13 Delicious foods to eat in Thailand

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Thailand, and especially Bangkok, is famous for its street food. For the second year running, CNN named Bangkok as the city with the best street food on the planet. I sampled much of the street food in Bangkok and Phuket when I was there and I do believe that Thailand has some of the best street food I’ve ever eaten. ( Mumbai is a close contender.) Thailand also has an abundance of delicious fruits, due to its tropical climate. Trying out the local delicacies was one of my favourite pastimes there and my only regret was not tasting more of them.

Here are 13 delicious foods to eat in Thailand

Fruits

Durian

I first saw the infamous Durian in Malaysia . It’s notorious aroma drives people miles away. Hotels have signs prohibiting durian from being brought within their walls. But it is still wildly popular because of its custard-like pulp.

Durian - foods to eat in Thailand

Durian

Chikoo

Also known as the sapodilla. I first had it in India. Not much to look at on the outside, it is a delicate brown skinned, fleshy fruit that is really sweet inside.

foods to eat in Thailand

Chikoo / Sapodilla

Rose apple

To me, this fruit tasted more like a starfruit than an apple. It is a bell-shaped fruit that is crisp on the outside with sweet and slightly bitter flavor. Its distinct flavor, fragrance and texture is different from that of apple.

foods to eat in Thailand

Rose apple

Dragon Fruit

This beautiful fruit is actually a type of cactus with pink skin and white flesh. Another variety has red skin and flesh. Although this is also found in South Africa, it is much more common in Thailand.

foods to eat in Thailand

Dragon fruit

Popular Thai Foods

These are available in South Africa as well but the Thai versions are more authentic, and taste better.

Pad Thai

A popular stir-fried rice noodle dish. Available in chicken, beef, shrimp and vegetarian variations.

foods to eat in Thailand

Pad Thai

Tom Yum soup

A (really) hot and sour fragrant Thai soup, usually cooked with shrimp. Keep the water handy to extinguish the fires burning in your mouth after you eat it.

foods to eat in Thailand

Tom Yum Soup

Satay

Grilled, skewered meats. Sold for 5-10 bahts (R2 -R4). A cheap but satisfying meal.

foods to eat in Thailand

Satays

Prawns on a stick

Spicy grilled prawns on a stick.

delicious foods to eat in Thailand

Prawns on a stick

Desserts

After all these hot foods, some desserts are in order.  Here are some of my favourites. (Most of them feature some form of coconut).

Mango sticky rice

 A traditional Thai dessert made with glutinous rice, fresh mango and coconut milk.

delicious foods to eat in Thailand

Mango sticky rice

Coconut ice cream

A refreshing coconut-flavoured ice-cream sprinkled with roasted peanuts and almonds.

delicious foods to eat in Thailand

Coconut ice-cream

Fried bananas

Bananas dipped in batter and deep-fried in hot oil. They are totally addictive.

Fried Bananas

Fried Bananas

Coconut pancakes

Light and fluffy pancakes made with coconut and rice flour.

Coconut pancakes

Coconut pancakes

Snacks

Sweet potato fries

A delicious snack. Purple in colour. The texture is like that of Pringles. Tastes like sweet potatoes. There are wasabi fries too.

Sweet potato fries

Sweet potato fries

What are your favourite foods to eat in Thailand ? Which one of these would you like to try?

P.S. If you’re wondering about the first image, it’s what we ate when we visited Koh Panyee Floating Village.

Read about the recent outcry about street food in Thailand here.

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Helene

Thai is one of my favourite cuisines! I went to Thailand during mango season and had the best mango and sticky rice! Also a big fan of pineapple fried rice:) And tom yum, if it doesn’t burn my mouth off (it often does…). Thanks for sharing, really makes me wanna go back!!

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    Sara

    Thanks Helene. Writing this post made me want to go back too 🙂

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