Only a few know about Thai Cusine even though in 2017 Thailand had the most dishes listed on CNN’s poll – World’s 50 Best Foods. I somehow regret it that I just discovered it recently. But, trust me, once you tasted it, there is no turning back.
When my Thai friend invited me for lunch three months ago, I was a bit hesitant at first because I never ate Thai Food before. But, since this friend of mine is a very kind person, I don’t have the guts to say no because I don’t want to hurt her feelings. She told me that she is sure that I am going to like it, and I was like “Uh, huh.” And as it turns out, she is entirely right.
Thai food is delicious; you just need to give it a chance. To help you set forth, Here are my five startups for you:
1. Massaman Curry
It is a southern Thai dish with a Muslim origin. Due to its Muslim roots and therefore Islamic dietary laws, this curry is most frequently made with chicken, but there are likewise variations on this dish utilizing duck, beef, mutton, goat, or, less typically so, pork. As pork is haram (prohibited) in Islam, this last version is not eaten by observant Thai Muslims.
The meal usually includes coconut milk, roasted peanuts or cashews, potatoes, bay leaves, cardamom pods, cinnamon, palm sugar, fish sauce, chilli, and tamarind sauce. Vegetarians and vegans have developed their variations of this dish. Massaman is my favourite curry. I like the thick, nutty taste of the sauce and the overall heartiness of the meal. I enjoy anything that pertains to potatoes, and the total mix of the flavours leaves me very pleased.
For Massaman Curry, try Thai Blossom Bistro – 10916 Atlantic Blvd, Ste 24, Jacksonville, FL 32225-2947
2. Tom Yum Gung
This Thai masterpiece soup is teeming with shrimp, mushrooms, tomatoes, lemongrass, galangal and kaffir lime leaves. There are two variations of this dish – the one filled with coconut milk (tom yum gung nam kohn) and cream or without (tom yum gung nam sai) for a somewhat more sour and healthy version.
The words “tom yam” are stemmed from 2 Thai words. Tom refers to the boiling process, while yam describes a Thai spicy and sour salad. Undoubtedly, tom yum is characterized by its distinct hot and sour flavours, with fragrant spices and herbs generously utilized in the broth. The basic broth is made from stock and new components such as lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves, galangal, lime juice, fish sauce, and crushed chilli peppers.
Whichever is closer for you, you can choose from Buddha Thai Bistro – 301 10th Ave N, Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250 or Sala Thai Restaurant – 10769 Beach Blvd # 10, Jacksonville, FL 32246. Both serve delicious Tom Yum Gung
3. Pad See Ew
Pad See’ew is in some cases likewise called kuaitiao phat si-io, which reflects the general practice of using fresh flat rice noodle as the main ingredient. However other kinds of noodles may also be used.
Pad See Ew is made from flat rice noodles cooked with chicken, bok choy (Chinese Cabbage), and eggs. The noodles are dark because of the soy sauce that includes excellent deals of flavour to the otherwise dull noodles. The noodles are slightly sticky, and when you pick them up on your fork, you usually get about half the dish too.
When you talk about Pad See Ew, I will definitely give the point to Blue Orchid Thai Cuisine – 13475 Atlantic Blvd #32, Jacksonville, FL 32225
4. Pad Kra Pao
A genuine Thai timeless Pad Krapao will no doubt be part of this list. I seriously fell in love with Thai Food when I tasted Pad Kra Pao, and I’m sure you will too!
Minced pork or chicken stir-fried with basil and chillies and served over rice. This meal is a favourite of mine because it has a burning sensation in your mouth, but it is a different kind of spiciness – it is double spicy yet, utterly delicious. I wind up striving not to breathe fire. It’s a typical dish, but I prefer mine from the night markets and street stalls, where they tend to mince and slice the meat a bit more carefully than in dining establishments.
5. Kow Moo Dang
Rice meals like Barbeque Pork on Rice, known in Thai as Kow Moo Dang, are traditional Thai lunch fare. Kow Moo Dang is a plate of rice topped with very finely sliced pork barbeque, a couple of slices of Thai sausage and half hard-boiled egg. A thick red barbecue sauce or gravy is smothered all over the rice and pork then sprinkled with cilantro and green onions. The outcome is an un-spicy however delightful dish that is an excellent late night reward.
In a noodle shop, you will find large green onions sitting in a container full of vinegar on your table, awaiting your Kow Moo Dang. I recommend that you take a bite of cow moo dang and munch on green onion at the same time.
A lot of Thai restaurants serve this common dish, and almost all of them got it right so, I don’t think I need to recommend a specific restaurant for Kow Moo Dang.