One evening, while we were walking around on Koh Phangan, we stumbled across a simple-looking restaurant which was advertising a special. If you have been following our adventures for some time, you will know that we love food. In fact, there are two things that we love in regard to food: BBQ and buffets. On this glorious evening in Southern Thailand we had found a place that was offering BOTH at a very decent price – a Thai BBQ buffet! Only later did we find out that this is actually a very popular Thai activity.
Similar to a Korean BBQ, the Thai version incorporates a bowl at the bottom of the grill for making a soup with noodles, greens, wontons and of course, some drippings from the meat being cooked on the grill above. It’s a do-it-yourself activity, and all you can eat. The typical Thai BBQs run at about 120 Thai Baht ($3.70), and often don’t have time limits dictating your stay. The one that we found was priced at 140 Baht per person, but seeing as everything is more expensive on the islands, this still seemed like an amazing price for dinner! The buffet was immense, with tons of tasty food to try – including salads and desserts – That’s my wife’s kind of buffet! It’s best to enjoy this type of meal with some friends so that you have some company to engage with while you wait for your meat and soup to cook to your liking. It was quite a hot night on the islands when we enjoyed our first Thai BBQ, so Catherine and I worked up quite a sweat as we cooked and ate… cooked and ate some more… and cooked and ate even more.
We kept returning to the buffet tables to get more meat and try different side dishes. The food was all fresh and delicious — like Thai food always is! If you are wondering what that white block in the middle of the grill is, it is a piece of fat that remains on the grill throughout your dining experience. The fat drips onto the grill to keep the other meat and vegetables from sticking to it too much. Don’t worry – it’s not there to be eaten!
For dessert we enjoyed moist banana bread with three flavours of ice cream. This was the best part for Catherine since she could sample a bit of ice cream, then eat more meat, then some more ice cream! She loves to eat like this. When I get my dessert I’m done with my meal, but Cat likes to mix it up!
We thoroughly enjoyed this Thai BBQ and the next time we are in Thailand, we will be sure to find a couple more restaurants that offer this!