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Popular Dishes in Koh Samui – Delectable Explorations

Apart from the popular pad thai and tom yum soup, there are plenty of flavourful dishes that you can enjoy when touring Koh Samui. Here is a list of some of the most sought-after dishes.



Let us start with the sweet and soft delights of an authentic Thai dessert. Kalamae is a type of candy made up with a concoction of coconut cream, rice flour and palm sugar. The coconut tree fringed southern Thai region of Samui was once filled with coconut plantations and this probably triggered the popularity of kalamae. You can find this delicacy at the Hin Taa and Hin Yai market in Koh Samui.


Khao phad

The term' khao phad' translates into fried rice. This flexible dish appeals to those who would prefer to eat Thai food minus the spiciness. Restaurants have different twists to the dish which can be prepared with seafood, chicken, pork or simply with vegetables. The core ingredients include jasmine rice, oyster and soy sauce, eggs, garlic and sugar to take the edge off the dish. You can tuck into a dish of freshly prepared khao phad with side dishes such as cool cucumber slices, visually appealing tomato slices and lime.


Kai phad med ma muang

This dish may be hard to pronounce but it is worthwhile learning how to do so. Perhaps when you search for 'hotel offers Koh Samui', you could ask them if they offer this dish as part of their regular menu. The dish contains chicken and cashew nuts stir-fried to perfection with herbs available in Thailand, bell peppers, spring onions and of course dried chillies. They serve kai phad med ma Muang with white rice and tucking into this flavourful concoction is similar to experiencing the essence of Thailand.


Som Tam

Som tam is originally a dish from Laos but if you visit Koh Samui, don't forget to taste this dish at least once. They pound palm sugar, chilli, fish sauce and lime using a mortar and pestle before adding this mouth-watering mixture to cut up papaya, mango or any other firm vegetable or fruit. Some chefs add roasted peanuts, aubergine and sometimes shrimp in its dried form. Whether you are dining at a resort in Koh Samui such as the Sunset Coast Samui Resort & Villas or elsewhere in the region, you can share this dish with your dining companions as is the convention that is tied up with some tam.


Tom Kha kai

If you like your soup a little spicy and sour, you would love tom kha kai. This chicken soup infused with galangal is made up of coconut cream, lemongrass, chilli flakes, mushrooms, coriander, and chicken and of course galangal.


Massaman curry

This dish goes back to the 17th century and has ties to the Ayutthaya period. In essence massaman curry represents southern Thai cuisine as well as Malay and Indian influence. The dish contains chunks of delicious potatoes and carrots mixed with various spices such as nutmeg and star anise along with bay leaves. The fragrance alone is enough to entice visitors to tuck into the dish.