When you plan to travel to the food paradise country, Thailand, don’t miss your chance of trying the original Thai food! Thailand is world-famous for tasty and rich-nutritious food. You can easily find the mouthwatering cuisines along the streets and every corner of the city during the day and night. These are the top 5 must-try Thai food when you visit Thailand.

1. Tom Yum Goong

The well-known spicy soup in Asia! Tom Yum Goong or Spicy Shrimp Soup is one of the most renowned Thai national foods.

Tom Yum is not only unique in its strong taste and herbal aroma but also in its full of nutrients. All of the soup ingredients are very unique and hard to find because they are local products such as lemongrass, chilli, galangal, kaffir lime leaves, shallots, fresh lime juice and fish sauce.

The most popular version of Tom Yum is prawn, but pork and chicken Tom Yum are also served as well. Besides, there are two other types of Tom Yum soup which are the Nam Sai (clear soup) and Nam Khon (with coconut milk). For those who prefer a little bit of creamy version, I highly recommend you to try Tom Yum Goong Nam Khon.

2. Pad Thai

As its name already suggests, Pad Thai is another popular menu for global tourists and always will be the favorite dish of Thai people.

Pad Thai is considered to be the recommended menu crossover from the street eateries to the fine dining restaurants. It is a fried noodle made by Thai noodle, egg, fish sauce, sugar, chilli powder, and finely ground peanuts.

Its overall taste is sour and sweet which is great for beginners of spicy food.  

3. Som Tum

Another signature dish of Thai food is Som Tum. This spicy green papaya salad is the feature menu from the Northeast State or Isaan, however, you can easily find it along the street in every city. Its ingredients are garlic, chilli, green bean, cherry tomato, and shredded raw papaya. Som Tum also has various versions to try. You can add salted egg, salted crab, pickled fish, and etc.

Normally, Thai people prefer to eat Som Tum and other sub dishes with sticky rice (Khao-niaow) more than steamed rice as the Isaan traditional culture.

If you are not good with the spicy taste, you can ask for the mild taste (mai-ped) or non-chilli version.   

4. Gaeng Keow Wan

Another mild but flavorful dish of Thai cuisine, Gaeng Keow Wan, is the recommended menu for those who love the sweet taste and creamy soup.

Gaeng Keow Wan or Green Curry gives you the perfect herbal savor of curry paste. It is usually cooked with chicken as the main protein of the bowl. Thai people enjoy eating Gaeng Keow Wan with either steamed rice or Roti (Thai pancake).

You can find Gaeng Keow Wan in any local restaurants along the street and rice & curry shops, which Thai people called them Raan Khoaw Gaeng. Why don’t you try this street food! If you see a beanery where there are many plates in front of it, you are in the right place!

5. Pad Kra Pow

Last but not least, Pad Kra Pow is one of the most common dishes for Thai people. It is fried basil with either pork or chicken. You can also creatively mix Kra Pow (holy basil leave) with other meats such as prawn, preserved egg, and fried belly pork.  It seasons with garlic, chilli, fish sauce, soy sauce, and sugar.

You will be likely asked if you would like an egg because Thai people usually top up a fried egg as the great combination of Pad Kra Pow rice. Again, if you’re not good with spicy food, just ask for a less spicy dish.

Now, if you have added these recommended menus on your food bucket list, go on a food adventure in Thailand to cross them off!

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Here are some of the top original Thai cooking classes throughout Thailand.


Traditional Thai Cooking Class & Market Tour in Bangkok

Learn how to cook different traditional Thai cuisine such as spicy sour shrimp soup, Pad Thai, minced chicken salad, sweet sticky rice with mango, green & red curry in a wonderful 3-hour class.

Thai Vegetarian & Vegan Cooking Class in Bangkok

Participate in a fantastic 4-hour class at May Kaidee’s vegetarian restaurant and cooking school in Bangkok that teaches how to cook vegetarian and vegan versions of Thai cuisine. Learn how to make all kinds of classic Thai dishes with a vegetarian flair!

Chiang Mai

Authentic Thai Cooking Class in Chiang Mai

Enjoy a small intimate cooking class with at most 7 total people and pick 7 out of 21 different Thai recipes to cook. The perfect lesson to learn and ask questions about Thai culture through their cuisine right in Chiang Mai.

Thai Vegetarian & Vegan Cooking Class in Chiang Mai

May Kaidee’s vegetarian restaurant and cooking school in Chiang Mai, is an amazing class to experience traditional Thai cuisine with a fun vegetarian twist! This is a branch of the same cooking school in Bangkok, with the same techniques and recipes.

Hua Hin / Pattaya / Phuket / Krabi / Khao Yai

Hua Hin Thai Cooking Class

Join a 6-hour cooking class that teaches you how to pick out the freshest ingredients from the local market. With options catering towards vegetarians, vegans, and pescatarians, this cooking class is perfect for anyone that wants to learn about Thai cuisine during their trip to Hua Hin.

Authentic Thai Cooking Class in Pattaya

Look through a recipe book featuring 20 of the most iconic traditional Thai recipes and pick 4 of your favorites. Work with the instructor to create those 4 dishes in a hands-on 2-hour cooking class in Pattaya.

Phuket Thai Cookery School Discount Ticket + Hotel Pick Up + Drop Off

Ever wanted to cook a scrumptious feast right on the beach in Thailand? Then this Phuket cooking school is the answer to your wish! Learn how to make 5 popular Thai dishes with the beautiful ocean as your backdrop.

Khao Yai National Park & Thai Cooking Class 1 Day Tour (+ Elephant Feeding/ Riding)

Engage in a wonderful day exploring Khao Yai National Park complete with a classic Thai lunch you made with the help of a local family!

Krabi Cookery School & Hotel Transfer

Similar to the class in Pattaya, pick 4 of the most delicious looking Thai foods from a list of amazing Thai recipes, and work with the staff to make a perfect meal!

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2 thoughts on “Must-Try Thai Food in Thailand

  1. Among the food in your list my all time fave is Pad Thai. Whenever I have a business trip or I have a long vacation I usually miss eating Pad Thai. It’s like I really can’t live without having it for a week. It’s so comforting and it feels like home whenever I’m eating it.

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