Thailand is famous for its delicious food around the world. The first time I went to Thailand, I ate as much Thai food as I could, trying out anything I laid my eyes on. For my second time in Thailand, I went for my favorite dishes once again and some new ones too!
If you are planning a trip to Thailand and it’s your first time, check out my top 8 dishes to get you started. That’s right – this is *just* the beginning!
Mango sticky rice
It was tough to chose a first dish to start with. But I would say that for your first ever meal in Thailand, mango sticky rice is the way to go. After getting it from cafés and restaurants, I realised I could literally get this myself cheaper. Supermarkets carry fresh fruit and that’s where you’ll find delicious mangoes as well as the sticky rice, already prepared!
Pad Thai is also a *must* eat in Thailand. As soon as I got there the second time, pad thai was my first meal and I was basically inhaling it. That’s how much I love it. You can have it with tofu, chicken or seafood.
I had massaman curry in Thailand and I have been craving it ever since! Sure, I can make it from a paste from the supermarket here, but what made it so delicious was also the fact that I was literally having it in Thailand. Massaman curry is also rather mild so if you are sensitive to spicyness, you can definitely go for this one.
Tom Yum is a hot and sour soup, usually made with shrimp. Now, I usually tell people that I don’t like seafood, because I am rather picky with some seafood dishes. But the tom yum soup is something that I cannot get enough of. The sourness and the spicyness are a wonderful blend that I wholeheartedly recommend.
Khao soi is a coconut curry-based soup from Northern Thailand, and containins both boiled and crispy egg noodles. I discovered this dish during a cooking class in Chiang Mai. It’s safe to say that I ate the whole bowl of soup – it’s that delicious.
Thai crepes are another great dessert and popular street food to try in Thailand. They kind of look like tacos filled with meringue and either sweet or savory toppings, such as shredded coconut, egg yolk strips or chopped scallions. Keep your eyes peeled for these crepes if you go to a market or even street vendors.
As I already mentioned in the beginning, this is just a small part of the variety of dishes that Thailand offers – and they are dishes that I love and I would advise you to first go for. Do not restrict yourself to such a small number of dishes – Thai food is a delight, so make sure you try as much as possible!