If food is your passion, you will love Phuket. The place is dotted with eateries to satisfy every taste. The restaurants serve an impressive assortment of western and Asian food. The huge variety of dining experiences on offer can certainly be labeled as one of the major attractions in Phuket. You can get the best seafood and noodles in a road side stall or you could choose to dine at one of the classy restaurants; you have a choice of both and more.
Where to Eat Authentic Local Food
If you are on a gastronomical trip and want to taste authentic local Phuket food then you must try Baba-Yaya food. There is interesting history behind the Baba-Yaya community. They are descendants of Indonesian, Malaysian and Chinese men who came to Phuket in the 16th century looking for work. They married local women and continued to stay on the island. Baba-Yaya’s make up over 75% of Phuket’s population and their food is a unique amalgamation of different cuisines. The best Baba food can be had at China Inn, which is located on Thalang Road. It’s a quaint looking place which houses a handicraft shop selling genuine antiques in the front, while out at the back is the restaurant and garden.
You can savor the best Phuket food here. Some of the dishes that need a mention are –Mee Hun – Stir fried noodles doled out with healthy amounts of spare-rib soup.Bue Tord – Shrimp cooked with morning glory. Hokkien Noodles – Regular stir fried noodles with a piquant delicious taste that stirs the taste buds. Oh-aew – Dessert made from jellied bananas and essence of select Chinese herbs, served with red beans, crushed ice and red colored sweet syrup. Lo Ba – Fusion dish made from tofu, sausages, prawns and pig’s ears cooked in tamarind flavored chili sauce.
In the heart of Phuket town close to the famous clock tower is another eatery Mee Ton Pohit. It may look unimpressive yet serves the best Phuket food. You must try the satay and Hokkien noodles served here.
Dine Where the Locals Eat
In a foreign land the best place to relish traditional cuisine is where the locals eat. To eat Phuket food you need to be adventurous and willing to experiment. You won’t be disappointed because the food in this little island town is always scrumptious.
You can start with a breakfast of Mee Sue, which are boiled noodles seasoned with oriental spices served with slivers of chicken or pork. Rice soup or boiled rice is served on the side. The best place for this is Kuo Kwan Restaurant on Phuket Road.
If you feel like having a snack, try Dim Sum, which is a sweet or savory dumpling steamed in special containers made from reed. The dumplings at Boonyarat restaurant are served in a chicken broth and are really filling.
The cross roads at the clock tower have many restaurants that serve only Phuket food, especially appetizing seafood. Oh Tao Wongwian is known for its Hoi Tod Hokgian, an oyster based dish.
As you can see, Phuket has quite an interesting cuisine. So if you do visit the island, be sure to check out their local dishes. Do not stick with eating routine and seemingly safe food like burgers etcetera. Be brave and try Phuket food.
If you’re looking for accommodation in Phuket visit Avista Phuket Resort and Spa.