Samui is famous for its beach weather and when people come to visit, they are expecting sultry warm weather with lots of fresh breeze and sunshine. You can experience this most often than not on the island. However these sunny Samui days have a rainy counterpart. Yes, being in a tropical region,Koh Samui has its share of rain showers and thunderstorms. While the rain could put a delay on your outdoor plans, it certainly is a good excuse to pig out and indulge in comfort foods. Here are some Thai dishes that taste even more amazing on a rainy day.
Massaman curry is one comforting dish that shines even more when the weather is cool. This curry has a yummy warmth and sweetness to it, thanks to its combination of ingredients. This is of Muslim origin and is like a beef stew, only with exotic flavors. This has meat and potatoes so it is very filling and is best served with a steaming cup of rice. Massaman curry is served in most local restaurants. If you want, you can have your private chef cook it for you or you can make it yourself using a ready made curry paste. Massaman curry is known to be the sweetest of all local curry dishes and is not usually hot in terms of spices. Its complex flavor profile and warmth is due to its spice combination. Cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg are usually used to make this type of curry.
Tom Yum Goong
Rainy days call for something hot and aromatic and if you love things spicy, definitely have a bowl of good old tom yum goong. This is the ultimate Thai dish that you must have in Koh Samui. The best version in our opinion is one with shrimps and coconut milk. There is a clear version, with a thinner broth but if you want something elevated and creamy, go for one with the coconut milk or what is known in Koh Samui as tom yam nam kon. This dish is known to be hot and spicy and is sure to warm your tummy as the rain pours outside.
Thai Chicken Soup
One of the best things to eat on a rainy day is a hot bowl of Thai chicken soup. This has a nice tasty broth that is filled with the familiar flavor of chicken meat and bones, onions, garlic, and ginger. This usually features glass noodles and pieces of chicken and is often flavored with fish sauce, chili, and sugar. Cut up herbs are added to impart a hint of freshness. Because the broth used is slow cooked, the taste is very deep and good. Thai chicken soup is a winner in our books because of its simplicity and high comfort factor. This dish has a universal appeal and is something kids will enjoy too. It is yummy, easy on the tummy, and a joy to eat. Plus, you can get it for cheap almost everywhere in Samui.
Khao Pad (Thai Fried Rice)
Another crowd pleaser that tastes even more delicious on a Samui rainy day is Khao Pad. This is the locals’ version of fried rice. Leftover rice, meat,vegetables, egg, and seasoning are the commonly used ingredients for this dish.Thai fried rice looks so good and is so delish you would not think it is made from leftovers. The good thing is that everyone loves it and it just excites the taste buds in a way that no other dish can. What we like about Khao Pad is that it can easily be replicated so if your accommodation has a kitchen and cooking utensils, you can whip up your own version as long as you have rice, fish sauce, meat, egg, and basic ingredients such as onions, soy sauce, and tomatoes. This only takes about 5 minutes to cook assuming that you will be using leftover rice. If you don’t have a knack for cooking,just head out and find a nearby dining place. For sure they have this on the menu.
The local version of stir fried noodles sure has reached global fame. There is no wrong time to eat pad Thai which is why it is a safe choice rain or shine. This has plenty of good stuff in one plate: tofu, shrimp, peanuts,flat noodles, and egg are what you can expect in a plate of pad Thai. Of course it has that distinct flavor of fish sauce and a little bit of sweetness from the sugar. It is a lovely local treat that will warm your senses when it rains.
Thai Spring Rolls
A Thai food that is so hard not to love is spring rolls and this street food staple tastes even better when it is raining. This is among the cheapest edible stuff you can find in Koh Samui. It is crunchy, cheap, and easy to eat too. What we love about this is that it never gets old. Even if you have had one too many today, for sure you will still crave for some tomorrow. This is best eaten with sweet chili sauce especially when it is just cooked. Yummy!!!
Mango Sticky Rice
Another stunner if you happen to be in Koh Samui during its wet season is mango sticky rice. This tastes so good and is one of the best local desserts you can ever taste. This has sticky rice, coconut milk, sugar, and of course fresh ripe mangoes. Again this is served all over the island and it is great as snack or dessert. Actually this is amazing when eaten with a grilled dish or even with fried spring rolls.
Mama Instant Noodles
Sometimes the weather gets a bad turn and you are caught in a thunderstorm. When the rain just won’t quit and there’s no chance you could get out, you can still eat something fitting for the weather. If you haven’t seen or heard of Mama Instant Noodles since you arrived in Samui, you better go out more because this is Thailand’s most popular brand of instant noodles. It has all sorts of variants. If you have a few packs in your kitchen cabinet, cook up a bag or two and dress it with egg and some veggies if you have. Meal in minutes.