This week, the largest and most important festival of Thailand will take over the entire country. Songkran, the celebration of the traditional Thai New Year’s Day, kicks off on April 13th. Featuring merit-making, parades, pageants, and the world’s largest water festival, Songkran truly epitomizes the Thailand’s culture, traditions, and, of course, food.
Can’t make it to Thailand this year? You’re in luck! You can celebrate from the comfort of your home. Check out the top 5 Thai dishes you must try to celebrate Thai New Year the tasty way on Just Eat and order tonight.
Shake your taste buds awake with a bowl of Pad Thai. Originally popularised during the 1940s (an attempt to reduce rice consumption in Thailand so more could be exported), the dish became a firm favourite and has become one of Thailand’s best loved dishes.
A zingy mix of noodles, peanuts and prawns (though chicken, bean sprouts and tofu can sometimes make an appearance – the ingredients are guidelines rather than rules!) this is a noodle dish you’ll keep coming back to.
Massaman Curry, also called kaeng matsaman or gaeng masaman is an irresistible southern Thai takeaway. This Thai curry is mainly made with beef, but pork, lamb, chicken or tofu could also find their way into the medium sauce.
Travellers from the Middle East and India brought cumin, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg to the party, giving this takeaway a fantastic fusion flavour!
If you want to experience the core flavours of Thai food in one easy sitting, this is the dish for you and the good news is that it’s perfect for the calorie conscious. Prawns and lime juice vie for attention with hot chilli, fresh mint and coriander making this a quintessential Thai dish.
Tom Yum Soup
This soup-based dish is low in both calories and fat. You’ll see it as both a starter, where it’s a simple but tasty soup, and as a main dish, where it’s bulked up and made more filling with noodles. It has a classic hot and sour flavour.
This flavour-combo comes thanks to tamarind and lime juice (sour), chillies (hot), palm sugar (sweet) and fish sauce (salty). The other classic tom yum ingredients are lemon grass and kaffir lime leaves, which give it that unmistakeable Thai flavour.
Thai Green Curry
Thailand is famous for its colourful curries, however do not let green deceive you. It’s just as spicy as its red curry cousin, as well as having a fragrant and tasty sweetness that you won’t find in many curries.
Made with a punchy paste of green Thai herbs including green chillies, garlic, shallots, cumin and basil; the paste is mixed with coconut milk and in general is more soupy than Indian curries. Fantastic with sticky rice to soak up that gorgeous sweet and spicy sauce.