6. YAM NUA (SPICY BEEF SALAD)
The zesty, fiery blend of beef strips, onion, cilantro, spearmint, lime and dried chilli make for quite the unique salad.
And boy, does it provide your taste buds with enough satisfying sensations to last a lifetime!
7. KAI MED MA MUANG (CHICKEN WITH CASHEW NUTS)
The simple and seemingly strange combination of chicken and cashew nuts actually combines to form a uniquely harmonious dish.
Topped with vegetables along with sweet and spicy flavours (again, you can ask for a milder version), it makes for quite the addictive plate of authentic Thai food.
You’ll be going “nuts” when you see it on a menu (sorry, I had to)!
8. SOM TUM (SPICY GREEN PAPAYA SALAD)
This dish can be a safe haven for vegetarians when travelling to Thailand, a country dominated by meat (especially seafood).
Som tum is also the perfect side dish for almost any meal and is a staple in Thai street food culture.
It contains shredded papaya, along with green beans, garlic and chillies, although there are many different variations of the dish.
9. SPRING ROLLS
I just couldn’t leave these off the list.
A favourite among locals and visitors to Thailand, spring rolls can be found at almost every street food vendor in the country.
They’re cheap, delicious and take very little time to prepare. The perfect snack to fill you up while you explore the “land of smiles” as Thailand is often called.
10. MANGO STICKY RICE
I felt I needed to include at least one dessert on this list!
If you think that serving fruit and rice on the same plate is a strange combination, you’re not alone! But, it’s actually delicious and it’s also very common in a lot of Asian cuisines.
Sliced mango served with a portion of sticky rice, topped with sweet coconut cream. The flavours burst out of this dish with every bite!
BONUS: BANANA PANCAKES
I added this as a bonus since I wouldn’t call it traditional Thai food or even a part of traditional Thai food culture but what it is, is a culinary delight for backpackers.
Seriously, get one of these bad boys, with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and you will feel like your whole life is complete!
I could die a happy man after scoffing down one (or maybe two) of these!
Thailand is one of the best travel destinations in the world, not just for it’s amazing food, but also because of its culture, its people and the endless list of things to see and do. It’s also a very budget-friendly destination, making it popular with travellers from all over the world.