8 Thai Foods You Need to Try

Thai food is a cuisine coveted across the globe. And for good reason. The dishes are unique in that they appeal to a variety of your taste buds at the same time. This is unlike any other type of cooking in the world. Combining sweet, salty, sour and spicy, Thai food is famous for its complexity.

On my recent trip to Thailand, I indulged in all the amazing food the country had to offer. Here are my eight favourite Thai dishes you need to try!

1) Tom yum goong  

Tom yum goong is a perfect example of all the taste senses coming together. This one-of-a-kind soup consists of shrimp, a variety of vegetables, lemon grass, galangal and kaffir lime leaves. It's also an all-time favourite with locals and travellers.

2) Pad thai 

This one's a no brainer. Pad thai is probably the most famous Thai dish on Earth. If you have zero experience with Thai food, these delicious stir-fried noodles are a good place to start your foodie adventure. It's made with rice noodles, a scrambled egg, tofu, seafood or meat, green onions, bean spouts, garlic, fish sauce and lime juice. Before digging in, squeeze a lime and sprinkle some peanuts and chilli flakes over it. I guarantee it'll be a plate of noodles you won't forget.

3) Panang curry 

Panang curry is a type of red curry. Succulent chicken, beef or pork is cooked with a tasty red curry paste. Next, coconut cream is added along with basil, vegetables, chillies and lime leaves. 

4) Green curry 

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Thai green curry is made with green curry paste, coconut milk, bamboo shoots, your choice of meat, basil, eggplant, lemongrass, galangal and lime leaves. It's usually served as a creamy and savoury soup. Enjoy the flavours to the max by pouring the rich sauce over a bed of rice. 

5) Massaman curry

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Massaman curry is a sweet curry packed with a pleasant nutty flavour. It consists of your choice of meat, potatoes, curry paste, coconut milk, peanuts, nutmeg and cinnamon. If you're looking for a different curry taste, this dish is for you! 

6) Pineapple fried rice

During my childhood, I grew up loving pineapple fried rice. To this day, it's still one of my favourites. Stir fried rice is mixed with chunks of sweet pineapple, raisins, cashews, onions, green peas, carrots, meat or seafood and a scrambled egg. This yummy dish satisfies both your sweet and salty taste buds and is sure to please even the pickiest of eaters. 

7) Thai noodle soup

If you're a soup noodle fanatic then this dish is for you! Similar to Vietnamese pho, Thai noodle soup is a perfect option for breakfast or lunch. Hearty broth is simmered for hours and then poured over your choice of meat, rice noodles, bean sprouts and green onions.

8) Mango sticky rice 

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Don't forget about dessert! Also known as khao niew ma muang, mango sticky rice is a popular dessert found all over Southeast Asia. Ripe mangoes are served alongside glutinous rice and then drizzled with a sweet coconut cream syrup. 

What other Thai foods are you crazy about? Leave me a comment below and let me know! 


I’m a Canadian girl on a quest to step foot in every continent before I’m 30. You’ll most likely find me chowing down on Japanese ramen, partying at a music festival, hiking to the top of a scenic lookout, cuddling with cats, or chilling out at the beach. I’ve visited over 60 countries so far and hope to inspire you to do the same.


  1. We absolutely love cashew nut chicken! We found a great local place in Hang Dong (South of Chiang Mai) called Suwee that had amazing food and our favorite cashew nut chicken! We still dream about their food!!

    1. Mmmmmm cashew nut chicken! How did I forget that? Lol I gotta add it to the list :) Miss Thai food so much too!