One of the awesome parts of travelling in Thailand is the availability of street food wherever you go. Samui is no exception. Blessed with an abundance of restaurants and street food stalls, the island is a paradise for food lover of all budget. Not knowing where to start? No worries, while adventurous souls can try anything available in Koh Samui, more conservative eaters may want a little guide to help you navigate around Samui’s food scene. Check out below for the top 5 recommendations!
Tom Yum Goong
Featuring a wide selection of ingredients such as lemongrass, chilli, shallots, lime and fish sauce, this signature dish is a masterpiece of Thai culinary culture. You will be able to taste a diversity of flavours including sweet, sour, spicy and savoury within one dish. On the other hand, chunks of vegetables and seafood or chicken add texture and crunchiness. To complete the experience, enjoy this dish together with rice or chewy Thai noodles.
Tom Kha Gai
Tom Kha Gai combines spicy, creamy and tangy flavours together into a single bowl. The main ingredients include coconut milk, galangal, kaffir lime leaves, Thai chilli peppers, lemongrass, mushrooms and chicken. Rich in texture, diverse in flavour, this dish promises to delight your palate, especially if you love the creaminess of coconut milk.
Pad Krapow Moo Saap
Simply put, this Thai dish contains fried basil and pork. Made up of fresh chillies, basil leaves, soy sauce, minced pork, green beans and a pinch of sugar, it can be a pleasant lunch or dinner option. Do take note that the spiciness can be overwhelming if you don’t tolerate the heat well.
Gaeng Keow Wan Kai
Known as Green Chicken Curry, this dish has captured a great number of food lovers all around the world. When you are in Koh Samui, this bowl of green goodness is a must-have in the list! Tender chicken, chewy bamboo shoots, rich coconut milk, soft, moist eggplants, everything combines perfectly into one mouth-watering dish.
Check out how massaman curry, the Thai interpretation of a Persian dish, has won over the hearts of so many diners. With the addition coconut milk, potatoes, this curry includes spices that are not often used in other Thai curries such as cloves, star anise, cardamom, nutmeg, etc. All ingredients blend together and create a unique aromatic flavour that is hard to forget.
These are popular dishes that you can find at most places, from high-end restaurants to hole-in-the-wall stalls. If you stay in a villa in Koh Samui, you can also ask the staff to help you prepare these local cuisines.