Thai people do not usually have appertizers. They tend to order a variety of dishes and the dishes are all served at the same time or as they are ready. However many restaurants realize that there are some dishes that foreigners order expecting that they will come as a starter so they will try to make sure that these dishes are ready first. The dishes contained in this section are a selection of dishes that I think can be served very successfully as appetizers. They can also be eaten as snacks.
Thai curries and soups are becoming very popular abroad as most of them are easy to make and healthy to eat. Thai soups are made with either water or coconut milk as the base. Some soups are spicy such as Hot and Sour Prawn Soup which combines many Thai flavours. Other soups are not spicy, such as Clear Soup with Minced Pork, and are a good choice when the other dishes being eaten are spicy. Another popular soup is Chicken in Coconut Milk Soup which is a thick, creamy soup. Soups are eaten as part of a main meal and will be one of several dishes at any meal. However, at home you may want to serve the soup as a starter as many people are not used to eating soup along with rice.