I have never been a tea or coffee fan. I might have had an espresso or cappuccino once a week when I stayed back in South Africa but I would never ever drink tea, i just never connected with it.
For about three weeks I forced myself to drink green tea but that was purely for the health benefits, nothing more and even that only lasted a few weeks.
Amongst about a gazillion other things I noticed after living in Thailand, one of them, hands down is their obsession with cute food and bubble tea.
Just like the Mexicans have their Taco’s , South Africans have their braai’s, Americans their burgers and Britz their traditional tea, the Thai’s love cute food and bubble tea.
Thai’s put a massive amount of effort and creativity into their food, more so than many of the other cultures iv’e across. In addition to this, they absolutely love sugar! Just imagine the possibilities when the two combine…
This was one of my first Thai “puddings/desserts” or sweet dishes that I tried after arriving here. Initially I was skeptical because as a westerner we normally associate rice with savory foods. Rice and chicken, rice & mince and rice & fillet work but the idea of sweet rice had me intrigued. From the moment I tried it my head was blown, the sticky rice, mango, condense milk and coconut milk just work together and form the most amazing happy family of incredible taste! The sweetness of the mango and coconut and the texture of the rice call for one of the most interesting deserts in have ever had!
Khamkhrk (Coconut Milk Sweet) THB 20.
Served on a freshly cut banner leaf, Khamkhrk is my personal best market food of choice. Myself as well as every single Thai I have ever met goes wild for it! The texture is rubbery but the taste is from another planet! Coconut is the dominating flavor but then they cook it up with all kinds of other small treats such as Corn, Sweet potato, Taro, Onion etc. My favorite little trick is to also buy 100% pure Coconut icecream and eat the two together.
Coco & Ovaltine Mix Pan. THB 50.
Introduced to me by my very own lill Thai champion Lalita and I have never looked back. Whenever you see the word “pan” next to the tea you know that it’s the smoothie version of that tea. So its all blended together in a thick, fresh, freezing cold shake, served in a huge container with the worlds thickest straw. Coco & Ovaltine is delicious, fresh and amazing. Your getting all the taste and sweetness of chocolate from the Coco but with the traditional taste of Ovaltine. The two compliment one another intensely and there is simply no other drink for a scorching Samui’s never ending summer days!
So much has changed in the last two years, and my obsession with Samui’s cute food & Bubble Tea is one of them 100% I love living here, I love the fact that each new day is an adventure all on its own and I love that I learn at least two new things every single day!
What has been your experience been with cute food & bubble tea in Samui? Have you also found it addictive? Any questions you have send me a mail or send your question below and I will reply with greatest experiences on the subject!
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