Phuket cuisine
Sep27

Phuket cuisine

The food options at Phuket restaurants are diverse and include both the traditional Asian fare from Thailand and cosmopolitan choices for those who want more traditional Western dishes given the fact that many foreigners have moved to the island and set up tourist’s eateries that cater to Western visitors. Seafood is extremely popular in Phuket simply because its seaside location and the large amount of fishing that takes place around the island. Some of the traditional dishes that should be tried while in Phuket include Fried Noodle dishes that are usually made with chicken or pork and found at almost any noodle shop, Khanom Jin which is a breakfast version of noodles served with vegetables and a spicy curry sauce, and Nam Phri Kung Siap, which is a delicious mixture of smoked shrimp, dried chili, and fresh vegetables. While not a meal, pineapples and cashew nuts are very popular forms of produce found around the island and due to the temperate climate are available throughout the year. The cashew nuts are often offered at local street markets coated, dried, or fried. You can also find fresh Phuket pineapples at the street markets or local produce markets and are worth purchasing given they are firm, wonderfully sweet, and delectable. If you are eating out at a traditional Phuket restaurant make sure to order the Pad Kanaa Moo Grop, which is served with a kale and crispy pork and is a healthy tasty option. For a simpler dish, Kao Man Gai is great to try, made with chicken and rice that is rolled up in a padanus leaf somewhat like burritos. Most beer in Thailand is imported locally so you will have to experiment to find something to suit your taste although be warned it tends to be quite high in alcohol content, Chang is perhaps the most popular, with imported Tiger beer a big seller also. Alternatively, you can try a Thai wine called Sato that is made from fruit and rice and is quite tangy and...

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Eating Cheap in Phuket Restaurants

When you’re vacationing in Phuket, it might be a little frustrating having to look for cheap, or casual food, if you’re not in the mood to eat at expensive resort restaurants. On the other hand, if you’re only back-packing through Phuket, staying for business, or there for a more relaxed vacation, focusing on eco-tourism, you might find searching for great dining easier than others. Although the fantastic beaches and Phuket restaurants in the tourist section of town are popular, they are not where you might go to eat for an authentic taste of Phuket. For that, you’ll have to make your way to Phuket City, and eat among the locals. Try the restaurants and venues below, but don’t forget to look around for yourself, –you might just find something we missed! If you’re from the US, and longing for a little bit of fast food, don’t worry! Phuket has that too! There are quite a few fast food venues in Phuket, such as McDonald’s, KFC, and even The Pizza Company. You can find these and a number of other restaurants, some upscale, some not, in Central Festival Mall. Several sources advise travelers to sample the food at the market near the bus station, or another local restaurant, called ‘Tammachat’, or the Natural. According to reviews and customer ratings, Tammachat has some of the best, and best value, authentic Thai food. Although the Rasada Road area, east of the Song Thaew station, isn’t exactly the cheapest Thai food in the Phuket area, it’s not as expensive as the tourist and resort areas near the beach, where one has to pay a fortune for a cup of coffee. The restaurants you’ll find on and around Rasada Road offer various selection of international dishes, and the restaurants and cafes are all within easy walking distance of one another; you can have an drinks here, dinner there, and dessert somewhere else, if you like. Reviewers reccommend ‘Salvatore’s’ which has pizza baked in their own wood fire oven, and ‘Anna’s’ which is a popular chain of restaurants found in Bangkok, that has finally established a franchise in Phuket. For real budget dining though, you’ll have to talk to the locals to find the best. Or, you could always choose to be a culinary adventurer in Samkong. Many reviewers claim that some of the most delicious food can be found, for little more than pocket change, on the strip of Yaowarat Road that goes from the edge of old Phuket to the Bypass Road. You’ll notice many little vendors, street-side food stalls, serving up delicious Thai meals for little more than loose change. Take a...

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Where to Eat in Patong

Patong has many fine restaurants, though for the tourists worry that perhaps Thai food might get old after a while, rest assured; not all the restaurants in Patong serve only Thai food on their menus. There are plenty of Thai restaurants and vendors in Patong, so we’ve listed these non-Thai restaurants, since you’ll have to look a bit harder for them. While on holiday on Phuket Island, take a gander through Patong restaurants, and some of the many fine dining experiences therein that cater to a variety of international flavors. Seafood: After all, Patong is located on island, and the fishing industry is very important to the island’s economy. The seafood in Patong is some of the freshest you’ll find anywhere. The restaurants listed below serve seafood prepared in international, and traditional Thai cuisine style. The location and number is given for each opportunity for fine dining in Patong. Baan Kamnan Restaurant – Patong Bay Garden Resort, Thaweewong Rd. Patong Beach, Kathu, Phuket 83150 Phone: 0-7634-0297 The Busakorn Restaurant – Holiday Inn Resort Phuket, 52 Thaweewong Road, Patong Beach, Phuket 83150 Phone: 0-7634-0608 The Old Fisherman’s – Novotel Phuket Resort Kalim Beach, Patong, Phuket 83150 Phone: 0-7634-2777 Italian: No matter where you go in the world, Italian food is loved by almost everyone, so naturally, the best Italian restaurants can be found scattered even as far east as Thailand. There are a couple great Italian restaurants in Patong, so check them out when you get a chance, during your holiday on the island. Terrazzo – 52 Thaweewong Road, Patong Beach, Phuket 83150 Phone: 0-7634-0608-9 La Gritta – Amari Coral Beach Resort, 2 Meurn-ngern Road, Patong Beach, Kathu District, Phuket 83150 Phone: 0-7629-2697 Franco Roma – Diamond Cliff Resort & Spa, 284 Prabaramee Rd., Patong, Kathu, Phuket, 83150 Phone: 0-7634-0501 Steak Houses: While surf is more popular than turf any day on the island, steak is still imported and often served in Patong, and is prepared both in the western tastes, as well as in traditional Thai fashion. Harry’s Restaurant – 110/2 Soi Big One, Thaveewong Road Patong Beach, Phuket Phone: 0-7634-0418 Karlsson’s Restaurant and Steak House – 108/16 Taweewong Rd, Soi Patong Tower Patong Beach, 83150 Phuket Phone: 0-7634-5035 Sam’s Steak & Grill – Holiday Inn Resort. 52 Thaweewong Road, Patong Beach, Phuket 83150 Phone:...

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Phuket restaurant and bar rumors

There seems to be a lot of rumors about Phuket restaurants and bar at the moment. Either people have wild imaginations or else there are a few Phuket restaurants that have closed their doors. Perhaps the saddest rumor is about Drunken Monkey, a cool little restaurant in Rawai that serves up some great pub food. The story goes that a soured relationship led to a split in the guys running the joint, but the restaurant seems to be still open under new management. It’s definitely a bit sad to see the fellas behind Drunken Monkey not in charge anymore, but such is life. Elsewhere, O’Malley’s seems to be in a spot of bother. The place has been shut for several weeks. The dude who runs O’Malley’s also run a local booze-delivery service, so we suspect most of his time is taken up with that. With any luck, O’Malley’s will be open once again this coming high season. They do fabulous breakfasts...

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Farang restaurant fills up its menu

As if our favorite restaurant couldn’t get any better, Farang Restaurant in Phuket Town (oh, and in Cherng Talay) just added a whole load of sushi dishes to the menu. Perhaps in a bid to outdo the new restraint that recently opened next door, Farang restaurant has totally stepped up its game. There are even a few extra specials on the regular menu, including a really good slab of lamb and some delicious mussels in spicy tomato sauce. We were at Farang Restaurant the other day and it was as great as ever. Good, quick service and some of the best food around at bargain prices. If you haven’t guessed, we’re big fans of Farang Restaurant. It’s always busy, especially during the lunch hour when office workers from the surrounding area descend upon the little eatery next to the bypass road. Anyone else a fan of Farang restaurant? We can’t say a bad word about the...

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Take care when eating at restaurants in Phuket

We’ve just come off a bad case of food poisoning. When it comes to restaurants in Phuket, you’re usually safe, but food poisoning does happen. For the most part, eating at Thai restaurants in Phuket isn’t going to make you sick, but when you choose to eat outside of the Thai box, you can end up ill. In our experience, the Phuket restaurants that should be approached with most caution are sushi restaurants. Fuji, Oishi and so on are great places to eat, but there is always a danger when eating raw fish. Similarly, cheap Italian restaurants in Phuket have been known to cause food poisoning. One surefire way to avoid food poisoning is to not eat Western dishes at Thai restaurants. The Thais, for the most part, are experts at cooking homegrown food, but when it comes to Western dishes, the style of cooking doesn’t always translate. We’ve caught food poisoning in Phuket three times now, but never from eating Thai food. Twice it was pasta dishes and the other was after eating at Fuji. We aren’t trying to scare you off here, but the last thing you want when you visit Phuket is to have to spend 24 hours in your hotel room throwing...

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