Having Thai Breakfast, thinking about having brunch, it is just close. There is no egg in particular but everything!
In the western worlds, breakfast will be a kind of eating bread or cereal and eggs. For Thai, which has thousands of kinds of dishes can eat anything available in the morning. To classify what is exclusively THAI breakfast, just go to the market in the morning and if you see something ready to eat there, they are THAI breakfast. Yes, in Thailand, you can eat the same foods for breakfast as you eat for lunch or for dinner.
We are going to introduce some of the popular things among those thousand dishes that Thai people love to eat for breakfast and you could see it almost everywhere in the morning at the food stall or home cooked. Some of them may look likes Chinese food, Vietnamese food, Indian food. Our ancestry influences each other and develops its own taste from a local ingredient. Finally, it can be milder, stronger, or sometimes difference flavour but just look similar appearance.
Here is some list of popular Thai Breakfast.
1. Khao Raad Kaeng (ข้าวราดแกง)
A most typical Thai breakfast that you could see everywhere around the country. It is a various kind of curry topped on a bed of steamed rice. "Kaeng" means curry, a common menu of Thai dishes.
The curry will refresh you up with lots of nutrition and will arrange yourselves to ready to work. There's hundreds kind of curry in Thailand. You can put one or more than one kind of curry on a top of rice plate.
However, Khao Raad Kaeng is not just top with curry. Any stir-fried meat or vegetable, grill chicken, sausage or a fried egg on a side is also common to this dish. Khao Radd Kaeng is available all day, lunch and dinner also a good time for it.
Another version of Khao Raad Kaeng is a white round fermented noodle called "Khanom Jean" (ขนมจีน). All kinds of curry good with steamed rice are also good with Khanom Jean but two kinds of curry "Nam Prik" and "Nam Ya" are made for eating with Khanom Jean only.
2. Khao Man Gai (ข้าวมันไก่)
Rice cooked in chicken broth with boiled chicken slices. Very common served at almost every street corner vendor. The ginger, chilli, soy sauce made the rice and chicken to a mouth-watering dish, serve with a clear chicken soup as a side. Garnish with cilantro and cucumber.
3. Pad Thai (ผัดไทย)
Pad Thai has 3 major tastes of sweet, salty and sour. Pad Thai in Thailand may not the same taste as an American version. It is made with soaked dried rice noodles stir-fried with eggs, chopped firm tofu. Flavoured with tamarind pulp squeeze, fish sauce, palm sugar, garlic and shallots. Garnished with roasted ground peanuts, fresh bean sprouts, garlic chives. It may contain with pickled radishes, raw banana flowers, raw bean sprouts. It is close to a vegetarian menu only substitute the fish sauce with soy sauce and omit the shrimp.
4. Joke (โจ๊ก)
An easy remember name for western people. It is the thick rice congee porridge that is similar to the Chinese Congee. It is almost similar to the instant oatmeal but cooked from rice boiled until it dissolved.
There are some of porkballs, chicken slice, fish slice to choose to fill in. Garnished with the thin slices of ginger, cilantro, fried garlic oil and black pepper. Served hot with cracked egg(s) in the middle of a bowl.
5. Khao Tom (ข้าวต้ม)
A kind of plain rice in clear soup, but instead of the rice being dissolved into a porridge, you can see a grain of rice. Khao tom (ข้าวต้ม) use the steamed rice cooked in broth with other ingredients. It is often eaten with a mix of seafood, fish slices, chicken slices or porkballs. Garnished with celery, fried garlic oil and black pepper.
6. Khao Pad (ข้าวผัด)
Thai version Fried Rice or Khao Pad is one of the most order for Thai people 24 hours. There are many kinds of meat to put with the fried rice, but if you can not choose what is your preference, just ask for Khao Pad Ruam Mitt. Then you will get all mixed of meat including; beef, pork chicken, prawn, squid in one dish.
The luxurious type of Fried Rice can be Khao Pad Poo. It is a crabmeat fried rice with another ingredient like eggs, spring onion.
The common spicy version of Khao Pad is the Khao Pad Kra Pow. A meat fried rice with chilli mince garlic and holy basil that is considered as one of the most popular street food
7. Kao Kai Jeow (ข้าวไข่เจียว)
Known as an omelette rice or a steamed rice bedding covered with Thai style omelette. This menu is very popular for home cooked breakfast as it is easy and take the least time preparation. There are many ways to add on to taste the Thai omelette but the plain omelette already provide a great taste. A special order of another ingredient are minced pork, shredded prawns, steamed crab meat, or an onion.
8. Pa Ton Go (ปาท่องโก๋)
A golden deep fried doughnut which is fluffy inside and crunchy outside. It is the same version as Chinese doughnuts.
There are 2 kinds of Pa Tong Go. One is round shape sweet style and a long shape salty style. They are common breakfast snacks in Thailand but salty ones seem to be more popular.
Pa Tong Go usually eat with coffee, dip with condensed milk or Thai custard or garnished small pieces in a Joke (porridge) bowl
9. Tom Luad Moo (ต้มเลือดหมู)
The name itself is boiled pork blood. A very common for Thai breakfast. A soup of coagulated pig's blood, pork liver, lungs, intestine, pork balls in a broth. Garnished with lettuce, celery, and black pepper. It is usually eaten with steamed rice.
10. Kao Neow Moon with choice of topping (ข้าวเหนียวมูนหน้าต่างๆ)
The Khao New Moon is a steamed sticky rice cooked in a sweet coconut cream. It is a sweet version of a sticky rice which will be topped with a choice of a custard slice (Sang Kaya), Kaffir lime leaf shrimp (Na Kung), Candy coconut (Na Kra Cheek) or the best known around the world is ripen mango or called "Khao Neow Ma Muang" (ข้าวเหนียวมะม่วง)
11. Khao Neow Moo Ping (ข้าวเหนียวหมูปิ้ง)
Moo ping (หมูปิ้ง) are little skewers of grilled pork. This moo Ping very get along with sticky rice. With it sweet tasty flavour, they are popular for not only at the morning market but also could see almost everywhere 24 hours.
Khao Neow Moo Ping is also popular for a packing lunch as it can be a finger food serving without plate, forks, knives or spoons. The sticky rice usually packed into a plastic bag where it can be eaten directly from the bag.
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