Thailand’s cuisine perfectly blends sweet, sour, and spicy dishes. Influences from neighboring countries like India and China brought flavors like curries. The Portuguese and trade routes in the 16th century introduced new ingredients such as chilies, creating the heat that so many eaters identify with Thai food. With such a large variety of flavors and options, we turned to the readers to tell us what favorite dishes and restaurants they recommend.
Just over 50 years ago, only street vendors and households prepared authentic cuisine, while restaurants mainly served Chinese dishes. Much has changed, and Thailand’s capital, Bangkok, is now full of restaurants and flourishing cooking schools. This training, along with natives immigrating to different countries, has taken Thai food worldwide. Let’s take advantage of our options in Denver and try the following recommendations.
Tom Yum Sour soup galangal root lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves, red onion, tomato, mushroom chopped cilantro. shrimp, chicken, tofu, beef, or pork.
Keng Kiewang Green curry coconut milk, bell pepper, zucchini, eggplant, bamboo shoot, green bean, Thai basil, and green curry paste.
Pad See-Ewe Fresh rice noodles stir-fried with egg, broccoli, carrots, and a brown sauce.
Kow Pad Kra Prow Thai street dish, a spicy mix of fried rice with eggs, basil, garlic, onion, chilies, broccoli, carrots, and cabbage.
Pad Thai Woon Sen Silver noodles stir-fried with egg, bean sprouts, green onions, and Pad Thai sauce. Topped with ground peanuts and lime.