Cuisine in Phuket

Due to its history as an important commercial port which was engaged in trade with other countries, the cuisine and the local food found on the island has been influenced by a lot of other cultures. There is a wide variety of local food to be enjoyed in Phuket which can range from being sweet (Chinese influence) to spicy (Thai and Malay cuisine).

The best places to find Thai restaurants in Phuket is along the west coast, with a lot of restaurants using menus written in English. Even though a lot of Thai food can be spicy, tourists shouldn’t be scared of it and try to embrace the beautiful culture of Thailand.


Tom Yum

Tom Yum Phuket

This dish is one of the most popular dishes to have originated from Phuket, Thailand. It is a hot and sour Thai soup that is often cooked with shrimp even though the dish may include other meats such as chicken, beef or pork.

The essence of this dish is the unique hot and sour flavors and the herbs and spices used in the broth. Fresh ingredients like lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves, lime juice, fish sauce, and others are used in preparing this great dish from Thailand

Even though the dish is likely to found in any Thai restaurants in any part of the world, it is a different experience to enjoy the dish which has been prepared for you right where it originated from. Tom Yum is a must-try for someone visiting the island of Phuket.


Pad Thai

Pad Thai Phuket

One of the national dishes of Thailand, Pad Thai is a stir-fried rice noodle dish that is commonly served as street food but can also be found in many restaurants in Thailand. The dish is made with soaked dried noodles, which are stir-fried with eggs and tofu which has been chopped up. It is flavored with ingredients like fish sauce, dried shrimp, and garlic.

The dish also contains vegetables like bean sprouts, raw banana flowers, garlic sprouts and also meats like chicken, crab, squid, shrimp or others. Pad Thai is often served with a host of condiments on the side like red hot chili peppers, lime wedges, roasted peanuts.

Pad Thai is one of the most delicious dishes to have originated from Thailand and is an excellent option for anyone looking to get a hold of the local cuisine during their stay in the island of Phuket.


Geng Kheaw Wan Gai (Green Curry Chicken)

Geng Kheaw Wan Gai Phuket

The name of this dish translates literally to “Green Curry Chicken”. It is a carefully-cooked dish that is sweet and slightly spicy. It is a great balance of flavors and is one of the best dishes found in the country of Thailand.

The green curry in the dish is made from many kinds of fresh vegetables like cauliflower, bell peppers and corn. The flavor of the curry is then enrichened by a little bit of coconut milk and a lot of spices, which gives it the distinctive color it has become known for.

Easily available in most Thailand restaurants, people visiting the island of Phuket on a vacation should definitely try it.


Tom Kha Kai

Tom Kha Kai Phuket

Tom Kha Kai when literally translated to English means “chicken galangal soup” and it is a Thai dish that is a spicy and sour hot soup with coconut milk. Ingredients of the dish include coconut milk, galangal (which is like a spicy version of ginger), chicken, fish sauce, and lime juice.

The dish has a long history in the Thai cuisine and over the years has evolved into a national delicacy. People looking to spend time in Phuket, Thailand must definitely give this dish a try when they can.


Khao Phat

Khao Phat Phuket

This dish is one of the many variants of fried rice that is central to Thailand’s cuisine. It includes meats (like shrimp, chicken, and crab), eggs, onions, garlic, and sometimes tomatoes. The seasonings used in this dish include soy sauce, sugar, salt, fish sauce and others which are stir-fried together with the other ingredients.

It is often served with cucumber slices, tomato sauces, lime and springs of green onion and coriander. There are many variants of this dish that are found throughout the different regions of Thailand and can be found almost everywhere in the entire country and the island of Phuket, Thailand.