The Best Authentic Thai Side Dishes to Try

February 06, 2023
IN Thai Cuisine

Who has the best Thai food in Seattle? Let’s let the side dishes do the talking today.

At Thai Ginger, we pride ourselves on our wide variety of Thai noodle dishes, curries, rice dishes, and soups. What often gets overlooked, however, is a truly great side dish to pair with any or all of the above. When you’re creating Thai meal combinations from our menu, you have to order a side dish.

Today, we’re going to spruce up your future Thai meals by telling you some of the best Thai side dishes that you need to try. No meal is really complete without a side dish, so keep reading and let us open your mind to more Thai ingredients and specialties.

Traditional Fried Rice

Our traditional fried rice is a simple stir-fried white jasmine with egg, onion, broccoli, and tomatoes. It makes for the perfect companion for a barbecue dish, like the ones above.

Pineapple Fried Rice

For a flavor upgrade to our basic fried rice, you can order the pineapple fried rice, which is also steamed white jasmine. Cooked in the rice is a delicious blend of yellow curry powder, egg, onion, celery, cabbage, carrots, and pineapple.

It might sound like a wild combination of things, but the sweetness of the carrots and pineapple blends perfectly with the spices and sharpness of the onion. 

Crab Fried Rice

If you want a rice dish with a bit of extra protein, then you should order our famous crab rice. The fried rice comes with snow peas, tomatoes, egg, and onions. In addition, it’s cooked with Red Rock Crab claw and leg meat, which is native to our Pacific coast here in Seattle.

Tom Yum Soup

Tom Yum can be ordered as a main, but it also makes for a great side dish for couples and groups. This hot and sour delicacy is gently simmered with meaty shrimp, as well as mushrooms, lime leaves, cilantro, galangal, and lemongrass for a unique, completely Thai culinary experience.

Som Tum

Som Tum, or papaya salad, is a fantastic addition to most Thai meals. Fresh and light, it pairs perfectly with something heavier, like a green curry or our Best Bite-winning Phad Thai. 

In the salad, you’ll get shredded green papay . Fresh tomatoes, green beans, chili, and our house-roasted peanuts complete the salad, which is topped with fresh lime dressing..

Spring Rolls or Fresh Rolls

No Thai meal is complete without spring rolls or fresh rolls, which you can have as an appetizer or a side dish. Spring rolls have a delicious combo of veggies and spices in a wonton wrapper, while fresh rolls are made with leaf lettuce, shredded carrots, mint, and bean sprouts in a rice wrapper.

Try Our Thai Food in Seattle

At Thai Ginger, you can try some of the best authentic Thai food in Seattle, which includes all of the sides we’ve mentioned here. Come down to any of our 4 Seattle-area locations today and experience all of these delicate and delicious Thai ingredients for yourself.

If you want to order takeout, don’t hesitate to check out our online menu and place your order.

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