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Top 5 Thai Dishes in 2024

Updated: Mar 30

Famous for its tropical beaches, rich history, and beautiful temples, Thailand has gained worldwide popularity for its cuisine. A blend of flavors, textures, and colors, Thai cuisine is as rich and exquisite as the land itself. Spicy yet balanced, authentic Thai food has been cooked with traditional methods for centuries, combining locally grown produce, age-old techniques and practices that are handed down through generations.

 

From the world-famous Pad Thai to the delicious Massaman Curry, get ready to discover trending Thai dishes in 2024.


 

A spread of authentic Thai dishes at Fireback.

Pad Thai

A classic dish in Thai cuisine, Pad Thai is a stir-fried noodle dish that has fans all over the world. Created as an inexpensive dish that can be quickly put together to create a nutritious meal, it typically consists of rice noodles, tofu, shrimp or chicken, bean sprouts, peanuts, egg, and a flavorful, slightly sweet sauce made from tamarind, fish sauce, and palm sugar. A dish that hits all the flavorful notes – sour, sweet, bitter, salty and umami, Pad Thai is usually garnished with crunchy peanuts and fresh herbs for that burst of freshness and crunch!


 

The Thai Hot & Sour soup at Fireback includes charred tomatoes and mushrooms, with the option of adding chicken or fresh prawns.

Tom Yum Goong

A hot and sour soup packed with aromatic spices and herbs, Tom Yum Goong is usually made with the addition of fresh prawns. A fragrant broth infused with lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves, galangal, and chili peppers, this soup is refreshing but with a spicy kick. Fresh, juicy prawns add a burst of flavor to every spoonful, making this an ideal comfort food that warms your soul.


 

Pineapple Som Tam made with tamarind, palm sugar, peanuts at Fireback.

Som Tum (Green Papaya Salad)

Another popular dish in Thai cuisine is Som Tum, a refreshing Thai salad made with green papaya, cherry tomatoes, green beans, peanuts, and chili peppers. Although Som Tum is believed to have originated in Laos, Thailand’s neighbouring country, this vibrant salad has pride of place in Thai cuisine because of its beautifully balanced flavours, which makes it the perfect accompaniment to any dish.


 

Green Curry, hearts of palm, cauliflower, babycorn served at Fireback.

Green Curry (Kaeng Khiao Wan)

Although Curry is found in various forms throughout Southeast Asia, Thai cuisine has distinctive curries that have become popular globally. It is no wonder that two curries have made it to our Top 5 list. One of the most popular curries is the Thai Green Curry or Kaeng Khiao Wan, a creamy curry made with a paste of green chilies, garlic, lemongrass, galangal, and other Thai herbs and spices. Typically simmered with coconut milk, chicken or beef, eggplant, and Thai basil, Thai Green Curry is a perfect balance of sweetness, spiciness, and creaminess.


 

At Fireback, the Massaman Curry includes pumpkin, potatoes, coriander seeds, onions and peanuts, with the option to add lamb.

Massaman Curry

To round up our list is another Thai staple that is believed to have its origins in a neighbouring country. Massaman Curry is thought to have travelled from Malaysia, when merchants introduced it to Thailand. With distinctively rich flavours, Massaman Curry is made with tender chunks of meat (usually beef or chicken) and simmered in a creamy coconut milk sauce infused with spices such as cinnamon, cardamom, clove, and nutmeg. Highly adaptable to tastes and dietary restrictions, the curry sees the addition of fried tofu, pulled jackfruit, banana blossoms and even vegan ‘meat’ alternatives.


 

Exploring Thai cuisine is not only a journey for your taste buds but also an opportunity to immerse yourself in the rich culinary heritage of Thailand. A blend of eastern and western influences, Thai cuisine brings together different strands to make its dishes distinctive. Whether it is the fiery heat of the Tom Yum Goong or the creamy richness of the Massaman Curry, Thai cuisine has something for everyone. So, the next time you find yourself looking for a culinary adventure, be sure to look out for these five must-try trending Thai dishes.

 

Ready to experience the vibrant flavors of Thailand? Explore our menu at Fireback.

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