Top 10 Food in Pattaya
Food is the highlight of Pattaya's tour. Thai food is famous for the balance of sour, spicy, salty, sweet and bitter. The main ingredients are seafood, fruits and vegetables. As the famous tourism city, Pattaya will give you the best taste enjoyment. Here are the top 10 food in Pattaya you must try.
1. Tom Yum Goong (Spicy Shrimp Soup)
In the name of Tom Yum Goong, 'Tom Yum Goong' means hot and sour, 'gong' means shrimp. You can find Tom Yum Goong everywhere in Pattaya and Thailand, which makes Tom Yum Goong a representative food in Thailand. In recent years, Tom Yum Goong has been popularized around the world. Tom Yum Kung soup is extremely spicy, and there is also a lot of curry in it, but after getting used to it, many people will fall in love with it.
2. Tom Kha Kai (Chicken in Coconut Soup)
Tom Kha Kai is a famous soup in Pattaya which has hundreds of years' history. Unlike Tom Yum Kung, Tom Kha Gai tastes sweeter because rich coconut milk neutralizes the spiciness of pepper and ginger. It is suitable for people who are not afraid to eat spicy food. It is very delicious. If you drink regularly, it can improve your immune system. Coconut chicken soup is sold in many street stalls in Pattaya and the whole country.
3. Pla Pao (Salt-Crusted Grilled Fish with Lemongrass)
It is a little bit disconcerting to see a whole fish with a bundle of lemongrass sticks shoved deep into its mouth, gently grilling in a Pattaya market, particularly when that fish is a ghostly white colour. What you are actually looking at is a very popular and tasty meal, though. The colour comes from a thick crust of salt, which keeps the flesh succulent and moist under the ravages of the grill while the lemongrass infuses the whole of the tilapia fish with its fruity, sour flavour. Eaten with garlic chilli seafood dipping sauce, it is a popular evening meal.
4. Gaeng Keow Wan Kai (Green Chicken Curry)
Thai red curry and Thai green curry are both popular in Thailand, but in case you can't have something too spicy, I highly recommend Gaeng Keow Wan Kai for you. It is added with coconut sauce to reduce the spicy taste and enhance the aroma, which makes chicken fresh than ever before. Eggplants are used to lower the cholesterol level. A perfect blend of green curry paste combined with coconut cream to create a thick curry that goes extremely well with rice. You should really give it a shot.
5. Khao Niaow Ma Muang (Sticky Mango Rice)
Mango sticky rice is a traditional Thai dessert made with glutinous rice, fresh mango and coconut milk, and eaten with a fork, spoon, or sometimes the hands. It is an extremely simple dish – slices of mango with a serving of sticky rice, all coated in a thick coconut sauce – but the freshness of each component makes it a powerful flavour. As with many rice-based desserts, it is best to eat mango sticky rice directly after it is purchased or cooked because when refrigerated, the glutinous sticky rice turns hard and the coconut milk expires quickly.
6. Pad Thai
Pad Thai is the most classic noodle dish in Thailand. A quick and easy preparation, it uses wide noodles, onion, egg, and a meat of your choice (prawn is popular in Pattaya) as its tasty base. Crunchy bean sprouts add an extra texture dimension, as does the traditional collection of condiments, which include ground peanuts, chilli powder, sugar and fish sauce. It can be seen in both roadside stalls and fine dining restaurants. People almost order Pad Thai every time they go to restaurant. The fresh ingredient, the right heat, and homemade sauce all make Thai-style fried rice noodles incredibly tasty.
7. Khao Pad (Fried Rice)
As popular as Pad Thai above, Khao Pad is also a must-eat in Pattaya roadside. Khao Pad mostly made with rice, chicken, shrimp, or egg, onion, and a few herbs – nothing more, nothing less. A popular lunch dish served typically with a small of lime and slices of cucumber, the secret of this dish lies in its simplicity.
8. Som Tum (Spicy Green Papaya Salad)
Som Tum is a terrific raw and spicy salad made from shredded unripe papaya, raw beans, sliced tomatoes, dried shrimp, peanuts, and fresh garlic. Green papaya Salad is one of them which can be found basically everywhere in Pattaya and Thailand from restaurants to food stalls. Besides its great taste, Som Tum can enhance your digestion and break down fat.
9. Yam Nua (Spicy Beef Salad)
If you are on a diet and can't have greasy food, well, this refreshing Thai salad will also satisfy you with the balance of spicy, sour, and salty flavor married to tender beef, aromatic herbs and fresh vegetable. Meanwhile, it reduces the intake of salt and oil. You would love to give it a thumb up once you try it!
10. Kuay Teow Lui Suan (Thai Fresh Spring Rolls with Herbs)
Kuay Teow Lui Suan is Thailand's most famous snacks. There are various ingredients are wrapped by the thin rice skin. Eat before dip it in the Thai's signature chili dip. It is super refreshing and healthy which is really suitable for people who are losing weight.