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Food In Thailand:

There is an expression that Thailand is a huge kitchen. In fact, you will always see locals eating something, frying, cooking, steaming and then eating again. The fantastic cuisine is one of the strongest motives for tourists to visit Thailand.

 Every single meal is unique here not only because of its ingredients and recipes, but also due to the chef’s personal way of cooking. Every chef’s aim is to harmoniously combine the five different tastes – sweet, sour, salty, spicy and even bitter. As well as this, low fat content, short cooking time and the use of fresh herbs and exotic fruits makes Thai cuisine extremely beneficial for human well being.

 It’s very important to remember that many Thai dishes are cooked with pepper or chili paste. You should be very careful when making an order, and don’t forget to say the magic words “Not spicy!” Even if you observe this rule, don’t be surprised or angry if your meal still seems quite hot. This is simply part of the Thai cuisine, though local cooks will always try to make their dishes more suitable for tourists’ tastes. If you really don’t like spicy food, however, try not to eat at local places.

Besides traditional Thai food, there are many international restaurants on the island that are ready to offer dishes from countries all over the world for those tourists who miss their national cuisine or have specific food preferences. For example, there are special restaurants for vegetarians and vegans on Koh Samui.

Those living in our villas to rent Koh Samui can also use their on-site, fully equipped kitchen to cook dishes themselves from local ingredients, as there is a huge amount of food available at some incredibly low prices. Moreover, you can buy almost everything for your regular meals at hypermarkets or local markets, except for possibly some specific imported products.

Here is some Thai cuisine which you should taste while here:

Noodles and Rice

These are Thailand’s two staple dishes. The most popular ways to cook noodles are to fry them or to include them in a soup. Thai rice-noodles, which are fried together with bean sprouts, shallots and tamarind sauce, are called “Pad Thai”. This is one of the most popular dishes with tourists when it comes to Thai cuisine. You can order Pad Thai with chicken, pork and shrimp or choose a vegetarian Pad Thai with tofu. The dish is typically served with fresh vegetables and roasted peanuts.

Flavorful Kao Pad (literally “fried rice” in Thai) can be found practically everywhere. This dish is not spicy, making it very suitable for children. It is made from rice, onions, spices and vegetables fried with chicken (Kao Pad Gai), pork (Kao Pad Moo), shrimp (Kao Pad Gung) or eggs (Kao Pad Kai).


Thai soups are usually spicy and savory. They are not served as a primary course and usually accompany other dishes. For example, they could be served in a bowl with an additional plate of rice.

Tom Yam Gung is a mouth-watering spicy coconut milk soup containing shrimp and mushrooms. This is the number one dish for all tourists but we recommend ordering rice to accompany it. Despite asking for the cook to make it as mild as possible, you will certainly need something to extinguish the flames in your mouth after eating it.

Tom Yam Gai is the same as Tom Yam Gung but you’ll receive chicken instead of shrimp.

Tom Kha Gai is a chicken soup with a base of coconut milk with similar ingredients to Tom Yam. Most of these ingredients are used to add flavor but should never actually be eaten. Overall, this soup has a very exotic and original taste.

Red, Yellow and Green Curry

Curry is another very popular dish that can be found at 99% of Thai restaurants, excluding places like McDonald’s. These soups are the champions of extreme spiciness amongst all other dishes. Only real chilies are spicier than green curry, which is cooked with a base of coconut milk and spicy curry paste with a large amount of additional roots and spices. After that, it is filled with chicken, pork or seafood as well as some vegetables and herbs. This is a dish that is better eaten with simple boiled rice.

Fish and Meat

For most Thai people, fish is the third most important food after rice and noodles. Thailand is a country of seas and rivers, which is why dishes of fish and seafood are widespread here. Most restaurants on Koh Samui allow you to choose your own live fish, crabs, shrimp and other shellfish. They are then grilled and served to you with rice and tasty sauces.

Meat is often combined with vegetables, rice or noodles. The most common meat is chicken with pork coming a close second. Beef is not so common here yet duck dishes are popular, especially on holidays. Meat in Thailand is usually fried, steamed or braised in coconut milk.


For the most part, local Thai salads resemble dishes suitable for European tastes. The Thai word “yam”, which is usually translated as “salad”, literally means “a mix.” This is not only for vegetables though, as you will find out.

For example, common ingredients of Thai salad could include meat or fish mince, chopped seafood, roasted peanuts, dried bananas, slices of ripe pineapple or unripe mango, and much more. All these products are covered with a special salad dressing containing the inevitable fish sauce Nam Pla (which is responsible for the saltiness and the hint of superfine fish), as well as lime juice, coconut milk, tamarind extract and other additions.

While there are plenty of salad recipes, the most famous is Som Tam. This is a salad made from green papaya, roasted peanuts, dried shrimp, bean sprouts, chili, chopped tomatoes and a variety of spices.

The salad Yam Mamuang has a similar recipe but unripe mango is used instead of papaya.

Savory Snacks

These yummy delicacies are served as a single dish or in addition to other dishes. You should definitely taste Thai spring-rolls, which are crispy pancakes filled with rice noodles and vegetables.

Delicacies and Desserts

Thai desserts are mostly made of ingredients such as coconut milk, rice flour and palm sugar. For example, the Thai pudding, Longan, contains a myriad of Thai fruits cooked in sticky rice flour which are combined with a little bit of salted coconut milk.

Kao Niow Mamuang is one of the most common Thai delicacies, and is made of sweet sticky rice with coconut milk and ripe mango.

In addition to these treats, don’t deny yourself the pleasure of tasting the country’s delicious sweet pancakes with bananas and chocolate. The Thais have somewhat restyled this traditionally Malay recipe, and now this local street food is spread all over the country. As well as bananas and chocolate, you can taste these pancakes with condensed milk, jam, pineapple and numerous other fillings.

Our main point is that you can eat absolutely everywhere you want in Thailand, whether at expensive restaurants with haute Thai cuisine, at a scenic seaside café, at very affordable street stalls, or at standard places like McDonald’s.

Bon appetite!

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