10 Must-Try Dishes of Thai Cuisine

By Halal Trip | 01, Nov, 2016
10 Must-Try Dishes of Thai Cuisine

With so many options out there, we did our best to present our list of must-try dishes in Thailand. Thai food needs no introduction – with its balance of sweet, sour and spicy, texturals dishes of crunchy and soft, it is one of the most incredible cuisines out there. Whether it is street food or fine dining, there is something for everyone. However, since it is not a Muslim country, one does have to watch out for pork, especially in the street food, but the advantage of a cuisine that does so well with its seafood dishes is that you will never be left wanting. Get ready to tickle your taste buds with these meals:

1) Tom Yum Goong (Spicy Shrimp Soup)

Who has not heard of Tom Yum soup? A classic dish, this soup is the perfect Halal food found in Thailand. Spicy, tantalising, and packed with flavour, prawns, herbs and vegetable make the perfect appetiser, or even when paired with rice. Be warned that the people of Thailand love their chilli!

2) Som Tum (Spicy Green Papaya Salad)

Experts at taking a regular dish and creating something extraordinary, this is taking salad to another level. With garlic, chillies, green beans, cherry tomatoes and shredded raw papaya pulverised by the pestle, the juices and vegetables are then combined with peanuts, dry shrimp or salted crab – probably making this dish one of the weird foods you will try in Thailand. Goes well with barbecued chicken and rice.

3) Laap (Meat Salad)

Also known as larb, this side dish of minced meat is seasoned with roasted rice powder, lime juice, fish sauce, and fresh herbs, and eaten with soft, sticky rice.

4) Tom Kha Kai (Chicken in Coconut Soup)

Similar to Tom Yum but made with chicken, the coconut milk prevalent in this dish turns down the heat a few notches. Chillies, baby galangal, lemongrass, crushed shallots and strips of chicken all combined together creates a creamy delicious dish, making one of the must-try dishes in Thailand.

5) Gaeng Keow Wan Kai (Green Chicken Curry)

Not your typical chicken curry, but one that is part of the Thailand food culture. Eggplant, coriander, basil, bamboo and more all form the body of this flavoursome dish. Why is it so green though? That would be authentic Thai curry paste that gives it its distinctive flavour. Can be found at most Halal restaurants in Thailand, and best eaten with plain rice. Yum!

6) Kai Med Ma Muang (Chicken with Cashew Nuts)

Oh the mouth-watering delight that is chicken with cashew nuts! Chicken sautéed with sweet soy sauce and mushrooms, onions, carrots, chillies, pepper and more is a staple on the Thailand food menu. Whoever discovered the combination of chicken and cashew has much thanks owed to them. Whether it is the balance of sweet, salty and spicy, or the crunch in this dish, this is definitely one to go nuts for.

7) Pad Thai (Thai style Fried Noodles) 

Another incredibly popular dish that is part of the Halal street food in Thailand, these stir fried noodles comes with many different variations. Tofu, bean sprouts, onions, egg and more are all part of the dish, and the interactive meal really comes to life when you play with the condiments provided to suit your taste – sugar, chilli powder, fish sauce, and finely ground peanuts.

8) Khao Pad (Fried Rice) 

Even if fried rice is not your thing, this is one Thailand traditional food that you have to try. Not just any old fried rice, this one has a few hidden secrets. The idea is that you get to dress it up however you want – from chilli, chicken, crab and more to cater to your mood. Talk about made to order!

9) Massaman Curry 

The Thai word for ‘Muslim’, Massaman curry is named after its originators. The Muslim community in Thailand have a speciality that is beef or chicken made with coconut milk, potatoes, roasted peanuts, bay leaves, sugar, cinnamon, and tamarind sauce. However, its popularity means that it was also adopted by the Buddhists, so there are versions of this curry made with pork as well.

10) Khao Man Gai (Chicken Rice) 

Unsuspectingly simple looking, this dish packs flavour in its hidden depths. Chicken is boiled until tender, and the rice is cooked in the same chicken stock. A delicious midday snack that lets nothing go to waste, this is one of the must-try Thai dishes, when served with sweet and spicy sauces.

Compiling this list has made us very hungry for Thai food! Share your food loves and more on the HalalTrip App when you check into the Halal Food Spotter!