Living in Bangkok – Top 5 Dishes you Must Try
One of Thailand’s greatest influences is its amazing, yet exotic, cuisine. Thai foods have grown in popularity around the world, and if you think these dishes are delights after tasting them elsewhere, wait until you have tasted them in Bangkok. Below are some of the top 5 dishes that you cannot live without once you are in Bangkok.
- Tom Yum Goong (Spiced Shrimp Soup)
This Thai soup combines several popular tastes. The dish is spicy, sweet, salty, and sour in an authentic, yet very delicious way. Many people in Bangkok like this dish, so it has a somewhat ubiquitous presence in most top-rate restaurants in the city. This dish is made using shrimp, tomatoes, mushrooms, lemongrass, galangal, and kaffir lime leaves.
- Pad Thai (Fried Noodles)
The delicious Thai-style fried noodles are very popular overseas. This dish offers a unique experience that has played a significant role in popularizing Thai food around the world. The noodles are cooked together with onion, egg, and beansprouts, and then you can add condiments such as fish sauce, chili powder, ground peanuts, or even sugar. These condiments bring the flavors of the dish to live, giving your flavor palette an unforgettable Bangkok experience. This dish is readily available in Bangkok even in the street food carts.
- Khao Pad (Fried Rice)
This seemingly simplistic dish has a lot of aroma that makes it unique to the varied Thailand cuisine. Khao Pad is quite a popular dish, and is made using fried rice, onion, eggs, and some herbs. Thais also spice it with chicken, basil, chili, and vegetables, giving it a unique appeal in both taste and appearance.
- Som Tum (Spiced Green Papaya Salad)
Som Tum is one of the most popular salads in Bangkok. This distinctive dish consists of garlic, chilies, shredded raw papaya, sugar cane paste, fish sauce, cherry tomatoes, and green beans that come together to make an unforgettable flavor. Some people immediately fall in love with this Som Tum, while others cannot handle the strong flavor. This dish has a sweet, salty, and spice flavor, but many variations exist depending on the ingredients added to the food during preparation.
- Kao Na Phet (Roasted Duck)
This is a very common dish in the region, and offers a distinctive alternative flavor to chicken. The roasted duck parts are served together with rice and thick tasty duck soup. The simplicity of this dish does not hold back the dish’s very distinct flavor that will definitely make it one of your favorite dishes in Bangkok. Kao Na Phet is definitely a great alternative to the fried chicken (Gai Tod), which is also one of the best fried chickens anywhere in the world. Bangkok offers some of the best roasted ducks in the world, therefore, this is one dish you must really try out.
Of the many attractions that Bangkok has to offer, world-class cuisine is definitely one of its best features. The selection of top-class dishes is quite extensive, and the dishes are quite varied. Many of the dishes will get you hooked to Thai cuisine from the very first bite. The five foods listed above have proven to be favorites for most people, and you are more than likely to feel the same once you try them out.