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W5 in 5: Things to Eat on Koh Samui



Tao Chulasak for "Why in Quests"
March 28, 2011

There's fine dining and then there's "dining finds".  Here are 5 treats only found on Samui Island, for your tasting pleasure.   


1.    Coconut Candy (Kalamae)
The traditional Samui cash crop are coconuts, and one of the many benefits of this is the thick-chewy-overly sweet coconut candy known as Kalamae.  Three different varieties exist, Brown Kalamae (palm suagr, coconut milk, and rice flour, and occasional sesame seeds), Green Kalamae (white sugar, coconut milk, rice flour and pandan leaves), and Black Kalamae (palm sugar, coconut milk, and black rice flour.)  Kalamae is often wrapped in traditional wax paper or clear plastic, and can be found throughout markets in Koh Samui.  One of the most famous places to get it is at Kalamae Mae Yindee | Raja Ferry Pier, Lipa Noi, Koh Samui | +668 406 07996 |


2.    Octopus in Coconut Cream (Tom Som Waay)
Not for the faint of heart—or stomach.  The Samui Octopus in Coconut cream is a local dish that features the island's native cephalopod, colloquially known as a 'waay'.  The dish is found in only a few restaurants, and is a far cry from mainstream curry, bring your friends and see who the gutsiest eater is.  Find it at Larn Ta Lay Restaurant | 440/1 M.1 Maret, Koh Samui | +667 741 8044 | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

 


 

3.    Sea Urchin Roe (Yum Kai Men)
This delicacy is a sushi-lover's dream.  Sea Urchins are extremely poisonous, but their delicious roe is prized for the unique umami taste.  It's notoriously expensive on your regular sushi-ya's menu, but quite reasonable here on the island.  The Samui natives toss it in a sour, spicy, salad with plenty of fresh herbs and onions.  Find it at Bangpo Seafood | 6/4 Moo 6, Mae Nam, Koh Samui | +66 7742 0010

 

4.    The $44 Dollar Pie
Made famous in Momofuku, New York, the $44 Dollar Pie is one slice of rich buttery bliss.  Few people know it, but another place to grab this dessert is at KC Resort & Overwater Villas on Samui Island.  It's not a native find, but don't be surprised if you see tourists lugging boxes for this through Samui airport customs.  They don't nickname it 'crack pie' for nothing.  Find it at KC Resort & Overwater Villas | 166/98 Moo. 2 | Chaweng Choeng Mon Beach Road | +667 742 8073 | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

 

  
 

5.    Samui Kanom Jeeen Nahm Yaa
It's like the Krispy Kreme line of Samui, Pa Maitree's famous Kanom Jeen Nahm Yaa store caters to locals and tourists alike.  Everyone is after the same thing:  Fermented rice noodles drowned with spicy curry.  The secret ingredient?  Experience, from over 20 years of business.  Look for the orange fish curry, with small bits of pounded white fish, and grab a generous amount of fresh vegetables.  All that for approximately THB 30++.  Find it at Pa Maitree | Mae Nam Soi 4, Koh Samui |