Thai restaurants have gained popularity around the world, primarily due to the cuisine’s strong flavors and diverse ingredients. While simplicity is emphasized in many international cuisines, Thai food is not one of them — dishes often include a laundry list’s worth of ingredients, and they harmonize to create impressive (and delicious) results.
Check out 17 of our favorite Thai dishes and drinks before hopping a flight to Bangkok or heading to your local Thai spot to give them a try.
Nuea daet diao kaphrao thot
A dish that’s frequently consumed with alcoholic beverages, nuea daet diao kaphrao thot is sun-dried beef that’s subsequently deep-fried. It’s mixed with crispy fried basil, and served alongside a spicy dipping sauce.