We told you about our Best 10 Local Restaurants in Phuket Town… One question remains to make the experience even more enlightening. What Phuket food should you try and where to find them? (Seafood is not a specialty… Phuket has great seafood, but it’s not ‘unique’).
Here are 10 really local dishes or popular Phuket variation of Thai dishes. To make it easy for you, most of them can be found around the intersection of Dibuk Road and Yaowarat Road, mainly at Loktien Restaurant (also known as ‘Mee Siam’). There are of course many other places in town where those specialties can be found, but we tried to facilitate your experience: as you probably will explore Thalang road and surroundings, you will in fact be very near the ‘Phuket delicacy street’, so give it a try.
Fresh spring rolls served with a sweet brown sauce, stuffed with red pork or shrimps, crispy pork, bit of lettuce and turnip.
☆ 30 baht
✎ Loktien Restaurant (See #5 on map)
Big yellow noodles in brown gravy with red pork, squids and veggies.
☆ ± 40 baht per plate
✎ Loktien Restaurant, Wilai, Mee Ton Pho by the Clock circle. (See #3 on map)
Dry vermicelli served with fried shallots and spring onion, served with a clear soup and pork ribs. Excellent.
☆ 30 baht
✎ Loktien Restaurant, intersection of Yaowarat Road and Dibuk Road.
A deep fried Phuket sausage made from pork and taro, served with a sweet sauce.
☆ 50 baht
✎ Loktien Restaurant.
Deep fried Pork giblets: intestines, ears and fat belly also served with sweet brown sauce. Great with beer, but not great for your diet.
☆ 80 baht
✎ Loktien Restaurant
Rice Noodle served with the curry of your choice. Then it’s up to you to add condiments, fresh or marinated veggies, thin sliced banana leave, morning glory, etc. Delicious for breakfast, best with local coffee or milk tea.
☆ 25 baht per plate
✎ A bit everywhere, but a famous shop is Mae Ting, intersection of Maeluang and Satun Road, (see map #9)
A delicious spicy curry fish mousse steamed in a Bai Cha-ploo leave (Piper sarmentosum Roxd if you ask!), itself wrapped in a 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.
Jelly made from banana with shaved ice and syrup. Excellent to cool down the heat AND after the spicy dishes mentioned above!
☆ ±12 baht
✎ Loktien Restaurant, but also shops and carts around.
Small cakes stuffed with a choice of ingredients: Sweet with preserved egg, salty with preserved egg, black sesame, pandanus flavor or…. for the brave: durian flavor.
☆ 40 baht
✎ Opposite Loktien
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)