11 July 2024

Thailand has found another source of pride as its traditional dish “Pad Thai” has been included on the Oxford Dictionary website.

Pad Thai has been defined as “a dish from Thailand made with a type of noodles made from rice, spices, egg, vegetables and sometimes meat or seafood.”

The addition of fish sauce, tamarind juice and palm sugar provide the sweet and sour flavour.
Pad Thai is a favourite form of street food, loved by many foreign travellers, and this dish is as popular as Tom Yum Goong and traditional omelette on rice.

Formerly, pad Thai was called “Guay Tiew Pad”, which originated during World War II, when Thailand’s then leader Field Marshal Field Marshal Plaek Pibulsongkram had the idea for a national dish, as the country was experiencing high rice prices. Noodles were a cheaper alternative and could be used with other local ingredients. With its unique flavour, the dish become very popular, and many people ended up calling it pad Thai.

Pad Thai was listed among the world’s best food by CNNgo, and it has been listed among Thailand’s cultural heritages.