Flavours of Koh Samui
For culinary adventurers, Thailand is a land of endless delights – vibrant, intense, and unique. The Thais’ love for food is evident in each succulent bite, whether you’re eating from a humble street vendor or at a fine-dining restaurant.
Thai cuisine doesn’t believe in rigid separations between different tastes. There’s a party happening in your plate, and everyone’s invited! Spicy, salty and sweet come together in complex and unusual ways – the whole is greater than its parts, and it’s impossible not to fall in love. The bold, bright flavors will surprise your taste buds and keep you coming back for more. Local fare features fresh produce: think juicy pineapple, creamy coconut milk, fragrant sweet basil and miniature eggplants. Meat and seafood lovers are also spoilt for choice, with a wide range of meat and seafood on the menu. There is – quite literally – something for every palate.
Even within Thailand, each region serves up a distinct cuisine. Koh Samui lies in the south, where the food reflects the land’s ethnic diversity – Thai, Malay, Chinese, Indian, and Japanese. Along with this blend of influences, the menu draws on the islands’ most popular produce. Coconuts, from the abundant plantations, lend their creamy sweetness and inimitable flavor to local specialties, while cashews impart a nutty crunch and pineapples add succulence. Tiny bird's eye chilies are a staple in the kitchens, beloved by the residents for their fiery spice. For a true-blue Southern Thai dining experience, try roti (flaky flat wheat bread, fried on a griddle) instead of rice.
It’s not often that things live up to all the hype that surrounds them, but Thai food is a notable exception. In fact, it is somewhat like travel itself – the more you experience it, the more addictive it is!