15 Thai healthy foods you should try
Your trip to Thailand is coming and you still wonder about healthy foods to taste? Keep calms, guys! You are not the only one to deal with it.
Those who prefer or follow a healthy diet seem to spend more time considering the ingredients, recipes and calories of their food intake. With this mind, we suggest a list of 15 Thai healthy foods that promise to satisfy your requirements.
1. Pad Thai
The first good food to tantalize your taste buds must come to Pad Thai, a local popular and favorite street food. It consists of flat noodles, tofu, eggs, bean sprouts and sauces, and can be served a complete meal and a dessert as well.
2. Som Tam (papaya salad)
Featuring four main seasonings: sour, spicy, salty and sweet, Som Tam is without dispute a “must-eat” food when you visit Thailand. The distinct taste of this papaya salad can meet the taste of both of kids and adults, natives and foreigners.
3. Yum Ma-Muang (green mango salad)
Yum ma-muang, a popular local snack is also preferred by healthy eaters. Similar to papaya salad, it’s a tasty mix of green mango, carrots, herbs and some fresh limejuice. This salad is even healthier when excluded white or palm sugar.
4. Peanut noodles
The simple but tasty peanut noodles also need to be added in your meal. It’s made of stir-fried rice noodle, peanuts (instead of peanut butter) and tofu.
5. Yum Talay (spicy seafood salad)
Other Thai popular food is Yum Talay, a good choice of those who prefer a healthy meal with fresh seafood. It is made of squid, shrimp, mussels, scallops and crab meat or just some of them. Onions, herbs, tomato and pepper are added for a better flavor.
6. Pad Phak (stir-fried vegetables)
Stir-fried vegetables are no longer strange to dieters and Pad Phak in Thai food does the same. It’s the combination of various types of vegetables sautéed and seasoned to taste.
7. Pad Phuk Tong (stir-fried pumpkin)
Pad Phuk Tong is a stir-fried pumpkin that can satisfy an appetite of any healthy eaters, vegetarian and vegan. It’s often eaten with brown rice.
8. Gang Jay (vegetarian curry)
If you are a big fan of curries, you may try Gang Jay for its flavor and health benefits. It’s a type of vegetarian curry made of tofu or chickpea (for protein) paired with many fresh vegetables and herbs.
9. Pak Boong Fie Daeng (stir-fried morning glory)
Pak Boong Fie Daeng is a healthy food that is popular in some Southeast asian country. It’s is stir-fried morning glory added some fresh red chilli, garlic, and soy sauce. This simple yet tasty dish is a good source of Vitamin C.
10. Kai Med Ma Muang (chicken with cashew nuts)
Both of locals and foreigners love Kai Med Ma Muang, a delicious mix of stir-fried chicken, cashew nuts, soy sauce, honey, and a variety of vegetables like onions, chilies, pepper, and mushrooms. Chicken is a low-fat meat and cashew is good for blood healthy, so why don’t you order it for your meal?
11. Kuay Teow Lui Suan (fresh spring rolls)
Kuay Teow Lui Suan, fresh vegetables summer roll is good for your health. It’s packed with lettuce, basil, carrots, and sliced meat (chicken, pork, shrimp or mushroom) and commonly served with a sour and sweet dipping sauce.
12. Tom Yum Goong (spicy shrimp soup)
The protein-rich Tom Yum Goong is a typical food of Thai cuisine. This spicy shrimp soup is the result of combing various ingredients for flavor, including lemongrass, chilli, galangal, kaffier lime leaves, shallots, fresh limejuice and plenty of fish sauce.
13. Chicken Satay
Chicken satay is one of the most preferred street foods by kids and adults alike. Chicken is a low-fat meat and peanut sauce served alongside has anti-oxidant properties, thereby, making it a healthy food for you to try.
14. Green Chicken Curry
Other good food to tease your taste buds is green chicken curry. It’s a delicious mix of chicken, coconut milk, onions, lime leaves, basil leaves and green curry paste (in Thai style). The dish can also be made with beef or fish.
15. Tom Kha Kai (chicken coconut soup)
Aside from chicken curry, a Thai chicken coconut soup named Tom Kha Kai need to be mentioned in the list. This dish consists of chicken as main ingredients, thinly sliced young galangal, crushed shallots, stalks of lemongrass and coconut milk.
There are many healthy foods that you can try when traveling to Thailand. Back to the simple rule: how much you eat decides the how many calories your body gets. So, make sure that you also watch your consumption, not just the ingredients. By doing this, you can definitely treat yourself with dishes that are high in calories.