Top authentic Thai food that you must try!

Top authentic Thai food that you must try!

Thailand is very famous for its beautiful beaches and authentic food. When someone talks about Thai food, it is not restricted to the South-East Asian nations but all over the world, here are a few Thai food dishes that is a must-try.

Pad Thai can be considered as one of Thailand’s national dishes, and it gained popularity during the era of World War II when a former prime minister declared it to be the national dish of Thailand. The primary aim of this declaration was to promote Thai rice, the noodles in this dish are made up of rice; hence it is referred to as ‘Rice Noodles’ or ‘Sen Jan’ in Thailand.  Apart from rice noodles, the core ingredients of this dish are tofu or bean curd, Chinese chives, dried turnip, bean sprouts, peanuts, shrimps and dried shrimps. This dish is incomplete without the complementary tamarind sauce which is made from tamarind juice, fish sauce and palm sugar, all of which are freshly obtained, providing a lovely taste.  The bean sprouts and chives are served separately on a quarter plate with a piece of fresh lime. The Thai way to eat is by mixing all of them together and using a variety of seasonings available on the table like salt, fish sauce, vinegar and dried chillies. Pad Thai is very famous among the locals and travellers, and you can find food stalls lined up on both sides of busy streets and is seen as a delicacy which can be enjoyed daily.

Tom Yam Goong

Tom Yam Goong

Tom Yam Goong has so far been the most popular Thai dishes worldwide, it all began in 1997 when the ‘Tom Yam Goong Crisis visited the world’, a financial blow to the world economy which affected the banking institutions and destroyed Thailand’s position as one of the rising faces among the Asian Tigers economies.  The soup gets its base flavour from river prawns while the more engaging characters are incorporated by adding ingredients of spice like lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves and galangal. One crucial element is a roasted chilli paste. The soup gets its thick flavour from shrimp fat which makes the soup creamy and rich, the general notion about the Tom Yam Goong soup is that chefs use coconut milk to enhance the milky taste and thickness in the dish, but that is a fallacy, all such variations are possible, but that diminishes the authentic nature of the meal. The soup carries a range of flavours from spicy and sour which makes it one of the most popular dishes of the country. All Thai restaurants around the world serve Tom Yam Goong soup as this dish comprises the core of Thailand’s food culture.

 

Sandra G. Saxton

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