Living in thailand for long time teaches you some very valuable lessons about Thai food. The best Thai food doesn’t often come in a fancy setting, but most likely in a very humble and unsuspected restaurant. Nam Yoi is a great example. Thais who are passionate about great food are the best guides to point you to those hidden and unsuspected restaurants, like Faa of course but also my friend and her Kin Dee by Praew page. The second lesson I learned from them is not to order what you think you like, but order what the restaurant does best or what they are known for. I remember going to Nam Yoi a long time ago and order just whatever came to my mind at the time… It was good, but not really memorable (and I wasn’t blogging at the time.)
So long after, we went again. If you don’t know about Nam Yoi restaurant, you would drive pass this very anonymous looking restaurant hidden behind some kind of tall shrubbery on the side of a small back road in Phuket town. The restaurant looked a bit bigger and a bit nicer than in my memory, but is still using good old plastic chairs and one of those pepsi table cloth. Food still comes in plastic plates and you’ll use toilet paper as napkins, just the way great local joints are.
So rich of our new experience we ordered the restaurant specialties. Pla Tot Kamin, a fish fried with turmeric, a nice Nam Prik called Nam Shoop Yum with are boiled veggies with a spicy shrimp paste, my new favourite spicy and sour soup called Poh Taek and a delicious som tam with blue crab called Som Tam Poo Ma. And just as I was expecting, it was just great… even though I love those dishes in other restaurants, it was like a different variation, so trying to compare wasn’t even relevant… just enjoy it as they signature dish.
As usual, the best way to enjoy Thai food is to come with many friends, this way you can order many dishes and try them all.
Ruamphathana Road (see map)
So far no phone number or opening hours, but I will add them as soon as I find them 🙂
Nam Yoi Restaurant is # 66 on Phuket Map