7 Best Thai Food That Is Not Spicy
In this article, we list the best Thai food that is not spicy so that travellers who are visiting Thailand can still enjoy all this deliciousness without having a flaming hot tongue. For some, the added chillies to many Thai dishes are the main reason why they don’t want to try out new, exciting dishes during their trip. And that does make sense, as Western are not used to spiciness in their daily diet. The spicy chillies are one of the reasons why you can get a stomach ache, which you at all times want to avoid. Where the Western cuisine is focussed around sweetness, saltiness, bitterness, sourness and savoury (also known as umami), the Thai cuisine replaces the bitterness with spiciness. But in this article, I’ll prove that there are plenty of Thai dishes that are not spicy, so you can still go on a culinary adventure. This Thai dishes that are listed in this article are common dishes which you can find in the majority of the Thai restaurants.
Before I jump to the list of Thai food that is not spicy, it’s good to know how you can order regular spicy food without chillies. In order to do so, I’ll give you a few phrases that will help you order non-spicy versions at any restaurant in Thailand:
“Phet” means Spicy
“Mai Phet” means Not Spicy
“Phet Nit Noi” means A Little Spicy
The best Thai food that is not spicy are:
Phoo Pad Phong Karee - Crab In Curry Powder
Often one of the more expensive Thai dishes on the menu, at Thai seafood restaurants this popular seafood dish is one of the Thai curries that are not spicy at all. In general, seafood dishes are not that spicy as the spiciness completely masks the flavour of the seafood itself, although seafood dishes are often served with spicy dipping sauces, to satisfy the local's flavour palate. Crab in curry powder is a bit of a sweet curry that has a unique flavour thanks to the crab. Personally, I prefer the crab meat in curry powder as you don’t have to peel the crab yourself and only devour the chunks of crab meat. This Thai dish can be found at almost every Thai seafood restaurant throughout the country.
Hoy Tod - Oyster Omelette
Hoy Tod is a greasy oyster omelette which has flavour-wise a bit in common with Pad Thai. There are two versions of hoy tod available, and the difference is in the batter they use when stir-frying this omelette. One version is more spongy which is called (Or Suan), while the most popular version is a crispy fried omelette, known as Hoy Tod. Usually, the hoy tod is served with oysters, but mussels and squid rings are common too. The omelette is served with sweet chilli dipping sauce.
Mookata - Thai Hotpot Barbecue
Mookata is a Thai barbecue with the combination of hot pot and barbecue and is not really a Thai dish, but a culinary activity. While you grill the slices of pork and beef on top the grill together with the variety of seafood, you boil the vegetables in the hot pot. The juices of the meat drop into your broth and get more flavour by the minute. As Mookata often is a buffet, you can stuff yourself until you are completely full. There are spicy dipping sauces that Thai use to get their daily dose of chillies, but there are also non-spicy sauces to dip the meat and vegetables in. Mookata can be found at special Mookata restaurants throughout Thailand.
Kuay Teow Ruea - Boat Noodles
Boat Noodles are small portions of aromatic noodles which are often extremely cheap. The history behind boat noodles is that the noodles were served from canoes at the waters of Bangkok and Ayutthaya. As the vendors had to cook, serve and receive payment while sitting in a small boat, the bowls had to be small. Nowadays the boat noodles are not served from canoes but at restaurants of specialized in boat noodles. In Bangkok for example, there is a famous boat noodles alley where you can find these delicious, non-spicy bowls of deliciousness for 15 THB per bowl.
Moo Grob - Crispy Pork / Khao Moo Grob - Crispy Pork with Sweet Gravy
Moo Grob, also known as Crispy Pork is baked out pork belly that’s baked super crunchy on the outside and is often nicely tender on the inside. This non-spicy Thai dish is served with a sweet soy sauce and perfectly safe to eat as a foreigner. Usually, you find this popular Thai dish at specialist restaurants where they serve Khao Moo Grob as well. Khao Moo Grob is a plate of rice and crispy pork covered in a sweet gravy and served with an egg.
Pla Ka-Pong Tod Nam Pla - Fried Sea Bass with Sweet Fish Sauce
One of the most popular seafood dishes in Thai Cuisine is Pla Ka-Pong Tod Nam Pla, which is deep-fried sea bass with fish sauce. Throughout Thailand, in most seafood restaurants, you can find this delicious treat. The sea bass is often simply sliced open and deep-fried, but if you are lucky, the sea bass is fileted first, then the chunks are deep-fried and finally served as a whole. The difference is that the fileted sea bass has no fish bones in it, and the sliced bits are even more crunchy than the fish deep-fried as a whole. Pla Ka-Pong Tod Mam Pla is not spicy at all and is perfectly safe for foreigners who want to try Thai seafood.
Kai Med Ma Muang - Chicken with Cashew Nut
One of the more popular Thai dishes among tourists is Chicken with Cashew Nut, a hearty and slightly sweet treat. The chicken is stir-fried is seasoned with oyster sauce, fish sauce, soy sauce and a gentle amount of chillies, which does not make this Thai dish flaming hot. At some restaurants, they serve the chunks of chicken with a thin layer of batter, which makes it even more delicious.
The most common Thai dish that is not spicy at all is Pad Thai. This hugely popular international dish does not need further explanation, however, it’s not as popular among locals as you might think. Yes, Thai still eat their Pad Thai, but dishes like Pad Kra Pao, which is often packed with chillies, are immensely popular and are often eaten on a daily base. One final note, Pad Thai in restaurants is served with peanuts, sugar, fish sauce, vinegar and chilli flakes on the side, the equivalent of seasoning Western food with salt and pepper. If you’d like to get used to some more spiciness, you can add bits of chilly flakes to your pad Thai. This is also common with Thai noodle (soup) dishes.