Thai food newbie? Here are 5 dishes to try.

If you're reluctant to try new food, it's probably because you cannot pronounce it, you cannot read it or you don't know what's in it. And even if you do know what's in it, you're most likely scared to taste it because, yes, you know the ingredients yet you do not know how they taste like mixed together.

But what's the worst that could happen? You don't like how it tastes so you spit it out and not continue to eat it. But then you'd probably think you paid for it so you will feel like you wasted money.

So when you go to Thailand for the first time or enter a Thai food restaurant, don't be afraid to explore and give your taste buds some shock. Here are five of the most popular Thai dishes for you.

1. Tom Yum Goong

Tom Yum Goong is spicy shrimp soup. So you may now turn away if you're not into spicy food. But wait. Take note that most Thai food are spicy so you better get those taste buds tolerant. Even for a small bit.

This soup contains a lot of herbs that gives it's unique taste - fragrant lemongrass, chilli, galangal, lime leaves, shallots, lime juice, to name a few. So if you want a dish that screams, "Thailand!" this is probably it.

Name:
นารา (Nara Thai Cuisine)
Address:
Erawan Bangkok (at Urban Kitchen, B Fl.), Pathum Wan, Bangkok 10330, Thailand
TEL:
+66 2 250 7707
HP:
Official Foursquare.com

2. Som Tum

Som Tum is spicy green papaya salad. Though it might be hard to fathom why a papaya salad is spicy, the mixture goes really great together. So stop wondering. Because this dish originated in the northern part of Thailand, there are different ways it's made in different parts of the country. But the staple ingredients are garlic, chilies, green beans, cherry tomatoes and shredded raw papaya.

Name:
นารา (Nara Thai Cuisine)
Address:
Erawan Bangkok (at Urban Kitchen, B Fl.), Pathum Wan, Bangkok 10330, Thailand
TEL:
+66 2 250 7707
HP:
Official Foursquare.com

3. Pad Thai

Pad Thai, especially chicken pad thai is my favorite Thai dish. It's basically Thai style fried noodles, so no shocker there. You have noodles with crunchy beansprouts, onion and egg. And then you can choose from a variety of condiments like crushed peanuts, fish sauce, sugar, chilli powder, to name a few.

Name:
นารา (Nara Thai Cuisine)
Address:
Erawan Bangkok (at Urban Kitchen, B Fl.), Pathum Wan, Bangkok 10330, Thailand
TEL:
+66 2 250 7707
HP:
Official Foursquare.com

4. Gaeng Keow Wan Kai

Say, what? It's just green chicken curry. It's made of chicken, small, round eggplants, bamboo shoots, coriander, basil and green curry paste. Plus there's coconut milk in it so if you're lactose intolerant, think twice about eating this dish.

Name:
นารา (Nara Thai Cuisine)
Address:
Erawan Bangkok (at Urban Kitchen, B Fl.), Pathum Wan, Bangkok 10330, Thailand
TEL:
+66 2 250 7707
HP:
Official Foursquare.com

5. Yam Nua

I've heard of chicken salad, but beef salad is a first for me. Don't be discouraged though, because even if I'm new to this, I was surprised to note that this salad is a hall of famer. It's just really good. With its mix of onion, coriander, spearmint, lime, dried chili and tender strips of beef, I'm pretty sure you'll want more.

Name:
นารา (Nara Thai Cuisine)
Address:
Erawan Bangkok (at Urban Kitchen, B Fl.), Pathum Wan, Bangkok 10330, Thailand
TEL:
+66 2 250 7707
HP:
Official Foursquare.com

Conclusion

Thai food is popular around the world. But it's still best to taste it in it's home country of Thailand. So head on there and give your taste buds some rock and roll loving.

Author

Geninna
5 things I can't live without: coffee, books, my iPod, wifi, and my husband :D Born and raised in Manila, Philippines but I've lived in Qatar, Indonesia, and the UAE. I am currently living in Romania, and I have been on vacations to Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Cambodia and Vietnam :) And does a stop over in Bahrain and Germany count?