Most people often think that when it comes to Thai cuisine, they are bound to be served with hot and spicy dishes. However, this is a misconception that has to be finally broken, as Thai food comes in a wide array of flavours, only that the hot and spicy variants tend to stand out among the rest. If you check out a Thai restaurant in Singapore, you will be surprised that the menu actually offers different types of non-spicy dishes, all of which you should try.
But which dishes are worth checking out if you’re not a fan of hot and spicy food? Here are the top picks:
Pad Thai, as we know it, is the country’s flagship dish. A noodle dish that is doused with a sweet and savoury sauce, Pad Thai often comes with lemon zest, galangal, ground peanuts, egg, and chicken or seafood pieces. What makes this noodle dish truly worth trying is that it not only awakens the senses because of its unique explosion of flavours, but also because it makes you full throughout the day without feeling bloated.
Meanwhile, if you are looking for a more savoury alternative to Pad Thai, then you may want to go for Pad See Eiw. Also consisting of wide rice noodles, the Pad See Eiw consists of chicken and broccoli which are fried in soy sauce. This noodle dish likewise satisfies the senses, although you may feel a tinge of Chinese influence on it due to the abundant use of soy sauce.
Meanwhile, if you are inclined towards a vegetarian or vegan diet, then you should try Thai spring rolls. These spring rolls consist of mung bean sprouts, chopped chayote, and other chunky vegetables stuffed inside egg wrappers and deep fried to perfection. These spring rolls are dipped in a sweet and sour sauce, sometimes with red chillies on it.
Spring rolls are popular as street food, but despite being deep fried, they still feel light on the stomach. So yes, if you are looking for a quick fix in between meals, then this is the dish to grab.
Have you ever heard of curry that isn’t spicy? It can be uncommon but there is actually a type of curry that isn’t that spicy, and it can be found in Thailand. The Massaman curry offers a rather sweet and tangy flavour due to the use of coconut juice and other sweeter blend of spices, which is a stark difference from the country’s other curry variants. It does have a hot after-taste that keeps one’s senses awake, and is known for keeping the stomach full.
Pad Pak Ruam Mitr
Indeed, Thai cuisine involves a lot of meat and rice, but it also has vegetable dishes to offer-and they are not spicy. One of the most popular veggie dishes you can find in a Thai restaurant in Singapore is the Ruam mitr, which literally means “everything mixed together.”
In this dish, you will be getting a mix of various vegetables (usually whatever veggies are in the restaurant kitchen) stir-fried in oyster sauce. It is often served as an appetizer for foreigners, but locals eat it with rice and a separate meat dish.
Pad Fuktong Sai Kai
Pad Fuktong Sai Kai is a sweet delicacy whose main ingredients are pumpkin and eggs. It can be eaten with rice when the flavour is too sweet, but it is often regarded to be a kind of Thai dessert.
This dish is not really common in Thai restaurants, but there are those that include it in their menu.