Food and drink

The most amazing thing travelers will experience in Thailand is local cuisine. Where there are people, there is always food. All the smells, tastes and varieties will amaze even the seasoned traveler day after day.

Even outside Thailand, “Thai food” is well-recognized and wide spread. You can have a 5-star serving in a Michelin level restaurant on the rooftop of a skyscraper, or you can experience real street food from the stalls at street level for only 30 baht. The basis of Thai cooking is spiciness and a good mixture of different key ingredients, which will create a harmonic combination. Note that many Thai dishes contain peanuts.

Where to eat

When you’re making your way around Bangkok you will see dozens of options to satisfy your stomach. Those of you who prefer international or western food will not be disappointed. Bangkok has large selection of restaurants from different cultures of the world. International cuisine has gained popularity in recent years among somewhat wealthier Thai people. Easiest options are in shopping malls where you can find a large selection of well-known western restaurants and other international restaurants.

One recommended way to familiarize yourself with Thai cuisine is to go to one of the food courts in shopping malls where you can easily order different Thai dishes without worrying about language barriers. After this you can easily wander around street stalls looking for your new favorite dishes, which are priced between 50-150 baht! After returning from a first trip to Bangkok, everyone talks about the amazing Thai food when they get back home.

Thai foods to experience

Tom Yum Kung (Spicy shrimp soup)
This soup is the most popular dish in of all Thailand. Tom Yum Kung is a blend of lemongrass, chili, galangal, lime leaves, shallots, lime juice and fish sauce with mushrooms and shrimps. There are hundreds of variations of Tom Yum soups.

Som Tam (Green papaya salad)
The origins of this spicy salad are from northern Thailand and Laos. Key ingredients are sour lime, chili, fish sauce, palm sugar and papaya of course. Even with papaya being the key ingredient, this salad is sour instead of sweet.

Pad Thai (Stir-fried noodles)
This Vietnamese origin dish is maybe the easiest dish to eat in Thailand and therefore suits well for the children too. Cooked in a searing hot wok are stir-fried noodles, seasonings, eggs, tamarind sauce, sprouts, fish sauce combined with any meat or shrimp. It is usually served with scallions and pieces of raw banana flower.

Khai-Jeaw (Thai-style omelette)
You would think that an omelette can be so different wherever you go, but the Thai-style omelette is an amazingly simple variation and is mouth watering. The egg is fried lightly and then added with various ingredients such as minced beef or pork, peas, onion, spring onion, carrots, tomatoes, seasoned with fish sauce and/or oyster sauce.

Kuay Tiew (Noodle Soup)
This soup is eaten with chopsticks and a small spoon. The ingredients and combinations vary a lot so you could get as many different soups as there are vendors. As it is common, you can have it with different main ingredient of meat or tofu.