To top up to its tropical weather, white sandy beaches, and pristine mythical landscapes Thailand is famous for its delicious cuisines. As a matter of fact, Thai food is among the healthiest and most talked about cuisine in the world. It features original recipes expertly combined to create a balance between salty, spicy, bitter, sweet and sour tastes, guaranteed to delight your taste buds. If you are vacationing in Southern Thailand or the Samui Island, the menus offered there will surely make your mouth water. Here are some of the must try Thai Dishes in Koh Samui you’ll never regret you’ve tried.

Tom Yum

Tom Yum or Tom Yam is a classical dish in Thailand. It is a unique sour yet spicy hot clear soup with an intense, seductive aroma. Just a whiff of its smell is enough to stimulate a person’s taste buds. The soup consists of seafood like shrimps, fragrant herbs and fresh ingredients like galangal, lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves, pounded chili peppers, fish sauce, and lime juice. Even though the soup originated from Laos and northeastern Thailand, its popularity extends up to the Koh Samui Island. When ordering the soup, however, it is wise to go for a less spicy version if you cannot bare a real spicy treat.


It is a sugary, tasty dessert made from glutinous rice flour, coconut cream and palm sugar. The candy is a favorite Thai dish and is arguably the Thai version of the French Caramel. A person looking for the Kalamae will find it in high supply at the Hin Yai and Hin Taa daily markets.

Pad Thai

It is a healthy traditional treat comprising of stir-fried rice noodles, tofu, fish sauce, tamarind pulp, egg, shallot, soybean, palm sugar, red chilli pepper and garlic. If a person wishes, he or she could also add chicken, shrimp or crab to the menu. The Pad Thai is available in many of the Thai restaurants, recreation establishments and also along some parts of the streets.

Khao Pad

The term Khao Phad means fried rice. However don’t let the name trick you into thinking it is the traditional fried rice. It sports several appetizing flavors like jasmine rice, garlic, egg, oyster sauce, salt, sugar, and soy sauce. The servings include either chicken or shrimp flipped in eggs, tomatoes and onions, thereby guaranteeing to satisfy one’s hunger pangs. Some of this dish’s accompaniments include slices of tomatoes and cucumbers, lime, and salad.

Som Tam

The Som Tam is a spicy papaya salad made with shredded green papaya, mixed with eggplant, beans, garlic, dried shrimp, crab paste, roasted peanuts, and chilli. It has a distinct flavor and is without a doubt one of the most delicious dishes in the world. Most restaurants serve the Som Tam salad as an appetizer, with raw vegetables and sticky rice. It is a suitable option for entertaining moments among friends and family.

Seafood Thai-Style

Koh Samui is an Island surrounded by a full population of marine life, which logically influences the diet that ends up on the plate. Some of the yummy edibles include the crab, squid, lobster, prawn, seaweed, fish varieties and shellfish. Nothing compares to the Samui seafood, most of which are fresh catches, prepared using Thai-Style traditional spices. Some of the favorite additives include lemon, basil, coconut sauces, tamarind and ginger. As with many Thai dishes, the Samui seafood is best served with rice.


A person who enjoys barbeques will cherish the Satay. It is a slightly seasoned barbecued meat, served with peanut sauce. The meat could be of different varieties including lamb, pork, chicken, beef, fish or goat depending on one’s individual tastes. Though originally from Java, Indonesia, the Satay is a common feature in Samui restaurants, roadside stands, and street markets held in Maenam, Lamai, Bophut and Chaweng.

Massaman Curry

It is a dish popular among the Thai Muslims influenced by the Indian and Malay cuisine. The Massaman Curry is a juicy, spicy stew made of potatoes, cardamom, carrots, cumin, mace, nutmeg, bay leaves, cinnamon and star anise. The scrumptious meal goes well with white rice, beef or chicken.

Mango Sticky Rice

The Mango Sticky Rice is a meal that lives up to its name. It is a combination of steamed sticky rice flavored with coconut sauce and tasty chopped mangos. The dish is a dessert commonly available in summer when the juicy Thai mangoes are in season.

Tom Kha Kai

The Tom Kha Kai is a delicious tangy chicken galangal dish, made from coconut milk, lemon grass, straw mushrooms, chili pepper, galangal, coriander, chicken, kaffir lime and lime juice. Not only is the dish refreshing but it is nutritious as well, justifying why it is featured on many of Thai cuisines.

Kai Phad Med Ma Muang

It’s difficult to pronounce name should not discourage a person from ordering the Kai Phad Med Ma Muang. It is a lovely chicken cashew nuts dish popular with both the Samui locals and visitors. The specialty consists stir/fried chicken and cashew nuts, flavored with red chilli, a mixture of red, green, and yellow bell peppers, and spring onions. The Kai Phad Med Ma Muang is ideal for white rice servings.