I don’t want to say that I “found myself” in Thailand, per say. But the minuscule 12 days I spent there in 2015 were some of the most beautiful.
I think it must have been this short escape to the bustling and vibrant country that re-ignited my love of Thai food as I’ve never been quite the same since (as my partner can attest to). Unlike in the UK, Thai people shop for many of their meals and snacks from street carts and markets and these hotspots are where you can discover some of the freshest ingredients on offer.
To this day, I maintain that one of the greatest meals I have ever enjoyed was down the back alley of another back alley in Bangkok’s China Town. I honestly don’t know what I ate and three bowls cost me and my travel companion about £1.50 (!) but it was a taste sensation to last me a lifetime. Since my return, I haven’t been able to get enough Thai food.
We have some fantastic recipes of our own (including from the cookbook I brought home from my trip) and it’s also our go-to whenever we treat ourselves to a takeaway. What’s more, my love for these exotic flavours hasn’t been impacted by my transition to a Vegan lifestyle as most dishes are made without any dairy and instead, lashings of coconut milk.
Locally-founded restaurant brand Koh Thai has been steadily growing in the eight or so years I’ve been in Bournemouth. Its now restaurant and lounge bar perked at the top of town in the triangle has been my go-to for girls nights, dates and hosted a lovely meal with my family after my graduation too.
Now, with their finger firmly on the pulse, they’ve launched a shiny new lunch menu for £12 from 12-3pm every day of the week.
The menu includes a tapas starter and tapas main or something off the grill. Whichever option you choose, there’s something for vegans. So, as a suitably experienced Koh customer, I took a long, hard look (and smell and taste) of the new deal to see if you still get good flavoursome bang for you buck.
As it was Sunday, I asked for a mocktail with heavy overtones of berry which was very kindly obliged. Grenadine, pomegranate juice, cranberry and more, packed with ice. Nicely done.
For starters, I went for the only vegan option on the menu – the spring rolls – which were served piping hot, stuffed with lots of delicious veg and wrapped tightly in a lovely crunchy shell. 10/10. Paul had the wok-fried prawns which were “very juicy” and were practically inhaled.
For mains, we tried out two vegan options. I had the yellow curry which was another piping-hot dish with soft potatoes and a mixture of fresh vegetables in a rich and creamy curry sauce. Really nice and light but some spicy warmth to it, accompanied with a good serving of sticky rice.
Paul had the garlic stir fry with vegetables (also available as a chilli stir-fry) which was another beautiful rich sauce that packed a punch, but when his cutlery came together still made him feel “as though he’d eaten something really healthy and good” as opposed to feeling bloated which a spicy option sometimes can do.
For twelve smackers, I think they’ve come up with a really nice lunchtime alternative for Thai cuisine lovers. It was fairly quiet on a Sunday as I suspect most people are still hibernating from the cold weather. But as it get’s busier, this’ll be a fantastic for nearby worker bees and tourists wandering up through the town.
If you fancy swapping your beige sandwich for something a little saucier, I’d highly recommended it. This message is Dorset Foodie Family Vegan approved too! Can’t wait for the launch of their new vegan range soon (watch this space).
Thanks to the Koh team for inviting me and for brilliant service as always.
32-34 Poole Hill,
|Invited by PR company?||No|
|Guest of chef/restaurant/owner?||Yes|
|Restaurant/outlet knew ahead we were bloggers?||Yes|
|Was the meal complimentary from the restaurant?||Yes|
|Any complimentary items provided by restaurant/outlet?||No|