What Top 10 Thai Food Not Be Miss?


And .. What is YOUR Favorite Top 10 Thai food dishes?

I asked that of you because I believe that we all have our own individual tastes. What I like is not necessarily what you like and vice-versa.

Thai recipes comes in handy if you want to try out any of these dishes yourself. Influences from the foodnetwork of neighboring regions and Countries also affect what the Thai Nationals list as their Top 10 Thai Food.

You will find that steamed rice is the staple food that usually complements these favorite Thai dishes even though sticky rice seems to be more popular in the North and Northeast of Thailand.

Here is my list of Top 10 Thai Food you should not miss:

10. Kai Pad Med Mamuang Himmapan (Stir-Fry Chicken with Cashew Nuts)

Even though Cashew Chicken is in my list of Top 10 Thai Food, you are forgiven for thinking that this is not a typical Thai dish since it does not possess all 4 of the "s" - sweet, sour, salty and spicy. The sour part of the 4 "S" is missing in this dish. This is actually a stir-fry dish with Chinese influence from the neighboring foodnetwork of Thailand.

Dried chillies is used but it is by no means spicy or hot however it can still pack a punch if you overdo it with the chillies. The delicate blend of this stir-fried dish with chicken, onions, cashew nuts, dried chillies and dark soy sauce was a very popular dish amongst my customers indeed.

For your friends who cannot handle any spiciness at all, this can be a very good treat to their bland taste-buds. The flavor of this dish is probably geared more towards the sweet and saltish end.

If you totally leave out the dried chillies, even the young children will love this dish.

9. Por Pia Tod (Fried Spring Roll)

Look, everyone loves spring rolls. Usually served as an entree, this is one of the most well-liked appetizers simply because it is crispy, not spicy and usually served with sweet and sour dip. Spring rolls are crispy pastries with fried meat or vegetable fillings.

Even though spring rolls are common in other Asian countries, Por Pia Tod, as it is commonly known in Thailand is different in flavor and unique to the Thais.

Thai Por Pia Tod is best served hot with the sweet Thai chilli sauce. Yummy!

8. Massaman Curry (meat in coconut cream)

Thai food in Thailand has a huge influence from the foodnetwork of the neighboring countries. Massaman Curry is a dish influenced by Southern Thailand with their Indian and Muslim community.

Meat like beef or chicken is usually used together with potatoes, roasted peanuts and coconut milk in Massaman Curry. In this dish, you will find herbs and spices like dried red chilli, lemongrass, garlic, shallots, galangal, shrimp paste, coriander seed, cumin, kaffir lime leaves, mace, cardamon and cinnamon being used.

Because this dish uses such strong spices, you will find that lamb and goat goes very well with this dish too.

7. Som Tam (Spicy Papaya Salad)

Som Tam, which literally means "Sour Pounded", is a spicy salad produced from a combination of fresh vegetables including shredded unripened papaya or paw paws, long beans and tomatoes.

It is a dish where you will either love it or not but this dish definitely ranks well in the Top 10 Thai Food amongst Thai individuals for its fiercely spicy and sour flavors.

This dish is special in that the spicy dressing and salad vegetables are pounded and mixed in the mortar utilizing a pestle.

Som tam is usually served with grilled chicken and sticky rice.

For health fanatics, Som Tam is great for your well being since it hardly consists of any fat, is low calorie and has high nutritional values.

This is another signature Thai dish that has a great impact on your tongue.

Its powerful spiciness will test your taste bud if the proper amount of chilies are used. If you want to eat like the Thais, get ready the milk and cucumber to cool down your tongue!

If you are one of the lucky ones to travel Thailand, order this dish but make sure you request for "Mai phed" (not spicy).

6. Pah Lo (Braised Belly Pork)

Yes, Pah Lo gets in at number six in my list of Top 10 Thai Food and is very popular in Thailand with Chinese influence.

This dish is cooked with Pork Belly or Pork Hock but you will find there are many versions of this dish. Again, the success of this dish lies mainly in the sauce. It is a rich dish and it complements well with the flavor of the pork.

You can cook it whole and serve it like you would a piece of steak or chop it up into smaller pieces for the cooking process.

The main ingredients found in this dish are dark soy sauce, light soy sauce, palm sugar, orange peel, garlic and star anise.
You will find that the star anise permeates the flavor of the meat giving it that tantalizing rich sweet and salty flavor.

As this is not a spicy dish, you will find that this dish will appease any kind of taste buds.


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