Thai food is known for its diversity in terms of ingredients, excellent spiciness and, of course, medicinal purposes. If you visit this beautiful country for whatever reason, then there are foods that you must try in order to enjoy the rich Thai culture and cuisine. These foods are delicious and would probably make you extend your stay. So what are these five foods?

Red Pork Noodle Soup

Bami Mu Daeng Kiao

Bami Mu Daeng Kiao

Locally known as Bami Mu Daeng Kiao, this is usually a favorite with many visitors. What makes it even popular is that you will not find it in hotels but the streets of Thailand. It is the way the Thai make their broth that you will never find it outside the country. It is made of noodles, flavorful broth made from boiled pork bones and onions, slices of red pork, bok choy and sprouts. There are many ways to eat this delicacy although many people choose to accompany it with sour fish sauce that has a little chili in it.

Kuah Gling Pork Short Ribs

Kuah Gling Pork Short Ribs

Kuah Gling Pork Short Ribs

This loosely translates to dry rolled and it is a shaved-meat dish that is prepared in a pan without oil. The Thai people do not fancy oil that much, and that is why they prefer soaking up their meat in a very hot curry paste. While the Indians and masters of spices, Thai people have a reputation with their herbs and that is evident in this food. The curry is prepared from ground kaffir leaves, green peppercorns, turmeric and galangal. You can serve these ribs with fresh lettuce, cucumber or cilantro to offset the heat.

Som Tam

Som Tam

Som Tam

This basically means spicy papaya salad. It is a fiercely spicy and sour flavored salad that can be eaten with virtually any meal although grilled chicken and steamed rice are the common foods that it goes with. It is prepared from a mix of fresh vegetables with shredded unripened papaya. Som Tam is good for your health because it has no fats. It is also rich in vitamins and low in calories. What makes it stand out is the spiciness and will probably leave your tongue burned and swollen.

Gai Pad Med Mamuang Himmapan

Gai Pad Med Mamuang Himmapan

Gai Pad Med Mamuang Himmapan

Gai Pad Med Mamuang Himmapan or Stir-Fried Chicken with Cashew Nuts as you can call it is more of an introductory food to Thai cuisine. It is introductory in the sense that it is not as hot and spicy as many other foods. Therefore, it will awaken your bland taste buds and groom them for hotter foods ahead. The chicken is fried with crunchy cashew nuts to give it a sweet and slightly spicy taste. Apart from being great for beginners, it is also good for children who are not used to a lot of spices.

Pang Gee Fritter

Pang Gee Fritters

Pang Gee Fritters

This is the ultimate Thai dessert. It contains coconut, taro, corn and palm sugar. While it is a little harder to find, it is a desert like no other. Luckily, this is a signature food in Bahn Kanom, and you can get plenty of it there.

Thai food has earned a reputation for excellence. You do not just get the street atmosphere that comes with some of these foods but also get to enjoy its spiciness.