If in doubt, Pad Thai. This has become my motto in Thailand. Whether breakfast, lunch or dinner I always seem to have an appetite for this delicious yet simple classic. So when we arrived in Koh Lipe I took it upon myself to sniff it out wherever possible, so I could pass on my findings. If you’re not familiar with Pad Thai (where have you been?!) check out the ingredients below, then read on to discover my favourite spot.
Typical vegan ingredients:
– Rice noodles
– Bean sprouts
– Spring onions
– Soy sauce
– Palm sugar
*If you want it vegan always ask for no fish sauce / shrimp paste and no egg – the Thai love to slip these ingredients in here, there and everywhere!
5) Forever Restaurant – This place is a bit off the beaten track but had good reviews on Trip Advisor, specifically referencing the veggie pad Thai. I recommend going for lunch after exploring nearby Pollo beach. The staff were very welcoming and they bought out a massive portion, however the flavour was just OK. I’d say probably not worth the mission across the island.
Taste – 2/5 Price – 4/5 (120 Baht) Atmosphere – 2/5
4) Art Bar – There’s a real community vibe here with locals and long term backpackers putting the world to rights. There’s also live music every night adding to the relaxed atmosphere. I had a yellow curry here which was delicious but the pad Thai was only so, so. The tofu was a bit dry, the dish was doused in lime and there were no peanuts or chilli as a side garnish.
Taste – 3/5 Price – 5/5 (80 Baht) Atmosphere 4/5
3) Sea La Vie – This is my favourite beach bar on the island, decorated with colourful fabrics, beach buoys, bamboo structures, hammocks, flowers, bean bags, dream catchers, coconuts, wind chimes and anything else hippie you can think off. The pad Thai was cheap and flavoursome, but a little cold so the noodles had solidified into a bit of a greasy lump. Extra brownie points for atmosphere though!
Taste: 3/5 Price: 4/5 (120 Baht) Atmosphere: 5/5
2) Tonkow – Just off of Walking Street, this small unassuming restaurant is always packed. They have a vast array of dishes on the menu and the Pad Thai is scrummy, with just the right amount of zing. The portion was small, but this was reflected in the price. I would have liked tofu, however I’m sure if I’d asked they would have added it – I’ll know for next time.
Taste: 4/5 Price: 5/5 (80 Baht) Atmosphere: 3/5
1)Café Tropical – This an upmarket, vegan-friendly eatery right on Walking Street, so is more expensive than the other options, however you really get what you pay for. The Pad Thai was delectable. A huge portion came out. The flavours were zesty, the veggies were fresh and the noddles were thick and juicy. Ridiculously flavoursome, without being overpowering, I relished every forkful!
Taste: 5/5 Price: 3/5 (160 Baht) Atmosphere: 4/5