Describing a tropical paradise would literally be describing Koh Samui, Thailand. White sand beaches and crystal clear blue waters are the highlights to many travelers. There is, however, another reason to visit this blissful oasis–food. Infused with Thai flavors and you’ll see why more time is spent eating than enjoying the beaches. Figuring out what to eat in Koh Samui when you’re surrounded by so many options may seem daunting. To make it easier for you–here are 5 of the Best Foodie Experiences in Koh Samui, Thailand.
Satay for Breakfast
Found on menus of street vendors and fine restaurants alike is satay. The popular meat on the stick is barbecued and served with peanut sauce. Meat options range from chicken, pork, beef, fish, goat, and even mutton. Satay originated in Java, Indonesia and is now commonly found in much of Southeast Asia. Street food lovers rejoice–this barbecued delight is nearly on every street corner.
Pla Som Tod for Lunch
Many travel to Thailand for the seafood dishes alone. The fresh variety of fish, shellfish, crab, lobster, squid, and shrimp–caught daily–is prepared with Thai flavors like tamarind, ginger, Thai basil, coconut, and citrus.
Pla som tod is a Thai specialty–a preserved, pickled fish lends a salty and sour taste to your mouth. You can find it served raw or even deep fried–nice and crispy. When prepared well, the crispy fish is cooked so that even the salty bones can be devoured. The flesh is firm, dry, and flavorful–paired with rice it’s a very satisfying meal,
Tom Yum for Dinner
One of the most popular dishes in all of Thailand, let alone Koh Samui, is tom yum. Spicy with a bit of sourness, the soup is full of lemongrass, limes, chiles, and various seafood. Each restaurant has their own little spin on the classic food. Remember that tom yum is a spicy dish and even spicier in Thailand, so be sure to tell the restaurant your heat level preference.
Coconut Jam for Dessert
The abundance of coconuts on the island of Samui has led to an explosion in innovative ways to use the tasty fruit. During your stay in paradise, you may decide that you want to have breakfast in bed. Coconut jam is a staple of many Thai kitchens. Enjoy it on toast, flaky croissants, or smothered atop a stack of banana pancakes. It’s so good, many travelers bring dozens of jars home to remember the taste.
Buffet for Brunch
Brunch isn’t just a popular institution in the big cities of North America. Brunch in Koh Samui is taken just as seriously. For a place like Beach Republic, a Samui beach club, offers their Sunday Sessions–a smorgasbord of cultural delicacies. Fresh oysters, Thai food, and other assorted seafood populate the delicious display of foods sure to satisfy anyone’s taste buds.
The best coconuts and seafood in Thailand are known to be found on the island of Samui. Innovative dishes are emerging consistently from this enchanted island using the freshest ingredients available locally. This has created quite the scene in Koh Samui. Whether you prefer western food or traditional Thai food or anything and everything in between, you’ll always be able to find things to eat in Koh Samui.
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