Tom Yum Goong
Tom Yum Goong is the national soup of Thailand and mixing it together with the popular Thai Rice Noodles, it becomes a double-hit combo. The quintessential Thai aroma! A bold, refreshing blend of fragrant lemongrass, chilli, galangal, lime leaves, shallots, lime juice and fish sauce shapes this classic soup, giving it its legendary herbal kick. Succulent fresh prawns and straw mushrooms lend it body. A versatile dish that can fit within virtually any meal, the distinctive smell reminds you of exotic perfume, while it’s invigorating sour-spicy-hot taste just screams ‘Thailand’! You can probably find this in many restaurants but the best is at Pee’Aor. Why? The Tom Yum is authentic, rich and creamy at the right level. Prawns used here are huge fresh prawns that is of quality.
Braised Pork Rice
I guess this needs no further introduction since it’s now extremely popular and almost every other blogger is blogging about this place. Yes, the one at Pratunam, famous for Braised Pork Trotters Rice and Wanton Noodles. I like the braised pork rice as it’s tender and soft pork boiled in braised sauce makes this dish so delicious. On the other hand, having been here since 15 years back, the standard have definitely dropped and the portion is getting ridiculously small.
Som Tum (Spicy Green Papaya Salad)
Hailing from the Northeast state of Isaan, this outlandish dish is both great divider – some can’t get enough of its bite, some can’t handle it – and greatly distinctive. Garlic, chilies, green beans, cherry tomatoes and shredded raw papaya get dramatically pulverized in a pestle and mortar, so releasing a rounded sweet-sour-spicy flavour that’s not easily forgotten. Regional variations throw peanuts, dry shrimp or salted crab into the mix, the latter having a gut-cleansing talent that catches many newcomers by surprise! This is my favorite ~ It was sweet and sour and a little spicy too. It is a famous food in Thailand you can get it everywhere.
Pad Thai (Thai style Fried Noodles)
Pad Thai is like the national noodle of Thailand because every noodle dish ordered from a Thai Restaurant would be Pad Thai. It is a street food dish made from stir-fried rice noodles with egg, beansprouts, peanuts, shallots, tofu, prawns and tamarind juice/sauce. Sweet, Spicy, Tangy and extremely delicious.
Pad Krapow Moo Saap (Fried Basil and Pork)
An incredibly popular ‘one plate’ dish for lunch or dinner, fried basil and pork is certainly one of the most popular Thai dishes. It is made in a piping hot wok with lots of holy basil leaves, large fresh chilli, pork, green beans, soy sauce and a little sugar. The minced, fatty pork is oily and mixes with the steamed white rice for a lovely fulfilling meal. It is often topped with a fried egg (kai dao) you will most likely be asked if you would like an egg with it. Be aware that most Thai people ask for lots of chilli in this dish so if you are not a fan of tingling lips, ask for you pad krapow ‘a little spicy’.
Grilled Pork (Moo Ping)
I believe the secret to why so many Thai dishes or street food taste so great is because they make use of traditional charcoal, using the amber and heat to cook the food. The end product of this Moo Ping is sweet, succulent and tender. This particular stall, Moo Ping Hea Owen is recommended by many locals but you can still find good ones around even in Pratunam Market.
Fried Banana Pancake (Roti Gluay)
Isaan Sausage (Sai Krok Isaan)
Mango and Sticky (Khao Niao Mamuang)
Boat Noodles (Kway Teow Rua)