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We all know what a wonderful cuisine Thai Food is, with its rule of spicy, sour, sweet, salt as elements in all dishes this makes the food a wonderful concoction of aromatic flavours and unforgettable bite.
Thai food is now popular worldwide with many restaurants in major cities and towns throughout the globe but the only place you’ll be able to try the real stuff is here in Thailand!
You may find it slightly more spicy but the flavour will be incredible due to the local herbs and spices which many are grown here on the island or close by. Most Thai people will have some kind of herb growing in their garden if not a few, if you get to speak to them they can show you, let you smell them and tell you what they are used for. It’s a delight when you discover there’s a kafir lime tree close to you or some Thai vegetable growing that you have only ever seen chopped up in your green curry before!
The Southern part of Thailand is known for it’s more spicy flavour and the use of coconuts also. It is influenced by Indonesia and Malaysia and you will find more fish dishes here as we are very close to the ocean!
Although Koh Phangan is in the South you can find Northern dishes here like Khao Soi, a spicy yet sweet burmese inspired noodle soup.
With so many Thai restaurants to choose from here you have plenty of choice, here’s our pick of some to try!
Jimmy’s Thai Food
Jimmy’s Thai Food is a small family-run restaurant located just past the one-way system in Baan Tai, serving all kinds of Thai cuisine including Northern, Southern and Isaan. The food is traditional and delicious, and the portions generous. Try the noodle soup with beef dumplings, fried rice with prawns, duck with rice and Paad Thai.
The restaurant has been open since 2010 and Ta is a qualified chef who learnt her skills at one of Bangkok's cooking schools. They have a very varied menu which changes frequently, thai food as well as international. They serve a delicious roasted curry where the duck is soft and sweet with chunks of pineapple and tomatoes which compliment the earthy yet light sauce.
This curry is from central south Thailand which means that it is similar to the South but with more aroma and less spice.
Baan Boontom Somtum and Gallery
Baan Boontom is known for its Isaan style food and is a real favourite amongst locals. At first they were making very real authentic Isaan food but they had to change it a little for the people from the South to be able to eat it. Real Isaan food is too spicy, too smelly and sometimes too raw for the Southern Thai palate. They changed it to be slightly less, less bold flavours but to still taste delicious!
The food is delicious, very fresh and full of delicate yet strong flavour with an authentic touch, perfect to enjoy with a few friends. Try the pork neck with spicy dip, som tam with salted egg and delicious fried chicken with sticky rice.
The Noodle Soup Man
Thong Sala/Baan Tai
It’s a great set up, the cooking station is attached to his bike like a sidecar or saleng and this is where the magic happens. The soup is already prepared in a big vat and then he asks you what ingredients you want or if you just want them all!
The items you can choose from are fresh greens, chicken, pork balls, beef, bean sprouts and corn crispy things. Of course you can make it as spicy or not as you like. Noodle soup is one of those great Thai dishes, you have the delicious flavour of the soup with the textures of crunchy veg and meat plus the addition of noodles to fill you up. Catch him if you can!
If you know of any great Thai restaurants you think we should check out then please let us know!