There are plenty of reasons for visiting Thailand. You can send your days sprawled out on a tropical island slowly sipping on a cocktail with a wedge of pineapple attached to the glass, you could spend your days riding on the backs of magnificent elephants through the lush rainforest, or you can party the night away in one of the pulse-pumping nightclubs in Bangkok. Although any one of these activities can make for a great time, perhaps the absolute best part about visiting Thailand is the food. It is delicious beyond belief and it is sure to make quite an impression on your pallet.
The staples of Thai food include noodles that are usually fried or used in a soup; vegetables which can be eaten raw or stir-fried with rice; curries such as green, yellow, or red; seafood like prawns or crab meat; and meat which is usually cut up into small pieces.
Most westerners have most likely tried Thai food back home in their local restaurants, but most of these places fail to serve real authentic Thai food like you will find in Phuket.
Here are the Top 10 Thai foods that you should try during your visit to Phuket, Thailand.
Pad Thai (stir-fried rice noodles)
This classic Thai dish has proved to be quite popular in many countries around the world. The dish is made up of thin rice noodles stir-fried with tofu, egg, shrimp, fish sauce, sugar, vinegar, tamarind, and of course, chilies.
Khao Pad (fried rice)
This delicious Thai dish is very simple to make. All it takes is some fried rice, egg, onions, and some herbs to add flavor. The dish is used for a base for prawns, crab, and other meats.
Oh-Taow (Stir-fried oysters)
The delectable dish uses Gourmet Fine de Claire stir-fried with tapioca flour, fresh eggs, locally grown taro, and crispy pork fat. However, this specialty dish can only be found at the Black Ginger – Luxury Thai Restaurant located at the Indigo Pearl. If there is just one dish that you should try in Thailand, this is it.
Tom Yum Goong (sour Thai soup)
This popular Thai soup is a very fragrant dish that uses a variety of herbs including: lime leaves, galangal, and lemongrass. Mixed in with chilies and fish sauce, this version of Thai soup is paired with jumbo shrimp and mushrooms.
Tom Kha Gai (boiled galangal chicken)
This dish is made up of boiled chicken, galangal, coconut milk, chilies, and lemongrass. The soup is a sour and spicy treat that will surly make you crave more.
Geng Kheaw Wan Gai (green curry chicken)
This green curry dish uses chicken, eggplant, basil, and bamboo shoots. It is mixed with a green curry paste and coconut milk to give it its distinct green color.
Som Tam (spicy papaya salad)
Unripe papaya is mixed with long beans, barbequed chicken, tomato, chilies, lime juice, fish sauce, and topped off with sticky rice. This unique meal is a favorite dish in Thailand.
Pak Boong (morning glory)
This dish is made up of hollow green stems mixed with garlic, oyster sauce, fish sauce, chilies, and black bean. This yummy dish is a vegetarian’s dream come true.
Gai Med Ma Moung (chicken cashew nuts)
A mix of chicken, roasted cashew nuts, sweet soy sauce, garlic, honey, and lots of chilies. This dish is quite delicious, but very spicy as well.
Gaeng Daeng (red curry)
A red curry is paired with meat, lime leaves, and cooked in coconut milk. This is perhaps the most cooked curry in Thailand.
If you wanted to create the perfect Thai meal, start with a clear soup, then a steamed dish, followed by a fried dish, next up would be a hot salad, and for the finale, a sweet dessert made up of fresh fruit.