6 best soup in Thailand
You’ve probably eaten Thai food before, it is one of the most popular cuisines in the world after all. From curries to stir-fries, Thai food is versatile and diverse. Out of all those amazing dishes, these are our favorites. The use of fresh herbs and spices gives Thai food its signature vibrant flavor. One type of dish showcases those flavors particularly well: soup. Soup in Thailand is eaten at every time of day, for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Thai soup is sometimes creamy, often spicy and always delicious. We’ve listed all our favorite Thai soups below so that you know exactly what to order or cook next time you crave Thai food.
1. Tom Ka Gai
Tom Ka Gai is a coconut chicken soup. It’s a staple of Thai and Lao cuisine and a very popular dish. This Thai coconut soup main ingredients are ginger, lemongrass, coconut, and chicken. This gives the dish a very fresh and creamy flavor. It also contains onion, lime, tomato, chili and cilantro.
2. Tom Yam Goong
Tom Yam Goong, also known as Tom Yum, might be the most popular Thai soup. It is a Thai shrimp soup that comes in either a clear or creamy version. The flavor in Tom Yum comes mainly from lemongrass, lime leaves, and ginger. Without those, it wouldn’t taste as fresh and delicious. Tom Yum is a spicy soup with a lot of chilies. It also has onion, tomato, garlic, fish sauce, sugar, lime juice, mushrooms, and cilantro. And fresh Thai shrimp of course!
3. Khao Soy
Another famous Thai soup is Khao Soy, a creamy Thai curry soup with chicken. It originally comes from the north of Thailand and is popular in Laos and Myanmar as well. The dried spices, like cardamom and coriander seed, give this soup an Indian curry-like flavor. Of course, it also has the typical Thai flavors of ginger, lime, and lemongrass. What makes Khao Soy unique is that it is served with fried noodles on top for a crunchy texture.
4. Tom Yum Noodle Soup
Although it sounds similar, Tom Yum noodle soup is very different from Tom Yam Goong. This Thai noodles soup is the local’s favorite street food. It can be any kind of noodle soup, flavored with Tom Yum spices. Which means that the cook adds lime juice, chili, ground pork, and roasted peanuts. A taste explosion! This is not your boring old noodle soup. Tom Yum noodle soup has tons of fresh, tangy and spicy flavor.
5. Bha Mee Moo Daeng
Another delightful Thai noodle soup is Bha Mee Moo Daeng, which means egg noodle soup with pork. It’s not an easy dish to make, but it is worth the effort. In this dish, you can taste the influence of Chinese cuisine on Thailand soup cooking. The soup is packed with warmth from the 5 spice, cinnamon and star anise. The noodles, vegetables, and succulent pork soak up all those delicious flavors.
6. Phaktong Tom Kati
Thai coconut soups all have that lovely creamy texture and fresh taste. Phaktong Tom Kati is a soup with shrimp, pumpkin, and coconut. Unlike most Thai soups, this one doesn’t have lemongrass and ginger. Instead, it contains lime leaves, white pepper, sugar, and egg. It might sound like a strange combination, but it works very well!
Which one would you like to taste?