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Cooking In Koh Chang

Ko Chang is Thailand's second largest island, and the biggest in Eastern Thailand. With about 5,000 permanent residents the island is not heavily populated, but tourism (and development) has increased dramatically over the last few years. Nearly every Koh Chang recipe begins with a paste. While it is possible to buy ready-made Thai pastes (such as red, yellow, and green curry), these packaged spice mixes will not give you the same flavor and aroma, not to mention nutrients as a paste made from scratch.



In the Koh chang kitchen, pastes were traditionally made using whole spices and herbs with some fresh, others dried pounded together with a pestle & mortar. While many Thai chefs still prefer to use this method, a food processor is a convenient and adequate substitute. There are many varieties of fish sauce and many variations of pastes in the way it is prepared. Some fish may be fermented with shrimp and spices. Almost all Thai dishes are very aromatic and strong tasting fish sauce.   Most Thai (Koh chang) pastes start with shallots or onions, garlic, and green or red chilies. Added to this may be a variety of other spices and herbs, including dried or fresh coriander, Thai chili powder, galangal, green peppercorns, lemongrass, andturmeric. Kaffir lime leaves are also a common ingredient, lending a uniquely Thai flavor to pastes or simmering dishes.

 

The fish sauces have very good name. Like nam pla, Pla ra, Nam phrik,Kapi etc. The sweet roasted chili paste called nam phrik phao is often used as an ingredient inTom yam or when frying meat or seafood, and it is also popular as a spicy "jam" on bread. The dry nam phrik kung, made with pounded dried prawns is often eaten with rice and a few slices of cucumber.
Lemongrass is the favorite dish in koh chang cooking. It is chopped and pounded, other times it is simply cut into long pieces and “bruised” bent and kneaded or even lightly cut in several places to release the scent and flavor for soups and curries.  All the food of this island is very delicious. They are balanced also.


Finally, no Thai kitchen would be complete without a good supply of fresh basil. This is making use of several types of basil in their cooking, included sweet basil, and Thai holy basil.





Klong Son Beach is good for:

peace and quiet

sandy beach

fishing

 

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Klong Son beach (or Had Klong Son) is located on the north of Koh Chang. Nice bay at the very top of the island. Pure white sand stretch of beach, shaded with coconut trees. Klong Son gets very low numbers of visitors with the bulk of the backpackers and tourists alike speeding south enroute to Koh Chang's finer and more popular stretches of sand.

White Sand Beach is good for:

night live

sandy beach

variety of restaurants

shopping

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Koh Chang's most famous stretch of sand, at over 2km long there's certainly room for everyone! Lined with bungalows, food stalls and shops this is one of the best beaches in all of Thailand.

Klong Phrao Beach is good for:

tranquil surroundings

gorgeous rocky landscape

all sorts of activities

quiet and peaceful

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Situated on the somewhat less glamorous, northern side of the Koh Chang Island, Klong Prao isn’t all that much of tourist destination, especially for those who are in need of a true holiday experience of the exotic kind.

Lonely Beach is good for:

great sunset

cheap and peaceful retreat

all sorts of beach activities

perfect for family

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Also known as Kai Bae Beach, this is the spot to catch a great sunset! A few small shops and food stalls are along the beach, a good spot to chill out away from the crowds at White Sands Beach.

Bangbao Bay is good for:

fishing

seafood restaurants

shopping

nightlife

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A well-sheltered bay with a small and quiet beach. It is a fishing community where residents still live in houses built on stilts and are connected by wooden bridges. There are a growing number of tourist shops, scuba dive outlets and seafood restaurants offering a good selection of seafood.

Salak Khok Bay is good for:

pretty, unspoiled area

traditional Thai community

kayaking

quiet and peaceful

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There aren’t so much attraction in Salak Kok, but tourists can Kayak among the mangroves. Salak Kok Bay still has a fishing community that doesn’t change so much in many years, a great place to see the real traditional Thai community.

 

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