Just because you want the “local experience” doesn’t mean you have to look for it in some grungy shophouse out in the suburbs. If you want an authentic taste of Thailand using the finest materials, or coming with first-class service, check out these upscale brands for their sophisticated spin on various aspects of Thai classics, from food, beauty, fashion or lifestyle.
Moo Krata at Four Seasons Resort Koh Samui
“Moo krata will heal everything” is a common phrase in Thailand – if you have problems, this Thai barbeque is going to magically solve it… somehow. The street-side favorite across all of Thailand literally translates from “pan pork”, with a grill component a la Korean barbeque, as well as a soup component as in a Chinese hotpot. It’s paired with a dip of sukiyaki sauce. Enjoying hearty moo krata is all about spending time around the grill with friends and family. Usually available at local open-air restaurants or food stalls, it’s not exactly the most glamorous meal, but now it can be, if you have it at the Four Seasons Resort Koh Samui.
Served at Koh Thai Kitchen or in the privacy of your own villa, you can grill your meal against the picturesque backdrop of the sea. The cuts are more premium than your usual fare: think tiger prawns (THB 3,400++), free-range chicken (THB 3,000++), Angus beef (THB 3,600++) or an assortment of everything, including pork (THB 3,500++). A side of mixed vegetables is also part of each set, as well as starters of somtam and Thai spicy grilled beef salad. Just when you think it couldn’t get better than sizzling meats, a hot broth and cold beers, it does when paired with the Four Seasons service.
Siamese Water from Panpuri
Steeping jasmine petals in water is an ancient Siamese tradition to refresh the senses. The water bowl with floating petals is usually placed in rooms to give an uplifting fragrance, but sometimes, the water makes its way into dishes too. This is to add an extra aromatic kick to summery refreshments such as khao chae (fragrant chilled rice). This iconic scent, named Siamese Water, is now distilled into a recently released line of Extract Perfume Oil by upscale spa brand, Panpuri. Unlike typical perfumes, this one with an oil base uses pure perfume extract at the high concentration of 25-30%, which is even higher than Eau de Parfum (a usual concentration of 15-20%). As oil clings onto skin, the scent evolves over the course of the day and also stays on for longer.