Any overseas vacation is not complete without tasting the local fares that the host country has to offer. Take Koh Samui in Thailand, for instance, this lovely island paradise has more to offer than just scenic views and beautiful beaches. You can also sink your teeth into some of the most delicious and authentic Thai cuisine that a number of restaurants on the island serves. What are these?
Gaeng Som Pla Sabarot
Never leave Thailand without first tasting this delectable food which has oftentimes been referred to as the crown jewel of Thai cuisine. This southern style sour curry made with pineapples and fish goes very well with rice. The sweet and sour taste of pineapples which have been mixed with the pungent zest of turmeric and fresh chilies complement well the flavor of fish. Locals and tourists alike are one in saying that they could eat this delicious food every day without getting fed up.
Gaeng Gai Baan
If you want a truly enjoyable lunch, you might want to order gaeng gai baan with rice. Like many other Thai dishes, this savory food is made of thick curry with country style chicken. Unlike other types of southern Thai curry, this particular gaeng gai baan version has a strong flavor of black pepper and coconut milk gravy. The rich and creamy taste of the curry sauce penetrates the very bones of the chicken, making you want for more. The curry sauce itself tastes so delicious that you might want to line up early for lunch, lest you will be left with an empty pot.
Pla Som Tod
Owing perhaps to the fact that the Gulf of Thailand is teeming with different types of fish, this particularly tasty food is among the many fish viand preparations. Pla som tod is a type of pickled preserved fish, a la Thai, which is oftentimes very salty and sour. Koh Samui restaurants usually serve two versions, namely, raw and deep fried. Raw does not necessarily mean that its uncooked, rather, it is directly taken out of its preservation vat and served directly to the customer. Its preservation mixture already “cooked” the fish. The deep fried, on the other hand, is when the preserved fish is dipped into a pan of boiling oil and cooked until it assumes a nice and crispy texture. Both preparations are delicious, though if you are a first-timer, you might want to try the deep fried version first before trying out its raw variety.
Tom Yum or Tom Yam
This is a popular dish, not only in Koh Samui, but also the rest of Thailand. There are different versions of this sour and spicy soup, however, and its look or taste may vary depending on which part of the country you are. In Koh Samui, the Tom Yum preparation include shrimps and other types of seafood, mixed with various kinds of ingredients like lime juice, crushed chili peppers, lemongrass, galangal, fish sauce and kaffir lime leaves. The aroma it emits is so pleasant that you would feel relaxed immediately. Be aware though that the original Thai version of this delicious soup can be very spicy so it might be wise to request for the mild-type so you will be able to enjoy it with gusto.
Nam Prik Kapi and Pak Naw
Another great combination that would go well with your lunch or dinner at Koh Samui in Thailand are nam prik kapi and pak naw. Basically a side plate consisting of fresh vegetables with various herbs and a small bowl of chili paste, this is the island’s version of a vegetable salad. Fresh vegetables include assorted edible leaves, cucumber and eggplant. The chili paste, which can be used either as a dip for your vegetables or can be eaten along with rice, consists of fermented shrimp paste mixed with chilies and a generous amount of lime juice.
There are many other mouth-watering authentic Thai dishes that you can indulge in in the paradise island of Koh Samui in Thailand. This is perhaps among the reasons why a lot of expats coming from different places on the planet decided to buy real estate properties and settle down in Koh Samui. Aside from the tropical beauty and picturesque views, the food is sensational, with an ambiance that could make you forget all your worries and concerns. So if you are looking for a place to visit or perhaps settle down on a long-term or permanent basis, then Koh Samui in Thailand would be perfect for you.