9 Massively Tasty Thai Dishes

Written By: Mark Wiens

Food expert Mark Weins shares his favorite Thai Dishes that are not to be missed. 

Fish is a major part of Thai cuisine, and in Thailand it’s not just the neat boneless fillets that are used, but the entirety of the fish.

Thai Dishes – Food to Try in Thailand

Thai dishes - Fish is a major part of Thai cuisine, and in Thailand the entirety of the fish is used. Here are 9 Thai dishes you don't want to miss featuring fish.
9 tasty Thai fish dishes

1. Pla Pao

Thai fish dishes - Pla Pao
Pla Pao

Roasted fish in Thailand is stuffed with crushed lemongrass stalks, coated in a thick layer of salt, and roasted over low coals on the grill.

Tear away the skin, grab a chunk of the moist flaky flesh, dip it into the sweet and sour chili sauce, and you’ve got a bite to cherish!

2. Pla Duk Yang

Thai fish dishes - Pla Duk Yang
Pla Duk Yang

Not being the prettiest of creatures, catfish luckily make up flavor wise for what they lose with their looks. Smoked over low heat, catfish soak up an unbelievable amount of smokiness to add to their addictive taste. The flesh remains firm, almost meat like, while the skin turns golden and crunchy!

3. Pla Kapong Neung Manao

Thai food - Pla Kapong Neung Manao
Pla Kapong Neung Manao

Known as Asian seabass, or barramundi, this fish is first steamed plain and then drenched in a zesty lime soup. The heaps of garlic, fresh diced chillies, and cilantro are the taste-bud-awakening flavors that make it such a remarkable Thai dish.

4. Pla Tod Cumin

Thai food - Pla Tod Cumin
Pla Tod Cumin

Marinated in freshly ground turmeric root, then deep fried to a crisp, these little guys are the definition of comforting culinary satisfaction. Along with a big plate of rice, pla tod cumin is one of my favorite things to eat in Thailand!

5. Miang Pla Too

Thai dishes - Miang Pla Too
Miang Pla Too

Miang pla too is a little meal package that includes a fried mackerel, soft rice noodles (khanom jeen), lettuce and napa cabbage leaves, and a variety of different herbs.

In similar fashion to constructing a taco, grab a piece of lettuce, fill it up with noodles, a piece of fish, throw some herbs on top, and be sure to generously douse it in chili lime sauce before devouring!

6. Pla Tod Rad Prik

Thai cuisine - Pla Tod Rad Prik
Pla Tod Rad Prik

Deep fried fish is delicious enough on its own, but take the fried fish and baptize it in a sweet and sour chili laced sauce, and you’ve got a recipe of ultimate tastiness.

7. Pad Pla Keun Chai

what to eat in Thailand - Pad Pla Keun Chai
Pad Pla Keun Chai

Along with the marvels of intact fish dishes, various forms of stir fried fish are also common in Thai cuisine. Pad pla keun chai is a fantastic dish that’s flavored with oyster sauce and fried in combination with red chillies and baby celery leaves.

8. Pla Chon Lui Suan

fish dishes to try in Thailand - Pla Chon Lui Suan
Pla Chon Lui Suan

If there’s one Thai dish that boasts the quintessential tastes of Thai cuisine on a single plate it’s pla chon lui suan.

Steamed with a garden of vegetables, coated in a fiery hot and dangerously tart dressing, and topped with pungent slices of raw garlic and mint sprigs, each mouthful delivers a blast of culinary delight.

9. Pla Ta Pien Tom Kem

traditional fish dishes in Thailand - Pla Ta Pien Tom Kem
Pla Ta Pien Tom Kem

Simmered for over 20 hours in a bath of sugar cane juice and ginger, pla ta pien tom kem is a unique traditional Thai dish. The tender flesh is so soft that you can actually slice straight through the bones and eat the entire carcass!

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About Mark Wiens

Mark Wiens was raised in Central Africa, graduated from university in the United States, and eventually migrated to Southeast Asia. On Migrationology, he shares discoveries from his obsession with food and travel. He also blogs about mouthwatering Thai street food, his untreatable addiction!

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9 thoughts on “9 Massively Tasty Thai Dishes”

  1. I would love to visit Thailand. Heard soo many wonderful things about there. Where should I stay once there? Moderately priced 5 star?

  2. YUM! I love fish and all things spicy so think I would like a lot of these dishes. Unfortunately I was only in Thailand for a couple of weeks so far this year, so have yet to try any of these, but I’m looking forward to getting back there now!

  3. Since Ayngelina showed me how to eat a whole fish last year in Buenos Aires, I am ready to explore the culinary delights of Thailand!

  4. Hi,

    I love your articles.

    I would love to try to make ‘Pla Ta Pien Tom Kem’. Do you know where I could find the recipe for this?

    Thanks, Bea