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Thai salads often do not have raw vegetables or fruit as their main ingredient but use minced meat, seafood or noodles instead. Similar to salads in the West, these dishes often have a souring agent, usually lime juice, and feature the addition of fresh herbs and other greens in their preparation. Thai salads are not served as entrées but normally eaten as one of the main dishes in a Thai buffet-style meal, together with rice (depending on the region this can be glutinous rice or non-glutinous rice) or the Thai rice noodle called khanom chin. Specialised khao tom kui (plain rice congee) restaurants also serve a wide variety of Thai salads of the yam type as side dishes. Many Thai salads, for instance the famous som tam, are also eaten as a meal or snack on their own.

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ยำวุ้นเส้นทะเล yam wún sên tá-lay

A spicy salad with glass noodles, minced chicken or pork and often either mixed seafood, squid or prawns. Cloud ear fungus also often features in this dish.

กุ้งแช่น้ำปลา gûng châe náam bplaa

Thai salad made from fresh raw shrimp soaked in Thai fish sauce and served with chunks of gourd, cloves of garlic, chilies, and spicy sauce.

ลาบเนื้อดิบ lâap néua dìp

Thai lap-style "salad" of sliced raw beef.

ตับหวาน dtàp wăan

A spicy Isaan style salad with liver and mint.

ส้มตำไทย sôm dtam tai

Som tam Thai with peanuts, dried shrimp and palm sugar, is the central Thai variant of green papaya salad.

ยำปลาดุกฟู yam bplaa-dùk foo

Crispy fried shredded pla duk (catfish) served with a spicy and tangy green mango salad.

ยำไข่เยี่ยวม้า yam kài yîeow máa

Salad with Century egg. Strange but tasty combination.

ยำปลาทู yam bplaa too

Cheap and healthy salad made with short mackerel.

ยำไข่มดแดง yam kài mót daeng

High-Protein Salad with raw ant eggs

หมูน้ำตก mŏo nám dtòk

A very spicy salad made with pork (mu) and somewhat identical to lap, except that the meat is cut into thin strips rather than minced.

ก้อย gôi

Koi

Koi (Lao: ກ້ອຍ; Thai: ก้อย, Thai pronunciation: [kɔ̂j]) is a "salad" dish of the Lao people of Laos and Isaan consisting of raw meat denatured by acidity, usually from lime juice. Common varieties include koi kung (ก้อยกุ้ง), with shrimp as the main ingredient, and koi paa (Lao: ກ້ອຍປາ)/koi pla... more

ยำหน่อไม้ yam nòr máai

A Northern Thai salad made with strips of boiled bamboo shoots, shallots, herbs, fish sauce, lime juice, and chillies.