Top dishes in Thailand (Part 1)

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Gaeng Som (Sour Soup) แกงส้ม

Gaeng som translates to sour soup – but throughout Thailand there are a number of different variations and styles.

In Bangkok when you order gaeng som, it’s often a reddish sweet and sour soup including shrimp. But in the south of Thailand, gaeng som is a staple soup that’s laced with chillies and seasoned with turmeric and enjoyed with almost every meal. 

The soup is made of ground chillies, fresh turmeric root and lots of garlic. The result is a fiery broth that will excite your taste buds with every slurp!

Tom Kha Gai (Chicken Galangal Soup) ต้มข่าไก่

Tom Kha Gai is a famous Thai chicken and galangal soup that’s eaten more like a curry than a soup.

A variety of mushrooms, pieces of chicken, sometimes blood jelly, and lots of coconut milk to make the soup extremely rich, are the fundamental ingredients.

The soup is slightly sour from the lemongrass and kaffir lime leaves while the sprigs of cilantro add a fantastic freshness and the galangal gives it a lovely earthy spice.

Tom Saap (Isaan Soup) ต้มแซบ

Tom Saap @ SheSimmers

While tom yum goong is popular throughout most of Thailand, tom saap is more of the signature soup of Isaan.

The broth is normally a fusion of boiled pork or fish combined with galangal, lemongrass and kaffir lime leaves. Additional ingredients include spring onions, mushrooms and the always present Thai red chili peppers.

Tam saap is the soup that makes any full Isaan meal complete!

Soup Neua (Beef Soup) ซุปเนื้อ

Beef isn’t all that common in Thailand unless you’re in the south of the country where there’s a higher percentage of Muslims who eat beef rather than pork (like the majority of the country).

Soup neua is a southern soup that consists of beef boiled until tender and combined with loads of chillies, lime juice and garnished with onions. The broth is extremely beefy and absolutely comforting!

Tom Jap Chai (Boiled Vegetable Soup) ต้มจับฉ่าย

Tom jap chai is a Chinese based vegetable soup prepared by slow boiling cabbage and mustard greens (or any other leafy greens of choice) for hours until the vegetables become very soft and nearly disintegrate into the soup.

As common in many Thai dishes, the usage of pork in the broth (or chicken) gives the soup its ultimate meaty flavor. Tam jap chai is not at all spicy, but offers great flavor from the long cooking mingle of vegetables and meat.

Gaeng Tai Pla (Fish Kidney Curry) แกงไตปลา

Gaeng Tai Pla @ East Bay Express

One of the most comforting dishes of southern Thai cuisine is known as gaeng tai pla (แกงไตปลา).

The Thai stew is composed of grilled fish and fish kidney to create a marvelously salty and fiery hot blend. Chunks of bamboo shoots, carrots and long beans are also added to make the stew hearty.

It may be an acquired taste, but I absolutely love this dish!

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