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What to Eat in Koh Samui

December 01, 2021
2021-12-01
One of the best parts of traveling to Koh Samui, or to any other destination in Thailand for that matter, is indulging in the country's fine cuisine. Renowned around the world, Thai food is definitely among the most flavorful and most unforgettable out there. It's no surprise that there are many who would go to Thailand just to eat its food. But would they go to Koh Samui for the same reason? They should if they want to taste a unique side to Thai cuisine. Just like Bangkok, Phuket, and other parts of the country, Koh Samui offers its own local dishes and delicacies you just have to try! Particularly, these ones.

What to Eat in Koh Samui


Nam Prik Kapi

With so many Thai delicacies to choose from, you'd need something else to enhance the flavor, right? Enter Nam Prik Kapi, the shrimp paste dip that tastes incredible. While you're on a beach in Koh Samui and you have some vegetables or some rice with you, a bowl full of Nam Prik Kapi will help give some much-needed spice to your snack time. In fact, if you mix it well with rice, it can serve as a fulfilling meal on its own too. But on the island, it's more common to enjoy it with other vegetables instead.
What to Eat in Koh Samui
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Gaeng Som Pla Sabarot

In various parts of Thailand, from Bangkok to Phuket and back, curry is a main dinner table staple. While the rest of the world associates curry with India, this Southeast Asian country has had its own twist to the spicy dish. And in Koh Samui, one of the most common and most delicious is Gaeng Som Pla Sabarot. Yes, just as its name says, this curry is sour. So much so that those who aren't used to the flavor might find it difficult to enjoy at first. But then, in Koh Samui, they add some pineapples to add a little bit of sweetness and, in turn, not overwhelm the palate.
What to Eat in Koh Samui
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Gaeng Gai Baan

Still craving some curry in Koh Samui, why not go for some Gaeng Gai Baan instead? Translated into English as 'Spicy Chicken Soup,' you can already tell what sort of flavors swirl inside this hearty dish. Commonly, this dish is also served as green curry, lessening the spice despite its name. Whichever way you taste it, however, the goodness remains the same. The chicken is so soft and tender, you can bite into it with little to no effort and all. As for the curry soup itself? Indulge in the Southeast Asian spices that this country is known for!
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Kai Pad Med Mamuang

Speaking of chicken, if you want a nuttier Koh Samui dish that's filled with poultry, look no further than Kai Pad Med Mamuang! This delectable culinary staple is made up of Thai cashew chicken with a natural flavor that you'll only find in Koh Samui and other places like it. Since it's reasonably spiced, one bit won't have you reaching for a glass of water as fast as you can. You can indulge in all the nuttiness, the poultry goodness, and the light spices that this dish is best known and beloved for.
What to Eat in Koh Samui
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Pla Som Tod

Since Koh Samui is an island many of its districts and neighborhoods are located by the sea, it's only natural that seafood will make its way onto this list. And in this top tourist destination, Pla Som Tod, or picked preserved fish, is the way to go. It works well on its own, tastes divine with rice, and even if you pair it with spicier dishes, its own flavor will still stand out. The crispiness of the fish makes it such a delectable culinary experience while the salty and savory flavors will have you craving for more!
What to Eat in Koh Samui
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Kalamae

Finally, some dessert! Here in Koh Samui, there's really only one treat that both locals and tourists enjoy: Kalamae! A sticky sweet confection that's made out of glutinous rice, it's the kind that will fill you up with a saccharine sensation with every bite. Not to mention that its chewy consistency will keep your mouth busy as you indulge in its natural flavor. Truthfully speaking, Kalamae is actually pretty common, not just in Thailand, but in Southeast Asia too. In fact, it's even a staple dessert in the Philippines as well. But what makes Kalame a unique dessert in Koh Samui is that this island turns this famous treat into little candies. What's not to love?
What to Eat in Koh Samui
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Who knew that Koh Samui has its local cuisine that you won't find anywhere else? If you ever find yourself starving and you want some delicious Thai food, these delicious dishes and delicacies will surely hit the spot!

Craving for any of these Koh Samu delicacies? You can actually cook them yourself in your own luxury home!




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