Beyond Pad Thai: Try local food

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Thai Flavors you need to try!

One thing you are going to notice in Thailand is that most of the travellers that come here are big FOODIES! Everybody is so excited to try the local dishes like Pad Thai and explore their unique ingredients. However, Bangkok offers an enormous amount of street food and if you  go to  a restaurant, you will probably get overwhelmed with the huge menus displaying all sorts of dishes. Don’t Panic! 🙂 Here are some of our favorite local dishes that will give you a taste of Thailand.

Pad See Ew (ผัดซีอิ๊ว)

Pad see Ew is made from delicate rice noodles immersed on a  thick luscious sauce, crisp chinese broccoli, aromatic garlic, sweet soy sauce and yummy fried eggs.

No wonder this dish is one of Thai’s Street Food biggest stars and you have to try it. This dish is great for all sorts of pallets and it can be made with chicken or pork and also is not heavy on chilli.

This is a very proper introduction to traditional Thai flavours and you can pretty much find it anywhere. This is also a great option with you had a big night out and need a plate of delicious comfort food to lift you up 😉

Khao Man Gai (ข้าวมันไก่)

This is one of those dishes that just makes you feel happy. Even if you are having it for the very first time, just screams comfort food.

Made out of chicken, rice and a very special sauce, this dish may look very simple and almost not appealing, but don’t be fooled! This is a variation of the chinese Hainanese chicken.

Traditionally, you poach an entire chicken, then use the chicken broth to cook the rice and make it more flavorful. The sauce is served separately and is  made from fermented soy bean puree mix with garlic, ginger, thai chilies, vinegar and sugar.

To make it more refreshing, they are accompanied by some pieces of cucumbers and cilantro. And to balance all together, you get some clear light soup that has all the delicious flavours from the chicken broth and the aroma of the thai herbs! This is a very popular dish in Bangkok’s street food stands but you can also find it in most Thai restaurants.

Mu Ping (หมูปิ้ง)

While walking through the busy sidewalks in Bangkok, you will probably stumble upon the strong and seductive smell of grilled meat.

Big chances are that you just passed by a Mu Ping stand. Please stop and try it out! This is one of those street food diamonds that will leave you craving for more.

Traditionally eaten as breakfast or an afternoon snack, the grilled pork on a skewer will not disappoint you. They are made out of more fat part of the pork and grilled with a sauce that caramelizes and keeps the meat juicy and flavorful.

They are often accompanied by steamed rice that you can eat right off the bag. This is also a great option for people that are not fans of spicy food or just need a little break from it. Mu Ping is here to save the day!

Mu Ping (Sticky rice with pork) หมูปิ้ง
Mu Ping (Sticky rice with pork) หมูปิ้ง

Pa Thong Ko (ปาท่องโก๋)

If you have a sweet tooth, this will probably make you happy!  Also known as Thai Donuts, this is a variation of a chinese desert that became very popular in Thailand.

Here, they are made smaller and are served with a variety of dips. You will not have a problem spotting vendors that sell this  golden treat. It  consists basically of a fried dough that is very soft on the inside and super crispy on the outside.

They can be paired with condensed milk or a variation of it made with Pandan, a tropical plant that is very popular in Asia and adds an earthy and rich flavor, as well as a very characteristic green color. This is also a very beloved comfort food for thai people, that usually have it for breakfast. It’s a great option to start your day or it can be an amazing afternoon delight!

See? There’s more to Thailand than Pad Thai. We hope you try these other local food as well!

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