Here’s a brief guideline on how to get around Phuket as a true islander! Discover the Dim Sum, Gai Tod with Kao Niao and much more…
Go for breakfast
Let’s begin with breakfast, traditionally salty; very popular are the “Dim-Sum” a selection of small bite-size portion of food served in small steamer basket or on small plates along with a cup of fresh grounded coffe. Locals also love to eat sweet treats such as Katom Mud (sticky rice cooked in sweet coconut milk and wrapped in banana leaves).
Vegans and vegetarians welcome
Along the roads You will find numerous street vendors selling chicken/beef/fish grilled skewers and spicy soups; if you’re vegetarian no worries, Phuket offers several places who serves exclusively vegan food, look out for yellow flags and signs and you will not be disappointed!
If you truly want to feel like a local then try to order food in Thai language, below a few examples:
Pad Thai: these are glass or flat noodles stir fried with eggs, tofu and tiny dried shrimps; you can ask for chicken (Gai), beef (Nuea), pork (Moo) or shrimps (Goong). My favorite Pad Thai are at Banana Corner, Nai Harn, Tamachard Restaurant, Phuket Town.
You might get Gai Tod addicted
Gai Tod: one of local’s favourite. It’s basically deep fried chicken but with a secret recipe which makes it delicious (forget about KFC!!!) served with Khao Niew (sticky rice)
Kanom Jeen: Noodles in a coconut milk curry soup with vegetables and a choice of chicken, beef or fish
Get lost in the markets
After breakfast you should visit one of the many fresh food markets to buy your groceries…. you will find fresh and tasty tropical fruit, vegetables, colourful deserts, and vast selection of freshly cooked local food. You can buy ready made curry paste, mild if you’re not used to spicy stuff or hot for the bravest! Be careful though, Thai people are used to hot food and when they say hot (Pad) is much hotter than western standards.
We recommend you to indulge in those markets and let the asian scents drive you around. If you’re feeling home-sick Phuket also offers a great selection of supermarkets where you’ll be able to find all western products.