20 Must Try Thai Foods, Thailand
Discover 20 must try Thai foods. This list of must try Thai foods includes pictures, costs and other useful information as well as some (perhaps not so useful) personal ranting.
For many of these dishes I did not take a proper note of costs, but unless you’re eating at a resort restaurant I would not pay any more than 200Baht for any Thai dish in the Patong Beach area, and although I have never been anywhere else in Thailand (yet) I feel like Patong Beach may be one of the more expensive places in the country – still pretty cheap.
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20 Must Try Thai Foods
1. Thai Noodles
The first item on my list of must try Thai Foods is the first thing I ate in Phuket. I went for a walk along Bangla street and saw a little food court. I basically just asked for a plate of Thai Style Noodles with pork and this is what they gave me. It wasn’t quite Pad Thai but pretty similar. I liked it.
The fruit juice was also pretty good. Fresh mango and orange for 120 baht. I ended up getting a lot of fruit juices and shakes during my stay in Patong Beach.
2. Yellow Noodle Salad Thai Style
Raw onion and two minute Maggie style noodles. Still pretty good. 80Baht from the food court on level three in Patong Square near the Jungceylon shopping center.
3. Penang Curry
Of the different types of Thai curries, Penang Curry is probably my favorite. Not much else to say about that.. it’s delicious.
4. Thai Green Curry
Thai Green Curry is maybe a tad below Panang on my “best curry lists” – it too, is pretty spectacular.
5. Tom Yum Soup
Tom Yum soup is hot and sour. I think traditionally it is with seafood, but you can also get meat or vegetarian versions, which is good for me because I’m not a big fan of seafood.
Although made differently in other places it is comparable to Suan La Tang (China) or Laksa (Malaysia / Singapore). According to my Malaysian family it is good for hangovers / motion sickness / dizziness type ailments. I tested it, it’s pretty good. Lots of herbs and stuff.
6. Fried Noodles
Pretty similar to Chinese style fried noodles. They used a thick rice noodle (He Fen in Chinese, Char Kway Teow in Malaysia). It was pretty good.
7. Pineapple Rice
This dish was pretty amazing. It had pine nuts inside it which was a pretty big winner for me.
8. Mango Sticky Rice
Mango Sticky Rice is a must try Thai desert. Also, mango is one of my favorite fruits so having it fresh on the side was awesome. The sticky rice is sweet with condensed milk on top.
9. Pad See Ew
Pad See Ew is an interesting dish. Flat rice noodle stir fry (choose what meat) on an omelet pancake. Tasted pretty good.
10. Gai Phad Med Ma Muang
The English translation of this is stir fired chicken with cashew nut. It, like all Thai food, was very tasty. There are many other stir fry dishes like this. Very similar to Chinese style dishes.
11. Pad Thai
This is probably the most famous Thai dish in the world, and for good reason. It is absolutely mouth watering and it is hard not to order it for every meal. Also, it is usually one of the cheapest items on the menu.
Pretty much the same as Malaysian satay. BBQ’d meat on a stick with some satay sauce.. yes please!
13. Street Pancakes
Absolutely delicious! The one pictured below is banana and chocolate, but there are all sorts of stuff, including egg and cheese if you feel like something savoury.
40-50 Baht depending on the filling you choose.
Suki is a Thai style noodle soup which uses glass noodles in a slightly spicy broth.
We found this little outdoor restaurant about a ten-minute walk from the main tourist part of Patong Beach. Food was cheap and good and we even got some free cooking lessons.
15. Wild Boar Red Curry
This wild boar red curry cost 150 Baht from the same place we got Suki. They leave the fat on which gives it a bit of crunch.
16. Ice Roll
Kind of like Cold Rock ice-cream but they freeze condensed milk (I think). Lots of different flavors available. 80 Baht from the market across the road from the Bangla Muay Thai Stadium.
17. Tom Kha Gai
Coconut soup broth with ginger, lemongrass, chillies and some other stuff. It tasted awesome but would have been better with a touch less spice. Cost 120 Baht.
Picked this one up from a beach-front restaurant in Rawai Beach. Out of all the Thai foods I tasted this was the worst… and it was still good! Perhaps a little spicy but some good intense flavors going on.
I picked these up for my Malaysian family so as I write this I haven’t tried them. A variety of fruit flavored candy, which I assume are made from the fruit they claim to be.
100 Baht a packet seems to be the standard price. Buy a few and get a deal. I bought four for 350Baht, but I don’t barter very hard.
20. Street Foods
The last thing on my list of must try Thai foods is to sample the street food, and there’s lots of it to have a go at.
On my last day I discovered this guy across the road from the Graceland Phuket Resort selling noodles and rice with pork or chicken from his cart. I wish I found him earlier, I probably would have gone to him every other meal.
I got noodles and pork for 80 Baht, and that was from the beach across the road from an “expensive” resort so I’m sure you can get it cheaper.
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Do you know of any other must try Thai foods that should be on this list? We’d love to hear about them or anything else you want to say in the comments 😀 .