As we have talked about in other posts, gastronomy is a very important pillar in Malaga, which offers millions of tourists who visit us a lot of alternatives to enjoy. One of the most popular is Thai food, which is why we find a large number of Thai restaurants in Malaga.
We can see that although the gastronomic groups, which have many franchises, stand out in number, we can find traditional Thai restaurants in Malaga and the province whose home cooking has conquered both locals and tourists.
Thai cuisine is characterised by a mixture of five flavours: sweet, spicy, sour, bitter and salty. Rice is the main ingredient in many of its dishes (Thailand is the world’s largest rice exporter). It is also known for its use of vegetables, fried noodles (pad thai) and coconut milk in its sauces.
Depending on the area of Thailand where you are, the type of food is different, as well as its flavours, being more spicy, salty or sweet. The same happens in Thai restaurants in Malaga, which using almost the same ingredients have achieved different flavours that make them characteristic. We tell you about the best ones:
EAST & WEST KITCHEN
Considered one of the best Thai restaurants in Malaga and province. This Thai restaurant is run by a married couple, he of British origin who is in charge of serving diners and she from Thailand who is in charge of the kitchen, so in addition to Thai specialties we find typical English breakfasts, hamburgers and sandwiches.
This menu is perfectly studied as East & West kitchen is located in a very touristic area of the coast where the British population is predominant, although if this restaurant is outstanding it is for its traditional Thai cuisine.
They have a very varied menu, so it is advisable to let them guide you if you don’t have much idea of what to order or what is what. You can choose from different kinds of noodles, soups, salads and rice dishes, but you can’t leave without trying one of their curry varieties.
If you want to enjoy and try different dishes, I recommend you order a salad, pad thai, rice and a type of curry to share, such as the red curry with chicken, although I warn you that it is spicy.
C.C. El Zoco 29649 Calahonda (Málaga)
DAO´S BAR & THAI RESTAURANT
This is another Thai restaurant in Malaga, more specifically in Fuengirola, that you cannot miss if you are a lover of this type of food, which is becoming more and more popular.
When the management and the kitchen of a restaurant is run by a person originally from that country, success is almost guaranteed, and this is the case of this restaurant. They have managed to transmit that traditional touch with very well prepared recipes and authentic flavours that you don’t find in other Thai restaurants.
At Dao’s Bar you’ll find a diverse menu with a wide range of gastronomic options to suit all tastes. Among their specialities, apart from their curry, are duck and prawns in their different varieties; although if you don’t want to take any risks, you can always order noodles or their stir-fried meat and vegetables.
My recommendation is to venture out and try their specialities, which I’m sure you won’t have tasted before. Their soups are very good, such as Po Taek, spicy with seafood, Plar Kung shrimp salad with chilli paste and the main dish is Ped Yang, which is roast duck served with ginger sauce.
Avda. Ramón y Cajal, 23, 29640. Fuengirola (Málaga)
SAWASDEE THAI RESTAURANT
Like the other two, this Talidanese restaurant is also located in Fuengirola. The variety of tourists on the Costa del Sol has made this type of cuisine more popular in this area of Malaga, as they are more familiar with this type of food.
It is difficult to say which Taliandese restaurant in Malaga is the best, for some it is this restaurant, but I could not say which one is my favourite because each one has a homemade and different touch that characterises them and makes them authentic.
Their cuisine is 100% homemade with very elaborate and typical Thai dishes, which you won’t find in Thai chains that are spread all over Malaga. They have menus, individual and for two people, offering different varieties and traditional dishes.
When I was there I opted for the menu for two and I was really satisfied. I loved their soups and especially their meat dishes, both the beef with red curry and their chicken with cashew nuts.
Paseo Marítimo Rey de España, 98 29640 Fuengirola (Málaga)
PAD THAI WOK
It is one of the best known and quality Thai food chains with more than 30 locations. Their first location opened in Fuengirola in 2012 and they are already preparing to expand into Europe.
The concept of Pad Thai Wok is that of a noodle bar, fast food and a décor based on Bangkok’s Thai Street Food.
The creator of this great project got his idea thanks to his trips to Thailand. He fell in love with its culture, tradition and gastronomy and wanted to dedicate his efforts to setting up something similar in Malaga, his homeland.
They have a fairly extensive menu with quite elaborate and tasty dishes, outside of the typical noodles and rice dishes. In fact, if you want to go off the beaten track, I would recommend dishes like bangkorian, which is noodles with crispy duck and crispy sauce, or pad prik, with mixed vegetables, mushrooms and lemon leaf.
Plaza de Uncibay, 6, 29008 Málaga
This chain is another of the strongest in Thai food. It has more than 15 outlets, mostly in Malaga and its province, but also in Granada, Seville, Tenerife, Rabat, Casablanca, Tangier and Ceuta.
The concept of Mr. Noodles is a take away where all the dishes are prepared in front of the customer in a short time, trying to keep the original taste of the Talidandese cuisine.
They stand out for their noodles and rice dishes always accompanied with meat and/or vegetables; although you can also find different starters, salads and soups, such as Tom Yum or Tom Kha Kai.
The quality/price ratio is good, and the dishes are quite plentiful. As I said, they specialise in noodles, pad thai and rice dishes, which you can choose the meat accompaniment, amount of vegetables, sauces and the degree of spiciness.
Calle Plaza Jerónimo Cuervo, 5, 29012 Málaga
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