Thai food is an amalgamation of flavours and spices. It varies from region to region bursting with flavours. It’s an enthralling experience to travel to Thailand and be a part of the culinary adventure.
Like other regions in Thailand, the northern Thai cuisine has an exquisite culinary distinction of its own. In fact, it is quite difficult to find authentic Thai northern food anywhere else in Thailand but for the provinces in the northern region.
The food from northern Thailand is indicative of the region’s cool climate and coconut milk rarely makes its way into the northern kitchen and hence has a flavour of its own.
Asian Inspirations brings to you 6 incredibly delicious northern Thai dishes you must try:
In Northern Thailand, Khao Soi literally means ‘enter the lane,’ and refers to the location of the stands where this dish was introduced. An authentic northern Thai dish, this Burmese inspired one-pot meal is served in a large bowl and garnished with crunchy egg noodles. The aromatic herbs present in this dish is a feast for your tastebuds with a wonderful balance of flavours. You can find the recipe here.
Mieng kham or Mieng Kam translates to “eating many things in one bite”-Mieng (food wrapped in leaves) and kham (a bite). It is a popular street food in many parts of Thailand and the vendor places four or five ingredients in the leaf with a dollop of sauce, and then wraps up the bundle and skewers it onto a stick. Mieng kham makes for a great party food and appetizer with a punch of Thai flavours wrapped in a leaf. Get the recipe here.
An authentic Northern Thai chilli dipping sauce, Nam Phrik is made with roasted chilies, garlic, shallots, with a salty or sweet taste and served with raw, steamed, or boiled vegetables and meat. Although it originated in the North, Thais from all regions are fond of it. It’s wonderful for topping rice vermicelli, served as a light meal, or used as cooking sauce for various stir fried. Check out the recipe here.
Hang Lay is dry curry without coconut milk or oil used. Chicken can replace pork and use less cooking time with reduced amount of water. The turmeric used in the curry paste is good for digestion. Get the recipe here.
Thai Larb is quite different from the others. The northern Thai version uses a mélange of dried spices for flavoring and seasoning which includes cumin, cloves, long pepper, star anise and cinnamon. Chicken is widely used to make this salad, however you can either add pork or beef as well. Here’s the recipe for Thai Larb. You can add spices of your choice apart from the chilli flakes used in this recipe.
In northern Thailand, sticky rice is widely used alongside jasmine rice for its various health benefits. Mango sticky rice dessert (Khao Niaow Ma Muang) is a classic Thai recipe that is a must-eat the next time you travel to Thailand. If you can’t make it to Thailand, here’s an insanely easy recipe of sticky rice with mangoes that you can try at home.
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