When most people talk about Thai food, the first things that come to their minds are usually either Pad Thai or Thai Green Curry. But did you know that Thai people don’t actually limit themselves to those two dishes?
Let’s find out what other dishes Thais like to eat with this selection of Thailand’s top 8 dishes, as selected by our Thai editor.
1. Pad Kaprow
Supposedly the most ordered dish in Thailand, Thai people like to enjoy Pad Kaprow whenever and wherever, whether it’s for breakfast, lunch, or dinner!
The kind of dish that Thais will typically order when they don’t know what to choose, Pad Kaprow can be made with various types of meat (pork, chicken, beef, or seafood) and is particularly yummy when topped with fried egg!
2. Thai Omelette
Granted, an omelette might not sound all that exotic at first but don’t knock it before you try it, you’ll be in for a surprise. Thai people use traditional cooking techniques that make their omelette golden and crispy on the outside and soft and juicy on the inside.
You can also order Thai Omelette with meat, seafood, and vegetables, but don’t forget to top it all off with a lashing of Sriracha Chili Sauce or Prik Nam Pla!
你也可以在泰式煎蛋卷上面加上肉，海鲜和蔬菜，但是不要忘了放上拉差辣椒酱或Prik Nam Pla！
3. Som Tum (Papaya Salad)
One of Thai people’s all-time favourite dishes, especially in the North-Eastern part of the country, Som Tum is a flavourful salad that’s refreshing and low in calories! The ideal dish if you’re looking to lose weight, Som Tum can also be served with sticky rice and deep fried or grilled chicken.
4. Tom Yum Soup
Tom Yum Soup, also referred to as Thai hot and sour soup, is a traditional dish made with shrimp. Its name, “Tom Yum”, actually derives from two Thai words: Tom, which refers to the boiling process, and Yum, meaning spicy salad. That makes sense seeing as how Tom Yum Soup is seasoned to embody the taste of spicy salad.
Apart from prawns, Thais also like Tom Yum with pork, mushroom, and chicken (as well as chicken feet) and like most Thai dishes, Tom Yum Soup is usually served with steamed rice.
5. Moo Ping
Moo Ping or Grilled Pork Skewer is a popular type of street food in Thailand and can be found pretty much everywhere you go. Street vendors usually marinate their pork skewers overnight with soy sauce, sugar, garlic, black pepper, coriander root, and sometimes fresh milk to make sure that their pork skewers are aromatic, juicy, and tasty.
Thai people usually eat Moo Ping with sticky rice and it is one of the country’s most popular choices for breakfast.
6. Guay Tiew Nam
Guay Tiew Nam or Thai Style Noodle-Soup was initially invented in the southern part of China and the words “Guay Tiew” are actually taken from Fujian dialect (“guǒtiáo” or 粿条).
Guay Tiew Nam或泰式面汤最初是在中国南部发明的，“Guay Tiew”一词实际上是从福建方言（“guǒtiáo”或“粿条”）中获得的。
When it comes to Thais, Guay Tiew covers all types of noodles, from vermicelli noodles to glass noodles, and everything in between.
Guay Tiew Nam comes in many different broths, such as clear broth, Tom Yum, dark or even curry broth, and with many toppings including meat or seafood.
Guay Tiew Nam有许多不同的汤，如清汤，冬阴功汤，甚至是黑咖喱汤，以及许多浇头，包括肉类或海鲜。
7. Kanom Chin
Kanom Chin is a dish of thin, fresh rice noodles that originated from the Mon people who inhabited the region which is now central Thailand. Thai people normally eat Kanom Chin with different types of sauces and toppings, depending on the region they live in.
Kanom Chin是一种细细的米粉，起源于孟族，他们之前占领的地区是现在泰国的中心。泰国人民吃Kanom Chin时喜欢搭配不同类型的酱汁和配料，这取决于他们所在的地区。
For example, people from Central Thailand tend to enjoy Kanom Chin with green curry and fresh vegetables while Southerners prefer to get it with sweet chili sauce and Thai fish cakes.
Noodles are also very similar to Yunnan’s 米线.
Namprik or Chili Paste can be dated back to the 16th Century when Thai people preferred to eat seafood over all other types of meat. Namprik was created to enrich the taste and cover the unpleasant smell of fish.
Like Guay Tiew Nam or Kanum Chin, Namprik comes in many forms and colours depending on the cooking techniques used, but all of them have the same 3 core ingredients: chili, garlic, and shallots.
像Guay Tiew Nam或Kanum Chin一样，Namprik有很多形式和颜色，取决于所用的烹饪技术，但都具有相同的3个核心成分：辣椒，大蒜和青葱。
Thai people usually eat Namprik with steamed rice, fresh vegetables and sometimes meat. Naprik can also be used to cook other Thai dishes such as Namprik Fried Rice or different types of soup e.g. Tom Yum Soup.
泰国人通常用蒸米饭，新鲜蔬菜，有时是肉搭配吃Namprik。 Naprik也可以用来烹饪其他泰国菜肴，如Namprik Fried Rice或不同类型的汤，例如冬阴功汤。
Which one of these dishes would you most like to try? Any others you believe deserve a mention?