In the coming months I’d like to compile a list of Top 10 Favourite Thai Dishes, as suggested by knowledgeable food enthusiasts (that means you!) rather than just anyone.
Please let me know the name of the dish – and maybe why you like it so much.
There are plenty of lists that identify the most popular Thai dishes, the most well-known being the survey in 2000 that was conducted by Thailand’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. This survey questioned 1,000 Thai restaurants around the world in order to get definitive answers. Here it is (please note, the transliteration of Thai words into English is theirs, not mine):
- Tom Yam Kung (Spicy Shrimp Soup) 99%
- Kaeng Khiao Wan (Green Chicken Curry) 85%
- Phat Thai (Fried Noodles in the Thai Style) 70%
- Phat Kraphrao (Meat Fried with Sweet Basil) 52%
- Kaeng Phet Pet Yang (Roast Duck Curry) 50%
- Tom Kha Kai (Chicken in Coconut Soup) 47%
- Yam Nua (Spicy Beef Salad) 45%
- Mu or Kai Sate (Roast Pork or Chicken Coated with Turmeric) 43%
- Kai Phat Met Mamuang Himmaphan (Stir-Fried Chicken with Cashew Nuts) 42% (shown above)
- Phanaeng (Meat in Coconut Cream) 39%
Of course, the problem with asking average diners is that you’ll get average answers. For example, if you ask random Americans for their chosen Number One food, the reply would be something they eat most often – like hamburger. The same is true of the English (fish and chips), and Italians (spaghetti), and just about everyone else.
But if you really know about food, you’d reply with a more specific answer. Instead of Green Chicken Curry (sorry, I never normally say Green Chicken Curry – whoever heard of green chickens??) you’d specify something like Green Curry with Chicken and Thai Aubergine, which, incidentally, you’ll find in my e-book Thai Basil Secrets.
I wonder, will there be any votes for Banana Blossom with Mixed Seafood Salad (Thai Starter Secrets) or the delicious Southern Rice Salad (Jasmine Rice Secrets)?
I’ll collate the results when enough people have posted answers.