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15 Thai dishes to eat like a local when traveling in Thailand

I would recommend that other than eating Pad Thai (Fried noodle with shrimp- Traditional Thai food) or Tom Yum (Spicy sour soup with Thai spice and seafood) which well known (I believe) during traveling in Thailand. As a native Thai, I’m happy to share the idea of what else to try  and it’s mostly available to order in any restaurant or street food shop. I believe you will have more fun trying dishes that we eat mostly daily in Thailand.

Pad Kana Moo Krob (Fried kale with crispy pork + steamed rice)

This dish is what I often order. Everyday when I wake up and if no idea what to eat so I will order Pad Kana Moo Krob and the thing is almost everyone being like me. If no idea then Pad Kana Moo Krob. This photo looks a little bit too much chilly, if you can’t eat spicy then you can order and mention it without chilly and all will be fine (and yummy!!).

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Pad Kana Moo Krob (Fried kale with crispy pork + steamed rice)

Kuay Tiew Tom Yum (Spicy Noodle Soup with fish ball+fried fish line)

This one also may looks aggressive with a lot of chilly but you don’t need to do this if you don’t eat spicy. I remember I was a little too crazy that day added too much chilly but now I’ve already adapted to eat not spicy. But believe me they are really delicious. :)

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Kuay Tiew Tom Yum (Spicy Noodle Soup with fish ball+fried fish line)

Pad Se Ew (Fried noodle with kale and pork or chicken or seafood)

This dish is similar taste to Pad Thai but I think it’s more tasty. It comes with a little sweet taste and you can add more spice like lime juice, sugar or chilly  by yourself which they always prepare it on the table.:D

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Pad Se Ew (Fried noodle with pork or chicken or seafood)

Kao Moo Tod Kra Tium + Kai Dao (Fried pork with garlic and pepper + Omelet)

This dish is Alex’s favorite Thai dish. I always cook this one for him when we abroad because it’s the easiest Thai dish.  The main thing is oyster sauce and we don’t always find the same sauce but it can be replaced by some other local spices.

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Kao Moo Tod Kra Tium + Kai Dao (Fried pork with garlic and pepper + Omelet)

Som Tum with seafood (Papaya Salad with Seafood)

Som Tum; sweet, sour and spicy taste which  you can order a spice level that you’re comfortable with. Sometimes we eat it with seafood especially when we go to the sea. You will usually  find this thing at the south or the east sea of Thailand. So remember if you go the sea of Thailand don’t forget to eat Som Tum with Seafood. It’s perfect match.

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Som Tum with seafood (Papaya Salad with Seafood)

Kao Tom Goong (Rice soup with shrimp or pork)

Kao Tom Goong is popular dish for breakfast or in the late night because it’s light. The main things of this dish is rice and shrimp with sweet soup.

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Kao Tom Goong (Rice soup with shrimp or pork)

Kao Niew Kai Tod (Fried chicken with sticky rice)

This is Alex and I ultimate dish. It’s our favorite ever. But be careful to eat it in the morning because sticky rice will make you feel very sleepy (and I don’t care too much haha).

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Kao Niew Kai Tod (Fried chicken with sticky rice)

Ba Mi Kiew Moo Daang (Yellow noodle soup with shrimp dumpling and red pork)

This dish also never get old. It’s made from yellow noodle with sweet soup (usually made from pork bone soup) and red pork with shrimp dumpling. And as usual, you can add more spice like lime juice, sugar or chilly  by yourself which they always prepare it on the table.

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Ba Mi Kiew Moo Daang (Yellow noodle soup with red pork)

Rad Na Moo (Fried noodle with pork and broccoli or chicken or seafood)

Rad Na Moo is never get old. I mean sometimes when I also no idea what to eat, this dish will pop up and finally happy as always. That sauce make from Tapioca.

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Rad Na Moo (Fried noodle with pork and broccoli or chicken or seafood)

Som Tum, Kao Niew, Kor Moo Yang or Kai Yang (Papaya salad with sticky rice, grilled pork or grilled chicken)

Som Tum with Kao Niew, Kor Moo Yang or Kai Yang is what we usually order and eat them together when we eat Som Tum at anywhere in Thailand. Papaya salad, sticky rice, grilled pork and grilled chicken is what usually cook in the same place. Som Tum is a perfect match with anything grilled.

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Som Tum with Kor Moo Yang Or Kai Yang (Papaya salad with grilled pork or grilled chicken)

Sai Krok Esan (Thai Sausages)

This is something need to write in the history of Thai food. Haha. We often make a joke that we can’t live without it. It’s a northeast food but you can find it anywhere in Thailand. Mostly from food stroll. The taste start from a little sour to a very sour. I usually eat not too sour one. We eat them with young ginger and young chilly.

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Sai Krok Esan (Thai Sausages)

Kuay Tiew Moo (Noodle soup with pork and pork ball)

This one you can order with different size of noodle. Small, medium, and big. This one is a small one. They will make you just without spicy and sour taste so you can add the lime juice, sugar or chilly by yourself which they always prepare it on the table.

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Kuay Tiew Moo (Noodle soup with pork and pork ball)

Kao Soi Kai (Curried Noodle Soup with Chicken)

This dish is a northern dish and looks like you can order it only in the north of Thailand. which local already don’t eat often. But I found that it’s tasty and I love to eat it sometimes when I was in Chiang Mai. The main things are crispy noodle, chicken leg, potato with curry soup blend with coconut milk  which you could feel a little bit fat but if you put lemon and onion, it will make the taste better.

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Kao Soi Kai (Curried Noodle Soup with Chicken)

Cha Yen (Thai milk tea)

This is what Alex and I couldn’t resist and addicted so much when we were in Thailand. It’s hot there right? So thai tea (specific taste with nice smell) with milk and ice is something perfect there.

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Cha Yen (Thai milk tea)

Pad Kra Prao Talay + Kai dao (Fried Seafood with basil + Omelet)

And the last dish is Pad Kra Prao, hot and spicy taste from basil and chilly. It’s also the most popular dish of daily life that never get old.

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Pad Kra Prao Talay + Kai dao (Fried Seafood with basil + Omelet)

Hope you enjoy the post and hope next time you’re coming to Thailand you will enjoy eating more Thai dishes. :D

3 comments on “15 Thai dishes to eat like a local when traveling in Thailand

  1. pad thai and for dessert mango sticky rice,,,

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