10 Things to eat in Phuket and where

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Thai cuisine is one of those cuisines that are really loved all over the world and in Phuket, a famous island in southern Thailand, you can live a real culinary experience, a journey of flavors and an experience that involves all the senses.
This is because here in the dishes, in addition to the recipes of Thai cuisine, you will find different influences from the Arabic, Chinese and Malay culinary traditions. In every single dish you will find a concentrate of flavors, smells, spices and ingredients, more or less common.
So let yourself be tempted by this ranking of 10 things to eat absolutely in Phuket.



Index

  1. pad Thai
  2. Tom Yang Goong
  3. Roti Nam Geang
  4. Kuay Tiew
  5. Gai Med Ma Moung
  6. Massaman curry
  7. Oh Eaw
  8. Mok Plaa
  9. Kaeng Khiao Wan
  10. Roti Banana Pancake
  11. Where to eat in Phuket: the best markets, street food and restaurants
  12. User questions and comments

1 - Pad Thai

Certainly during your stay on the island you cannot fail to eat this delicious traditional dish of the country and perhaps also the best known abroad. You will really find it everywhere: restaurants, markets and itinerant carts.

There are several variants, such as the vegetarian one, but the traditional one consists of rice noodles seasoned with soy sauce and fish sauce, tamarind (the fruit of the evergreen tropical tree of the same name, with great beneficial effects), sauteed shrimps, peanuts, omelette, crispy tofu, garlic and chilli at will. A real treat for the palate.


  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: from € 1,50
  • Main ingredients: rice noddles, tamarind, fish sauce, peanuts

2 - Tom Yang Goong

It is another dish very well known, it is in fact the national soup. Originally from Thailand, you can find it, the same or with small variations, even in neighboring countries such as Malaysia, Singapore and Cambodia. It can be eaten as a single dish, as it is accompanied with rice on the side.

Again there are several variants, but the traditional and most popular one is served with prawns, main ingredient. The broth is made up of lemongrass, lime juice, kaffir lime leaves, galanda rhizome, fish sauce and fresh chilli. Indeed, this dish has a spicy sour taste and goes well with steamed rice, usually Thai jasmin rice which helps to dilute the spiciness.


  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: from € 2,00
  • Main ingredients: shrimp, lime juice, fish sauce and chilli

3 - Roti Nam Geang

As we have already mentioned, some dishes have been influenced by other cultures, such as this dish. It is different from the classic roti, relatively sweet, which you can also find in other areas of Thailand, as various spices of Arab origin are used which make it more spicy.

E' a type of bread made from different flours and the dough is made up only of flour, hot water and oil, so no yeast. A particular plate is used to cook it. It is accompanied with a very hot and spicy curry, which can be chicken, beef or fish.


  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: from € 1,50
  • Main ingredients: bread, curry, spices

4 - Kuay Tiew

And the Thai name by which noddles are called, so this dish, as you can imagine, will have noodles as its main ingredient. There are so many variations, with different ingredients and everywhere in Thailand and Phuket you will find banquets that will prepare it for you in no time. This, along with Pad Thai, is one of the most loved dishes by locals.

As already mentioned, the versions are many, there are those who use one ingredient rather than another, but the most used Kuay Tiew are the following: rice noodles, garlic, coriander seeds, white pepper and meatballs, generally pork . The recipe with fish balls is also very popular. It is generally not a spicy dish, but it can be accompanied by chilli and other spices.


  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: from € 1,50
  • Main ingredients: rice noodles, pork, garlic, coriander seeds, white pepper

5 - Gai Med Ma Moung

In this dish the protagonists are not the rice noodles or the fish, as seen in the previous dishes, but the chicken. It is in fact a recipe based on cashew chicken. Cashews are grown in the surrounding areas and are considered among the best in the world.

The chicken is accompanied by cashews fried in oil in the wok, oil in which the same chicken will then be cooked. The sauce, on the other hand, is prepared with soy sauce, garlic, honey, salt, pepper and chilli, now an essential ingredient in almost all Thai recipes.


  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: from € 2,00
  • Main ingredients: chicken, cashews

6 - Massaman Curry

Like Roti Nam Geang, it is a dish that comes from the Muslim culinary tradition. Despite its Arab origins, this is it one of the most popular dishes of Thai cuisine. In the nineteenth it was called Muslim curry, which in Thai is called moot salim. It is believed that this last word gave rise to the name attuala, massaman.

One of the main ingredients is massaman pesto, which is prepared by pounding seeds and roots of cilantro, lemongrass, galanda, white pepper, shrimp paste, shallot, salt, oil and dried chilli pepper in a mortar. The pesto is first put to cook on its own and then the coconut milk is added.
There are several variations, but the most famous are those of chicken and beef. There is also a vegetarian version. Like other dishes, it is usually served with steamed rice on the side.


  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: from € 2,00
  • Main ingredients: pesto for massaman curry, coconut milk, beef or chicken, potatoes

7 - Oh Eaw

We cannot fail to dedicate some positions to desserts! In fact, we advise you to taste this, a dessert that you will hardly find outside Phuket. It is popular especially in summer, as it is very refreshing, suitable for fighting the hot and humid Thai days.

It is based on crushed ice, syrup, gelatinous cubes, banana starch and red beans. That's right, red beans. This choice may surprise you, but here in Thailand these beans are considered a sweet ingredient. Definitely a dessert that must be tried!

  • Recommended to: snack
  • Average cost: from € 1,00
  • Main ingredients: crushed ice, syrup, gelatinous cubes, banana starch, red beans

8 - Mok Plaa

Its name derives from amol, that is a certain steam cooking process, and in some cases also in the oven, of spicy food wrapped in a banana leaf. So, once the dish arrives at the table, you will find it served in a banana leaf that serves as a plate.

Also called Thai Curried Fish Custard, therefore consists of small cakes assembled inside the banana leaf and then steamed. There are several variations, but the most famous one consists of fish, spices and vegetables. There are also variants with meat, mainly chicken, with eggs, usually accompanied by minced meat, or vegetarian.

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: from € 2,00
  • Main ingredients: fish, spices, vegetables

9 - Kaeng Khiao Wan

It literally means "sweet green curry". Also called simply Green Curry, as you can already imagine, takes its name from its green color, due to the presence of green chillies, Thai basil and green aubergines. This dish is very common in central and southern Thailand. Furthermore, it is to be considered a single dish, as it is accompanied by boiled rice and represents a substantial meal.

L'the main ingredient of the dish is, in fact, the green curry pesto, which is prepared by pounding various ingredients in a mortar, including fresh green Thai chillies, fish or soy sauce, galanda, lemongrass, chili leaves, garlic, kaffir lime, shallot, coriander, shrimp paste. Pesto is then added to coconut milk, another key ingredient. There are both meat, fish and vegetarian variants.

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: from € 2,00
  • Main ingredients: green curry pesto, coconut milk, fish sauce, basil, Thai eggplant

10 - Roti Banana Pancake

One of the most famous and loved sweets of Thailand. You will find it almost exclusively on the street, in the street stalls. It is in fact a typical street food. Nowadays they really come with all kinds of fillings, such as chocolate sauce, apples and others.

But what we absolutely recommend you to taste, theunique classic and traditional: based on bananas and condensed milk. The roti dough is hand-worked on an aluminum plate, is then filled with bananas (or any other filling) and then cooked on the hot plate together with butter. Perhaps it is not one of the healthiest dishes, as the butter used is really a lot, but we assure you that it is a delight.

  • Recommended to: breakfast, snack
  • Average cost: from € 1,00
  • Main ingredients: banana, condensed milk, butter

Where to eat in Phuket: the best markets, street food and restaurants

The culinary tradition of Phuket is a perfect union of Thai cuisine with "external" cuisines, such as Arabic, Chinese and Malay. The dishes are rich in flavors and aromas, they will make you go on a real journey. And, another point in favor, as you have already noticed, here you will pay very little to enjoy good and abundant dishes. Forget absolutely the prices we are used to.
Il best way to embark on this journey into flavors is to eat in Thai markets and street food, especially for lunch when you are perhaps busy visiting the island. In the evening, instead, sit at one of the many restaurant tables in the streets and enjoy a good dinner.

1 - Go Benz

  • Description: one of the most famous places for street food in Phuket; open from 19:00 to 3:30, always crowded, a meeting point for both locals and tourists
  • specialty: street thai food, including Khao Tom Haeng
  • Average price: from 60 to 120 BHT (from approximately € 1,80 to € 3,60)
  • Address: 163 Krabi Road, Phuket - Get directions

2 - Street food Market

  • Description: one of the best places to taste Thai street food, with a wide choice and cheap prices; located on the west coast of Phuket; open every day from 10:00 to midnight
  • specialty: thai food
  • Average price: from 60 to 120 BHT (from approximately € 1,80 to € 3,60)
  • Address: 4233, Pa Tong, Kathu District, Phuket - Get directions

3 - Malin Plaza

  • Description: one of the most popular night markets, with a huge variety of food; meeting place for both locals and tourists; also suitable to visit with children; open every day from 14:00 to 24:00
  • specialty: thai food
  • Average price: from 60 to 120 BHT (from approximately € 1,80 to € 3,60)
  • Address: 162 / 51-52 ภ ก. 4055 Pa Tong, Kathu District, Phuket - Get directions

4 - Mor Mu Dong

  • Description: hidden place, not very easy to find, one of a kind; created in the middle of the mangrove, you can eat in the small huts built above the water
  • specialty: Thai food and fish
  • Average price: from 150 to 170 THB per dish (approximately € 4,40 to € 5,00)
  • Address: 32/9 Soi Mu Dong, Chao Fah East, Chalong, Phuket - Get directions

5 - Kan Eang 2

  • Description: considered one of the best restaurants in the city to eat fish, the prices are a bit higher than average; located directly on the beach, incredible sea view; recently renovated
  • specialty: fish
  • Average price: from 100 to 150 BHT per dish (approximately € 3,00 to € 4,50)
  • Address: 9/3 Moo 9 Chao Fah Tawan Aok Road, Ao Chalong, Phuket - Get directions

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