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What are some types of Thai food?

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Some types of Thai food include rice congee, tom yam goong, pad thai and som tam. Other Thai dishes are tom kha kai, or chicken in coconut soup; gaeng daeng, or red curry; and pad krapow moo saap, or fried pork and basil.

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Congee is called chok in Thailand and is often served at breakfast with an egg. The cook may also add beef or pork, green onions, ginger, garlic and other ingredients.

Tom yam goong is a stew made of goong, or jumbo shrimp and mushrooms in a fish sauce. Lime leaves, lemongrass, galangal and shallots serve as aromatics. Som tam is a salad featuring shredded green papaya and chilis. It is served with sticky rice and barbecued chicken. Pad thai is a popular Thai dish made of shrimp, bean sprouts, tofu, onions and finely ground peanuts.

Chicken in coconut soup also depends on lemongrass, galangal chilies and shallots for its flavorings, as well as strips of chicken. Coconut milk gives the soup its soft texture and takes the edge off of the ferociously hot chilies.

Gaeng daeng is also made with coconut milk, as well as meats and red curry paste and the slivered leaves of the kaffir lime. Pad krapow moo saap is made with bits of pork, holy basil, chilis, green beans and soy sauce and served over white rice. Some cooks top it with a fried egg.

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