Thai cuisine is a complex one. Every Thai food has a mix of flavours 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 colourful, it’s tasty, it has many ingredients and yet every dish is surprisingly different yet similar: it might be our favourite Asian cuisine.
We have collected the 17 best Thai food plus recipes, so you can make this 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!
Thai Style Fried Noodles – a dish you can find worldwide, but will never taste as good as the authentic dish in Thailand!
Pad See Ew
Thai stir-fried noodles, based on Chinese-style noodles and similar to Malaysian and Singaporean Char Kway Teow.
? Pad Kee Mao
Also called “drunken noodles” as it is the perfect food after a night out – which is how the dish allegedly came into being!
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
The notorious spicy Thai green curry. Only for diehards. The good thing about cooking it yourself: you can adjust the level of spicy!
A relatively mild Thai coconut curry, yet rich in flavour. Easily one of our favourite curries.
A Northern Thailand Chin Haw dish also served in Myanmar and Laos. Hands down our favourite Thai food!
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 Yum
This hot & sour shrimp soup is a truly authentic sensation in your mouth.
Gai Pad Med Ma Muang
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.
?Pad Kra Pao Gai
This basil chicken dish is one of the classic Thai street food dishes!
Whatever the name, this minced meat salad is the unofficial national dish of Laos but is also eaten in the Thai Isan region.
???Yum Woon Sen
This glass noodle salad – also bean thread noodle – it a must try. Again, the flavours are a great mix of spicy and sour!
Spicy Green Papaya salad is another Lao original, made of shredded unripe papaya.
The name literally translates to “one bite wrap” and is a traditional snack in Thailand and Laos!
Thai coconut pancakes, looking scarily similar to Dutch “poffertjes” – which is probably why we couldn’t appreciate this soft – pudding like – Thai dessert.
Khao Niao Mamuang
Thailand’s most famous dessert: mango sticky rice! A delicious sticky rice cooked with sweetened condensed coconut milk served with mango.
Are you hungry yet? We can’t wait to see your results: please share with us your delicious Thai dishes!
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