When craving wholesome food and not knowing what to do in Khao Lak, there is a gem of a place in the Khao Lak center. The restaurant is charmingly called “Qcumber”, probably because the cucumber represents a fresh and tantalizing addition to any meal, especially if the food has chillies in it! Thai meals are also often accompanied by diced cucumbers on a separate plate. But is the cucumber a fruit or a vegetable? Not that it really matters, but from a scientific perspective the cucumber is categorized as a fruit because it contains the seeds of the plant it comes from. However, according to chefs and cooks, the cucumber is usually referred to as a vegetable. Whatever category it belongs to, the humble cucumber occupies a position as a food containing wonderful nutritional value.
The Qcumber has a wonderful menu based mainly on salads and fruit-shakes. More traditional Thai meals such as “Pad Thai” (a stir-fried noodle or rice dish), “Tom Yum” (hot-and-sour soup mostly served with prawns/shrimps), and the usual Thai curry dishes, are also served. I pretty much always order the “Caesar Salad” because I usually go to the restaurant in the evening and I prefer a fairly light meal before retiring for the night. As to liquid refreshments, there are several different types of drinks available. I don’t drink with meals, so I cannot comment about their tastes, but the fruit shakes do look marvellous!
The Qcumber is one of many Khao Lak restaurants located in La On (incorrectly referred to as Khao Lak), and is approximately 200 meters south of McDonald’s on the same side. Both inside seating and outside seating are accommodated. The restaurant is managed by Ploy, who runs Thai cooking classes. Wi-fi is also available in case you just have to keep in touch with friends and family back home. I recommend switching smart-phones off and really enjoy the environment and the food!