Central Thai Dishes

Central Thai Dishes

Thai food varies from region to region due to geography and history. The Central Plains lie in the middle of Thailand geographically, climatically, and culinary. It has allowed the people of this region to taste and appreciate the cuisines of every part of Thailand and to then integrate the various ingredients and cooking styles into their dishes. This history made the Central Thai dishes evolve as we know today.

Tom yam – Central Thai Sour Soup

One mouthful of Tom Yum Soup is enough to get your taste-buds popping! The flavors are bold yet balanced out with a refreshing blend of fragrant aromatics like lemongrass, galangal, kaffir lime leaves, chili, lime juice, shallots, and fish sauce. Succulent, large, juicy fresh prawns and oyster mushrooms soak up all that soupy goodness. There are two variations of these Central Thai dishes — a clear soup or with coconut milk.

Tom Kha Kai – Delicious Central Thai Dishes

Tom Kha Gai is the sibling of Tom Yum, but it is a mild, tamer version. This soup combines the fiery, hot bird’ s-eye chilies, crushed shallots, finely-sliced galangal, stalks of fragrant, lemongrass, tender-pieces of chicken and springy mushrooms. The addition of creamy, coconut milk helps tame the spiciness, and the addition of lime juice, kaffir lime leaves, fish sauce, and palm sugar perfectly balances the soup.

Kaeng Som – Central Thai Sour Curry

Kaeng som is a sour, water-based Thai curry that has fish or shrimps and a thick paste that usually incorporates shallots, chilis, and shrimps. The dish comes in numerous varieties, and it can significantly differ depending on the region. There are several variants of Central Thai dishes; the southern Thai kaeng som variant uses tamarind, assam fruit, and lime juice.

Kaeng Khiao Wan – Central Thai Green Curry

It is the Thai phrase that indicates a green curry. Shrimp (kung, khung, or goong) is a trendy type of green curry dish, but you can substitute fish, chicken, beef, or shellfish according to your taste. One of the authentic Central Thai dishes, green curry is the spiciest of them all, with a perfect balance of sweet from the added coconut milk. Green curry has some of the most mouthwatering ingredients, including fresh green chilies, ginger, eggplant, and, of course, plenty of coconut milk. Eat with lots of steamed rice to bring down the spice level.

Pad Thai – Famous Central Thai Dishes

Pad thai is one of Thailand’s national dishes and is a go-to for tourists who are starting their Thai cuisine exploration. Pad thai is a fried noodle dish that has shrimp or chicken as the main ingredient. However, the vegetarian option is popular too. Pad thai is available on almost every street corner and is a cheap and tasty meal. This ubiquitous dish needs no introduction and is available in every Thai restaurant across America. It has fast become the epitome of Thai cuisine. Pad Thai is the combination of rice noodles, chopped shallots, crunchy bean sprouts, and egg stir-fried in a screaming hot wok. It can complement a quartet of condiments on the side — chili powder, sugar, fish sauce, and finely-ground peanuts and a nice squeeze of lime to freshen the dish.

Som Tum – Spicy Papaya Salad

Som Tum, it is a love-hate relationship for some because of how viciously spicy it can get. Nonetheless, this is one of the globally known Central Thai dishes packed with loads of intense umami flavor, which keeps you coming back for more. The key ingredients are shredded raw papaya, lots of garlic and chilies, green beans, and cherry tomatoes. The ingredients are then pulverized inside of a pestle and mortar and then release a wholesomely, unforgettable sour, sweet and spicy flavor. There are many variations across the region, and some people add in dried shrimp, peanuts, salted crab, or pla raa (fermented fish sauce).

Khao Pad – Comfort Central Thai Dishes

Khao pad is maybe comparable to England’s love of sandwiches – consumed on a mass khao pad is a Thai go-to. Khao pad translates to “fried rice” and is just that with some egg, onion, and that’s about it. If you have leftover rice and ingredients in the fridge, it only takes minutes! The typical ingredients in a Thai Fried Rice would be steamed rice (preferably left overnight), egg, shallots, cilantro, and any protein or vegetable you might want to add in. A quartet of condiments (chopped chilies in fish sauce, roasted chili flakes, sugar, or chopped green chilies in vinegar) can accompany this humble dish. Slices of cucumber, a wedge of lime, and some raw, crunchy scallions are mixed in this dish when served.

Pad Kra Pow – Challenging Central Thai Dishes

Pad kra pow usually is made using minced pork or chicken (it’s also great with tofu), which is stir-fried with Thai basil and plenty of chilies. Pad kra pow is not a dish for picky eaters: The Thai basil has a very sharp, peppery flavor, while the chilies add a hefty dose of spice. You can always take the heat down a notch by asking the vendor to make it “pet nit noi” (only a little spicy). The dish is served with white rice and topped with an oozing running friend egg “kai dao,” which blends through the rest of the food for an unforgettable taste sensation.

Gai Med Ma Muang – Chicken With Cashew Nuts

Locals and foreigners alike love this Central Thai dish. This sweet and flavourful dish is stir-fried chicken with cashew nuts, soy sauce, honey, onions, chilies, pepper, mushrooms, basically whatever vegetables the chef has on hand. It’s like a party on a plate with its contrasting textures of ingredients and seasonings that complement the chicken. Like the sweet soy sauce, onions, chilies, carrots, mushrooms, roasted cashews, and maybe sometimes a dash of honey. The spice-level is tame but delicious.

Gaeng Daeng – Central Thai Red Curry

The red curry is made similar to the green curry and made with adding a protein of your choice (chicken, pork, duck, fish), creamy, coconut milk, and some finely sliced kaffir lime leaves. The red curry paste consists of shallots, garlic, (dried) red chili peppers, salt, galangal, shrimp paste, cumin seeds, lemongrass, peppercorns, coriander root, kaffir lime peel, and coriander seeds. This highly aromatic curry is bound to win the heart of any food lover.


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