As a food lover’s paradise, you’ll find some incredible dishes in Thailand. All you have to do is take to the streets! The hardest part is deciding what to eat first, from bubbling pots of noodle soups and curries that you can share with the locals to sweet treats you can have on the move! To get you started on your Thai gastronomic trip, we’ve compiled a list of 13 of Thailand’s most amazing street food meals.
Pad Thai is one of Thailand’s most famous dishes, and with good reason. The well-known stir-fried meal blends the sweet and savory flavors of tamarind, peanuts, bean sprouts, fried egg, and lime, all wok-tossed with noodles.
You may have it with shrimp or tofu for a vegetarian option, and street food vendors all around the country are cooking up this delectable delicacy. This is one dish you’ll remember long after you’ve left Thailand.
This popular salad is found in street food carts all over Thailand and will quickly become your favorite option for a light, fresh dish. It’s made with shredded green papaya, carrots, and tomatoes then tossed in a flavor explosion of sugar, garlic, lime juice, peanuts, and plenty of chilies.
The ingredients are mixed using a pestle and mortar to create a juicy blend of tongue-tingling flavors. Be warned that this dish can get very spicy, so be sure to ask for it “mai pet” (not spicy) if you can’t handle the heat.
Popular worldwide, fried rice is a popular meal from India to China to Indonesia, but the Thai version outperforms them all. Khao pad (Thai fried rice) is made with fragrant jasmine rice, vegetables, and a delicious blend of soy sauce, fish sauce, sugar, and salt.
What’s the best part? You can personalize it however you like. Include a fried egg or a protein such as shrimp, chicken, or tofu. Whatever way you prefer, you’ll be back for more of this irresistible dish.
The Thai capital is well-known for its curries, and massaman has to be among the greatest. It’s a Persian-Thai hybrid cooked with coconut milk, potatoes, and protein like chicken, beef, or tofu, all seasoned with bay leaves, tamarind sauce, cinnamon, sugar, and roasted peanuts. It’s meaty and flavorful, and nothing beats eating it from an enormous boiling pot.
You can’t miss trying out this northern Thai culinary masterpiece on the streets of Chiang Mai. This rich curry noodle dish traditionally combines braised chicken in a coconut curry broth with boiled egg noodles, shrimp paste, and lashings of aromatics like chilies and lime, all topped with crispy noodles and pickled shallots. It’s utterly delicious and sure to be one of your most memorable foodie experiences.