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Top Thai Dishes Every Visitor Must Taste: Iconic Dishes to Try in Pattaya, Thailand

Sweet, savory, spicy – Thai dishes are renowned for their vibrant flavors, capturing the essence of Thailand’s rich culture and stunning landscapes. When visiting Pattaya, you can taste a range of these fantastic dishes at Panorama, our all-day dining restaurant at the Royal Cliff Beach Hotel that serves tastes for every palate. Our skillful chefs will take you on a culinary adventure that will immerse you in rich Thai flavors and aromas.

a spread of thai dishes from panorama restaurant at royal cliff beach hotel
Enjoy mouthwatering Thai dishes at our very own all-day dining restaurant, Panorama.

Most Popular Thai Dishes You Can’t Miss While in Thailand

Som Tam (ส้มตำ)

Arguably one of the most popular Thai dishes, Som Tam, or Green Papaya Salad, is a refreshing and zesty salad that combines shredded green papaya, tomatoes, green beans, and peanuts. Dressed with a tangy sauce made from lime juice, fish sauce, and palm sugar, this Thai dish delivers a perfect balance of sour, sweet, salty, and spicy. 

Pad Krapao (ผัดกะเพรา)

A favorite among locals, Pad Krapao is a spicy stir-fry dish made with minced meat such as pork, chicken, beef or seafood like shrimp or squid, holy basil, garlic and chilies. Like most Thai dishes, it is served over rice and typically topped with a fried egg. This dish is a quick and satisfying meal that packs a punch. 

Kai Pad Mamuang (ไก่ผัดเม็ดมะม่วง)

For those who prefer a milder dish, Kai Pad Mamuang, or Chicken with Cashew Nuts, is an excellent choice. It is a popular choice with people of all ages and flavor preferences. Stir-fried chicken is tossed with cashew nuts, bell peppers, onions, and a savory sauce. This dish is a delightful mix of textures and flavors, offering a satisfying crunch with each bite.

thai dish with stir-fried chicken and cashew nust
Kai Pad Mamuang – stir-fried chicken with cashew nuts.

Pad Thai (ผัดไทยกุ้งสด)

Pad Thai is a popular dish loved by both tourists and Thai people alike. It features stir-fried rice noodles with a perfectly chewy texture, cooked in Royal Cliff’s special Pad Thai sauce. The dish is topped with large fresh shrimp, bean sprouts, and tofu. Don’t forget to squeeze some lime juice over it for added tanginess, and sprinkle it with fragrant peanuts. Served alongside fresh bean sprouts and Chinese chives, this dish guarantees a delicious experience.

Massaman Chicken Curry (แกงมัสมั่นไก่)

Massaman curry with tender chicken is another famous Thai coconut curry, equally as popular as Thai green curry. Its distinctive feature is the aromatic blend of spices and the orange-red curry paste that perfectly combines with the rich coconut milk broth. Chicken, potatoes, shallots, and peanuts are simmered until soft. It’s best enjoyed with hot steamed rice. The curry has a predominantly sweet taste that’s well-balanced and easy to eat.

Keng Kiew Wan (แกงเขียวหวาน)

Known as Green Curry, Keng Kiew Wan is a creamy and spicy curry made with green curry paste, coconut milk, and your choice of meat. This dish is typically accompanied by Thai eggplants and sweet basil. The balance of heat and sweetness makes it a beloved staple in Thai households.

keng kiew wan thai green curry
Keng Kiew Wan – a Thai dish made with green curry paste, coconut milk, and your choice of meat

Discover Savory Must-Try Thai Soups – Experience Authentic Recipes Like Never Before

Tom Yum Kung (ต้มยำกุ้ง)

The most well-known among Thai dishes, Tom Yum Kung is a hot and sour soup with shrimp, fragrant herbs, and spices. The combination of lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves, galangal, and fresh chilies creates a symphony of flavors that is both invigorating and soothing. This dish is a perfect introduction to the bold and dynamic flavors of Thai food.

tom yum kung and other thai dishes
Tom Yum Kung – a hot and sour soup with fragrant herbs and spices.

Tom Kha Gai (ต้มข่าไก่)

Tom Kha Gai is a creamy white soup that has won the hearts of food critics worldwide, ranking among the best soups in the world. It’s characterized by the distinctive aroma of galangal, perfectly balanced with the richness of pure coconut milk. The soup incorporates various Thai herbs and spices, including lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves, and bird’s eye chili, giving it a mildly spicy flavor. This combination not only creates a delicious taste but also offers nutritional benefits and medicinal properties.

Essential Thai Desserts to Complete Your Culinary Journey in Thailand

Mango Sticky Rice (ข้าวเหนียวมะม่วง)

Your culinary journey through Thai dishes isn’t complete without indulging in Mango Sticky Rice. This beloved dessert features ripe mango slices served atop a bed of glutinous rice, drizzled with coconut milk. The combination of the creamy, slightly salty rice and the juicy mango creates a dessert that is both simple and delicious.

mango sticky rice thai dessert
Mango Sticky Rice – Delicious ripe mango slices with sticky rice and coconut milk.

Kanom Krok (ขนมครก)

Kanom Krok are delightful Thai coconut pancakes, made from a mixture of rice flour, coconut milk, and sugar. Cooked in a special cast-iron pan, these bite-sized treats are crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. Often garnished with green onions or sweet corn, Kanom Krok are perfect for a light snack or dessert.

kanom krok coconut thai dessert
Kanom Krok – Thai coconut pancakes made with rice flour, coconut milk, and sugar.

Savor Thai Dishes at our Best Restaurant in Pattaya

Exploring these iconic Thai dishes in Pattaya will not only satisfy your palate but also offer a deeper appreciation of Thailand’s flavorful cuisine. Whether you’re savoring the spicy heat of Tom Yum Kung or the sweet elegance of Mango Sticky Rice, each bite is a step closer to understanding the soul of Thai cuisine. Come enjoy these delightful treats at our restaurant where our skillful chefs inject passion into every dish they prepare. Stay comfortably at our luxury hotel in Pattaya, where we provide the best hotel offers.

thai dishes available at panorama
Many Thai dishes available at our all-day dining restaurant, Panorama.