Top 5 Thai food – must try!

Sawatdii ka everyone,

Besides language teaching, eating good food and cooking are my passion. In orer to rank the best Thai food, using my own experience is not enough so I asked my foreign friends living in Thailand and made a poll. The following is the Top 5 list of Thai Food:

1. Dtom Yam Goong (ต้มยำกุ้ง) : Spicy and sour soup with shrimp:
The most famous Thai spicy soup. I believe everyone either tried or heard about this fabulous soup before. Whenever I eat out at a Thai restaurant, I won’t miss this soup.

2. Dtom Kaa Gai (ต้มข่าไก่) : Chicken soup in light coconut with lemon glass, cherry-tomato, mushroom.

This simple Thai chicken soup has that distinctive Thai flavor – a balance of spicy, salty, sweet and sour. You know what the best thing is about this soup? It is the perfect one pot meal. You only need a plate of hot steamed rice and nothing else.

I have cooked this soup for a hundred times. It is easy, delicious  also provide you with added health benefits.

3. Pad Thai (ผัดไท)

One of Thailand’s best known noodle dishes. It is eaten at any time of the day or night, and is especially popular at the night markets throughout the country.

I never cooked this dish at home since you can find it easily anywhere. Personally, the best place for street Pad Thai is in Thong lor next to the BTS station.

4. Gaeng Keow Wan Gai (แกงเขียวหวานไก่) : Green Chicken Curry

Green Curry Chicken is loved by most people, especially those who can’t take hot stuff or don’t enjoy “mouth-burning” feeling but want to eat Thai food, because it is not as hot as other Thai dish, in fact it is pretty sweet.

This curry can be eaten with anything from hot steamed rice, rice noodles or Roti (Indian bread made from stoneground wholemeal flour)

5.  Pat Gra Pao ผัดกะเพรา : Meat or Seafood Fried with Sweet Basil

“Gra prao” or holy basil is a Thai herb, it’s used for Thai cuisine as spice and a medicine for traditional Thai medicine long time ago.
It is all time hit dish.  Ga-prao can be made with ground or sliced chicken, beef, pork or seafood. It’s usually served as a one-dish meal, a quick meal eaten over rice, and is usually topped with “Kai Dao” (Fried egg). It is quite simple to cook and the result is very delicious!



Once you’ve tried them all, please vote for the one that really thrilled your taste buds;)


Click here to see my Top 5 favorite Thai restaurants in Bangkok.


Kop Kun Ka



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21 Responses to Top 5 Thai food – must try!

  1. Michael 11/04/2014 at 15:10 #

    Hi, I am a big Thai food lover. Dtom Yam Goong and Pad Thai are my favorite Thai dishes. I love eating at Thai Square restaurant in London. Have you heard of it? It’s the best Thai restaurant in London in my opinion. Anyways, thanks for sharing this list.

  2. Saimun 09/11/2013 at 18:19 #

    Sawasdee ka.

    I want to know how to order “not spicy”

    • Mod 11/11/2013 at 14:14 #

      Sawatdee ka Saimun, you can say ” เอาไม่เผ็ด ao mâi pèt” : )

  3. art 23/05/2012 at 01:02 #

    Yes, I know about Lao and the Thai and which is which.
    1. What about som dum w/sticky rice?
    2. What about lop neua, lop gai, lop pet, lop plah, etc.?
    And don’t forget: tum mai dong k(g)in? Because we love it–hhahaha.

  4. Thai herb 12/05/2011 at 10:20 #

    Chili thai herb seasoning that is widely used around the world

  5. Snap 08/02/2011 at 15:23 #

    Hi Mon…your blog updates seem to be working in Google Reader, even though it showed an error 🙂 thanks for looking into it for me.

    • Mod 08/02/2011 at 15:30 #

      Sawatdii ka Kun Snap,
      Thank you for your message. I haven’t had a look at it yet 🙁 I am sorry, but I am glad it is working:)

      Anyway, you can also read about other stuff on my Facebook page;

      Kop Kun Ka

  6. Snap 07/02/2011 at 12:27 #

    Sawatdii kha Mod

    I found your blog via Women Learn Thai…very nice! I was wondering if you offer subscription using Google reader, and not just the RSS feed? It seems to be the only way I can add you to my blog roll, on both of my blogs.

    • Mod 07/02/2011 at 12:29 #

      Sawatdii ka Kun Snap,

      Thank you for visitting my site:)
      Unfortunately, I don’t know how to offer subscription using Google. I will find out and let you know.

      Kop Kun Ka.

    • Mod 07/02/2011 at 12:30 #

      Hi again,

      If you are on Facebook you can visit my page and ‘like’ it ;
      I always put the link there every time I update my blog.

      Best wishes,

  7. Andy Mills 24/01/2011 at 15:34 #

    Such a hard choice… I love all of these dishes.. I think Dtom Kaa Gai would have to be my favourite though… it’s making me hungry just thinking about it!

    • Mod 24/01/2011 at 19:06 #

      Sawatdii ka Andy, Dtom Kaa Gai is also one of my favourite soup.
      Thank you for visiting my site.

  8. Andy Mills 24/01/2011 at 15:34 #

    Such are hard choice… I love all of these dishes.. I think Dtom Kaa Gai would have to be my favourite though… it’s making me hungry just thinking about it!

  9. Ellery 20/01/2011 at 17:01 #

    If I were to order a dish in a restaurant, how would I ask for something without mushrooms?

    • Mod 24/01/2011 at 11:21 #

      Sawatdii ka Ellery,

      I am sorry for my late reply. I have just come back from my holidays.
      To answer your question, please see below;
      1. a negative request we say : mai(falling tone) ao(middle tone) + noun.
      2. mushrooms in Thai is “het” (low tone)

      For example: I would like to have Dtom Yam Gung without mushrooms
      = ao Dtom Yam Goong, mai ao het.
      or ao Dtom Yam Goong, mai sai het
      * “sai” (low tone) means add, put

      Good luck!

      • Ellery 24/01/2011 at 18:41 #

        Sawatdii krap Mod.

        Khob khun maak krap. I’m trying to learn as much as possible for a trip to Chiang Mai (for Songkran), A motorcycle trip through Mae Hong Son and a couple weeks in Phuket. I appreciate all your videos on youtube. If only people were so nice and polite here in Los Angeles! Different cultures I guess.

        Best Regards,

        • Mod 24/01/2011 at 19:07 #

          Sawatdii ka Ellery,
          Mai Bpen rai ka. I am pleased to know that my videos are useful:)
          You are right – different place, different thing.
          Thank you for visitng my site.

  10. Jim 18/01/2011 at 03:23 #

    Sawasdii krap Mod,

    As you know I am a bit of a foodie myself. And have tried all of these dishes and made most of them as well to include a dtom yam goong family recipe of a very nice Thai language teacher I know:) It is a fine list to be sure and easy to understand how you came up with these five dishes as a starting point to one of the very best culinary cuisines in the world. As for me personally I could enjoy any one of these wonderful dishes with equal pleasure depending on what I am in the mood for at the time. That being said if I was undecided as to what to have and these five dishes to choose from my first fall back favorite of these would definitely be pat gra pao. Any meat anytime any place it’s just simple delicious food with lots of wonderful flavor. If you have never had this delightful dish before the ground chicken version of this dish is the bomb. Peasant food at it’s very best!!!

    • Mod 24/01/2011 at 19:12 #

      Sawatdii ka Kun Jim,

      I am still waiting to see a photo of your dtom yam gung:)
      Replying many messages on this blog made me hungry for pat gra pao&kai dao.

      Thank you for your comment, kop kun ka

  11. Hanuman 17/01/2011 at 16:49 #

    Hi kru-mod! glad to see that cooking Thai food is your passion, I have created on my website step by step tutorials recipes for the menues you mentioned and to many others….check it out please

    • Mod 17/01/2011 at 17:17 #

      Sawatdii ka,
      Thank you for visiting my site. I’ll have a look at your website and let you know.
      Kop Kun Ka

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