Northern Thai food: Best Dishes You Must Try

Northern Thai food is heaven for someone who likes fresh vegetables and curries rich with herbs.  Many people love eating Northern Thai food but if you don’t know where to start, we’re here to recommend 10 dishes you can’t miss

Chili dips

These 2 chili dip are one of the northern Thai foods you can't miss.
These 2 delicious dips are the northern Thai food you can’t miss.

-Nam Prik Num

This chili dip made with grilled green chilies, shallots, and garlic. You can have it with boiled veggies, sticky rice, or even deep-fried pork crackling they’re the perfect combination. Also, this is one of the northern Thai foods you can’t miss. 

-Nam Prik Oong

Another tasty northern chili dip made with tomatoes and minced pork. People always eat it with herbs, vegetables, and deep-fried pork crackling. 


Chiang Mai sausage

This pork sausage should be your first dish for Northern Thai Food.

 Chiang Mai sausage is a grilled pork sausage from northern Thailand

It’s cooked pork sausage with a variety of ingredients such as chilies, galangal, lemongrass, and lime leaves, making it a flavorful sausage. Its taste is salty and spicy, and people usually eat it along with sticky rice and vegetables.

Leaf wrapped bites


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You have to wrap all ingredients with a Cha Phu leaf and top with sweet-savory sauce. In addition, there are a variety of ingredients that you can choose including shallot onion, chilies, ginger, coconut, lime bite-sized, and peanut. This northern Thai food is tasty and healthy. 

Naem (Fermented pork sausage) 

Fermented pork sausage or Naem in Thai made with pork skin, pork, cooked sticky rice, garlic, sugar, salt, and chilies. It’s usually eaten with sliced ginger, chopped shallots, peanuts, chilies, and spring onions. Also, it can cook in many recipes such as fried rice with Naem or Naem fried with egg. 


Green Jackfruit curry 

Green Jackfruit curry made by chunks of pork, cherry tomatoes plus some spices which make it smell good. Its flavors are sour and spicy. Northern people believe that Khanun (Jackfruit) is a lucky name in Thai so the curry is often served at weddings, on New Year’s day or in any important ceremonies.  

Northern pork curry (Gaeng Hung Lay)

The Nothern pork curry is one of the most beloved northern Thai foods.

Gaeng Hung Lay

With large chunks of pork, herbs, and spices, the Nothern pork curry is one of the most beloved northern Thai foods. The curry is not too sweet but savory. You will also get the sourness from the tamarind. It takes a lot of time to cook this, but the dish is going to be your favorite. 

Curry noodle soup  (Khao Soi)

Khao Soi is always be the first northern Thai food that everybody starts with.

Everybody loves eating Khao Soi, and I’m sure you will like it too!

If you don’t know what to start for your first northern Thai food, so we’re here to recommend you to try Khao Soi. It’s a northern style curry noodle-dish. It made with yellow and red curries, coconut milk, chicken broth, soy sauce, and sugar. Also, The bowl of Khao Soi tops with crispy noodles and usually serves with diced red onion, pickled greens and chili paste on the side. 

Unique  northern food


Khaoganjin is one of the most unique and popular northern Thai dishes. It’s rice mixed with blood and minced pork. Moreover, It’s steamed in a banana leaf package with garlic oil on top and shallot plus roasted chili as a side dish. 

Larb Kua

 If you love eating vegetables and spices, then Larb Kua is the right dish for you.

A vegetable lover will love Larb Kua!

If you love eating vegetables and spices, then Larb Kua is the right dish for you. It cooks with blood, liver, skin with many spices added to it. The northern larb recipe is cooking with meat and curry paste, while the north-eastern larb recipe is cooking with roasted rice. 

-Jin Dup

If you want to try unique northern Thai food, you should try Jin Dup. The beef will grill and then pound with a hammer. After that, you get Jin Dup. It usually serves with galangal and chili as a dipping sauce which makes it even more delicious. The taste of Jin dup is sweet and salty.

If you’re interested in cooking northern food, don’t forget to check Chiang Mai Cooking Class: Top 10 Schools

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