Food hunting in Thailand is one of highly recommended activities during your visit. Of course, there are many other things to do during your trip such as visiting floating market, temple, or wonderful nature. However, Thai foods are very distinctive and flavorful. You can find Thai foods almost everywhere around the world. However, tasting Thai cuisines in Thailand can give you different experience resulted in personal satisfaction. Thailand cuisines are varied. Northern Thailand is dominating Thai cuisines. There are many of them worth tasting for. It is also easy to have a food feast in Thailand. You can go to restaurants, street vendors, or floating market.
Culinary specialties from northern Thailand to try
Northern Thai cuisines have their own culinary history which make them even more special. Not to mention their unique ingredients and recipes which make their dishes even taste more distinctive. Here are most recommended northern Thai foods to try during your visit in Thailand:
Khao Thaen is more like snack made from sticky rice. This rice cake snack is prepared with sugar, sesame, salt, and watermelon juice, resulted in flavorful taste. This snack must go through natural drying process in the sun then deep fried. The last touch is to drizzle it with palm sugar. This Thai sweets have crunchy texture, sweet flavor, and delicious fragrant. You can find this sweet snack in almost every corner of Thailand. Have this snack while exploring Thailand.
Khao Soi is a curry soup with crunchy fried noodles. It is added with other ingredients include tender beef or chicken and vegetables. This is often claimed as a city dish. This is also most preferred dish by Muslim travelers since it is made with and prepared in halal ingredients and cooking process. The meaty, curry soup itself has thick texture but lighter than the real curry. So it still tastes light. This dish is great for lunch or dinner.
Nam Phrik Num is not a full-course meal but rather a Thai dip. This is popular dish from Northern Thailand. It is basically made from grilled chilies, shallots, and garlic. It is best to serve with sticky rice and hard-boiled eggs. However, it is now often served with deep-fried chicken. This dish is very flavorful. You can taste the sweet, spicy, salty, oily and savory flavor from this dish alone.
Khao Soi Nam Naa is another northern Thai dish worth a taste. This is basically a rice noodle soup. However, it doesn’t have any infusion of coconut mil or curry soup like any other Thai soups. The rich flavor comes from a paste formed from minced pork belly, dried chilies and fermented soybeans. The paste is simmered in pork fat. The broth taste simple and light yet still delicious and savory. The meaty topping is also the highlight of this dish.
There are many other northern Thai cuisines you should try during your visit in Thailand such as Khao Kan Jin, Jin Tup, and Muu Phan Pii. Those have distinctive rich flavors which make them taste heavenly in your mouth.