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8 Mouth-watering Thai Dishes to Try in Samui – Flavours to tickle your tastebuds

Thai cuisine is one of the most discussed cuisines in the world. It's a melody of sour, sweet, and spicy. There's a list of Thai dishes you should try in Samui, and here are some of the top picks.


Tom Yum

This is one of the favourite soup dishes in Thailand and is known all over the world. A staple at restaurants in Koh Samui, Tom Yum is a unique concoction of spices, lime juice, and fish sauce. The strong aroma of the soup can be appealing to most tourists, but if you are not used to the spicy aroma of Thai dishes, it will take you some time to get used to the fragrance of Tom Yum. The dish originated in Northern Thailand, but it's now a popular dish all over the country, including Koh Samui. When ordering Tom Yum, make sure you go for the less spicy version, as the classic version of Tom Yum tends to be a lot spicy.



If you want to try something sweet during your holiday in Koh Samui, you should go for Kalamae. The main ingredients of this are coconut cream, palm sugar, and rice flour. This is often likened to French Caramel, but this has an unmistakable Thai twist. You can find this anywhere in Thailand, especially at supermarkets and street markets.


Pad Thai

Looking for something tasty and healthy? You should try Pad Thai. This is a Thai salad that contains tofu, fish sauce, rice noodles, shallot, egg, tamarind pulp, red chilli pepper, garlic, and palm sugar. You can also ask the cook to add chicken or any variety of seafood to the dish. Pad Thai is another dish you can find anywhere in Thailand, including at places like Avani Chaweng Samui Hotel & Beach Club. Feel free to convey your preferences to the cook, and they will adjust the recipe according to your instructions.


Khao Pad

The English translation of Khao Pad means fried rice, but this is not the typical fried rice you find at Chinese restaurants. This Thai fried rice features unique ingredients, including jasmine rice, oyster sauce, egg, garlic, and soy sauce. Depending on the eatery, you'll get different versions of Khao Pad; two of the most popular are chicken and shrimp mixed with eggs. You can also order a side of salad to go with it.


Som Tam

This is another Thai classic that you must try. Som Tam is a salad made with shredded green papaya, roasted peanuts, chilli, crab paste, dried shrimp, beans, and garlic. Som Tam is a favourite appetiser served at restaurants. You can enjoy this with a scoop of rice or bread.



The Thai version of barbequed meat, satay is a popular street food in Koh Samui. Chicken, pork, beef, fish, and goat are the popular meat choices for satay. The meat is fired over the grill and served with a dipping of peanut sauce. This is not a full meal, but it's a great snack you can find almost anywhere.


Massaman Curry

A favourite of the Muslim community in Thailand, Massaman curry is an aromatic dish that can be enjoyed with rice, bread, or flatbread. The curry is spicy and made with cardamom, mace, star anise, nutmeg, cumin, carrots, bay leaves, and potatoes. A bowl of rice containing chicken or beef is the best accompaniment to Massaman curry.


Mango Sticky Rice

A popular summer dessert, mango sticky rice is made of sticky rice and coconut sauce and comes with a topping of mangoes. This juicy Thai dessert is an excellent after-meal treat found at tourist hotels and restaurants. If you visit during summer, you'll find this at street markets as well.