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Thailand is an amazing land of contrasts. Where there are towering high rises, you'll also find glittering temples built with an exceptional brilliance. Where there are vast expanses of greenery, you'll also come across long stretches of pristine white-sand beaches. If you are someone who believes that variety is the spice of life, this is one travel destination you'd never want to miss out on. Food also has a great variety in Thailand, which means that you have plenty of opportunities to explore the diverse offerings that the Thai cuisine have in store for its food-loving visitors. How about getting started with these five mouth-watering delights:


Pad Thai (Fried Noodles)

This popular dish is served mostly for lunch and is prepared using soaked and dried rice noodles stir-fried with eggs, tofu, dried shrimps, and a few herbs. It is believed to have been originated in the Ayutthaya city. Vegetarians can also rejoice as there are versions of Pad Thai made with fresh vegetables and soy sauce. Since the Thais are good at experimenting with various combinations, you’ll also come across versions that use chicken or crab instead of shrimps.


Tom Yum Goong (Spicy Shrimp Soup)

If you need a spicy kick before or after a meal, try this hot and sour Thai soup that has now become quite popular around the globe. It makes a generous use of various spices and herbs, such as lemongrass, crushed chilli peppers, lime leaves, and galangal. Shrimps are commonly used in its preparation, but the soup often includes different kinds of meats like chicken, pork, and beef. You can also find Tom Yum Goong in Singapore, Malaysia, Cambodia and other neighbouring countries of Thailand.


Satay (Skewer Chicken)

Usually served with salad and peanut sauce, Satay uses pieces of chicken grilled on skewers. Before grilling, they are marinated with a mixture of spices and herbs. Wooden sticks are commonly used as skewers for grilling the meat. Thais may also use pieces of pork or beef instead of chicken while preparing Satay. This delectable treat is believed to have been originated in Java, an island of Indonesia. It may have been influenced by the kebabs made by the Indian Muslims and Arabs who immigrated to Indonesia in the early nineteenth century.


Khao Pad (Fried Rice)

Jasmine rice is used instead of the regular long-grain rice while preparing the Thai version of fried rice. It uses different types of meat or fish in its preparation, such as chicken, pork, shrimp and crab, and is seasoned with soy sauce, chilli sauce, and fish sauce. All the ingredients are stir-fried together and served with tomato slices, lime, sprigs of green onion and other accompaniments. A variant of Khao Pad is Khao Khluk Kapi, which is a Thai fried rice cooked with shrimp paste and eaten either with chicken or sweet pork.


Gaeng Keow Wan Kai (Green Chicken Curry)

You would enjoy this Thai curry, which uses green chillies and coconut milk in its preparation. Gaeng Keow Wan literally translates as 'sweet green curry', and 'sweet green' refers to the colour that this dish takes on after being cooked with green chillies. It is said to have been invented during the early twentieth century. The ingredients used while making this dish include meat or fish, Thai eggplant, and a few other vegetables.


Som Tum (Papaya Salad)

A spicy salad made from unripe papaya, Som Tum has its origins in the neighbouring country Laos, where it is called 'Tam Maak Hoong'. This salad was listed in CNN Go's compilation of 'World's 50 most delicious foods' in the year 2011. It combines hot chilli, sour lime, palm sugar, and fish sauce along with unripe papaya sliced into thin strips. Som Tum may also include some secondary items in the mixture, such as dried shrimp, brined crabs, and fish sauce.


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