The Best Thai Dishes to Try in Thailand

By Polyglot Petra 3/13/24

Hi! So you've been searching about Thai food? No matter how far out you are from visiting Thailand, if you’re anything like me, I’m sure you’re eager to know about the best Thai dishes you’ll have to seek out when you arrive.  Have no fear because I got you!

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The National Dish

Did you know it's actually... not Pad Thai? 

If you could Google “Thailand’s National Dish” in Thai and look up all the Thai-language articles, you’ll find Tom Yum Goong listed as our national dish.

True to its title, this spicy prawn soup is packed with so much flavor, you’ll forget all about Pad Thai for a second.  It’s the truly perfect balance of salty, sour, and sweet.

The Best Stir-Fry

Best in the world, according to Taste Atlas

Another reason to try this dish when in Thailand is this; It’s different. If you think you've ordered this at your hometown restaurant before, did you know that the Holy Basil, Kaprao leaves, simply don’t exist outside the South and Southeast Asian regions?

Especially if you’re from Europe or the Americas then forget it. You’ve been having “Basil Stir-fried” and I guarantee you, they’re nothing alike. So don’t skip this one!

The lesser-known

This warm dessert is honestly SO underrated among visitors...

Tao Suan This warm mung beans in coconut milk may look suspicious at first, but it tastes like childhood and blankets.

Because there is tapioca flour mixed in with the base, the sticky texture can be a little hard to get over at first, but mixing it well with the coconut milk helps dissolve the intensity.

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