Kata, Phuket Food Trip
Tom Yan Goong is a very aromatic dish with a generous tang of herbs like lime leaves, lemongrass, galangal and shallots. The combination of these fragrant herbs may well be Thailands national aroma. Fish sauce and chili are added into the soup dish for that unique spicy hot and sour flavor. Big shrimps and mushrooms are added into the soup making this dish an ideal pair with rice.
Pad Thai is probably the Thai dish widely known the world over. The dish is a basic noodle dish with variations. The noodle is stir-fried in oil and onion then tofu, bean sprouts, shrimp and spring onion and ground peanuts are added. You have the option to add sugar, fish sauce, chili powder and peanut grounds to suit your taste.
Kuay Tiew is a noodle soup dish that has been cooked in a variety of ways. Improvisation is a key regarding Kuay Tiew as food vendors have served this dish using just about all types of meat: beef, pork, duck, chicken and a mix of seafood. The noodles could be thin or broad or mixed. Vegetables are added into the soup making this noodle soup a complete dish on its own.
Gai Med Ma Moung is chicken with roasted cashew nuts. Thailand is noted for cashew as a produce and the locals have found ways to mix cashew into their dishes. Crunchy and slightly sweet, this dish is also flavored with garlic, honey, soy sauce and chili. Thai food is almost always hot literally speaking.
Gaeng Keaw Wan Gai may not initially bode well for foreigners as this dish is colored green due to the green curry paste used in the dish. Though curried food is basically Indian, adding coconut milk to curry makes the dish distinctively Thai. Green Curry Chicken is basically stir fried chicken in green curry, coconut milk and seasoned with nam pla (fish sauce). This dish is the second most popular dish to foreigners according to a survey made by the Thai Ministry of Foreign Affairs. This dish is best served with steamed rice.
Massaman Curry is one of the signature dishes of Thailand. Massaman is Thai for Muslim which means that this dish is basically a Muslim dish, with a twist. The dish is a wonderful concoction of coconut milk, tamarind, cinnamon, bay leaves, sugar and roasted peanuts. Beef and chicken are the meat choices but pork is also a good substitute.
Other popular Thai dishes are: Khao Man Gai; Tom Kha Gai; Som Tam and Por Pia. Though you can avail these wonderful Thai dishes from food stalls, one should also be wary of the way the food was prepared.
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