06 December 2012

Koh Samui Oct 2012 Part III - Food Glorious Food

Yeah, this is the most delicious part for it's all about food we had at Samui :)

One of the main reasons why we love Koh Samui is because of SabiengLae Restaurant. Crazy it may seem but we really like the food there. Will talk about the dishes at SabiengLae later.

Breakfast at resorts is also something I eagerly look forward to :) I guess it's rare for us to have such sumptuous spread of breakfast back home. So I always make it a point to wake up for breakfast, unless the spread is bleah or food quality is mediocre. I must commend most of the breakfast spreads at Thai hotels and resorts are pretty decent, so much as that I always over-indulge and had to eat lunch at a later hour or skip the meal altogether!

Breakfast at Hansar Samui is served from 6.30am to 10.30am (although I saw people still eating after 10.30am), at the main restaurant. Both upper and lower floors are open during breakfast, with the same spread.

Not a very big spread but they focus on quality rather than quantity. The self-service bars serve fruits, cereals, breads, cold cuts, cheese, hot food like porridge, stir fried noodles, fried rice. Items like eggs (all methods of cooking) and waffles could be ordered from the kitchen.
Fresh juices; I love the thai orange juice.
Cereals, and some confit I think.
Bread station.
The hot food like stir fried noodles, fried rice, porridge etc.

Impressive selection of condiments for the porridge.

Deli items like ham, cheese, with crackers and nuts.

During our first breakfast, we were initially seated alfresco but someone next table started smoking. Lovely weather and marvelous view but we didn't want smoke-infused food so we had to shift.

Omelette which I ordered from the kitchen. The eggs were cooked to perfection, slightly fluffy, smooth and runny.

More food for me :p The hashbrown was overcooked - disappointing. Other than that, the fried rice, stir fried noodles were yummy!
In fact, both hubby and I were very impressed with the stir fried noodles. There was another impressive dish which I didn't think much of, but blew me away, the stir fried chicken with basil.
Hubby's porridge. Surprisingly good as well, the broth was flavourful with pork yet very light on the palate.

Our much anticipated lunch at Sabienglae Restaurant. We rented a bike and the ride took us about 45 mins from Bophut (to Lamai).

To our pleasant surprise, the restaurant has underwent some renovations and expanded even further towards the beach area. The seating capacity is like double than before.
It was much too hot, otherwise would be lovely to sit right next to the beach.
Our favourite appetizer at Sabienglae, the Prawn cake, must eat with the sour plum sauce :d~~~ otherwise won't taste as good.
The prawn cake was crispy on the outside and tender inside, great combination of prawn meat, fish meat and perhaps some sotong meat as well, with a hint of spices.
The Tom Yum Goong was very spicy and sour (I couldn't help but salivate just looking at the photo), with strong notes of lemon grass. A tad too spicy for me but perfect for hubby. There were generous servings of prawns, sotong and mushroom inside the soup, actually a little too much for just the two of us.

I love the steamed sea bass in lime sauce. The fish meat was very fresh and tender and perfect with the garlic, lime, chilli sauce base.
Stir fried mixed vegetables. The vegetables were crunchy and sweet!

We had guessed the meal would cost around 1300-1500 baht given that the fish was quite big, but no, it cost only 900 baht! Which is an impossible price to get in SG! See, now you get what I mean when I say the food here is good and reasonably priced?

Anyway, we were so full by the end of the meal that we skipped dinner altogether.

So we had supper instead :p We dropped by a random eatery along the road at Chaweng (on our way back to Bophut after massage), coincidentally the shop's name is called "Stop and Eat". It's opened by a foreigner and managed by locals. We ordered a braised pork knuckle rice and noodle soup.

Both were simple and nice comfort food, and cost less than 100 baht. Cheap cheap good good.

Another breakfast. This time, we had it at the ground floor. Similar spread.

I love the coleslaw and fruit salad here.
The dining hall overlooks an open-concept kitchen. Different types of sauces for self-service.
As usual, good variety of fruits.
I love these colorful petite plates of jam, nutella, peanut butter etc.
Bread and pudding and assorted muffins.

Interesting to see a honeycomb!
The puff pastry (apple pie) was not bad. I love the coleslaw and fruit salad.
As usual the stir fried noodles and rice were nice. The greens was actually spinach cooked in some creamy sauce, it was really really good!

The pomelo and pineapple were very sweet and juicy too!

Finally the last meal before heading home. We had a late lunch at the Samui Airport. Ok, we knew that it's usually not advisable to dine at the airport but, well we wanted to try.
Hubby had this bowl of beef noodle soup which was so-so only.

I ordered a Mango Salad and Pork sandwich and this came in. I didn't expect a burger at all! Anyway, it was yucks.

The saviour was the deep fried spring roll which was crispy on the outside with moist stuffings. The meal came up to 1400-1500 baht which was outrageous as compared to our Sabienglae meal in terms of taste, quality and price. *sigh* Lesson learnt, never dine at the airport.
This concludes the food we had for this trip. Stay tuned for the final part on spa and massage!

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