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10 Best Local Dishes from Thailand

Tom yum goong is a flavorful combination of fragrant lemongrass, chili, galangal, kaffir lime leaves, shallots, lime juice, and fish sauce. 

Spicy shrimp soup 

Som tum, or spicy green papaya salad, originates in Thailand's north-eastern state of Isaan. Garlic, chillies, green beans, cherry tomatoes, and shredded raw papaya are mashed with a pestle and mortar, releasing a characteristic sweet-sour-spicy flavour.

Spicy green papaya salad 

Tom kha kai, a milder version of tom yum, combines spicy chillies, finely sliced young galangal, crushed shallots, lemongrass stems, and tender chicken pieces. 

Chicken in coconut soup 

Gaeng daeng is an aromatic red curry made with beef, red curry paste, and silky coconut milk, garnished with sliced kaffir lime leaves. 

Red curry 

Pad Thai is one of Thailand's best-known dishes. Fistfuls of small, thin, or wide noodles, crisp beansprouts, onion, and egg are stir-fried in a blistering hot wok.

Thai-style fried noodles 

Fried rice, often known as khao pad, is a popular lunchtime dish in Bangkok. You may simply add items to this basic rice, egg, and onion meal, such as prawns, crab, or chicken, as well as tofu, basil, or leftover veggies.

Fried rice 

Pad krapow moo is a one-plate Thai dish that can be eaten for lunch or dinner. A wok is used to stir-fry minced pork, holy basil leaves, huge fresh chillies, pork, green beans, soy sauce, and sugar.

Stir-fried basil and pork 

Gaeng keow wan kai gets its distinctive color from green chillies, but the components are similar to those used in typical Thai curries. 

Green chicken curry 

Yum nua is a delicious Thai salad topped with delicate beef slices. It has a zesty dressing consisting of lime juice, sesame oil, soy sauce, ginger, garlic, fish sauce, and palm sugar.

Spicy beef salad 

Kai pad med ma muang is essentially stir-fried chicken with cashew nuts. This recipe also includes soy sauce, honey, onions, chili peppers, and a variety of vegetables (often chopped bell peppers or carrots).

Stir-fried chicken with cashew nuts 

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