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Thailand's Best Street Food

Tim Sargeant - writing for The Pavilions Phuket
Tim Sargeant
23 Apr 2019

Thailand cuisine is some of the finest in Asia, with a vast variety of flavours, cooking styles and techniques being used to create vibrant and flavoursome dishes. There is an incredible culinary scene growing over the nation with the Michelin Guide now available for Bangkok, Phuket and Phang Nga provinces. However, it all started on the streets - so we uncover the top five street food dishes you must try on your next visit to Thailand. 

Phad Thai
We start with Phad Thai because it really is the go-to dish anywhere in Thailand; here's the secret, the best place to find it - is on the street. Street food in Thailand is an institution where both Thai locals and tourists gather to savour the exotic smells, and the fast passed searing hot wok action. What's special about Phad Thai from the street is that nothing is 'measured', experienced street cooks spend years cooking and memorising this dish, perfecting the right amount of wide noodles mixed with tamarind sauce, bean sprouts and peanuts to make sure its the best Phad Thai you have ever experienced so that you return back to their stall, and not their neighbours. 

Som Tum
A local dish that surprises visitors to the land of smiles. Originally from Issan in Northern Thailand, Som Tum is made up of shredded raw papaya, pulverised with tomato, garlic, chillies, dried shrimp, fish sauce and palm sugar. The dish is usually served with BBQ'ed sweet chicken on the bone and a bowl of spicy Tom Sab pork rib soup. Look for vendors who have a giant mortar & pestle and a coal BBQ with chicken being freshly prepared for the best experience.

Pad Krapow Moo
A favourite to all, the simple Pad Krapow Moo is stir-fried pork mince with Thai basil, chilli, garlic, soy, fish and oyster sauce on top rice with a fried egg. What makes this dish so popular is that it's quickly made in a piping hot wok, with minimal ingredients and it's served for breakfast, lunch or dinner for the local Thai people. Pad Krapow Moo can be found in any street market, look for a big wok with large flames - the flavour is in the smokey flames which lick the inside of the wok.

Roti

Similar to India's flatbread Maida Paratha, and Malaysian's Roti Canai, even though Roti did not originate in Thailand, the popular dish has managed to become a fixture in street and market cuisine because of its versatility and flavoursome combinations. The south of Thailand serves Roti alongside a curry where the rest of the nation enjoys it with banana, chocolate and condensed milk. Roti is available all day however we recommend you look for out in the morning when it's most popular and being freshly prepared.

Hainanese Chicken Rice
One of the most popular dishes in Asia is Chicken Rice and Thailand is among the best. The Thai version is called 'Khao Man Kai' and differentiates its self from neighbouring culinary cultures with a special dipping sauce made up of soybean paste and chilli served on the side with chicken bone broth, spring onion and coriander. Although it's a very popular dish, it can be tough to find a great shop that prepares it, but there's one last trick we will share with you and that is - if it's busy with locals, then it's good.

Something a little different...
Although the focus of The Pavilions Phuket's award-winning Plantation Club restaurant is not street food, it's locally sourced menu does deliver an insight into the history of Thai cuisine prepared with modern cooking practises and its worthy of discovering while staying at the luxury resort, or visiting the tropical island of Phuket.

Visit here for more information on The Plantation Club

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