A Guide To Thai Food For Those Averse To Spice

19 May 2015
 Categories: Food & Cooking, Blog


Thai food is one of those cuisines that are well known for being filled with hot chili peppers. As a result, there are some people who have never given it a fair shake. There are actually many Thai dishes that are not spicy at all, and they still offer all of the other flavors that make this cuisine unique and tasty. If you are interested in trying Thai, but you are terrified of spice, here are several options that will certainly please your palate.

Pad See Ew

This is a dish that is similar to pad thai in many ways, but it has a flavor profile that is all its own. While pad thai is filled with strong flavors like tamarind, fish sauce and chili peppers, pad see ew is generally more mild. The dish is comprised of wide, flat noodles that are stir fried with garlic, soy sauce, egg, Chinese broccoli and whichever protein you prefer.

Rad Na

If you are looking for a comforting Thai dish that is not filled with chili peppers, you should definitely consider rad na. This is a noodle dish that is made with garlic, mushrooms and Chinese kale. It is usually thickened with cornstarch or tapioca starch, which gives it a very thick, gravy-like texture. While some people are not very pleased with the slimy feel of the noodles, those who can get past that are treated to a homey dish that will fill the belly.

Khao Moo Daeng

There are some very popular Thai street foods that have made their way to Canada, and this is one of them. The name of the dish roughly translates to red pork and rice. It is a sweet and savory BBQ pork dish that is filled with garlic, and there is no discernible spice there. It can be served with white rice or fried rice, and is sometimes accompanied by Chinese sausage, green onions, egg and scallions.

Tom Kha Kai

Soup lovers can also experience Thai food without having their mouths incinerated. Tom kha kai, or Thai coconut soup, is a creamy soup that packs a punch without an endless pepper supply. While it is sometimes prepared with a bit of spice, it is not so much that it sears off the taste buds. The main flavor components include:

  • Lemongrass
  • Galangal
  • Fish Sauce
  • Coriander
  • Kaffir Lime Leaves

This dish is often found in the appetizer section of the menu, so feel free to get a bowl to start your meal off on a good note.

Now you can enjoy Thai cuisine without having to worry about being subjected to far too much spice. Ordering one of these dishes will give you an authentic Thai experience without being bombarded with chili peppers.


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