A Glossary of Typical Thai Dishes

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Nov
2021

A Glossary of Typical Thai Dishes

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Thai cuisine is famously creative and varied. Even street vendors delight in their culinary skills, and it is not uncommon to see food being encased in a banana leaf as delicately as if it were being gift wrapped. Such artful presentations and the sheer range of dishes can be bewildering to newcomers: it may not even be obvious what is savory or sweet. This glossary covers typical dishes; phonetic guidance for food words is on

Choosing Dishes Restaurant menus in tourist areas may include descriptions in English, and sometimes other languages. The Thai names of dishes often derive simply from the main elements – for instance, the dish khao mu daeng translates literally as “rice, pork, red.” Thus, the basic components of any dish can often be worked out with only a little knowledge of Thai. If there is no menu, the dishes of the day will be on display. If you don’t recognize the dish, pointing and saying “nee arai na?” (“what’s this?”) should elicit a list of ingredients. Vegetarians should find it easy to order food without meat (mai ao nua), but ought to be aware that fish sauce is used in many dishes. Dairy products feature only rarely in Thai cuisine, so vegans should not fare worse than vegetarians. Thais are accustomed to foreigners asking if a dish is spicy (phed mai?), or requesting a non[1]spicy meal (mai ao phet na). To enliven any dish, diners can use the ubiquitous condiments of chilies in vinegar, chili flakes, sugar (for savory dishes), and fish sauce usually found on tables

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