Thai foods, Part 1

Eating local food is a part of travel experience…Well, maybe it is an important part! The cheap and delicious Thai foods can be found easily in Bangkok, or other provinces in Thailand. I wrote this post to recommend you Thai dishes, because I would like you to enjoy Thai foods as much as possible. Try them when you visit Thailand.

Pad Thai or Phat Thai (ผัดไท) If you love Thai foods, I bet you know Pad Thai. I realized that Pad Thai was one of the most well-known Thai foods when I was abroad. It is always one of the recommended foods in Thai restaurants in the foreign countries. Pad Thai is a dish of stir-fried thin rice noodles with tofu, vegetable, egg, peanuts, and dried shrimp. Normally it costs around 40-60 baht. If fresh shrimps are added, it would be a little bit more expensive. Nowadays some restaurants make this dish more variety by changing the noodles from thin rice noodles to macaroni which is not bad. I recommend you to try the traditional one first; you will love it.

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Pad See Ew (ผัดซีอิ๊ว) Pad See Ew is one of the must-have dishes in “cooked to order” street restaurants. Pad means stir-fried and See Ew means soy sauce, so this dish is a stir-fried noodle with soy sauce. The restaurants usually put egg, Chinese broccoli, and meat (pork, chicken, or beef) as ingredients. The types of noodle that commonly use are fat noodles (wide rice noodles) and rice vermicelli. I personally like rice vermicelli more. We usually add some chilli powder, sugar, fish sauce, or vinegar with sliced chillies on the dish to adjust the flavor to suit our taste.

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Rat Na (ราดหน้า) Rat Na is another must-have dish in “cooked to order” street restaurant. The restaurants that sell Pad See Ew usually sell Rat Na too. Rat Na is a stir-fried noodle with Chinese broccoli and meat (pork, chicken, beef, or seafood) covered by sauce. Like Pad See Ew, we usually adjust the flavor and the common noodles are fat noodles (wide rice noodles) and rice vermicelli. For some restaurants, deep fried egg noodles (or mee grob in Thai) are used.

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Kao Na Phet (ข้าวหน้าเป็ด) Kao means rice and Phet means duck, so this dish is sliced roasted duck over rice serving with gravy sauce. This dish is not so well-known, but it’s also delicious.

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Kao Cluk Ka Pi (ข้าวคลุกกะปิ) Kao means rice; Cluk means mix; and Ka Pi means Shrimp Paste. So, Kao Cluk Ka Pi is mixed cooked rice with shrimp paste dish. It is always served with many toppings such as dried shrimp, green mango, sliced omelet, red onion, sweet pork, Chinese sausage, sliced green bean, cucumber, sliced lime and chilli. I cannot believe that these toppings are good when eating together. Kao Cluk Ka Pi is another dish that is not well-known for foreigners, but it is one of my favorite dishes. It is not that easy to find restaurants that sell Kao Cluk Ka Pi. If you find one, give it a try.

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Have you ever tried these Thai foods? Do you like them? 

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