Ko Benz is one of Phuket most popular local restaurants for more than 15 years now. Ko Benz served a relatively small choice of noodle soups and rice porridge, and by keeping it focused, became really good at preparing them. The restaurant is large and designed to be functional, so don’t expect some fancy dining experience. This is about a great bowl of soup at a very good price… about 50 baht per plate. Rumour has it that Ko Benz could get a mention in the upcoming Phuket Michelin Guide. Exciting times!
What to Order at Ko Benz
The rice porridge (Kao Tom) is one of our favourite but they do have a variety of tasty noodle soups as listed below. One of the big favourite is the ‘Mama Moo Sap’ a surprisingly good pork noodle pork soup. This is most unusual: the noodles in the soup and some of the condiments come straight from the famous ‘Mama Instant Noodle’ (see the photo below) you can buy this at 1-11 at 6 baht pack! Something you would never even consider in western countries! and guess what, it’s really good.
Popular dishes to try
- Kuay Jab (ก๋วยจั๊บ) Rolled Rice Noodle in Soup (make sure you order “Mai Nai” if you don’t eat the offal and stuff)
- Kao Tom Hang (ข้าวต้มแห้ง): Rice with Pork and offal topped with a bit of soup. We usually order mai nai
- Kao Lao Luad Moo (เกาเหลาเลือดหมู): Boiled Pork Blood in Clear Soup, served with offal and pork. You can order just blood and moo sub
- Kaotom Kradook Moo (ข้าวต้มกระดูกหมู๗) : Boiled Rice with Pork Ribs
- Mookrob (หมูกรอบ): Crispy Pork
Like in most noodle shops, you will need to specify the type of noodles you want: rice vermicelli, medium size noodles, thick noodles, large flat noodles or egg noodles. Even though most noodles are made of rice, size changes the taste of the soup.
Ko Benz opens from 7 pm until very late is full every single day from opening to closing time and really busy between 7 to 9 pm you can even see a queue waiting on the side-walk. Even when every table is occupied and the restaurant is full, the staff is efficient and polite, and your food arrives surprisingly fast. Ko Benz is a great place to have a late night bowl of soup after party.
Note that Ko Benz restaurants closes for every Buddhist day, which for most travellers seems very unpredictable!
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Ko Benz Restaurant
Location: Intersection of Krabi Road and Patiphat Road, Phuket Town
Open: 7 pm – 2 am
Phone: 084 060 7799