New to Thai food? Lucky you! Thai food is among the most flavorful foods in the world, and restaurants across the United States bring Thai staples to the American palette. If you don’t know where to start on the menu, here’s what I recommend:
There’s more to thai food than Pad Thai. Try these Noodle dishes instead:
Beginner: pad see ew, pad siew, pad cee yew, or pad siu
A thick noodle dish in a pleasant soy sauce based sauce. It is typically served with Thai broccoli, eggs and your choice of meat. It is a straightforward dish with minimal ingredients but big taste.
Expert: drunken noodles, pad kee mao, pad ki mao, or pad kimao
Another thick noodle dish, this time packed with spices (chilis and holy basil) and vegetables. Typically served with bell peppers, bean sprouts, broccoli.
More of a curry and rice person? Scan the menu for these options:
Beginner: Massaman curry
This coconut milk-based curry is rich, earthy and warming. It is typically served with your choice of meat, onion, peanuts, potatoes among an array of spices (though a mild dish).
Expert: Jungle Curry, Gang Pha Gai
Jungle Curry is usually one of the spicier curry options, made without the pacifying coconut milk base. Again, just choose your meat and try some of Thailand’s unique vegetables.
Of course, Thai dishes will vary by the restaurant. However, these suggestions are likely offered at most establishments. What do you like to order from Thai restaurants? Share in the comments below!