8 Koh Samui Street Foods to Satisfy Your Food Cravings
There is no denying that Street food is an indispensable thing in Koh Samui in particular, and generally all across Thailand. Let's find out about 8 Koh Samui Street Foods to Satisfy Your Food Cravings
In fact, it is consistent with Thai eating habits, with eating less and often. This is why street food is so popular in Thailand. You can get something for an affordable price almost anytime and anywhere. Most of the Thai street food introduced by the article below can be found at restaurants. However, sitting outside on a plastic chair to sample a snack on the sidewalk makes your dining experience quite great. In Ko Samui, you can find Thai food stalls almost everywhere like along the streets on the beach, near nightclubs (like Soi Green Mango in Chaweng or Central Plaza in Lamai), at market and night market, on the pedestrian street.
1. Noodle Soup (Gwoy Tiao)
Noodle Soup is made from chicken, beef, or pork broth. Typically, it is served with a choice of beef, chicken, pork, or seafood. In particular, you can choose the shape and size of noodles including flat wide, small, or medium flat. A bowl of pho costs from 30 to 80 baht.
There is no denying that hot Noodle Soup imbued with the Thai flavor is a great treat for the cold of winter. Noodle Soup is healthy, low-fat, gluten-free.
2. Papaya Salad (Som Tum)
Som Tum Thai is a famous Thai food. This dish only consists of simple ingredients, but thanks to the harmonious combination of sour - spicy - salty-sweet taste, so it becomes extremely attractive.
This delicious cold dish originated from Isaan, in northeastern Thailand. In fact, Papaya Salad has spread throughout the country. This street food includes green papaya, garlic, tomatoes, yard beans, peanuts, and peppers. Crabs are also often added to this dish. Som Tum is often served with grilled chicken or fish, and with sticky rice (khao niao). Alternatively, you can use chopped carrots instead of papaya.
3. Stir-Fried Noodles (Pad Thai)
Pad Thai is one of Thailand's favorite street foods. Pad Thai is a stir-fried noodle with fish sauce, lemon, red pepper, sugar, and tamarind sauce (you can add eggs, dried fish, tofu, and bean sprouts) served with shrimp, chicken, or pork. Pad Thai usually costs about 40-80 baht per plate.
The origin of this dish is from China, Thai chefs have created it to turn it into a Thai specialty. And at the present age, this is the most famous dish in the world of Thai cuisine.
Unlike the Pad Thai dishes sold abroad, you will find very rare Pad Thai dishes sold in Thailand with any other meat besides shrimp. A basic Pad Thai usually only has a little water, on the surface is shrimp and a piece of tofu. This dish often has fried eggs with noodles or fried a thin layer of egg wrapped around to make the dish look more attractive. The vegetables in that Pad Thai dish are Chinese chives and green bean sprouts.
Satay originated from Indonesia. This street food is a grilled or grilled chicken dish, beef, pork, or fish skewers served with peanut sauce. Before being grilled, the meat is marinated in turmeric, giving its characteristic yellow color. This street food is delicious and easy to eat. This popular snack can be found in street stalls around Samui city. A skewer usually costs 10 baht.
5. Rice Noodles with Curry (Khanom Jeen)
Kanom Jeen is rice noodles served with green curry or spicy yellow. It also comes with a few other ingredients like boiled eggs and fresh vegetables. This street food can also be eaten with papaya salad. A plate costs about 30-50 baht and 5 baht for each boiled egg.
The main ingredient for this dish is noodles made from fermented rice, so it has a very special flavor. And especially the attractive part of the dish must include the sauce. The sauce of fermented noodles is made from a mixture of curry, coconut milk, fish sauce, sugar, and fish. The fish must be cooked, boned, mixed with curry, then continue to simmer.
Most Thai tourists who enjoy khanom jeen will also feel its unique and strange taste. And they liken it to Italian spaghetti. To make this noodle dish requires a chef who is very delicate and has long experience.
6. Yellow Chicken Rice (Khao Mok Kai)
This street food is originally from Malaysia. Khao Mok Kai is served with stir-fried chives, sliced cucumbers, and a small bowl of transparent soup. To create the golden color of rice, Thais boil rice with a mixture of onion, oil, turmeric, and garlic powder. Chicken is marinated with curry powder, turmeric, dill, coriander, and paprika. Khao Mok Kai is extremely delicious and usually sells for 30-50 baht each. You can easily find it everywhere in Koh Samui.
7. Chicken Rice (Khao Man Kai)
Khao Man Kai is a classic dish of Thai cuisine. Khao Man Kai originates from Hainan province in southern China. To create this dish, boiled chicken and liquid fat - garlic and ginger mixed - are used to cook rice. Khao Man Kai is often served with chicken broth, fresh vegetables, and spicy sauce. You can enjoy this wonderful dish at Koh Samui for about 30-50 baht per plate.
8. Pancake (Roti)
Roti Thailand is a unique street food that you must try when visiting Koh Samui. Roti originated from India. In fact, it is one of the most popular snacks for both Thais and foreigners. Roti is often served with eggs, condensed milk, bananas, chocolate sauce, or jam. This street food can be eaten at any time of the day and costs from 20 to 50 baht.
All in all, with rich and diverse cuisines, Thailand has increasingly attracted people from all over the world. They do not need to indulge in luxurious or classy restaurants, but they can eat specialties on the simple streets like Koh Samui.
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