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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Popular Thai Foods
These are available in South Africa as well but the Thai versions are more authentic, and taste better.
A popular stir-fried rice noodle dish. Available in chicken, beef, shrimp and vegetarian variations.
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.
Grilled, skewered meats. Sold for 5-10 bahts (R2 -R4). A cheap but satisfying meal.
Prawns on a stick
Spicy grilled prawns on a stick.
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
Coconut ice cream
A refreshing coconut-flavoured ice-cream sprinkled with roasted peanuts and almonds.
Bananas dipped in batter and deep-fried in hot oil. They are totally addictive.
Light and fluffy pancakes made with coconut and rice flour.
Sweet potato chips (crisp)
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.
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