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Learn How To Cook These 3 Scrumptious Thai Dishes

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I’ve been to Thailand a few times over the years, everywhere from Bangkok to Phuket but my all time favourite is still Chiang Mai. Depending on which region you travel to, you are going to experience very different flavours and each area has its own characteristics.

Northern Thai food get a lot of its influence from the Burmese region and doesn’t have that ultra spicy taste like the North-Eastern region. Being in the mountainous region, the food tends to be fresh, with lots of herbs to give a flavour that I like call “jungle”.

Southern Thai food tends to be extremely spicy and have a very rich, thick flavour with numerous curries to choose from. The south is also very big on seafood dishes, being so close to the sea.

Northeastern Thai food can be quite simple, but spicy, getting it’s influence from the Lao and Khmer people.

Central Thailand is what you may be used to when dining at the local Thai restaurant with fresh fruits and vegetables and lots of jasmine rice.

After each trip to Thailand, I love to come back and cook the dishes that have won my heart. 3 dishes that you should definitely learn to cook are ones full of flavour. Dishes that you will want to cook over and over…

Khao Soi

Khao Soi

I’m really not sure what happened the first time I went to Chiang Mai. I never had Khao Soi, the Burmese influenced noodle soup like dish that is served in Northern Thailand. On my second trip, I was lucky enough to do the cooking class at the resort where we were able to go to the local market with the head chef to buy the ingredients needed and then come back and cook it.

Khao Soi (or Soy) is a curry like dish, served with crispy egg noodle, boiled egg noodles, shallots, lime, herbs and more…it is unlike any other Thai dish you will have and it’s definitely my favourite Thai “street” dish.

For the full recipe, click here.

Som Tam

Som Tam

You may not have heard of the dish “Som Tam” but if you have been to a Thai restaurant or to Thailand itself, you are most likely to have had it. It’s commonly known by its English name “Green Papaya Salad”.  Originally from Northern Thailand, it is now a favourite throughout the whole country and also internationally.

I love my chilli so I love to add lots of it when I make this dish, but there is no right or wrong and you can learn how to make this dish here.

Massaman Curry

Massaman Curry

Massaman curry can be made with either beef or chicken. My personal preference is to use beef as it adds to the flavour and mixes well with the spices. You can buy the paste from the supermarket, however if you are up for a challenge, it’s definitely worth making it from scratch.

For the full recipe, click here.

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