Island Cooking #1: Koh Phangan Thailand! (7 Photos)
Why do I keep traveling? It's for the food! I love to taste the world! Well, that's not the entire reason but it certainly has something to do with it. Learning about people, places, and cultures so often comes full circle back to the dinner table and I love it. Trying new things is a passion of mine and that certainly counts when I get hungry.
Believe it or not I used to be a personal chef for a short amount of time so I know my way around the kitchen quite well. I remember being a little boy in the 1980s, fixated on the TV, watching Julia Child's Joy of Cooking, one of the first ever cooking TV shows. She really named the program well, as for my entire life cooking and eating has brought me joy in so many ways and in so many places around the world!
As a world traveler you may think I live in hotels and eat out 99% of the time. That's sometimes true and sometime not true at all. One of my greatest pleasures is going to a location, renting a place with a kitchen, and exploring the local markets for new and amazing ingredients and seeing what I can come up with.
Here on the island of Koh Phangan in the Gulf of Thailand it's no different. In fact it's one of the best places in Thailand to enjoy cooking. Here I have access to all the traditional flavors of Thailand and much more; like an endless supply of fresh caught sea food! Something most of the country does not have access too.
In this new Island Cooking series you are gonna see what I've been able to come up with, and that is a decent amount of fish dishes. So far my favorite is fresh caught Grouper, where the meat has often been compared to that of lobster! Other fish that I've had here that is pretty darn amazing is pompano, red and white snapper, barracuda, mahi-mahi (dorado), and tuna!
I like to eat healthy. Sometimes I stick pretty close to the famous Mediterranean diet. Lots of salads, I got into making my own hummus for a while too! One thing is for sure, I've been eating good! Here in Thailand the same fish that would cost upwards of $20 USD a pound back home in New York may only cost me as little as two dollars a pound in Koh Phangan, and it couldn't come any fresher. The island and the sea has provided for me well. Now come along and lets do some island cooking here in Koh Phangan Thailand!
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