San Francisco’s Koh Samui And The Monkey, Delicious Thai Cuisine

Great memories have been built by dining with friends and business associates at tasty Thai restaurants.

In our industry we have been honored to dine with Cheyenne below …… , , photo

FeFe pictured here……. , photo via fantasymakers

Samantha pictured here……. writer, photo

Among others as well, all at Thai restaurants in both Southern and Northern California.

Thai cuisine is the national cuisine of Thailand. Balance, detail, and variety are of paramount significance to Thai chefs.

Thai cooking places emphasis on lightly prepared dishes with strong aromatic components and a spicy edge.

Thai chef McDang characterizes Thai food as demonstrating "intricacy; attention to detail; texture; color; taste; and the use of ingredients with medicinal benefits, as well as good flavor", as well as care being given to the food's appearance, smell and context.

The great Australian chef David Thompson, an expert on Thai food, observes that unlike many other cuisines, Thai cooking rejects simplicity and is about "the juggling of disparate elements to create a harmonious finish".

In 2017, seven of Thailand's popular dishes appeared on the list of the "World's 50 Most Delicious Foods (Readers' Pick)"— a worldwide online poll of 35,000 people by CNN Travel.

So where can we get some fantastic Thai food in the great city of San Francisco?

One such restaurant that stood out to us, in part because of the name, is Koh Samui And The Monkey. writer, photo credit

At their site that looks and even seems to smell really good they succinctly share, “The dinner menu was created for fine dining. It includes fresh ingredients, a mix of traditional and modern flavors.”

Customers absolutely love them. Here are three reviews found at Trip Advisor.

  1. Great service. Excellent menu Fantastic food. Lots of great options for lunch that included multi course menus that let you sample a lot of good choices.
  2. My family ate here and everyone loved their meal! Fantastic food and delicious drinks for the adults in the group! The Bangkok Punch was picture worthy. Fried Banana Ice Cream and Mummy's Monkey desserts were Wonderful!!! The kids loved them both!!!
  3. Great food and a bright space at this restaurant was a pleasant surprise in the business area of San Francisco. Close enough to the ball park to have a meal before or after a game. The take away looked good too.

Sounds fantastic.

It gets even better. As the informative site they add, “This hip, award winning restaurant in SOMA features traditional Thai food influenced by the owner's extensive traveling. The beer, wine, and sake list is not to be missed.”

As we stand in line to be seated, why don’t we discuss this exotic and delicious subject further.

Experience Thai Food writer, photo credit

By Wendy Pease

If you are doing business or traveling in Thailand, it is important to understand the cuisine and culture involved with each meal. Thai cuisine dates back 4,000 years, when the region that is now Thailand was part of the major North/South trade route. As a result, this vegetarian-friendly fare has been influenced by China, India, and the Middle East. The United States introduction to the cuisine came after the Vietnam War due to the soldiers stationed in Thailand during the conflict. With its unique tastes and vegetable combinations, a good Thai meal strives to balance five fundamental flavors: salty, sweet, spicy, bitter, and sour.

In Thailand it is customary to serve more dishes than there are guests at the table. Each meal usually consists of a single dish with many side dishes served at the same time and shared by all. Thai food was traditionally eaten with the right hand but has become more Westernized and is now generally eaten with a fork and a spoon. The fork, held in the left hand, is used to push food into the spoon. The spoon is then brought to the mouth. A traditional ceramic spoon is sometimes used for soups. Knives are not generally used at the table. Chopsticks are used primarily for eating noodle soups but otherwise not used.

Here are some basic guidelines for ordering salads and main dishes.


Thai salads aren't exactly iceberg, croutons, and ranch dressing. Usually on the spicy side, they tend to include fascinating food combinations.

o A Yum tai combines three different kinds of protein and has a lot of kick.
o A papaya salad is green papaya with lime juice, fish sauce, chili, bay shrimp, green beans, and a touch of garlic sauce.
o Pla-goong is grilled shrimp with lemongrass, lime juice, chili, and mint.
o Yam tai is a green salad with shrimp, chicken, hard-boiled egg, and crushed peanuts with sweet and sour dressing.
o Yum nua includes slices of herb-barbecued sirloin tossed in lime juice, tomatoes, Japanese cucumber, shallots, scallions, and bird's eye chili.

Main Course
The entrée is where Thai cuisine shows its culturally infused history with an intricate combination of noodles, curries, stir-fries, meat, and seafood. In Thailand, rice is eaten at every meal, and it is always served in Thai restaurants in the United States. Remember that Thai food is usually served in large quantities to be shared with an entire table.

o Pad Thai is sautéed Thai rice noodles with baked tofu, egg, bean sprouts, scallions, and crushed peanuts.
o Pad see ew features Sen yai noodles sautéed in sweet soy sauce with Asian broccoli and egg.
o Gra pow is sautéed meat in fresh garlic and chili with red bell peppers, yellow jalapeño, and spicy holy basil.
o Penang is vegetables and Thai herbs and spices blended in mild chili paste with lime leaves, simmered in coconut milk.
o Kang dang is meat and Thai spices blended in hot chili paste with apple eggplant, bamboo shoots, Thai basil, and red jalapeño, simmered in coconut milk.
o Talay Thai is a seafood medley with Thai seasonings of garlic, lemongrass, basil, galanga, lime leaves, and chili peppers.
o Kang ped is roasted duck in a spicy red curry with pineapple, tomatoes, and Thai basil.

Part of being successful in international business, is learning about new cultures and cuisines. It is easy to impress business associates with just a small amount of understanding. Being open to learning and trying new things is the biggest asset. One company that can help you learn about the nuances of different cultures is Rapport International. Rapport International is a translation and interpretation company based in metrowest Boston, MA. Rapport can provide quality translation done by experienced translators in over 100 languages.

Wendy Pease is Executive Director of Rapport International, LLC a full-service translation and interpretation company. Rapport offers foreign language services in over 100 languages. Ms. Pease is also an expert on diversity training and international marketing communications.

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