Try Some Phuket Special Dishes

What Phuket dishes should you try and where to find them? We already share our Best 10 Local Restaurants and 10 Best Classic Thai Dishes, so here are 10 really local dishes (or their popular Phuket variation). To make it easy for you, most of these specialities are around the intersection of Dibuk Road and Yaowarat Road, mainly at Lock Tien Food Court. There are many other places in town where those specialities can be found, but we tried to facilitate your experience: as you probably will explore Thalang road and surroundings, you will be very near the ‘Phuket delicacy street’, so give it a try.

1. Por Pia

Fresh spring rolls served with a sweet brown sauce, stuffed with red pork or shrimps, crispy pork, a bit of lettuce and turnip.

2. Mee Hokkien


A plate of big yellow noodles served in a brown gravy with red pork, squids and veggies.

3. Bee Hoon Kra Dook Moo

Dry vermicelli served with fried shallots, and spring onion served with a clear soup and pork ribs. Excellent.

4. Kiean


A deep-fried Phuket sausage made from pork and taro served with a sweet sauce. Kiean is the item you can see in the back of the photo!

5. Lo Ba

Deep-fried Pork giblets: intestines, ears and fat belly also served with sweet brown sauce. Great with beer, but not great for your diet. Lo-Ba is the bit at the front of the photo.

6. Kanom Jeen Phuket

Kanom Jeen in Phuket

Rice Noodle served with the curry of your choice. Then it’s up to you to add condiments, fresh or marinated veggies, thinly sliced banana leave, morning glory, etc. Delicious for breakfast, best with local coffee or milk tea. Read more

  • 25 baht per plate
  • Mae Ting, at the intersection of  Maeluang and Satun Road, (see map #9)
  • Kanom Jeen Saphan Hin

7. Homok Talay

A delicious spicy curry fish mousse steamed in a Bai Cha-Ploo leave (Piper sarmentosum Roxd if you ask!), itself wrapped in banana leave. A must-try, but be aware, it might come spicy and occasionally with a strong fishy taste!

  • Ranges from 15 baht in very local shops, all the way to 80 in some more sophisticated places
  • Almost any seafood restaurant serves it. Kan Eang @ Pier is an excellent place to try it.

8. Oh-Eaw

Jelly made from banana with shaved ice and syrup. Excellent to cool down the heat AND after the spicy dishes mentioned above!

9. Tao Sor

Small cakes stuffed with a choice of ingredients: Sweet with preserved egg, salty with preserved egg, black sesame, pandanus flavour or for the brave: durian flavour.

10. O Taw

Stir-fried small oysters with flour, crispy pork and taro. (Photo from Khun Praew!)

  • Yao Yentafo, not far from Ko Benz Restaurant (#1 on map)

Phuket Specialities Map