The south of Thailand is known for many things – beautiful vistas, picturesque islands and a relaxed pace of life. One thing that perhaps doesn’t get the attention it deserves is its food. With an abundance of fresh, delicious seafood, spicy curries and and influences from neighbouring Malaysia and Indonesia, southern Thai cuisine is ready to establish itself as the best food in the country, and here’s a list of dishes to try before it does.
Gaeng Leung Pla Kapong (Seabass in Yellow Curry Soup)
We might be more familiar with gentler red and green curries from central Thailand, but the southern version features a thick yellow gravy that is, again, packed with pure spice. The one at Khua Kling Pak Sod is brightened up with young coconut shoots to temper the spice, and generous chunks of fresh fish that absorb the thick gravy.