Thailand's cuisine is regarded by many people as one of the best in the world. And, if variety is the spice of life, you can literally have a different meal every day of the year.
Almost all Thai food is cooked with fresh ingredients, including vegetables, poultry, pork, fish and some beef. Lime juice, lemon grass and fresh coriander give the food its characteristic tang, while liberal helpings of fresh chillies are used to add some fire to many dishes. Other common seasonings include black pepper, ginger, tamarind, and coconut milk which is often added to curries.
Beers, wines and spirits are readily available but the imported items can be a little expensive. A big favourite among Thai people is rice whisky of which Mehkong is the leading brand. It has a sharp, sweet taste similar to rum. Several brands of beer are produced in Thailand, most popular is the local Singha beer.
Some of the more popular dishes are listed below.
Gaengmus-sa-man Rich spicy curry with beef or chicken.
Gaeng kari gai Mild yellow curry with chicken.
Gaeng khiaw waan Sweet green curry with coconut milk and shrimp, chicken, or beef.
Tom yam kung Spicy soup with lime juice, lemon grass, mushroom and shrimp.
Tom khaa gai Soup with galangal root, chicken feet and coconut milk.
Gaeng jeud Chilly free soup with vegetables and minced pork.
Khao phat Fried rice with shrimp, beef, pork or chicken.
Khao man gai Sliced boiled chicken over marinated rice.
Khao na phet Roast duck over rice.
Kuay-tiaw nam Soup with rice noodles, meat and vegetables.
Laat naa Rice noodles, meat and vegetables in a thick gravy.
Phad siyu Fried rice noodles with meat and vegetables
Sang kha-yaa maphraow Coconut custard.
Kluay khaek Fried banana.
Mamuang khao niaw Ripe mango with sticky rice in coconut cream.