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What comes to mind when you think of Thailand? Sandy beaches? Wild parties? Glistening temples? For many people around the world, the first thing they think of when it comes to Thailand is the country’s famous cuisine. Thai food (อาหารไทย – aa-hăan tai) often tops lists of best in the world, and for good reason. Thai cooking utilizes all of the major tastes – sour, sweet, salty, bitter, and spicy – usually three at a time in one dish, and sometimes all five! The cuisine of Thailand varies greatly depending on which region you’re in, and can roughly be broken down into four main ones – Northern, Isan (Northeast), Central, and Southern. That being said, there are certain dishes that you can find all across the country, and even in Thai restaurants all over the world. To help you learn more about delicious Thai cuisine along with a bit of language, here are 20 common dishes in English and Thai:
Hungry yet? You should be! Now get out there and order your next Thai meal in Thai! To make you drool just a bit more, here’s a great video about Thai cuisine from Living Asia Channel: