recipe!

🌶🌶🌶 Yum Woon Sen (Glass Noodle Salad)

This glass noodle salad – also bean thread noodle – it’s a must-try. Again, the flavors are a great mix of spicy and sour!

🌶🌶🌶 Som Tam (Green Papaya Salad)

Spicy Green Papaya salad is another Lao original, made of shredded unripe papaya.

🌶 Miang Kham

The name literally translates to “one bite wrap” and is a traditional snack in Thailand and Laos!

Kanom Krok (Coconut Cakes)

Thai coconut pancakes, looking scarily similar to Dutch “poffertjes” – which is probably why we couldn’t appreciate this soft – pudding-like – Thai dessert.

Coconut Cakes (Kanom Krok)
Try this Coconut Cakes recipe

Khao Niao Mamuang (Mango Sticky Rice)

Thailand’s most famous dessert: mango sticky rice! Delicious sticky rice cooked with sweetened condensed coconut milk served with mango.

Mango Sticky Rice
Try this Mango Sticky Rice recipe

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