Thailand is a beautiful country that is blessed with an abundance of coastlines, which means that there is a wide range of seafood available here. Seafood is a common element in the local cuisine, especially in dishes such as Tom Yum Goong Soup and in the food of the southern region. There is succulent shrimp and flaky fish available almost everywhere and it is possible to feast on delicious seafood every day.
Thai cuisine focuses on the delicate balance of saltiness, spiciness, sweetness and sourness, as well as an additional flavour known as umami. Each dish strives to create a harmony between these different tastes, letting the fresh flavours of each ingredient shine through. The Thai flavours work very well with seafood, complementing the flavour and texture of fish and crustaceans.
For example, try the Plah Kah Pung Neung Manow, which is a steam snapper that is cooked in a tart and tangy lime juice with raw garlic cloves and green chili sauce. It is served in a metal pan which has a candle burning underneath to ensure that it says warm. Or your can try the Plah Plow, which is a fish stuffed with lemongrass and lime leaves, then rolled in salt and grilled. It is so soft that it almost melts in your mouth.
There are many seafood restaurants in Thailand where you will see live fish and crustaceans on display in tanks in front of the restaurant. You can choose the fish you want for your table and it will be cooked up fresh for you right away.
Looking for a great seafood restaurant in Thailand? Here are a few suggestions of where you can enjoy a feast from the sea:
Sang Thai Seafood Restaurant in Hua Hin
Located on the pier in downtown Hua Hin, this excellent seafood restaurant has an impressive view of the beach and the sea. They offer a range of tasty dishes, such as spicy chili clams and seafood coconut soup. Be sure to try the wonderful steamed crab with the chili sauce.
Laem Sak Seafood in Krabi
Although this seafood restaurant is at the end of a very long load about 30 km out of the way, it is definitely worth the long journey. It is supplied by one of the best fishing ports in the region and the fresh daily catches are on the menu – including enormous oysters, juicy crabs and squid. It’s affordable and the view is amazing.
The Seafood Market in Bangkok
While you are in Bangkok, head down Soi Sukhumvit 24 and look for a large sign which has a picture of a lobster. Under the lobster it will say “If it swims, we have it”. This is the Bangkok seafood market and it is one of the best places in the city to find high quality seafood.
Have you had some great seafood in Thailand? Feel free to share your recommendations in the comments below.