Tasted: Trade Winds Restaurant
Located on Bophut Beach on the northwest tip of the island, the Samui Palm Beach Resort is an iconic establishment drawing on decades of hospitality history. With 270 metres of beach to its name and a spacious property full of well-manicured gardens, this is a coveted location.
Samui Palm Beach Resort has dedicated a portion of its beachfront to the newly remodeled Trade Winds Restaurant, named for the easterly winds that have blown shiploads of exotic spices to these shores to create a unique local cuisine.
Sit down for a meal here and you discover the kitchen is expert in blending southern curries. The menu is nothing less than eclectic, but the southern-style Thai food should especially interest curious travellers.
First-time visitors will quickly learn that the region’s specialities are both exceptionally varied and unique. Take the gaeng phrik pla kraphong (black peppercorn curry with sea bass) for instance. Made with both dried black and fresh green peppercorns, lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves, turmeric, fish sauce, chillies and more, this pungent pan-fried curry wakes up the palate with spice then teases it with wildly complex flavours.
Another star of the kitchen is khua kling (dry roasted curry), made with minced chicken or pork. The curry paste is stir-fried with a little oil or liquid, until the different spices concentrate and blend together beautifully.
If sweet and creamy coconut is what gets your mouth watering, try the gaeng kathi maphrao on or young coconut curry. subtle in flavour, this rich curry is the southern equivalent of the famous green curry.
So, let those easterlies blow you to the Trade Winds Restaurant, where the authentic taste of the South is waiting.
Trade Winds Restaurant at Samui Palm Beach Resort
175/3 Thaveerat-pakdee Rd., Bophut, Koh Samui, Surat Thani
+66 (0) 77 425 494