Ko Ang Seafood is a very good and very local seafood restaurant found in Phuket Town. Ko Ang Seafood has been around for a very long time and started as a modest shop made of plain concrete with a zinc roof. But good place are always found (and maybe we recommended it a lot) and Ko Ang Seafood is now a nice bright restaurant. It still feels as local as it should but it looks a lot nicer. They also have a nice air con room if you are not used to the high season heat.
Beyond the fact that the chef and his team cook extremely well and with equal passion for so many years, what make Ko Ang so special and popular is also the amazing choice of seafood you can order. Here you will find some shells or ‘things’ that are difficult to find elsewhere. Some of them will even look strange and weird to you if you never saw a horseshoe crab or a sea cicada before.
Prices might seem a little higher than usual but locals find it justified for the freshness and the chef skills. It’s really a treat and even an experience if you are new to Phuket or Thailand. Just remember that if you forget to specify, some dishes can be spicy… very spicy! Even for us who love it spicy!
We have been to Ko Ang many times and since Phuket is famous for some dishes we often go for those. Some them might be a little too ‘ethnic ‘ for first timers but you can order more traditional seafood: fishing prawns for instance. We really like Gaeng Som Phuket style which is a pungent sour and super spicy fish curry with pieces of coconut and a very typical orange color. It’s delicious once you get used to it. Then we had our second weird favorite which is Yum Kai Mangda Talay. A Spicy mango salad using the eggs of the strange-looking horse shoe crab (see photo and ask yourself if you would order that). We also had most classic dishes such as fried fish with garlic and steamed prawns, all delicious but we don’t really need to describe them.
If you are brave, go have a look at the fish display in front of the restaurant and you will see things you may never have seen before, such as the red ants eggs and fat palm tree grubs we haven’t yet tasted ourselves. We will have to, so at least we will know something new!
The team at Ko Ang is also very nice and friendly, even though they are always super busy they are friendly and smiling, trying to help as much as they can. Just be ready to wait as there is often a long list of orders before yours.