With Thailand’s vast coastline and a plethora of islets and islands, it is no wonder that seafood plays an important role in Thai food recipes. Although these dishes do include seafood, they can be altered for vegetarian or vegan lifestyles. Thai food has quickly become a popular dining choice in America and around the world. Here are a few dishes we believe you will want to seek out and try whether you are visiting Thailand or here in the states. 

Pad Thai

Thailand’s national dish, Pad Thai, is made of Thai fried noodles and served with prawns and egg and is a dish you will never forget. The blend of sweet and sour along with the famous Thai chili, adds the popular spicy kick as well. 

Tom Yum Goong

This famous hot & sour soup, usually made with prawns, is wildly popular in other countries which neighbor Thailand! This delicious soup is made predominantly with prawns or shrimp and Thai chilies for a layer of spice that most locals enjoy. This soup is a little harder to recreate outside of Thailand due to the use of Kaffir leaves, since they can be much harder to find in other countries, but are a staple in Thailand. 

Som Tum

This delicious and unique salad made of papaya, garlic, sugar, tamarind juice, lime and fish sauce is a dish that is a staple for those living in Thailand’s northeast region. Though this salad can be prepared in many different ways, the most common way is with dried shrimp or salted crab. No matter which way this salad is prepared, you are sure to enjoy its unique flavor. 

Though you may not make it to Thailand to try these amazing dishes, Thaiphoon at Pentagon Row in Arlington, VA prepares and serves these authentic dishes and many more. Come in today to enjoy the flavors and hospitality of Thailand.