Popular menus and useful expressions about food in Thai language.

Do you love eating Thai food? Do you want to learn some expressions in Thai language in regards of Foods? Thai food is very popular all over the world because it is a national culture and has a delicious taste and I’m sure you know some famous Thai foods. 

Here I would like to share about popular menus among Thai people and useful expressions about food in Thai language. Thai food in each region varies according to the lifestyle and culture of each locality. Here you will see the different menus of Thai food in the 4 regions. Have you ever tried these menus? Please check it out

Firstly, Central Thai food

The food that most foreigners know and eat is the central region. Therefore, making this region’s food more distinctive than other regions. What are the menus that are popular? I’m pretty sure everyone knows Tom yum kung, Pad Thai, green curry and chicken fried rice, etc.

tôm yam kûng ต้มยำกุ้ง Spicy prawn soup

phàt Thai ผัดไทย Fried noodles Thai style

kaang khǐaw wǎan kài แกงเขียวหวานไก่ Green curry with chicken

khâawphàt kài ข้าวผัดไก่ Fried rice with chicken.

Secondly, Northern Thai food

When you have a chance to travel to the northern Thailand, you will definitely want to try ordering local food that is famous and popular, such as Sai ua, Nam Prik Num, Nam Prik Ong, usually northern people eat Nam Prik Ong with Cab Moo and fresh vegetables and the most famous and popular food  is Khao Soi Gai and Kanom Jeen Nam Ngiao. In addition, northern people also have a Khantoke food culture which is an important identity of them.

Sâi-ùa ไส้อั่ว Northern Thai sausage

nám phrík nùm น้ำพริกหนุ่ม Northern Thai Green Chilli Dip

nám phrík òong น้ำพริกอ่อง Spicy Northern Thai pork and tomatoes.

We usually eat with khâap mǔu แคบหมู Crispy pork skin and phàk sòt ผักสด fresh vegetables.

khâaw sooy kài ข้าวซอยไก่ Northern Thai curry noodles with chicken

Khànǒm jiin nám ngíaw ขนมจีนน้ำเงี้ยว Thai Rice Noodles with Spicy Pork Sauce.

Thirdly, Northeastern Thai food

The character of Isan people is always cheerful. Like having fun, it gives Isan food a unique flavor that is refreshing, salty, sour and spicy. Isan food is considered to be a very popular food among Thai people because of its delicious taste and easy to eat. You can eat it everywhere. The most popular menus are sticky rice, papaya salad, and grilled chicken. There is also Larb moo (minced pork salad) and roasted pork neck.

The most popular menu is sticky rice, papaya salad and grilled chicken

khâaw nǐaw sôm tam kài yâang ข้าวเหนียวส้มตำไก่ย่าง

mǔu nám tòk หมูน้ำตก Slide grilled pork salad

lâap mǔu ลาบหมู Minced pork salad

khoo mǔu yâang คอหมูย่าง Charcoal-boiled pork neck

Lastly, Southern Thai food

Southern Thai food is a dish that is spicier than other regions and has a strong smell of spices to quench the fishy smell of seafood such as shrimps, mussels, crabs, and fish. The southern dishes that are popular among Thai people are stir fried minced pork with yellow curry paste, southern Thai rice salad, fish kidney curry, stir fried Sato, fried fish turmeric and etc.

khûa klîng mǔu คั่วกลิ้งหมู Stir fried minced pork with yellow curry paste

the must try is khâaw yam tâi ข้าวยำใต้ Southern Thai rice salad

kaang tai plaa แกงไตปลา Fish kidney curry

phàt sàtoo ผัดสะตอ Stir fried Sato

Plaa saay thôot khamîn ปลาทรายทอดขมิ้น Fried fish turmeric

Let’s learn Thai language with these useful expressions about food.

1- ร้านอาหารไทยอร่อย ๆ อยู่ที่ไหน
Ráan aahǎan Thai aròoy aròoy yùu thîi nǎi?       
Where is a good Thai restaurant?

2 – ช่วยแนะนำร้านอาหารเหนืออร่อย ๆ หน่อยได้ไหม
Chûay nánam ráan aahǎan nǔa aròoy aròoy nòoy dâi mǎi?
Could you recommend a good Northern Thai restaurant, please?

3 – คุณเคยกินอาหารอีสานหรือยัง
Khun kheey kin aahǎan iisǎan rǔu yang?
Have you ever eaten Isan food? 

4 – คุณชอบเมนูไหนบ้าง  
Khun chôop meenuu nǎi bâang?
Which menu do you like?

5 – ผม/ฉันอยากชิมอาหารใต้
Phǒm/Chǎn yàak chim aahǎan tâi.
I would like to try Southern food.


It can be seen that Thai food is diverse, distinctive and has unique cooking methods and ingredients. If you have a chance to come to Thailand and travel to different regions, do not forget to taste the food that I have recommended. There are also many more popular Thai dishes waiting for you to discover and taste. I believe you will have a great and great experience. Hope you can bring these sentences that I have taught to start conversations with Thai people.


What dishes have you eaten and what are your favorite dishes?

คุณชอบอาหารไทยอะไรบ้างคะ Khun chôop aahǎan Thai àrai bâang khá?