Thai food is popular in restaurants all over the world, but did you know that Thailand's cuisine style varies from region to region? The Thai food you'll sample while in the country may be markedly different from what you are used to back home, depending on where you are in the country. While you could travel all over Thailand to sample various regional dishes, you'll be able to accomplish your goal much more quickly by sampling Thai cuisine in Bangkok, as restaurants serve up traditional cuisine from different regions of Thailand, right here. Here's what you need to know to make the most of your dining experience.
The northern part of the country is mountainous and mostly covered in jungle, so the cuisine tends to have an earthy flavor. Coconuts do not grow well in this region, so you won't find coconut in the cuisine, as you would in other regions. Instead, many foods are boiled, fried or stewed in broth. Sticky rice and freshwater fish are staples of the local diet.
Porwa Northern Thai Cuisine is located right in the heart of Bangkok and serves up some of the best cuisines the northern region has to offer. The prices are affordable, so you won’t have to think too much about your wallet. The portion sizes are on the smaller side, making it easy to sample a wider variety of foods without breaking the bank or feeling overly stuffed.
Northeastern Thailand's climate is more arid than the other regions, and its food tends to be simple, yet spicy. Freshwater fish is common in the region's cuisine, especially when served fermented or made into fish sauce for use in other dishes. Sticky rice and papaya are also common in a variety of dishes from this part of the country.
Tamnak Isan Ekamai is a casual eatery in downtown Bangkok that makes the most of Northeastern Thailand's spicy fare. The service is quick, yet relaxed, making it a popular choice for lunch with friends. The dishes are reasonably priced and are great for sharing.
In Central Thailand, you'll find cuisine that most closely resembles what you typically find in Thai restaurants in the United States. Jasmine rice is the staple base for many dishes, and most of the produce and herbs used are grown locally, thanks to the region's fertile landscape. Red curries are common in this area, and duck is one of the more popular proteins.
Don't let Mango Tree Bistro's location in a shopping mall fool you into thinking that the food is sub-par. You'll find delicious dishes on the menu, including several curries and a variety of noodle dishes like pad see ew. Its prices tend to be more affordable than other restaurants in the CentralWorld mall, and the food is even better.
The southern portion of the country is where you'll find the spiciest cuisine. However, coconuts are common in the region, and cream is also a popular ingredient, helping to temper the spiciness a bit. Seafood is common in Southern Thai dishes, and jasmine rice is the staple food of the region's cuisine.
Khua Kling Pak Sod serves up authentic Southern Thai cuisine in a warm, welcoming environment that makes diners feel like part of the family. The prices are a bit higher than some of the other restaurants in the area but still accessible. It is well worth the extra cost for some of the most delicious food the city has to offer.
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