One of the key reasons I decided to visit Thailand, and the main reason why I am desperate to go back, is for the food. Now Thai food is an easily accessible cuisine in Australia, but there is something authentic about eating it in Thailand with true flavours that have not been altered for the western palate. Also who doesn’t love a banana pancake for less than AU$2!!
Below are a list of suggestions of dishes that you must seek out whilst travelling around Thailand.
Pad Thai. One of the most iconic, and heavily replicated National Foods of Thailand. This dish is made from thick rice noodles stir fried with tofu, egg, assorted veggies (garlic chives, coriander,bean sprouts), and flavoured with tamarind pulp, fish sauce, lime juice and palm sugar. In many places it will served with an additional protein like seafood or chicken. I’d be surprised if this dish didn’t feature on every menu that you see in Thailand, or be readily available at any street food centre. It’s a delicious meal suitable for lunch, dinner or afternoon snack. I personally ate this most days whilst in Thailand as it is fresh, delicious and filling.
Seafood cooked fresh on the beach. Any destination in Thailand that is on the beach will be home to many outdoor, or beachside, seafood restaurants. As a keen seafood lover I was excited by the range of fresh and delicious seafood on offer, from crabs, fish, octopus, shell fish, etc. Many places will have a seafood ice box (usually a boat or canoe) on the beach filled with fresh items kept on ice. You can select to purchase the seafood to take away (price based on weight) or sit down to have it prepared there. I personally always ate at the place, as many had great cocktail hours. I ate at many of these restaurants in Koh Samui on Lamai, Bophut and Chaweng beaches.
Local fresh fruits. Fruit is fresh, cheap and abundant in Thailand. The country features many fresh food markets, or local street vendors selling tropical fruit. I am not personally a huge fruit fan, but for some reason I couldn’t get enough of it in Thailand. You could pick up a whole pineapple cut up fresh for you for under AU$1. As with all fruit and veg- you must be careful about washing and preparation, but many fruits in Thailand like lychees or pineapples are peel-able fruits making for care free eating!
Thai curries. You will find many curries featuring on the menus in Thailand. Western favourites like Thai Green or Yellow curry are easily found. However I found curries in Thailand to feature unusual ingredients such as lychees, Asian baby eggplant and asian based herbs, which I now miss when I eat curry back home. The servings of curry are usually generous and made fresh for you. The traditional serving companion is coconut or sticky rice.
I cant wait to get back to Thailand to sample more delicious dishes! If you have any suggestions of meals I must try feel free to leave a comment!
Be safe. Be smart. Be good. x