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The Top 10 Thai Food Recipes You Have to Try 

Chinese immigrants brought noodles to Thailand, and among them, Pad Thai is perhaps the most well-known. It is a terrific way to try Thai food because it is not very spicy. 

1. Pad Thai (Stir-Fried Noodles)

This spicy, sour, and aromatic soup from Thailand's central region is made with lemongrass, shallots, fish sauce, galangal, mushrooms, kaffir lime leaves, lime juice, and red chili peppers. 

2. Tom Yum Goong (Hot & Sour Shrimp Soup)

There are endless regional variations of Thailand's curries, but the three main curry types—red, green, and yellow—are the most famous internationally. They vary in spiciness and dominant ingredients and are made with coconut milk. 

3. Kaeng Lueang (Yellow Curry)

Red curries, one of Thailand's most popular curry varieties, are spicier than yellow curries but less so than green curries. The curry paste, made of garlic, shallots, blue ginger, and lemongrass, is added to coconut milk, vegetables like eggplant, mushrooms, and tomatoes, and chicken breast slices. 

4. Gaeng Daeng (Red Curry)

Green curry is the spiciest of the Thai "holy trilogy" and the most popular worldwide. Portuguese missionaries introduced fragrant green chilies to Thailand in the 16th century, giving the dish its green hue and fiery taste. 

5. Gaeng Keow Wan Gai (Green Curry)

Khao Soi (or Soy), a distinctive Northern Thai dish, is notably popular in Chiang Mai. Noodle soups are served both day and night in Thailand. 

6. Khao Soi (Thai Coconut Curry Noodle Soup)

Khao Pad, a Thai fried rice dish, is a local favorite served anytime, especially for lunch. It contains chicken, pork, beef, shellfish, or tofu, eggs, onions, garlic, fish sauce, fresh herbs, and tomatoes or other vegetables. 

7. Khao Pad (Thai Fried Rice)

Pad Kra Pao Moo, a popular Thai restaurant dish, is a sweet-spicy mix of fresh chilies, garlic, green beans, shallots, fish sauce, palm sugar, minced pork, and peppery basil leaves stir-fried in a hot wok, piled on steamed white rice, and topped with a fried egg. 

8. Pad Kra Pao Moo (Stir-Fried Thai Basil & Pork)

Laab (or larb), a spicy salad from Laos, is another north-eastern specialty. Like Som Tam, it is made with minced meat, mushrooms, mint leaves and coriander, shallots, lime juice, fish sauce, and chilies. 

9. Laab (Spicy Salad)

Mango sticky rice, served in upscale restaurants and street food stalls, is a simple dish made with sticky rice doused in coconut milk and slices of fresh mango. Sweetened condensed milk is optional! 

10. Khao Niao Mamuang (Mango Sticky Rice)

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