Thailand is well-known for its cuisine, which includes appetizers, main courses, desserts, and snacks. Even their colorful beverages are well-known among tourists, particularly those with a sweet appetite. It is the reason why so many people are enthralled and want to sample the different delectable Thai cuisine and drinks.
Furthermore, the basic tastes (sweet, spicy, salty, sour, and bitter) are combined in practically every meal they prepare and feature on every Thai restaurant’s menu.
Speaking of Thai Appetizers, this post will highlight some of the most delicious and savory Thai Appetizers you should try.
Yam Som O (Papaya Salad)
Originated from northern Thailand, Som O is a variation of Som Tam. Coming from the same family, these two Thai Appetizers also differ in their ingredients. However, the taste is almost similar. Both are made from shredded green papaya, which is then mixed with a dressing made from lime juice, fish sauce, and red chili paste. The dressing is then garnished with roasted peanuts.
Thai Fried Calamari with Sweet Chili
Spicy, sweet, and lip-smacking Thai Appetizers to kick-start your dining experience. The calamari is lightly battered and fried to a crispy golden brown. The calamari also goes well with a glass of beer.
Satay Thai Style with Peanut Sauce
Originated in Indonesia and now popular in Thailand, satay is usually served as Thai Appetizers. It is wrapped in a skewer and served with peanut sauce. The satay can be made from chicken, pork, beef, fish, or tofu. You can also have a satay skewer that comes with rice.
Som Tam (Spicy Papaya Salad)
Are you in for a real treat? You have got to try Som tam or spicy papaya salad. The dish is made from shredded green papaya, which is then tossed with lime juice, fish sauce, red chili paste, peanuts, and tomatoes. The combination of the ingredients gives the Som tam a sweet and sour taste.
Khao Kha Mu (Pork Stuffed Omelette)
A Thai Appetizers dish that originates from the northeast of Thailand. Khao Kha Mu is made from an omelet stuffed with minced pork, garlic, and onions, which is then sprinkled with roasted rice powder. The dish is simply delicious with a bowl of rice.
Larp (Thai Style Fried Fish Cake)
Larp is one of the popular Thai Appetizers. It is made from minced fish, egg, garlic, shallots, and spices and then put through a mincing machine. The mixture is then formed into a cake to look like fish and is then deep-fried until crispy and golden brown. To taste the best Larp, you have to eat it with a bowl of rice and fish sauce.
Pu Som Pla (Fried Fish with Sweet Sauce)
If you are a fan of fish and you are in Thailand, you have to try Pu Som Pla. The dish is made from fresh fish fillets that are then fried in an egg batter. It is then served with sweet sauce for dipping.
Whole Squid with Fresh Chili
Thai Appetizers are not complete without the use of fresh chili. If you are in Thailand and you want to taste the “real” flavor of spicy Thai food, you have to try this dish. Fresh squid is cooked with chili and garlic. It is very simple and delicious.
Krathong Thong (Crispy Pastry Cups With Minced Pork/Chicken)
Krathong Thong is a Thai Appetizers dish that you can enjoy while listening to stories and the sound of the flowing water. The dish is a crispy pastry cup with a savory and juicy minced chicken or pork. The pastry cups are a gold-colored pastry with a crispy exterior and soft inner part.
Thai Appetizers are not only appetizing but also healthy since it is made with less oil and not much salt and sugar. You can enjoy any of the dishes above with rice and finish the meal with a Thai dessert. What’s your favorite Thai Appetizer?
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