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Isan Food Vocabulary Delicious Thai Food

Hi everyone. In this Thai language lesson, we will learn a little  Thai vocabulary about Isan Food | อาหารอีสาน. Isan food is famous throughout Thailand as being super hot and also being very tasty. Almost everyone knows about sôm dtam the papaya salad full of chilli but there are also many other dishes worth trying.


ข้าวเหนียว /kâao nǐao/ = sticky rice

ไก่ย่าง /gài yâang/ = grilled chicken

ขนมจีน / kanǒom-jiin / = Thai noodle

ลาบเป็ด /lâap nʉ́a/ = Lao and Isan beef salad

*ลาบ /lâap/ is a spicy and sour salad of minced raw or cooked meat (mainly pork, chicken or duck), shallots or onions, lime juice, fish sauce, chillies, ground roasted rice and mint.

น้ำตกหมู /náam-dtòk mǔu/ = Lao and Isan pork salad

* น้ำตก /náam-dtòk/ it made with pork (mǔu) or beef (nʉ́a) and somewhat identical to ลาบ /lâap/, except that the pork or beef is cut into thin strips rather than minced.

* ต้มแซบ /dtôm sɛ̂ɛp/ is a spicy soup made with stewed meat (usually pork, chicken or beef), roasted fresh herbs and spices, ground roasted rice, and generous amounts of lime juice and fresh herbs just before serving.

ต้มแซบ /dtôm sɛ̂ɛp/ = Hot & sour Isan soup

ส้มตำ /sôm dtam/ = papaya salad

ส้มตำไท /sôm dtam-thai / = papaya salad with peanut

ส้มตำปู ปลาร้า / sôm-dtam bpuu bplaa-rá / = papaya salad with crab and pickled fish

Learn Isan Food VocabularyI hope you have now learnt enough Isan Food Vocabulary to whet your appetite to want to try and eat it!  This food is really delicious.

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By Prae
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