Thai food is very popular in the West, and Thai restaurants are becoming increasingly common in the US. Thai cuisine has become world-renowned for encompassing a medley of intricate and delicate flavors using a variety of spices and medicinal herbs. Since most Thai dishes include rice or noodles, it is also common practice to eat with a fork and spoon as opposed to a fork and knife as in most other countries.
While a lot of traditional Thai food uses generous amounts of chilies (making the dish very hot!) many regions focus more on flavor and presentation. Here are some popular Thai food you’ll find in most Thai restaurant menus. And I gotta tell you, they are not to miss!
- Pad Thai
Pad Thai is typical street fare across Thailand—and it’s probably the #1 order here at Yummy Thai. In fact, this popular stir-fried noodle dish is the national dish of Thailand. But what exactly is it about Pad Thai that makes it so delicious? Bold, umami flavors and a variety of textures make Pad Thai into a comforting meal that everyone can love.
Pad Thai is probably the first dish people think of on the topic of Thai food and with good reason. This traditional dish can be made with pork, chicken, prawns or vegetarian style, and is recognized for it’s delicious and tangy but subtle peanut flavor. It is served with a side of crush peanuts, lime halves, and spring onions.
- Pad Med Ma Muang (Chicken Cashew Nut)
This dish is like much popular Thai food that we adopted from Chinese cuisine, it is originally from high-end Chinese restaurants, served in a crispy deep-fried bird nest. The bird nest is made from shredded Taro. This dish and North American Chinese sweet and sour pork were the same dishes – one of Cantonese Chinese dishes.
This is a great choice for children or picky eaters as the dish is simple and tasty, without any overpowering elements.
- Pad See Ew
Pad means fried and See Ew means soy sauce, so it means fried soy sauce in the Thai language. It’s a Chinese recipe that has been adapted to local Thai flavor.
Pad See Ew (sometimes spelled Pad Siew, Pad Siu or Phat Si-Io) is a Chinese influenced stir-fry noodle dish. It is Thai rice noodles with chicken and vegetables. Normally made with rice noodles, kale, egg, soy sauce and your choice of meat, this is a popular breakfast choice among Thai people. With a few minor changes, Pad See Ew can be converted into a gravy-style soup called “Rad Na.”
- Massaman Curry
Another local favorite – massaman curry is a spicy coconut curry soup made with hearty potatoes, onions, and peanuts with your choice of meat. It can be eaten as a soup or served with, or over rice. Every restaurant makes it a little different and for the most part, this is just one dish you can’t go wrong with ordering, especially here at Yummy Thai!
- Pad Krapow (Basil Chicken)
Another best-seller at Yummy Thai – this delicious dish is the perfect mix of spice and flavor. It utilizes oyster sauce, soy sauce, chilies, and basil to create a mouthwatering, sweet and savory meal that you certainly won’t forget.
- Tom Yum Soup
Made with chicken or seafood, is practically a staple at every Thai restaurant around the world. Lemongrass, fish sauce, and kaffir lime leaves give it a unique tangy flavor, and it’s a perfect substitute for chicken noodle soup if you are feeling under the weather. The added spice will clear you right up!
- Som Tam (Green Papaya Salad)
Som Tam is widely available at restaurants and almost every street cart you’ll see on the road. There are many variations of Som Tam and it is definitely a dish that changes regionally. Some are simple vegetarian sweet and sour variations and others include any and everything from fermented fish sauce and dried shrimp to freshwater snails and sliced sausages. This northeastern (Issan) specialty is a favorite among Thai people and a super versatile dish that always packs a punch!
Some Must Know Dining Etiquette in Eating Thai Food
Chopsticks are not traditionally used in Thailand, except when eating Chinese dishes in a Chinese restaurant.
In Thailand, spoons and forks are used (never knives). If you need to cut things, use the side of your spoon first, then move on to the fork if necessary. If you are right-handed, keep the spoon in your right hand and the fork in your left.
Rice is generally served in a separate bowl, not on the same plate with your food. While rice is a staple, it is not necessary to eat every grain in your bowl; leaving some over is fine.
Toothpicks are generally used at the end of the meal. The best way to handle a toothpick is to work away with one hand, while keeping the other hand in front of it over the mouth, as a sort of mask.
If you’re craving for some Thai dish, come and see what we have here in Yummy Thai! You’ll surely be delighted in our wide range of Thai dishes. Frisco Yummy Thai 12005 Dallas Pkwy #300 Frisco TX 75034 , please call 469-388-1270