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3 Easy Isan Dishes You Must Try

The legendary Isan cuisine, from the Northeast of Thailand is primarily based on sticky rice, along with vegetables, spices and fish.

Isan food tastes more pungent than other Thai foods, due to its heavy reliance on spices for flavoring.

Here are 5 Easy Isan Dishes You Must Try:

Som tam or Raw Papaya Salad

This tangy Thai Green Papaya Salad is very popular all over the country . It originated in the north eastern Thailand, normally served with grilled chicken, salad and steamed sticky rice. Get the recipe here.

Thai Green Papaya Salad - easy ishan dishes

Sticky Rice with Mango

Although this dish is available throughout Thailand. It originated in the northeastern plains. Sticky rice has many health benefits and this simple and easy recipe of Mangoes with sticky rice can be done in a jiffy.


Larb gai ( Thai Chicken Salad)

Larb is the signature delicacy of Isan.  It is most commonly made with chicken, beef, duck, fish or pork, flavored with fish sauce, lime juice, ground rice and fresh herbs. The meat is either cooked or served raw and minced with chili, mint, vegetables and toasted rice (khao khua)  which is an important component of the dish. Get the recipe here.

Larb Gai with rice - easy ishan dishes
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