I quickly learned that it’s impossible to anticipate exactly how a day traveling with Mr. Scott Eddy will end up. Although we weren’t scheduled to arrive to meet him at Nikki Beach Koh Samui, Thailand, until early afternoon, the Twitter storm started early. And, something quickly caught my eye: National Donut Day.
Arriving at Nikki Beach Koh Samui
Scott Eddy, known online as Mr. Scott Eddy, is a social media influencer, and mega Twitter user. Although we’ve known Scott for awhile, this was our first time traveling with him. As is typical, Scott started tagging us in his Tweets early on our day of arrival, even during his sunrise walk, and about every 30 minutes after until we arrived. With all of his Tweets, one in particular stuck out, and it related to #NationalDonutDay.
The day before we arrived, Scott pointed out to the Nikki Beach Koh Samui chef, Chef Julian Pou, that it was National Candy Day. In response, Chef Julian prepared a slice of creamy cheesecake for Scott, layered with a dozen different kinds of candy. Scott was so impressed that he immediately researched what the following day was. It was, in fact, National Donut Day. He pressed Chef Julian to top his candy cheesecake with something even more unique for National Donut Day.
Although there is a Mister Donut and a Dunkin Donuts on the island of Koh Samui, Chef Julian quickly realized he needed to rise to the challenge of spending National Donut Day with Mr. Scott Eddy. He had a fixer, of sorts, flying from Bangkok to Koh Samui that afternoon. Chef Julian placed an order for a dozen Krispy Kreme donuts to be delivered to him on the island.
Chef Julian’s National Donut Day Scheme
All day there was a friendly challenge back and forth between Scott and Chef Julian. Scott questioned about the status of the donuts and whether they would end up in Scott’s hands before the end of National Donut Day. Although Chef Julian faced some challenges, his fixer actually shipped the Krispy Kreme Donuts as cargo to Koh Samui on a Bangkok Airways flight. They eventually made it to the kitchen, which Chef Julian announced to us towards the end of our dinner.
I was stuffed, and tired, after an early morning flight, long travel day, and two amazing meals prepared by Chef Julian. I had no idea what he was fixing up back in the kitchen, and why it was taking him so long to bring out the donuts. I figured he would be making a simple dessert, but at that point, I would have been happy just receiving a plate of donuts and going to bed. I had almost thought that he forgot about his promise to give Scott a good National Donut Day Tweet.
But, I learned, that is not Chef Julian’s style. He was all in for National Donut Day.
Our National Donut Day Treat
Out came the main event, mind you after the three of us had finished more than 10 different dishes over about 6 hours of dining at the Nikki Beach Koh Samui restaurant. Chef Julian delivered us a double decker cheeseburger, with Krispy Kreme Donuts in place of burger buns. You read that right.
I was simply stunned, and could not imagine how he came up with this idea. It was unlike anything I’d ever seen before. I truly felt like I was on an episode of Man vs. Food.
At first, I sort of recoiled from it, almost like it was Frankenstein on a plate. But, it somehow worked. The sweetness of the donuts offset the black pepper in the home cured bacon, and the creaminess of the cheese, all surrounding about one pound of beef.
When I woke that morning, prepared to travel to Koh Samui to travel for the first time with our friend Scott Eddy, I could never have imagined I would be celebrating National Donut Day, with a cargo shipped Krispy Kreme Donut Mega Burger.
We were hosted by Nikki Beach Koh Samui for our weekend stay, but all opinions and yummy sounds are, as always, my own. You can follow Chef Julian Pou on Instagram and Twitter. We were also supported by Thai Smile Airways, who flew us to Surat Thani, on the mainland close to Koh Samui.