Cultured Palate: Dishes from Thailand

Khao Soi

This dish also borrows from Lao cuisine, and is primarily found in northern Thailand. Khao soi is a delicious noodle soup, made up of a coconut milk curry broth which hides a pile of often-homemade noodles and stewed meat. It’s a popular street food, frequently topped with a flourish of deep-fried noodles for crunch, and a handful of shallots. This dish truly has to be the best of both worlds for Thai cuisine — a delicious curry mixed with coconut milk, plus eminently slurpable noodles.

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Kanom Jeen

Kanom jeen are a type of rice noodle made all around southeast Asia, but are extremely popular in Thailand. In most Thai restaurants, kanom jeen are available as a substitute for rice, so you can have any dish served over the noodles. If you’re visiting Phuket, in southern Thailand, make sure you leave time for a trip to Krabi, where the Ko Joi restaurant in Nuea Klong makes amazing handmade kanom jeen.

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Panang Gai

Panang Gai is a typical Thai dish bursting with flavors of red curry paste, fresh spices, and coconut. Pieces of chicken are then mixed into the sauce, and the whole thing is served over rice. Usually, this dish is then garnished with thinly-sliced kaffir lime leaves, to give it a pop of citrus freshness.

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