Food in Thailand is very diverse, there’s lots of mouthwatering options, especially for kids and picky eaters like my own children.
Living in Thailand for several months with my children has shown me food in Thailand can be fantastic for children to explore while their tastebuds are still developing.
There are mild flavours, spicy, crunchy, sweet and sour. Let’s explore the most iconic and popular food in Thailand for kids and those picky eaters when you travel in Thailand.
Mild Food in Thailand for kids
We know kids prefer milder foods, especially when it comes to trying out new dishes for the first time. Below I have listed the mild Thai foods that kids will enjoy while you travel. My kids favourite was the Tom Kha Gia.
Tom Kha Gai (Chicken in Coconut Soup)
Tom Kha Gai is related to tom yum, it’s mild and not spicy. It offers children with a lower tolerance to spicy food the opportunity to taste the same beautiful Thai flavours.
The Thai dish comes with a lot of rich and creamy coconut milk creating a sweet soup. Substitute the chicken for tofu and mixed vegetables for a vegetarian option.
Pad Thai (Thai Style Fried Noodle)
A Thai national dish, Pad Thai is one of the first foods I explored while living in Thailand. Pad Thai, a fried noodle dish which is made with shrimp or chicken, the vegetarian option is very popular too.
My children loved Pad Thai when we lived in Thailand. What makes it great is the availability. Pad Thai is cheap, quick and easy and we found it available on every street corner throughout Thailand.
Pad See Eiw (Thick Noodle Dish)
The dish Pad See Eiw comes with thick rice noodles, stir-fried in a dark soy sauce with chicken, beef, pork or vegetables usually with Asian broccoli or cabbage. It has a rich fragrant flavour and a great option for kids to eat. We found it similar to Pad Thai which was perfect for us as a family.
Sweet and sour Food in Thailand for kids
Children love variety and you’ll find plenty of this in Thai cuisine. Sweet and sour dishes are a great way to introduce a range of flavours to children during your travels in Thailand.
Kai Jeow (Thai Omelette)
A top breakfast dish in Thailand is one of the simplest Thai dishes I know; Kai Jeow which is basically a Thai omelette. Packed high in protein, Kai Jeow is served with rice and sweet chilli sauce. It’s not unusual to have some vegetables added to your Thai omelette. Here’s mine below from Koh Lanta.
Kai Med Ma Muang (Chicken with Cashew Nuts)
A local Thai favourite Kai Med Ma (Chicken with cashew nuts) is a sweet dish loved by children and adults due to it’s non spicy flavour. Kai Med Ma is made with stir-fried chicken, cashew nuts, onions, chillies, peppers, soy sauce, mushrooms and added honey.
You will find this Thai dish varies with different vegetables throughout the north and south of Thailand.
Kao Niew Ma Muang (Mango and Sticky Rice)
Mango and sticky rice, my favourite Thai dish (Kao Niew Ma Muang) is a simple, delicious dessert option for food in Thailand, I absolutely loved mango and sticky rice as much as the kids, my baby even cried for more. Irresistible.
Made from sticky rice, fresh mango slices, and a serving of sweet condensed milk. In some locations, usually in Northern Thailand they add sweet rice-crispy type crunch sprinkles to the rice. Watch out for blue coloured rice for a touch of creativity,Amazing!
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Spicy Food in Thailand for kids
Some children prefer spicy foods, my son didn’t take too well to spicy food, my toddler on the other hand eats spicy food almost daily. I’ve included some top spicy food in Thailand below, you can either give it a try or steer clear.
Panang (Thai Curry)
One of Thailands mildest currys, Panang Curry is a well know iconic Thai dish. Served with shrimp and has a distinct red colour from the red chilies that are mixed into the red curry paste. Panang curry is salty and sweet, with a nutty peanut flavour.
Gaeng Keow Wan (Green Curry)
Thai Green Curry is the spiciest curry of all. I like spicy food, I found this to be delicious, if you want it milder you can request more coconut milk. Green curry is made from fresh green chillies, ginger and eggplant, coconut milk and served with a side of steamed rice.
Fruits and Smoothies in Thailand for kids
Kids will not only love food in Thailand but the variety of fruits and smoothies in abundance will get them excited to try new flavours. You can’t help by try every single friut on offer. My kids and I have listed our top fruits and smoothies to try in Thailand.
There are two types of dragonfruit in Thailand, red and white. I found the white was better in a smoothie, the red was best eaten as a fruit snack or dessert due to having a much sweeter taste.
Dragonfruit is relatively expensive in Europe, mainly imported from Thailand and Indonesia, if you like it then I suggest you indulge yourself in this Asian superfruit, $3 will get you a few kilos.
Common choices of fruit smoothies in Thailand include; mango, dragonfruit, coconut, watermelon, papaya, orange, pineapple, lime, cantaloupe, lychee and strawberry.
Everywhere you go you’ll find a stall or vendor selling smoothies made fresh to order. Mix up the flavours, it’s a great way for kids to try a range of fruits packed high in vitamins.
Heard of a Fruit Lassi?
A fruit lassi is different to a fruit smoothie in that a lassi contains majority yogurt, whereas the fruit smoothies contains more fruit.
In most cases fruit smoothies contain no yogurt. You can also get a lassi which does not contain any fruit. I promise!