Recipe Inspiration from Koh Samui – My 3 Favorite Meals

Three meals I had this past week in Koh Samui, Thailand were out of this world incredible. I am going to do my best to recreate these dishes when I get home and I can’t wait. I have a feeling some of you may be beat me to it after you see the pictures below and descriptions of these tasty delights.

#1 Crispy Tomato Tart from Pla Pla at the Four Seasons Koh Samui – When I initially ordered this dish, I was only looking for something vegetarian on the appetizer list. It happened to be the only thing so I decided to try it. I was not excited at all because the name of this masterpiece simply does not give it justice.  Imagine layers of crispy flaky crust, tart tomatoes, coriander paste, creamy lentil hummus and a topping of sprouted lentils, roasted shallots and arugula…the flavors all together were fantastic and if I had known about this dish when I first arrived at Koh Samui, I probably would have ordered it almost every night. Words really can’t describe how good the crispy, creamy and crunchy appetizer tasted. Thank you to the brilliant Catalonian Chef Alex Gares, Manager Brent Martin and Director of Food and Beverage Melville John for making our last meal in Koh Samui something always to remember!

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Staying Active in Koh Samui

We are currently on the way to the Four Seasons Tented Camp in the Golden Triangle – where the countries Thailand, Myanmar (Burma) and Laos meet. Since I have a little time on the plane before we land, I thought I would share how I kept myself active during my visit to Koh Samui. Hope this gives you a little inspiration to get your booty burning as the new week begins or on your next vacation.

Paddle boarding everyday at the Four Seasons Koh Samui was by far my favorite activity…

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Sawadee ka from Koh Samui!

We are now in Koh Samui, Thailand…It took 4 flights and over 24 hours of travel to get here and boy was it worth it!  I still can’t believe how well I ate on the journey considering we were such a captive audience and didn’t have many food choices other than what the airplane gave us and the snacks I brought (I’m compiling a list to post for those who asked!).  Here’s a look at a few of my plane meals on Singapore Air -

2 different salads, a fruit cup, and random side of bread and crackers (Please note – I never eat bread on a plane because I have seen how they warm them up. They put the bread in a big plastic bag and put it in the microwave. Eeeek! Not to mention, the bread is usually always highly processed)

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This meal had to be my favorite – I love the inclusion of broccoli!

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My husband always gets the hindu vegetarian meal – he’s not a raw fanatic like me. I usually end up stealing some bites of his food. This time I took his spicy chickpeas and added them to my raw salad. It was delicious!

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For dessert on the plane – Singapore Air has habit of passing out ice cream, which is AMAZING if you love ice cream, NOT amazing if you are trying to avoid additives. This time they gave us a chocolate ice cream bar that had all sorts of codes for additives and colorings … not a fan!

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When we finally got to Koh Samui – our hotel car was waiting for us to take us to the resort,  ready with refreshing cold towels and water.

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We are incredibly lucky to be staying at the Four Seasons here in Koh Samui. Words cannot describe how beautiful and exotic this place is. When we checked in, we were presented with dragon fruit lychee cocktails. I was in heaven! I could have drank 10 of these little cups – especially after feeling dehydrated after our long journey.

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Our villa for the week is so perfect. spacious, private and secluded. And a little scary I later found out at night.

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We have our own private pool…Five seconds and counting after the bellman left, we were in it!

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After enjoying the dip, we took a long deserved nap to combat some of the jet lag.  When we woke up, it was time to meet up with the person we flew across the globe to see, my best friend Nicole.  She is getting her yoga certification here in Koh Samui (check out her blog).  We went down to the beach bar to grab a drink while we waited for her… The ambience was spectacular. I need to work on my night time photos to capture the moment better.

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At the beach bar, I had the “clean sweep” on the juice menu. Nicole shortly arrived after we ordered. I think we hugged for over a minute… so happy to see her. She had the “honey watermelon tonic”, which I also tasted. I am definitely going to be ordering that sometime during our stay.

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I feel so happy and grateful to be here in Thailand with my best friend and my husband – two of my favorite people in the whole world.

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Later we went for a Thai dinner at Lan Tania – the main restaurant at the Four Seasons Koh Samui. We started with a spicy dip and these crudités. Does anyone have any idea what this is?

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Followed by a few appetizers of rice paper rolls and spring rolls…

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And my favorite – green papaya salad (so spicy!) with grilled prawns. I haven’t had shrimp in a long time. I actually try to limit it in my diet, because of the levels of toxins that can be found in shrimp. These were very tasty and I’m glad I tried them.

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For dinner, Nicole and I shared a very comforting and light wok style vegetables with fresh brown rice.

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The meal was not complete without dessert.  We ordered the chocolate fondant with pistachio ice cream.  We shared it, but I think I ate most of it

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After dinner, the trip back to our villa was a little frightening. Because the resort is built right in the middle of a jungle – you can’t help but see (and hear!) the crazy size bugs, critters, frogs, lizards, bats (yes bats!) everywhere on the property. One huge bug the size of a lemon flew right into Nicole after dinner. Poor thing, we both screamed and then saw a bat fly out from underneath our deck into the jungle. This was after a frog jumped on Nicole while she was attempting to use the beautiful designed but scary outdoor restroom at the restaurant. My family and friends who know me best, know this – I have a irrational fear of frogs…meaning I hyperventilate and run as fast as I can in the opposite direction, screaming at the top of my lungs if I see one. Needless to say, I won’t be using that outdoor restroom EVER again.

Our trip has only just begun, lots of more eats and adventures to come – hope you enjoy the ride!

Sa yan sa wa. (Good Night)

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