Have you ever truly experienced authentic Thai cuisine?

Cuisine is an integral part of Thailand’s traditional culture. The hospitality, warmth in communication, and passion for the culinary arts of the Thai people have elevated Thai cuisine to new heights and made it popular worldwide, including in Vietnam. Finding a Thai-style restaurant is no longer exclusive to every Vietnamese, but experiencing the full flavor of the Land of Smiles is not something everyone gets to try!

The Essence of Thai Cuisine Infused with distinctive flavors of sour, spicy, salty, sweet, sometimes with a hint of bitterness, each Thai dish is uniquely harmonized — a distinct signature of the cuisine here. It has become a highlight that once tasted, it’s hard to forget for any traveler. Like some countries around the world, Thai cuisine is a delicate blend of Eastern and Western influences, especially from neighboring countries like India, Indonesia, Myanmar, China… yet it still manages to create unique highlights. It’s a harmonious fusion, creating dishes that are sometimes fiery and tongue-numbingly spicy, other times sour, salty, or rich, providing both digestive aid and mental refreshment. Additionally, the vibrant colors of the dishes captivate diners with the red of chili, the yellow of turmeric, the purple of beetroot, the green of pandan leaves, and various herbs and vegetables.

Thai cuisine encompasses the royal cuisine of the past and the cuisine of the four regions across the country, each with its distinctive characteristics in cooking styles. In the Northern and Northeastern regions influenced by Myanmar and Laos, the dishes are often cooked to medium, with fewer intense spices, less chili, and hardly any sweetness. Popular dishes here include sticky rice and various spicy soups.

In contrast, Central Thai cuisine is a combination of the finest dishes from different regions with more complex, elaborate cooking techniques, leaning towards sweetness and artistic presentation. Common dishes include red Thai curry, tom yum soup with fried eggs in the Thai style.

For Southern Thai cuisine, influenced by India and Indonesia, the dishes use many spices, especially hot peppers. Signature Southern dishes include soups, curries (gang liang, gang tai pla), khao yam salad, and various fresh seafood like fish, shrimp, lobster, crab, squid, clams, and oysters.

Thai cuisine offers a rich variety, diverse across regions, yet there are still traditional dishes that instantly evoke the essence of the Land of Smiles, such as Pad Thai, sour soup, seafood hotpot… Just as pho is considered a symbol of Vietnamese culinary culture, Pad Thai (Thai-style stir-fried noodles) is the quintessence of traditional Thai cuisine. Pad Thai shares similarities with Vietnamese stir-fried noodles but adds a unique blend of spicy, sour, sweet flavors.

Or the tantalizing sour shrimp soup (Tom Yum) with its fragrant broth, creamy coconut milk, and intense, distinctive spicy flavor; the hearty Thai seafood hotpot with the fiery taste of chili, fresh ginger, fragrant lime leaves, and a hint of sweetness; the refreshing green papaya salad, mildly spicy yet distinctly Thai; fragrant, sticky mango rice, refreshing and sweet…

Where to savor diverse Thai dishes with authentic flavors? While not the pioneering Thai cuisine restaurant, Koh Yam Thai Kitchen remains a top recommendation for those craving Thai cuisine in Vietnam. Offering a diverse menu with over 60 dishes bursting with sour, spicy, salty, sweet flavors. Most other Thai restaurants only specialize in hotpots and salads, but at Koh Yam Thai Kitchen, you’ll experience every flavor. Here, you’ll feel like strolling through the bustling streets of Thailand, exploring its cuisine: whether it’s Tomyum Thai hotpot; Deep-fried sea mushrooms with Tomyum powder; Seafood vermicelli salad; Salt-coated chicken wings; Grilled pork neck; Various Pad Thai dishes; Thai-style noodles, or curry dishes, fried rice, mango sticky rice…

Seafood vermicelli salad represents the harmony of vegetables with intense spices, creating a hot and spicy sensation. When eaten, you’ll feel a mild, lingering heat without being overpowering, slightly sour yet refreshing, stimulating the taste buds, heralding a meal full of variations.

Delicious seafood salad with attractive presentation You can’t miss Pad Thai — an iconic dish

The restaurant confidently claims to be among the first to bring authentic Pad Thai to Hanoi. Indeed, if you’ve been to Thailand and tasted this regional delicacy, its flavor is unforgettable, making you more discerning in your culinary adventures. However, trying Pad Thai at Koh Yam Thai Kitchen will surely satisfy you. The ingredients and spices blend seamlessly, without being scattered; the noodles are not too soft, the tangy flavor stimulates the palate with tamarind sauce and the nutty aroma of peanuts, the sweetness of shrimp and squid, a delicate combination.

A nutrition-packed Pad Thai dish: protein from beef, calcium-rich shrimp, vegetables providing Vitamin C. For a quick change of taste during a short lunch break, you can head to Thai Koh Yam and enjoy seafood Thai vermicelli noodles with peace of mind! A bowl full of goodness including: squid, shrimp, clams, fish cakes, vegetables, mushrooms, providing you with enough energy for the rest of the day. Sipping the broth, tangy, spicy, with the refreshing scent of lemongrass, is invigorating; you’ll find yourself finishing it without even realizing.

After eating these dishes, save some room to try the famous mango sticky rice! The sticky rice here is delicious, with authentic Thai flavors, topped with coconut milk and ripe mangoes, you’ll fall in love with this dish instantly. The rice is chewy, neither too mushy nor too dry, fragrant with pandan leaves, creamy with coconut milk, eaten with sweet, ripe mangoes, there’s no dessert that can match this delicacy. It’s a creative, skillful combination of the Thai people that we must acknowledge.

May 8, 2024

By Quang Tran Duy

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