Hot and Spicy Thai Food
Thai cuisine is known for being hot and spicy and while there are those who enjoy the heat, not everyone can tolerate it. In local restaurants, you can ask the waiter to go easy on the chili whenever you order Thai food. Also, you can say “mai sai prik” or no chili. However, if this toned down version of the usual spicy Thai dishes is still too much for you or your “mai sai prik” requests are often ignored, then check our list of non spicy Thai food that you can order in Koh Samui.
Khao Phat or Thai Fried Rice
This filling dish is carb heavy yet does not have chili. Its usual ingredients are garlic, spring onions, seasoning, meat, and eggs. The meat can be beef or seafood, chicken or shrimp. Egg is also often served on top of the yummy fried rice. If you want a little heat (say you are feeling daring to try), you can ask for fish sauce with chili and put little by little as you eat it til you determine how hot or spicy you can tolerate.
Among the most popular Thai food dishes in the world, Pad Thai is more savory and sweet than spicy. Actually most recipes for pad Thai don’t have chili. If you are looking for something cheap, accessible and one that is easy on your sensitive taste buds, then this delicious stir fried noodles is perfect.
Mango Sticky Rice
A sweet Thai food, this is definitely not spicy. Actually it is often eaten side by side with a spicy dish to counteract the heat. This is sold almost everywhere in Samui. It is easy to like and is a good thing to add to your must try Thai delicacies.
Also popular in countries like Singapore, Malaysia, and Indonesia, this type of chicken skewer is often served non-spicy. The ingredients and flavorings used for the marinade are turmeric, lemongrass, fish sauce, and sugar or honey. It is also often served with a peanut sauce.
Fried or fresh, these babies are delicious, filling, and very affordable too. With the exception of the dip they are served with, they are usually free from chili. The fried ones are crispy and can be eaten as is or with rice. The fresh ones are good as a light meal or a light appetizer.
Pad Phak (Stir-fried vegetables)
Thai stir fried vegetables or generally known as pad phak is also a good option for Thai dishes without the heat. This comes in many variations depending on the ingredients added and the vegetables used. There’s pad phak taohu which means stir fried veggies with tofu. There’s pad phak kung, meaning there’s shrimp in the mix. There’s also pad phak bung fai daeng, meaning stir fried morning glory (a local leafy vegetable)
Kuay Teow Moo Daeng
If you are looking for a one bowl meal that has a good amount of carbs, protein, fat, and veggies, you can try this noodle soup dish called Kuay Teow Moo Daeng. The secret to this dish is the broth that is made from soup bones and spring onions. The veggies used usually include bean sprouts and bok choy. To complete this dish, a dipping sauce made from fish sauce, sugar, and chili is served with it. You can skip the sauce or tell the waiter to not put chili on it, or try putting very little to see if you can take the heat.
Kai Jeow or Thai Omelette
Simple, comforting, and universally appealing,there is nothing like a good omelette and here in Koh Samui, it is among the few local dishes you can eat without some tongue torching thai food. This is eaten best with rice, with a little sweet chili sauce on top. If you don’t like the heat, then skip the sauce or have ketchup instead.
Chicken Noodle Soup or Clear Thai Chicken Soup
This humble thai food dish with a clear broth will bring back childhood memories. It is a comforting dish. Think silky rice noodles, a flavorful chicken infused broth, tender meat pieces, and greens. It is a cheap non-spicy dish that is served almost anywhere in Koh Samui. This is an excellent pick for kids too.
Thai Banana Pancakes
Another well loved street food, this will fill your tummy without causing a dent to your pocket. This is more on the sweet side so obviously it is chili free. It is great as an anytime snack. When you visit the street markets, be sure to make a beeline for this local treat. It is best when hot and it smells heavenly too. This is often served with sugar and condensed milk on top. Some vendors have a chocolate drizzle topping, which is also delicious.
Sometimes the best way to escape the chili is to just eat a fruit. You will have an awesome fruit food trip in Koh Samui as it is a paradise of yummy nature delights. There’s coconut, pineapple, durian, guavas, mangoes, papaya, lychee, and tamarind. Bananas are pretty abundant too and depending on the season, you can also have some sweet watermelon and cantaloupe.
Kao Mun Gai
Thai chicken rice is a simple yet satisfying treat that is great even without chili. If you are avoiding anything spicy yet still want local thai food, get this. This is similar to Hainanese chicken that is popular in Singapore. If you love that, you will love this too.