Monday, July 6, 2009

Samui's famous Khao Mon Gai

At Mike's birthday bash the end of the evening evolved into drinking games and magic tricks and all 'round craziness. Despite this Kim and I both recalled talking to some locals about an amazing khao mon gai stall that was supposed to be within walking distance of Kelli & Glenn's place. This is supposed to be 'the' place the locals travel to, from all over the island, for their fix of khao mon gai, or chicken rice.

Koh Samui

On several occasions we tried to find it ..... the directions were a bit hazy (or at least our heads were) and we weren't having luck from the beach side or the road side. But one day, scooting through Bang Po beach, from the Na Thon side we spot an unassuming little place that had about 6 cars and a pile of scooters outside. We wanted to check it out regardless ..... but turns out this was the spot!

Koh Samui

We walk in, there's some glass cabinets with the chickens hanging in all their glory, and some plastic tables down on the sand.

Koh Samui

There's a cute little jar of firey vinegar / chilli sauce with a little dish of fresh chilli's and tiny garlic cloves acting as a lid.

Koh Samui

There's also a stack of little ramekins, piled high, in a little wooden stand that intrigues us both.

Koh Samui

2 plates of chicken rice soon distract us from the little tower and we dig in. The chicken is plump and juicy, sitting on top a beautifully fragrant rice, with a few slices of cucumber and a little dish of soy and ginger sauce. A small bowl of the chicken soup and it's a chicken-licious trifecta! I add a touch of the chilli vinegar to both my chicken and the soup. Mmm.

Koh Samui

We notice everyone around seems to be enjoying a few of the little dishes that are piled up on the tables so we dive on in ....... on first glance it appears to be a cute little coconut custard.

Koh Samui

Once we scoop in, it's apparant there is a layer of gooey pandanus custard underneath.

Koh Samui

A fantastic finish to an incredible lunch. And all this, including 2 drinks, for under 100B.

Siripoca Khao Mon Gai
Bang Po Beach
Koh Samui, Thailand

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Su-Lin said...

Sigh....that meals looks so incredible. I love its simplicity.

Kat said...

It was just amazing ... and to sit with the sand between your toes ... and all for less than $4. Incredible!

Anonymous said...

Everything looks so DELISH, luck you!!!!!!

Kat and Kim said...

Yeah it was worth all the wait.