Experience Thai Culture with Authentic Thai Food!

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Are you searching for “Thai food near me”? Thailand is a foodie’s paradise, and going hungry is the last thing you need to worry about here! Let Trip.com introduce some of the best local Thai food dishes and also where you can find them.

Source: Mos Sukjaroenkraisri/ unsplash  Bangkok: the bustling capital of Thailand

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Bangkok: the bustling capital of Thailand

Brief Introduction to Thai Food

Thai food is a popular Southeast Asian cuisine that is known for its incorporation of fresh herbs and spices. In many Thai dishes, you can find contrasting flavors being harmonized in delectable delights. When you are in Thailand, your tastebuds will be in for a treat as you explore the great variety of dishes. From appetizers like Spicy Green Papaya Salad (Som Tum) to classic mains such as Spicy Shrimp Soup (Tom Yum Goong), we will explain these dishes to you and show you the way to try them personally. In addition, we will also provide the Thai names so that it will make it easier for you to order them. Read on to find out more!

List of the Top 12 Classic Thai Food Dishes

Spicy Shrimp Soup (Tom Yum Goong)

Tom Yum is one of the most iconic Thai dishes, and it is a hot and sour soup that is made with lemongrass, galangal, and makrut (kaffir) lime leaves. There are two main types of tom yum soup.

The first is the classic traditional clear Tom Yum Soup. The second type is creamy Tom Yum soup which is made with the same ingredients but with the addition of evaporated milk and Thai chili paste. You can choose to have your Tom Yum with chicken or fish, but the most classic version is Tom Yum with Shrimp, otherwise known as Tom Yum Goong. This lovely dish can be found in almost every Thai cuisine restaurant, and this includes Baan Ying. Baan Ying was established in 1999 in Siam Square in Bangkok, and it presents truly authentic Thai cuisine made with the freshest ingredients that are sourced from the market twice daily. It has since grown to become a popular Thai cuisine chain in Bangkok, and you can find one right in centralwOrld near Chit Lom.

The address for Baan Ying (centralwOrld) is 4, 4/1-4/2,4/4, centralwOrld, 3rd Floor, Rajdamri Road, Pathumwan, Pathum Wan, Bangkok 10330, Thailand.

This Thai food restaurant is 500 m away from BTS Chit Lom train station, and the journey will take approximately 6 minutes on foot. Baan Ying (centralwOrld) is open from 10:00 to 21:00 daily. Guests can choose between dine-in, takeaway or delivery. The estimated cost per pax at this Thai food restaurant is USD 11. Guests can also call +66 2 646 1554 for other queries.

Source: Giselle Wee-Ong  Have a taste of authentic and rich Tom Yum Goong at Baan Ying (centralwOrld)!

Source: Giselle Wee-Ong

Have a taste of authentic and rich Tom Yum Goong at Baan Ying (centralwOrld)!

Stir-Fried Basil and Pork (Pad Krapow Moo)

When asked what is the one dish that Thai people can eat every day, it’s got to be Stir-Fried Basil and Pork (Pad Krapow Moo)! Pad Krapow Moo is a staple in Thai cuisine, and it is similarly a dish that can be found in almost every Thai cuisine restaurant.

This dish refers to a spicy stir fry of ground pork and Thai basil, and it’s often served with steamed rice and a crispy fried egg. There’s just something about this simple yet mouthwatering dish that will keep you wanting more! Phed Mark is a restaurant that specializes in Pad Krapow Moo, and it is established by Khun Tan (Thai food blogger), Khun Pongthep (actor), Chef Gigg (Chef and Iron Chef Champion), and Mark Wiens (food video blogger). The restaurant only serves Kaprao pork and Kaprao beef with 3 levels of spiciness to choose from.

The address for Phed Mark is 300 Sukhumvit Rd, Phra Khanong, Khlong Toei, Bangkok 10110, Thailand.

This Thai food restaurant is 110 m away from the BTS Ekkamai train station, and the journey will take approximately 1 minute on foot. Phed Mark is open from 10:00 to 19:30 daily.

Guests can choose between dine-in, pick-up or delivery. The estimated cost per pax at this Thai food restaurant is USD 4. Guests can also call +66 83 893 8989 for other queries.

Thai Stir-Fried Rice Noodles (Pad Thai)

When we’re talking about Pad Krapow Moo, we cannot forget its close competitor in popularity, the Thai Stir-Fried Rice Noodle (Pad Thai)! This stir-fried rice noodle presents a sweet and savory flavor, and it is also one of the few Thai dishes that aren’t cooked with chili.

Instead, chili flakes are served on the side, and you can decide on the level of spiciness. While Pad Thai can also be found almost everywhere in Bangkok, Thipsamai’s flagship store at Maha Chai Rd is one of the most well-known restaurants for this beloved dish.

The address for Thipsamai is 315 Maha Chai Rd, Samran Rat, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok 10200, Thailand.

This Thai food restaurant is 650 m away from MRT Sam Yot train station, and the journey will take approximately 8 minutes on foot.

Thipsamai is open from 10:00 to 00:00 from Wednesdays to Mondays. The restaurant is closed on Tuesdays. Guests can choose between dine-in, takeaway or delivery. The estimated cost per pax at this Thai food restaurant is USD 4. Guests can also call +66 2 226 6666 for other queries.

Try the sweet and savory Pad Thai at Thipsamai!

Try the sweet and savory Pad Thai at Thipsamai!

Shrimp Cake (Tod Mun Goong)

Shrimp Cake (Tod Mun Goong) is an addictive side dish that will keep you wanting more. In this dish, shrimp paste is seasoned with coconut milk, curry paste and kaffir lime leaves.

Then, it’s coated with panko crumbs and deep-fried. Tod Mun Goong is served with a sweet and sour dipping sauce that provides a refreshing touch to the fried snack. Try it today at Sabaijai, a well-established neighborhood Thai restaurant located in Ekkamai which serves a wide range of Thai dishes, including Tod Mun Goong!

The address for Sabaijai (Original) is 87 Ekkamai 3 Alley, Khlong Tan Nuea, Watthana, Bangkok 10110, Thailand.

This Thai food restaurant is 1.2 km away from the BTS Ekkamai train station, and the journey will take approximately 14 minutes on foot. Alternatively, travelers can board one of the motorbike taxis for approximately USD 0.60. Sabaijai (Original) is open from 10:30 to 22:30 daily.

Guests can choose between dine-in, takeaway or delivery. The estimated cost per pax at this Thai food restaurant is USD 6. Guests can also call +66 2 714 2622 for other queries.

Source: Giselle Wee-Ong

Source: Giselle Wee-Ong

Sabaijai (Original) serves a wide range of Thai dishes, including Tod Mun Goong!

Thai Stir-Fried Morning Glory (Pad Pak Boong Fai Daeng)

We’ve introduced several dishes which consist of meat and seafood, but what about classic Thai vegetable dishes? Without further ado, let us delve into Thai Stir-Fried Morning Glory (Pad Pak Boong Fai Daeng)!

Pad Pak Boong Fai Daeng is one of the most common vegetable dishes that are served everywhere from streetside stalls to sophisticated Thai restaurants. This dish features stir-fried morning glory that is seasoned with garlic, chili, oyster sauce and soy sauce. Simple yet delicious!

Like many other Thai dishes, Pad Pak Boong Fai Daeng is made to go with rice, so don’t forget to order a bowl of Jasmine rice to go with it. Inter Restaurants since 1981 is nestled right in an alleyway in Siam Square, and it has been providing delicious, authentic yet affordable Thai cuisine to locals and tourists for over 40 years! Its popular dishes include Pad Pak Boong Fai Daeng, as well as Grandma Fried Rice and Deep-Fried Chicken wings.

The address for Inter Restaurants since 1981 is Siam Square 9 Alley, Pathum Wan, Bangkok 10330, Thailand. This Thai food restaurant is 350 m away from the BTS Siam train station, and the journey will take approximately 4 minutes on foot. Inter Restaurants since 1981 is open from 11:00 to 20:15 daily. Guests can choose between dine-in or takeaway. The estimated cost per pax at this Thai food restaurant is USD 4.2. Guests can also call +66 2 251 4689 for other queries.

Inter Restaurants since 1981 is popular for its authentic and affordable Thai dishes like Pad Pak Boong Fai Daeng.

Inter Restaurants since 1981 is popular for its authentic and affordable Thai dishes like Pad Pak Boong Fai Daeng.

Thai Curry (Kaeng)

Thai Curry (Kaeng) is a rich and aromatic curry that has its own unique flavors like no other curry. Thai curry is mainly categorized into red curry, green curry and yellow curry. Red curry consists of chili powder and red curry paste, while the green curry is made with cilantro, kaffir, lime leaves and basil.

On the other hand, yellow curry is made with turmeric. Try the different types of curry today at Ros Niyom Thai (Siam Paragon), which serves authentic Thai curry in the air-conditioned basement of Siam Paragon!

The address for Ros Niyom Thai (Siam Paragon) is Ground Floor, Siam Paragon, 991 Rama I Rd, Pathum Wan, Bangkok 10330, Thailand. This Thai food restaurant is 130 m away from the BTS Siam train station, and the journey will take approximately 1 minute on foot. Ros Niyom Thai (Siam Paragon) is open from 10:00 to 20:00 from Sundays to Fridays and from 10:00 to 22:00 on Saturdays. Guests can choose between dine-in, takeaway or delivery. The estimated cost per pax at this Thai food restaurant is USD 5.6. Guests can also call +66 2 610 7616 for other queries.

Source: Giselle Wee-Ong  Ros Niyom Thai (Siam Paragon) serves different types of rich and aromatic Thai curry.

Source: Giselle Wee-Ong

Ros Niyom Thai (Siam Paragon) serves different types of rich and aromatic Thai curry.

Spicy Green Papaya Salad (Som Tum)

Spicy Green Papaya Salad (Som Tum) is a refreshing salad that can be eaten as an appetizer or a side dish. Som Tum originated from northeastern Thailand, and its main ingredient is julienned green papaya.

Then, it’s seasoned with nuts and spices, such as lime juice, tamarind juice, roasted peanuts, small dried shrimp and palm sugar. Just as its name suggests, Somtam Nua (centralwOrld) is known for its Som Tum. It has also received the Top 10 People’s Choice Awards Thailand by the Tourism Authority of Thailand, so be prepared to queue if you visit during peak hours!

The address for Somtam Nua (centralwOrld) is Level 3 centralwOrld, 4/4 Ratchadamri Rd, Pathum Wan, Bangkok 10330, Thailand.

This Thai food restaurant is 500 m away from the BTS Chit Lom train station, and the journey will take approximately 5 minutes on foot. Somtam Nua (centralwOrld) is open from 10:00 to 22:00 daily.

Guests can choose between dine-in or takeaway. The estimated cost per pax at this Thai food restaurant is USD 5. Guests can also call +66 2 044 7675 for other queries.

Source: Norbert Braun/ unsplash  centralwOrld (left) is one of the most popular shopping malls located in the heart of Bangkok

Source: Norbert Braun/ unsplash

centralwOrld (left) is one of the most popular shopping malls located in the heart of Bangkok

Crab Fried Rice (Khao Pad Pu)

Thai fried rice may seem similar to other Asian fried rice at first glance, but it is actually quite different in taste. Thai fried rice uses jasmine rice, and it is seasoned with fish sauce and oyster sauce instead of soy sauce.

One of the most popular types of Thai fried rice is Crab Fried Rice (Khao Pad Pu), and there’s no better place than Here Hai to try this! Here Hai has been a Michelin Bib Gourmand holder since 2020, and you can always spot long queues outside the restaurant. Its signature dish is the Insane Crab Fried Rice, which features generous servings of fresh crab meat on top of the fried rice!

The address for Here Hai is 112, 1 Ekkamai Rd, Khwaeng Khlong Tan Nuea, Watthana, Bangkok 10110, Thailand.

This Thai food restaurant is 1.2 km away from the BTS Ekkamai train station, and the journey will take approximately 14 minutes on foot. Alternatively, travelers can board one of the motorbike taxis for approximately USD 0.60.

Here Hai is open from 10:00 to 14:30 and from 15:30 to 17:00 on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. The restaurant is also open from 10:00 to 15:00 on Sundays. Guests can choose between dine-in, takeaway or delivery. The estimated cost per pax at this Thai food restaurant is USD 13. Guests can also call +66 63 219 9100 for other queries.

Source: Giselle Wee-Ong  Here Hai’s Insane Crab Fried Rice is one of the most famous crab fried rice in Bangkok.

Source: Giselle Wee-Ong

Here Hai’s Insane Crab Fried Rice is one of the most famous crab fried rice in Bangkok.

Boat Noodles (Kuai-tiao Ruea)

Thai Boat Noodles (Kuai-tiao Ruea) is known for its small bowls of noodles. The noodles were originally served from boats in Bangkok’s canals, and the bowl of noodles is small to prevent spilling.

Kuai-tiao Ruea features different types of noodles, such as rice noodles, vermicelli and egg noodles. The broth is seasoned with pig or cow blood as well as garlic oil and chili vinegar. Today, many boat noodle restaurants are gathered around a small canal that is right beside the Victory Monument. One of them is the Pranakorn Noodle Restaurant which serves Kuai-tiao Ruea in both the traditional small bowls and normal-sized bowls!

The address for Pranakorn Noodle Restaurant is QG8Q+9MJ, Ratchawithi Rd, Thanon Phaya Thai, Ratchathewi, กรุงเทพมหานคร 10400, Thailand.

This Thai food restaurant is 550 m away from the BTS Victory Monument train station, and the journey will take approximately 7 minutes on foot. Pranakorn Noodle Restaurant is open from 08:00 to 21:00 daily. Guests can choose between dine-in or takeaway.

The estimated cost per pax at this Thai food restaurant is USD 2.5. Guests can also call +66 898418558 for other queries.

Pranakorn Noodle Restaurant serves Kuai-tiao Ruea in both the traditional small bowls and normal-sized bowls!

Pranakorn Noodle Restaurant serves Kuai-tiao Ruea in both the traditional small bowls and normal-sized bowls!

Grilled Giant River Prawns

Grilled Giant River Prawns are a specialty of Thailand, and they are often butterflied and grilled over charcoal embers. This premium dish is filled with head butter, and it is served with lime and Nam Jim. Nam Jin is a Thai seafood dipping sauce that tastes tangy, savory and spicy.

If you can’t wait to taste it personally, head down to Savoey’s Tha Maharaj branch! Here, you can enjoy fresh seafood and other Thai dishes with a view of the Chao Phraya River.

The address for Savoey Tha Maharaj is ตึก G ท่ามหาราช Maha Rat Rd, Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok 10200, Thailand.

This Thai food restaurant is 1.7 km away from the MRT Sanam Chai train station, and the journey will take approximately 4 minutes by taxi. Travelers can also choose to board a motorbike taxi or Thailand’s unique tuk-tuk to reach this location.

Savoey Tha Maharaj is open from 10:00 to 22:00 daily. Guests can choose between dine-in, takeaway or delivery. The estimated cost per pax at this Thai food restaurant is USD 30. Guests can also call +66 86 341 8472 for other queries.

Source: Giselle Wee-Ong  Savoey Tha Maharaj serves Grilled Giant River Prawns with lime and nam jim.

Source: Giselle Wee-Ong

Savoey Tha Maharaj serves Grilled Giant River Prawns with lime and nam jim.

Thai Mango Sticky Rice (Khao Niaow Ma Muang)

When you’re in Thailand, your trip isn’t complete without trying the famous Thai Mango Sticky Rice (Khao Niaow Ma Muang)! This popular dessert consists of fresh mango with aromatic glutinous rice that is topped with creamy coconut milk.

Mae Varee Mango Sticky Rice situated in Thonglor is perhaps the best place for Khao Niaow Ma Muang in Bangkok! Mae Varee Mango Sticky Rice specializes in Khao Niaow Ma Muang, and it’s known to provide excellent quality in both the sweetness of its mango and the soft chewiness of its glutinous rice.

The address for Mae Varee Mango Sticky Rice is 1 Thong Lo Rd, Khlong Tan Nuea, Watthana, Bangkok 10110, Thailand.

This Thai food restaurant is 130 m away from the BTS Thonglor train station, and the journey will take approximately 1 minute on foot. Mae Varee Mango Sticky Rice is open from 06:00 to 22:00 daily. Guests can choose between takeaway or delivery.

The estimated cost per pax at this Thai food restaurant is USD 4.2. Guests can also call +66 2 392 4804 for other queries.

Source: Giselle Wee-Ong  Mae Varee Mango Sticky Rice is known for its sweet mango and delicious glutinous rice.

Source: Giselle Wee-Ong

Mae Varee Mango Sticky Rice is known for its sweet mango and delicious glutinous rice.

Pandan Pancake (Kanom Krok Bai Toey)

Pandan Pancake (Kanom Krok Bai Toey) is a chewy Thai snack that is made with pandan juice, coconut milk and tapioca flour. Kanom Krok Bai Toey tastes best when it is hot, so don’t hesitate to pop one into your mouth once you buy it!

Kanom Siam located in Siam Paragon is where you can try out this delicious snack. Here, Kanom Krok Bai Toey is freshly made and sold, and its sheer aroma is going to keep you coming back for more.

The address for Kanom Siam is Floor G Takeaway Zone Siam Paragon, 991 Rama I Rd, Pathum Wan, Pathum Wan District, Bangkok, Thailand 10330.

This Thai food restaurant is 130 m away from the BTS Siam train station, and the journey will take approximately 1 minute on foot.

Kanom Siam is open from 10:00 to 22:00 daily. Guests can choose between takeaway or delivery. The estimated cost per pax at this Thai food restaurant is USD 1.7. Guests can also call +66 0869008981 for other queries.

Source: Giselle Wee-Ong  Kanom Krok Bai Toey is freshly made and sold at Kanom Siam (Siam Paragon)

Source: Giselle Wee-Ong

Kanom Krok Bai Toey is freshly made and sold at Kanom Siam (Siam Paragon)

Discover Your New Favorites with Thai Food

Thailand is home to countless delicacies, and these 12 Thai food dishes are a great place to start with. From appetizers to desserts, there’s always something for you to explore!

FAQ

  • What are the most popular Thai food dishes?

    The most popular Thai food dishes are Spicy Shrimp Soup (Tom Yum Goong), Stir-Fried Basil and Pork (Pad Krapow Moo), Thai Stir-Fried Rice Noodles (Pad Thai) and Thai Curry (Kaeng).


  • What are some popular Thai food desserts?

    Popular desserts or snacks are Thai Mango Sticky Rice (Khao Niaow Ma Muang) and Pandan Pancake (Kanom Krok Bai Toey).


  • Are Thai food spicy?

    Many iconic Thai dishes such as Stir-Fried Basil and Pork are spicy. However, you can request non-spicy versions. Just say “Mai Ped Kha” (ladies) or “Mai Ped Krap” (men)!


  • What kind of Thai food is not spicy?

    Thai Stir-Fried Rice Noodles (Pad Thai) is cooked without chili. Chili flakes are often served on the side, and you can decide on the level of spiciness.


  • What are some popular Thai food restaurants?

    Authentic and popular Thai food restaurants in Bangkok include Baan Ying, Sabaijai, Inter Restaurants since 1981 and Here Hai.


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