Thai Food 101 – What To Order at a Thailand Restaurant
When it comes to eating Thai food in Thailand, I’m going to tell you a secret:
It’s all pretty damn good!
A few places may make your favorite dish a little better than others, but that’s about it.
It really doesn’t matter where you order it from. Thai’s make Thai food good whether you are at an expensive restaurant or eating at a small shop along the street. All it really comes down to is how much you prefer to pay.
Personally, I like to pay no more than 60 baht (2usd) for a Thai meal.
With all this in mind, if you are anything like me, before I came to Thailand I had no idea what to order. I knew some of the basics like Fried Rice, but that’s about it.
Unless you have an Asian food fetish, there is a good chance that you’ll play it safe when you first order Thai food. I was the same. Here is a list of “safe” Thai food to order:
5 Safe (non-spicy) Thai Dishes:
Chicken Fried Rice
Chicken Pad Thai
Fried Chicken Cashew Nut
Chicken and Rice (Khao man gai)
These are some great dishes to start out with if you are a picky eater or just haven’t developed the taste palate for Thai food yet. You can easily exchange chicken for pork or beef and these dishes are not spicy, unlike most Thai food.
However, as time goes by you will probably branch out to more “traditional” Thai food. Here is a list of 10 other Thai dishes worth trying:
10 Must Have Thai Dishes:
1- Chicken Panang
2- Massaman Curry
3- Chicken Coconut Soup
4- Som Tam
5- Khao Pad Gai
6-Tom Yam Goong
7- Kuay Tiew (Noodle Soup)
8- Geng Kheaw Wan Gai (Green Curry Chicken)
9- Gai Pad Pongali
10- Kao Niew Moo Yang
For the above Thai dishes, be sure to say “not spicy.” Even if you think you can handle spicy, you will quickly find out that what you thought was spicy, isn’t even close to what Thais consider spicy 🙂
Posted on Gods of Thailand October 7, 2013 in Thailand, Tips & Advice