Thailand has been the go-to destination in Southeast Asia for backpacker for many many years now. This beautiful country has been attracting tourist from all over the world for its beautiful beaches, awesome food and sun-drenched islands. And among all of the pristine islands that Thailand is home to, Koh Samui is one of the most popular and luxurious destinations of this country. The whole island is lined with luxurious Koh Samui house rental options located just steps away from its beautiful beaches. From snorkelling to elephant-riding to beach parties to hiking – there are a lot of activities that you can enjoy at Koh Samui. However, no trip to Koh Samui can be complete without sampling the delicious local food of this island. Here are four Thai dishes which you must try out while you are in Koh Samui, to truly experience the culture of Thailand.
1. Gaeng som pla
Gaeng som pla is a Southern style Thai curry which tastes predominantly sour. Although this dish does not originate from Koh Samui, still the version you get at this island is surely worth trying, as the fish used in the curry is generally very fresh. The dish uses pineapples to incorporate a sweet and sour flavour and uses fresh chillies and turmeric heavily to counteract the sweetness. This is one of the staple dishes that you will find in most Thai homes, and you must try out this dish when you get a chance while you are in Koh Samui.
2. Wai khua
Wai khua is a completely local Koh Samui dish, which you will only find on this island. The dish is made by cooking squids in a coconut milk based gravy. The dominant flavour of the dish is of lemongrass, and the squid used to cook the dish is extremely fresh. This one of the best dishes you can try out in Koh Samui. The coconut gravy is thick and rich, and the squid remains extremely tender.
3. Moo khua koy
Another speciality dish of Koh Samui is Moo khua koy, which is basically a take on the popular Isan style Thai dish called Lap khua moo. This is basically stir-fried pork with shrimp paste, topped with some basil and mint leaves. The dish is extremely simple and quite sweet in taste, so if you are in for some less spicy food, you can surely try this one out. You can be sure to fall in love with this sticky, sweet, porky dish. The Koh Samui version of the dish mainly differs from the Isan version in regards to the spice level. The Isan version of this dish end to be much more fiery and spicy.
4. Gaeng gai baan
This another southern Thai curry that you must try out when you visit Koh Samui. Gaeng gai baan is a country style chicken curry made with coconut milk and southern curry paste. However, the Koh Samui version of this curry stands out for the use of black pepper. The version of Gaeng gai baan that you get in Koh Samui has a much stronger peppery flavour, which gives it a completely different flavour profile than the Gaeng gai baan that you get elsewhere in Thailand.