Popular Thai Dishes

Thai food has really taken off in popularity in the Western world over the last several years. There are Thai restaurants popping up everywhere. If you've never tried this exotic food, it may be difficult to navigate through all of the various dishes and terms you'd find in a typical Thai restaurant. Here are some of the most popular dishes served and what they include so you can decide which new Thai dish will be your favorite.

Kai Pad Med Mamuang Himmapan

For the beginner who has never tried Thai food before, this dish is a great way to start out and get an idea of the concept of Thai dishes. This particular dish is simple and comprised of stir-fried chicken and cashew nuts. The flavor Kai Pad Med Mamuang Himmapan is a little salty and sweet, with very minimal spices. For children or the novice Thai eater, it's a great starter dish that still packs a lot of flavor.


A dish called Panaeng consists of any variety of meat ranging from pork and chicken to beef or even some kinds of fish. The meat is cooked in a spicy coconut sauce that is very thick and rich in both flavor and consistency. It also incorporates some red curry which gives it a burst of flavor. Panaeng is most often served over a bed of white rice.

Tom Yam Kai

For fans of soup, Tom Yam Kai is an excellent choice. This spicy chicken soup is made using fish sauce, lime, and chili. As the soup base simmers, lemon grass and shallots along with other Thai spices are added to give it a deep flavor. Strips or chunks of tender chicken are added to the broth to give it a heartiness that is sure to satisfy any soup lover. 

Pad Thai

This dish is the quintessential representation of what most people think of when they imagine Thai food. The dish consists of stir fried noodles along with a wide array of spices and flavors. Included in the dish are eggs, red chili pepper, bean sprouts, fish sauce, and shrimp or tofu to round it out. The balance of flavor ensures that diners are getting the real essence of what Thai flavor should taste like. 

Moo Sa-Te

Almost like a Thai version of chicken teriyaki, this dish is made with pork on a stick flavored with turmeric and curry powder. It is usually served with sauce for dipping. One sauce is a sweeter flavor, while the other has a definite spicy "kick" to it. Eating Moo Sa-Te is a fun experience because you're able to enjoy the dish using your hands and experimenting with the different sauces. 

To learn more, contact a restaurant like Nood Cart Thai Restaurant