Ko Benz in Phuket Town
Ko Benz (or Go Benz) received a ‘Bib Gourmand’ rating from the new Michelin Guide for Phuket. Bib Gourmand means ‘friendly establishments that serve good food at moderate prices.’
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 very good at preparing them. The restaurant is large and designed to be functional, so don’t expect some fancy dining experience. This dining experience is all about a great bowl of soup at a low price, about 50 baht per plate. Ko Benz did get a mention in the upcoming Phuket Michelin Guide as we anticipated it. Exciting times!
What to Order at Ko Benz
The rice porridge (Kao Tom) is one of our favourites but they do have a variety of tasty noodle soups as listed below. One of the big favourites is the ‘Mama Moo Sap’ a surprisingly good pork noodle pork soup. This soup 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 delicious.
Popular dishes to try
- Kuay Jab (ก๋วยจั๊บ) Rolled Rice Noodle in Soup (make sure you order “Mai Nai” if you don’t eat entrails 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 rice bases, the size and shape of the noodles do change 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 incredibly busy between 7 to 9 pm you can even see a queue waiting on the sidewalk. Even when every single table is occupied, and even when the restaurant is packes, 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 restaurant 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