No-one should travel to the source of of one of the world's favourite cuisines without savouring a range of flavours. Whether you sample one Thai dish a day or opt for a five course feast there are a number of "must-try" dishes you should ask the chef to prepare at your private villa.
Along with its shimmering shorelines, majestic mountains and intriguing culture, sumptuous cuisine is a major draw for people planning to visit Thailand. The Kingdom is known across the globe for dishes like Pad Thai
and spicy sweet green curry, so where better to sample these classics than in their country of origins.
Destinations like Phuket and Koh Samui are peppered with excellent Thai restaurants for you to feast on Thai cuisine. Even better, guests staying at a private villa can order a range of local specialities from their own private chef to whip up in the house kitchen. After all, a everyone knows, home made dishes are always made with that little extra taste and affection.
Below is a five course feast of the best Thai flavours.
Start with Satay
While chicken satay has its origins in Indonesia and Malaysia, foodies will be delighted to indulge in the delectable version that crept over the border to take on a distinctly Thai twist. Before being barbecued, fresh chicken skewers are marinated in coriander seed, cumin seed, garlic, ginger, coconut milk, fish sauce and sugar. It is this mouth-watering marinade that gives the satay its distinctive Thai flavour. Beef, pork or even prawn satay are also popular.
Salad from the Sea
If you can’t get enough seafood while you are staying on islands like Phuket or Koh Samui, make sure you try yum talay
or Thai seafood salad. This alluring, spicy dish combines the richness of fresh seafood with the sharper notes of coriander and lime juice, with a kick of chili. To truly indulge in the ocean's gifts, ask your private chef to add a full selection of fresh ingredients. Traditionally, yum talay
can include mussels, prawns, squid, fish and even crabmeat, all served over a bed of onion and greens.
Main Course Flavours
One of the top dishes to try in Phuket has to be massaman curry, particularly if you want to branch out from the green and red curries that Thailand has become most famous for. ‘Massaman’ actually translates to ‘Muslim’ in Thai, so it should come as no surprise that this wonderful dish originates in southern Thailand towards Malaysia. Coconut milk, bay leaves, roasted peanuts and tamarind sauce all marinade to form a rich sauce for potatoes and meat, which is often beef or chicken. This is a the perfect hearty curry for an evening when you need something to satisfy a big appetite.
Soup of the Century
This hot and sour soup is the ideal dish for both vegetarians and meat eaters because it tastes great whether or not you add the traditional gung
– prawns. Dishes don’t get more Thai than tom yum gung –
the alluring concoction of lemongrass, lime, galangal and chili embodies many of the flavours that are used as staples in Thai cooking. For many people, the spicy-sour kick of the soup is the highlight; for others the rich substance of juicy prawns and mushrooms provide the biggest treat.
Even when you’re full to bursting with tom yum
and chicken satay; there is always room for something sweet. In Thailand, it makes sense to make the most of the tropical climate by feasting on the country's fabulous fruit. Dragon fruit, mango and papaya fruit salad are a nice, light way to finish off a splendid meal. If you can still fit in something a bit heavier, the ever popular mango and sticky rice topped with creamy coconut sauce is a dessert that always hits the sweet spot.