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The Yummiest

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CNN Travel has recently placed Thai Massaman curry as the No. 1 dish in “The World’s 50 Best Foods” list. Tom Yum Kung in the eighth place, and Som Tam in the 46th show that the Kingdom is well placed among the culinary destinations in the world.
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1st: Thai Massaman Curry

The king of curries, and perhaps the king of all foods. Spicy, coconutty, sweet and savoury. Even the packet sauce you buy from the supermarket can make the most delinquent of cooks look like a Michelin potential. Thankfully, someone invented rice, with which diners can mop up the last drizzles of curry sauce. “The Land of Smiles” is where the world’s most delicious food is sold on nearly every street corner.

Price: cheap

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8th: Tom Yam Kung – Hot & Sour Soup with Shrimp

This Thai masterpiece combines shrimp, mushrooms, tomatoes, lemongrass, galangal, and kaffir lime leaves. Usually loaded with coconut milk and cream, the hearty soup unifies a host of favourite Thai tastes: sour, salty, spicy and sweet.

Price: very cheap

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46th: Som Tam Thai – Green Papaya Salad

Pound garlic and chillies with a mortar and pestle. Toss in tamarind juice, fish sauce, peanuts, dried shrimp, tomatoes, lime juice, sugar cane paste, string beans and a handful of grated green papaya. Grab a side of sticky rice. Variations include those made with crab (som tam pu) and fermented fish sauce (som tam pla ra), but none matches the flavour and simple beauty of the original.

Price: the cheapest


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