Like most Southeast Asian cuisines, Thai cuisine needs no introduction as it’s one of the most popular cuisines in the world. Everything from its soups to its infamous Pad Thai is known to the international world. Walking by a Thai restaurant, you become overwhelmed by the rich smell of the flavours and fragrances of Thai food.
Qatar is home to several restaurants serving various Asian cuisines and Thai cuisine is on top of the list. If you haven’t tried Thai food yet, you better give it a try with the help of this ‘Food File’, where Marhaba tells you what are the Thai dishes you need to try and where:
Tom Yum Goong (Spicy Shrimp Soup)
A bold, refreshing blend of fragrant lemongrass, chilli, galangal, lime leaves, shallots, lime juice and fish sauce shapes this classic soup, giving it its legendary herbal kick. Succulent fresh prawns and straw mushrooms lend it body. A versatile dish that can fit within virtually any meal, the distinctive smell reminds you of exotic perfume, while it’s invigorating sour-spicy-hot taste just screams ‘Thailand’.
Gang Keow Wan (Green Chicken Curry)
One of the most famous and sought after Thai dishes is Thai green curry. Green curry paste, coconut milk, bamboo shoots, chicken, Thai basil, Thai eggplant and the ever present herbs and roots of Thai cuisine (lemongrass, galangal, lime leaves etc), make this curry an unforgettable blend of delights. It is usually prepared quite soupy so a plate of rice is necessary to sop up every intricate drop.
Kai Jiew Moo Saap (Omelet)
A real Thai comfort food and something everyone can cook is the Thai style omelet. Eggs are beat up with a dash of fish sauce and soy sauce and then minced pork is added. The egg mixture is then deep fried into an omelet that pleases a palette of rice. It is best eaten with a squirt of chili sauce (sauce prik).
Pad Thai (Thai style Fried Noodles)
The default international Thai dish is dropped in a searing hot wok, fistfuls of small, thin or wide noodles to a steamy minute-long dance alongside crunchy beansprouts, onion and egg, before disembarking for the nearest plate, using a quartet of accompanying condiments – fish sauce, sugar, chilli powder and finely ground peanuts.
Kai Med Ma Muang (Chicken with Cashew Nuts)
It’s a widely contrast textured dish that saut’s chicken alongside roasted cashews, sweet soy sauce, onions, chilies, pepper, carrot and mushrooms. Perhaps it’s the sweetening dash of honey that appeals. The important thing is that this dish works – it’s simple but scrumptious, a little bit tame and yet still totally Thai.
Marhaba Picks: Hotels and independent restaurants, offering Thai cuisine in Qatar (in no particular order):
- Sabai Thai (V/NV), The Westin Doha Hotel & Spa, Bin Mahmoud | 4492 1555
- Elements ( Asian V/NV), Four Seasons Hotel Doha | 4494 8600
- Hwang ( Asian V/NV), InterContinental Doha The City | 4015 8888
- Asian Traditional Restaurant (Chinese, Thai and Filipino, V/NV), Near TV Roundabout, Markhiya & Barwa Village, Al Wakrah Road | 3324 7435
- Far East Restaurant (Chinese and Thai, V/NV), Markhiya Complex, Khalifa Street, Markhiya | 4487 1313
- Amjad Thai Snack and Massage Restaurant (V/NV), Al Nasser Street (Al Mirqab Al Jadeed), Off Salwa Road | 4432 9704
- Wok of Fame (Arabian, Italian, Spanish, Mexican, Thai, Filipino, Indian and Chinese, V/NV), Ground Floor, Villaggio | 4413 4772
- Thai Noodles (V/NV), Near Bus Stand, Al Ghanim and Near Islamic Centre, Al Souq | 4443 4220
- Jasmine Thai Restaurant(V/NV), Souq Waqif | 4443 1601
- Caravan (Chinese, Japanese, Indian, Filipino, and Thai, V/NV), Caravan Complex, Ramada Junction | 4465 7711, 4465 7722
- Isaan Restaurant (V/NV), Grand Hyatt Hotel Doha | 4448 1250
- Market By Jean Georges (Japanese, Thai, Italian and Asian, V/NV), W Doha Hotel, Al Dafna | 4453 5000
- Thai Smile (V/NV), Umm Ghuwailina | 4441 5222, 4431 6466
- Thai Corner (V/NV), The Centre, Salwa Road | 6640 7858
Author: Ola Diab
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