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Top street foods that you absolutely need to try while you're in Ko Samui, Thailand

Ko Samui is known for its stunning landscapes and promise of a relaxing vacation, but it is also known for its tasty street cuisine. Not surprisingly, the food on Ko Samui is just as delicious as it is cheap, living up to Thailand's reputation for culinary excellence.


Crispy spring rolls await

Every traveller to Thailand should try at least one plate of spring rolls. In Southeast Asia, spring rolls are indeed a staple dish, and each country has their own special style of preparing them.
Rice paper should be used to encase the fillings before being fried. The end result is a delicious snack meal sold all around Thailand. This tasty treat may be found in the restaurants and food carts of Ko Samui. You should also try the spring rolls at some of the tucked-away restaurants in the area.


Khao Pad

Thai fried rice, or khao pad, has gained popularity outside of Thailand and is currently eaten in many other Southeast Asian countries. Many forms of fried rice exist, but khao pad is distinct in that it requires shrimp. Try serving it alongside some chicken stuffed with basil as well. This is a common item on the menus of Ko Samui's hotels and restaurants. Even the humblest Thai street sellers offer their own unique and delectable spin on the nation's most beloved dish.


Thai Banana Pancakes

Thai pancakes aren't the same as American pancakes. Thai pancakes are created with roti, a type of bread that is traditionally prepared with margarine and oil to produce a bread that is both sweet and savoury. This sweet is a staple street food in Thailand, and it is commonly sold with a variety of fillings like chocolate and banana.
Banana is by far the most sought-after taste option. Banana slices and whipped cream fill the crisp roti. This tasty treat can be enjoyed in the morning or afternoon and is guaranteed to put you in a better frame of mind. Picture yourself enjoying delicious traditional street food as the sun rises over Ko Samui, while taking in the island's stunning natural scenery.


Kai Jiew Moo Saap

To start the day off right, try some savoury Thai pork omelette, or kai jiew moo saap. You simply mix the dry and wet ingredients together and fry them in a pan like you would a traditional omelette. The finished product is a tasty meal that goes especially well with a big bowl of rice. You can have a satisfying lunch on Ko Samui's cheap street cuisine and still have some cash left over for the island's more high-end attractions.
Alternatively, if you're in a Koh Samui resort such as the Anantara Lawana Koh Samui Resort you can, of course, enjoy a premium serving of Kai Jiew Moo Saap that has a finesse that will be unlike anything else you can find in the vicinity.


Meat Satay

The satay was first made in Indonesia. The dish's fame caused it to spread throughout Southeast Asia to places like Malaysia and the Philippines, in addition to its native Thailand. Thai satay is served with a delicious peanut sauce, a unique twist on the classic meal. Dipped in peanut sauce, these pork skewers are delicious with Jasmine rice or khao pad. Satay is also widely available on the sidewalks of Ko Samui, and many visitors enjoy it as a late-night snack with a cold beer.