Koh Samui is a food lover’s paradise. With so many restaurants in Samui carrying different cuisines from all parts of the globe, you will never run out of places to eat here. While you may be in the mood to eat your usual Western favorites, don’t forget to indulge on Thai food or grab the opportunity to get to know popular local dishes if you are a Thai cuisine virgin. If you need convincing, here are some reasons why it is a good idea to bask in the goodness of Thai food on your Koh Samui vacation.
Thai food is everywhere on the island.
You will realize that on your holiday in Koh Samui that you can’t escape Thai food. It is on your room service menu. You can find spring rolls and pad Thai being sold by the street vendors, and majority of the local dining places serve a kind of Thai curry or two. Thai kebabs are served at the bars and nightclubs, while the smell of seafood curry will seduce you when you visit Fisherman’s Village. Since it is everywhere, why not treat yourself to as many Thai dishes as you can? Who knows this might be the reason why you’d decide to go back on the island.
There is a huge variety of delicacies that you can try.
The great thing about Thai cuisine is that there are so many winning dishes to try. It will never get old as there is always something new to discover. You can explore the many types of local curry from the mild yellow, to the herbal green to the complex and exotic red curry. Then you can also get acquainted with many of Thai’s hearty soups. There’s Thai chicken soup, tom yum, dom jud (plain pork soup), and dom yam talay (cloudy seafood soup). If you are not content just yet, you can explore the countless street foods that made Thailand famous. A knockout is the deep fried soft shell crab. There is nowhere in the world you can get a really good version of this other than in Thailand.
Thai food is more wallet friendly than other cuisines when in Koh Samui.
Local food is always cheap since the ingredients used are readily available and are basically abundant. While you may have to pay a lot for other cuisines like French and Indian while on the island, you won’t need to pay so much for delicious Thai dishes especially if you skip the high end restaurants and opt for casual food places. For a few bahts, you can get a good serving of pad Thai, deep fried fish, a satisfying bowl of hot sour soup, and a generous serving of sticky rice. Basically you can have a Thai food feast everyday during your stay without making a dent to your wallet.
Thai food gives you an opportunity to eat healthy.
Although there are notable sinfully rich Thai dishes, especially those laced with coconut milk and some of the deep fried offerings, there are lots of healthy Thai dishes too. You can go for fresh spring rolls, tasty steamed fish, grilled seafood, clear broth chicken soup, and green mango salad. These dishes are just the tip of the iceberg. As you explore Thai cuisine, you will learn that you can actually make key Thai dishes an integral part of your healthy diet.
Thai cuisine has a distinct flavor profile.
While some Thai dishes have foreign influences such as the massaman curry, pad Thai, and fresh spring rolls, the bulk of Thai cuisine is unique and unlike anything you have ever tasted. Some of the most distinct local dishes are tom yum, Panang curry, and spicy green papaya salad.
Thai food is good for you.
Of course there are Thai delicacies that you would want to avoid if you are on a diet such as the deep fried meats, coconut based dishes, and well, fried rice but majority of Thai dishes are good for you. Thai uses a lot of herbs like coriander, basil, lemongrass, ginger, and chilli. These ingredients have amazing benefits on the body. Chili is a known fat burner. Lemongrass is good for digestion and helps lower bad cholesterol. Basil is a natural antibiotic, while coriander is rich in fiber and is beneficial for those with high blood sugar. This means that eating Thai food fix is not only good for your taste buds but for your whole body too.
Thai dishes can be powerful aphrodisiac.
Maybe it is a good idea to eat plenty of hot and sour soup, green curry, and spicy mango salad on your trip to Koh Samui. Why? Because chili that is staple in Thai cooking is a known aphrodisiac. If you want to improve your sex life, don’t shy away from the spicy Thai dishes. Not only are they bursting with flavor, they also have ‘magical’ properties that can brighten up your performance.
It is fulfilling to eat and cook Thai food.
Thai dishes are known for their layers of flavors and a lot of them are complicated to cook from scratch. This means that every Thai offering you will have on the island is a labor of love, which is why you will also derive great pleasure in eating them. On the island of Samui, not only will you be able to eat wonderful local food, you will also learn to cook them.
A number of the best Thai restaurants are in Koh Samui.
The island takes pride in its culinary establishments. Here you can enjoy Thai cuisine regardless of what budget you have. There are cheap, mid-priced, and 5 star restaurants where you can get acquainted with local food. In addition, you can find out how you like your Thai favorites better by sampling traditional and fusion versions and judge for yourself which one you like more.
So go ahead and eat plenty of Thai food. You know you want to.