4 Dishes You Might Be Missing At Your Local Thai Restaurant

If you're falling into a rut of always going to an Italian or French restaurant for dinners out and getting the same thing, then it might be time for a change. One way to get out of this rut and try something new and exciting is by giving your local Thai restaurant a try. Thai food is a great way to get new flavors on your plate, yet it's still familiar enough to appeal to the Italian and French food lovers, as well. Here are some of the "greatest hits" of any Thai restaurant's menu. 

Pad Thai

This classic dish includes all of the quintessential Thai flavors, like peanuts, lime, and cilantro. This is a perfect one for the less adventurous diner, as it is often served in a watered-down version in many pan-Asian restaurants. Consisting of egg noodles in a peanut sauce with lime and tofu or chicken and a variety of vegetables like peppers, onions, and celery, this one is always a favorite. 

Tom Yung Goong

This is real, authentic Thai food at it's finest. A spicy lemongrass and fish broth with shrimp, shallots, chilis and mushrooms, this soup is a great main course if you want the full Thai experience in one bowl. Also referred to as Tom Yum Goong or simply Tom Yum, this well-known soup has a hot and sour kick that is guaranteed to wake up your taste buds. 

Cashew Chicken

Another one on the more familiar side of the spectrum, this dish is a bit more of a rogue on the menu, as it uses cashews instead of peanuts for a nutty flavor. It looks like a stir fry with chunks of chicken and whole cashews along with the classic Thai veggies like peppers and shallots, this is a good option for diners who are gluten-free or on the paleo diet, as it often doesn't contain noodles. 

Massaman Curry

This dish is similar to an Indian curry in that it is spiced with cumin, tamarind, cinnamon, and other similar, earthy spices. Massaman curry is usually served with beef, but can occasionally be had with chicken or tofu, and other ingredients include coconut milk, potatoes, and, of course, peppers, shallots and mushrooms. As a bonus, this dish has been voted one of the most delicious foods in the world, so it's a safe bet for anyone. 

Thai cuisine is far too often overlooked by those looking for some reliably good food, and is rarely seen as a regular attraction by those who frequent more mainstream Western restaurants. However, the culinary goldmine that can be found at any Thai restaurant is not to be missed, and is guaranteed to be a welcome addition to anyone's restaurant rotation, especially if one of these four delicious entrees ends up on the table.