Top 10 Royal Thai Food Dishes

Royal Thai Cuisine is a style of authentic Thai food, traditionally cooked for Thai royalty. This style is now featured in many restaurants across Thailand. Its refined method of cooking combined with always-fresh quality ingredients, cut up in bite sized pieces, and presented in the most aesthetically pleasing manner is the perfect food to enrich your luxury vacation in Thailand.

Here are the top 10 most popular Royal Thai Cuisine dishes to make you feel like royalty while staying at a luxurious villa in Thailand:

Tom Yam Goong

Known in the western world as Tom Yum Soup, this spicy and sour fish-based soup is most renowned world-wide for its invigorating and satisfying spicy kick. Many fresh spices and herbs are used to make Tom Yam Goong, making it a popular healthy dish. The flavours meld together perfectly to create a delightfully pleasing hot soup. Often included are chicken, shrimp, beef, or pork. It can be eaten as an appetizer, or with rice as an entree.

Gaeng Keow Wan Kai (Green Curry)

One of the most popular dishes of Thai cuisine, green curry is a healthy and delectable blend of a variety of fresh ingredients, including lemongrass, ginger, and coriander. Its green colour comes from copious amounts of fresh green herbs. Like many Thai Curries it is cooked in single servings with a curry paste made of spices and herbs, coconut milk, and fresh sliced or grated vegetables. Meat or tofu can be added to the curry making this creamy dish customizable and a good option for vegetarians. Garnished with Thai Basil it is served with white fragrant rice on the side.

Kaeng Phet (Red Curry)

Red curry is another amongThailand’s most popular dishes. It is an exquisite union of Thai flavors featuring shrimp, lemongrass, ginger, Thai basil, and coconut, among many others. Like the green curry, it is made by combining red curry paste, coconut milk, vegetables and your choice of meat, and served with Thai basil garnish and a side of white Jasmine rice. Red curry often contains shrimp paste, making it a non-vegetarian dish. However, vegetarian red curries are becoming more available. Its zesty red colour is attributed to red chili peppers and the shrimp paste.

Pad Thai

Pad Thai is one of Thailand’s best-known dishes. Rice noodles are dropped in a wok in single servings with a tamarind-based sauce, and then stir-fried with varying ingredients, depending on your personal taste. There are endless variations! Ingredients most often added are beef, chicken, pork, shrimp, squid, eggs, green onions, bean sprouts, vegetables, and a sprinkling of ground peanuts to top it off.


Som Tam (Green Papaya Salad)

Som Tam is made with grated un-ripened (green) papaya and a spicy sauce consisting of fish sauce, lime juice, palm sugar, and salt. Ingredients added may include beans, bean sprouts, shallots, tomatoes, and chili peppers. The ingredients are then gently mashed together with a mortar and pestle to release all the flavours. A sprinkling of roasted peanuts and coriander leaves complete this refreshing dish.

Chicken Satay / Beef Satay

Chicken or beef satay is made by marinating the meat with a satay blend containing lemongrass and other spices, then grilling it on skewers. The marinade and dipping sauce are what make this dish a succulent, mouth-watering delight to snack on.  The creamy peanut dipping sauce complements the spicy flavors of the chicken/beef satay perfectly. Satay skewers are great for a mid-day snack.



Gai Med Ma Muong (Stir-fried Chicken with Cashews)  

Some of the best cashews are grown in Thailand, making this dish a local favourite! The chicken is stir-fried in a blend of soy sauce, herbs, and spices, along with cashew nuts, mushrooms and some greens. It is commonly served with white fragrant rice. When cooked with the freshest ingredients, this dish is a healthy, royal treat to try while on vacation.



Khao Chae

To many Khao Chae is, arguably, the one true royal Thai dish because it was first introduced in a palace as a summer treat. It consists of parboiled white rice, ice-cold jasmine water, and a garnishing of a few rose or jasmine petals. But what makes this dish a royal delicacy are the side dishes it comes with. Khao Chae side dishes usually include fried kapi (shrimp paste), caramelized Chinese radish, shredded and sweetened pork or beef, fresh Chinese ginger, and fresh vegetables. It is eaten by taking a bite of a side dish, followed by a spoonful of the chewy fragrant rice, then a bite of fresh vegetable to refresh your palate. Not only is Khao Chae a refreshing summer dessert, it is also a work of art.

Kluay Kaek (Fried Banana)

A common dessert throughout Thailand, the Fried Banana dish features a delicious blend of hot and cold. Bananas are dipped in coconut batter, then deep fried, and served with ice cream. This dessert makes a great snack to eat while relaxing at the beach.

Khao Niaow Ma Muang (Mango Coconut Sticky Rice)

This melt-in-your mouth dessert is pleasing to all the senses. The sticky rice is sweetened with palm sugar and smothered with sweet coconut sauce, then topped with fresh, ripe mangoes. This dish is the ultimate exotic experience, while staying on the stunning beaches of Koh Samui.

About the author: Based in Toronto, Canada, May Tran is a freelance writer who finds enjoyment in writing about a broad range of subjects, including food, travel, technology, and current events.

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