- Tom Yum Soup
No trip to Thailand is complete without trying the Tom Yum Soup. You can get it almost anywhere from street vendors to restaurants, and even learn to cook this dish in cooking classes. It is a Thai hot and sour soup, full of flavor and commonly made with shrimp. It uses a plethora of fresh ingredients to enrich the flavor and make it robust. Ingredients in this dish include galangal, fresh chilis, lime juice and lemongrass. And their is nothing quite like the refreshing smell and the exquisite taste of fresh lemongrass. I will tell you one thing. It is so hard to find fresh lemongrass here in the United States.
- Papaya Salad. Papaya salad is everything and another example of prime ingredients. This dish is done in many variations throughout Southeast Asia, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam. But, no matter where you get it, you can rest assured that the ingredients will be fresh and full of robust flavor.
3. Pad Thai
After staying in Thailand for a week, I am pretty sure my body was 90% Pad Thai. You would have thought that I ate more curry than I did, but I ate mostly noodles, in every form while I was there. Pad Thai, a very popular dish can be found throughout Thailand, at street vendors and at restaurants. Shrimp Pad Thai, Vegetable, Pork, Seafood, you name it…you can probably find it. Pad Thai is a rice noodle dish that is commonly served at street vendors. It is made with soaked dry rice noodles that is stir fried with eggs and chopped tofu. It is flavored with tamarind pulp, fish sauce, dried shrimp, garlic, shallots, red chili peppers, sugar, and served with lime and garnished with roasted peanuts. It may also contain fresh shrimp, crab, squid or chicken.
4. Mango Sticky Rice. I had this for dessert quite a few times while galivanting through Thailand, and I was never disappointed. It was the stuff of dreams. I have never had mango quite so sweet in all my life. Mango sticky rice is made with glutinous rice, mango and coconut milk. It is one of the quickest, simplest and tastiest dishes around.
5. Coconut pancakes. I bought the ones pictured below from a lovely street vendor. I have never had something more addictive in my entire life. These are single handedly the best things I think my lips have ever tasted in my entire life.