Nothing is as rich and diverse as the Thai culture as its food. From those found in the streets to the specialties in restaurants, food in Thailand is definitely a complete experience.
So here is our list of the top ten not-to-miss Thai food and drinks:
One of the most popular delicacies that Thailand is known for, crickets are prepared deep-fried or sautéed and added with spices.
The awful smell makes this fruit unappetizing, but the exotic Durian actually tastes so good!
3. Fried or Grilled Bananas
Like the rest of Southeast Asia, bananas abound in Thailand. The Saba variety, when ripe, is best cooked fried or grilled as snacks, and cooked with coconut milk for dessert.
4. Gekway, or Chrysanthemum Drink
This sweet, yellowish drink is made from crushed chrysanthemum flowers. There is also the red variety of it, and it is made fresh everyday.
Closely related to crickets, grasshoppers are also deep fried in oil or sautéed and seasoned with chilli powder. This finger food makes for an excellent appetizer.
6. Papaya Salad
Prepared with other ingredients such as tomatoes, peanuts and prawns; this salad makes a healthy dish. Because it is spicy, be prepared to perspire when eating it.
7. Silkworm Larvae
Cooked or uncooked, silkworm larvae can be found where the crickets and grasshoppers are sold. High in protein, they are best served with mushrooms and basil leaves.
8. Sticky Rice
Sticky rice is a common dish especially from Laos, Cambodia. The glutinous sweet rice is best served with chicken, and it is deliciously good!
9. Thai Iced Tea
Cha Yen, also called Chamonyen if mixed with milk, is a thirst quencher that has a unique sweet taste. Derived from rich dark tea, it is best prepared cold – and with lots of ice.
10. Tum Yum Goong
This is the soup you will learn to love and will want to bring when you leave Thailand. Made with over 29 ingredients, the main ones include prawns, basil leaves, chilli and an assortment of vegetables. Tum Yum Goong is extremely spicy and is definitely irresistible!
Plot out which ones to try on what days in your next trip to Thailand!