Eating and drinking in Phuket, as may be said of the same all over Thailand, is definitely a treat. Thai food is well-loved all over the world for its spicy taste and nutritious contents. Second only to Chinese, Thai food is the most popular Asian food on the planet.
When eating in Phuket, you don’t need to think twice about trying original Thai food. Thai people love preparing their native dishes and place much importance into their taste and nutrition. While their names could need a little getting used to, the most loved Thai dishes in Phuket are Tom Yam Goong, Kuay Tiew, Gai Med Ma Moung and Kao Phad. The names themselves sound very exotic and inviting already, but what are these dishes made of? Let us translate.
Tom Yam Goong, Thailand’s national food, is a spicy hot and sour soup that is packed with lime leaves, lemongrass, and other fragrant Thai herbs. The main ingredients are large shrimps and mushrooms.
Kuay Tiew is simply noodle soup but again with special Thai herbs. It is served with a variety of noodles and meat, which could be pork, beef, chicken or seafood. In Phuket, the meat is always seafood since they are sold fresh and very cheap.
Gai Med Ma Moung is roasted cashew nuts, chicken, soy sauce, honey, garlic, and again spicy Thai herbs.
And finally, Kao Phad, that amazing Thai fried rice that has everything on it, including, well, you guessed it, spicy Thai herbs.
These are just a few of the Thai foods you will enjoy in Phuket, both in big restaurants and tiny street food stalls. There is no shortage of food in the island as there are a number of restaurants offering international cuisine. In Patong Beach, the most popular places for food and drinks are Acqua Restaurant, Baan Rim Pa, and Casablanca; in Karon Beach, go to Les Margaritas Grill and Cantina, On the Rocks and the Dining Room; in Kata Beach, try the popular dishes in Mom Tri’s Boathouse, Oasis On-the-Sea, and Mom Tri’s Kitchen; in Kamala Beach, check out Charoen Seafood, Restorante da Ali, and Diavolo Restaurant at Paresa Resort; and while in Phuket Town, eat at Blue Elephant, China Inn Café, and Salvatore’s.
Now, if you really wish to have that special Thai food experience, eat an insect. The Thai people are known to be eaters of different kinds of insect, and these cultural delicacies are available throughout the island of Phuket. They are hard to miss since the stalls are almost always full of curious foreigners and the smell is very savory. The most common insects being fried and sold by local vendors are silkworms, water beetles, grasshoppers, bamboo worms, and crickets. The less popular ones include cockroaches, spiders and scorpions, but scorpions have become very unpopular and difficult to find lately.
Finally, for the really adventurous, go to Patong Beach at night where eating and drinking in Phuket is at its liveliest and wildest. There is a row of beer clubs that will serve you beer and liquor until you drop.