Over the years, we have developed our fashions when it comes to tastes and we no longer rely on the basics that used to see us through. In the UK, we can now find Italian, Chinese, Indian, and many other establishments that allow us to taste the flavours of the world. However, one of the most popular in recent years has been Thai. We are now starting to enjoy the many exotic flavours that Thai food can offer. Of course, many Thai dishes started as a tradition on the streets so let’s take a look at the most popular meals.
Red Curry - Otherwise known as Gaeng Daeng, red curry is made with morsels of meat coupled with lime leaves, red curry paste, and coconut milk. For many, it is the favourite because of its rich flavour and it really gets the taste buds going. When cooked to perfection, the meat becomes a tender dream that simply falls apart whilst sitting in the radiant red sauce.
Pad Thai - This Thai style fried noodles dish is actually the default international Thai dish and it doesn't take long to realise why after first tasting. Cooked in a wok, these noodles are given beansprouts, egg, and onion to add a little texture before being flavoured. Whether you choose to wake it up with ground peanuts, fish sauce, chilli powder, or sugar, you will get a kick from this dish and the flavours will all come together to create fireworks in the palette.
Fried Rice - From a complex dish to something a little more simple - fried rice. The simpler the fried rice, the better as it normally accompanies a main dish with more flavour. However, that’s not to say that you can’t have a lunch made from entirely fried rice if you wanted to add a few herbs, onions and serve it with lime and cucumber.
Green Chicken Curry - People often wonder how the curry gets to be a rich green colour and despite popular belief, it all comes down to the green curry paste. Next to this, you can enjoy a wonderful concoction of flavours including basil, eggplants, bamboo shoots, and more. This, coupled with a small side of fried rice, will be perfection on a plate.
Spicy Shrimp Soup - To sum up this dish in one word is tough but not impossible - bold. Mixing shallots, lime leaves, chilli, lemongrass, fish sauce, and more, is a huge risk but it comes off like a dream in this classic Thai meal. With all the flavours in tow, mushrooms and shrimp add texture and a little extra flavour. One of the best things about this dish is that is can be combined with near enough every other Thai food to make a meal.
These are five succulent Thai foods that have made their way West in recent years and what’s more, they can all be found locally at locations just like The Lime Leaf. After trying Thai, you will enjoy flavours you will never forget.