A Guide to Ordering Thai Food in Seattle

April 19, 2021
IN Thai Cuisine

Craving something new and different for dinner in the Seattle area? Thai food is the answer to your stomach’s prayers.

You see, Thai Ginger’s food and Thai food in general offers some of the most unique flavor combinations of any type of cuisine there is. But, with all these new and exciting menu options, you probably don’t know where to start. 

That’s why we’ve written you this guide. In it, we list and explain the basic Thai food categories you have to choose from.

This way, you won’t be confused by a menu full of appetizers and entrees you’ve never heard of. But, more importantly, you get to fall in love with a new genre of food without any jarring (or spicy) surprises.

Read this guide, head to a Thai restaurant in Seattle, and treat your palate to a pleasantly exotic experience.

The Essential Flavors of Thai Food

The entire universe of Thai food, every single dish, is based on a combination of five specific flavors. These are salty, sweet, sour, creamy, and spicy.

Not every dish contains all of these flavors. But they all typically have a combination of two or more of these.

As for specific ingredients, rice, lettuce, vegetables, fish, and meat (chicken, beef, pork, and shrimp) are the setting for the aforementioned flavor combos. The flavors themselves often include coconut, peanut, curry, and tropical fruits like papaya and pineapple.


Because peanuts are so prevalent in a Thai restaurant kitchen, those with severe peanut allergies should beware. For those with just mild peanut allergies, it’s possible to remove peanuts while ordering at Thai Ginger.  

On the other hand, the food should be fine if you are lactose intolerant. Thai food generally doesn’t contain dairy, but be sure to ask just in case.

Curry, Curry, and More Curry

One of the most common Thai dishes (and one you should definitely start with) is curry. It is typically poured like a sauce over rice, or vegetables. 

Curry is thick and creamy and comes in an assortment of flavors, indicated by color or name. Here are the most common examples.

Yellow curry has a mild flavor, great for Thai food beginners and those who don’t enjoy spicy foods. Mussamun curry is another great, non-spicy option. Its rich, sweet, peanutty flavor is often served with beef and potatoes.

If you do like spicy foods, red or green curry won’t disappoint. Panang curry is a good compromise between spicy and mild, with some sweetness thrown in, too. 

Other Thai Dishes

After knowing these basics, the rest of the menu is pretty self-explanatory. You’ll see noodles, rice, meat, and veggies served with the flavors and ingredients listed above.

All that’s left now is to experiment for yourself. That is, check out the menu and order Thai food from Thai Ginger in Bellevue, Seattle, and the surrounding area. Consider Thai catering for your next office event, too.

Explore the Tantalizing World of Thai Food in Seattle

As you can see, Thai food gives you a whole new world of amazing flavor combinations to explore. So, the next time you’re hungry, put this guide to good use and order some Thai.

In fact, there’s no need to wait! Check out our menu here to order the best Thai food in Seattle right now.

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