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10 Best Thai Food in Phuket - Top 10 Thai Dishes in Phuket

As one of Thailand's most popular beach holiday hubs, Phuket is also a Thai food Mecca for the masses. Here are ten dishes every traveller must sample during a vacation in Phuket.

1

Pad Thai

As the unofficial national dish of Thailand, Pad Thai is a dish that combines the best elements of Thai cuisine and lays it all out on the plate. Sampling a bowl of Pad Thai in Phuket is a must for those in search of a wholesome meal with the sweet, sour, salty and spicy flavour we've all come to expect from this classic noodle dish.

2

Geng Kheaw Wan Gai

Also known as Green Curry Chicken, which gives this aromatic dish its distinct look and taste is the green curry paste that's mixed into the coconut milk during the cooking process. As one of the spicier chicken dishes in the cannon, the rich coconut milk gives the curry its creamy texture.

3

Kuay Tiew

This beloved Noodle Soup variety is the ideal dish to practice one's chopstick skills, while the soup itself is one of the easiest staples in Thai cuisine. Served in different ways by various restaurants and food stalls, the meat used in the soup can range from seafood, beef and pork to chicken or duck.

4

Tom Yam Goong

As one of the most aromatic dishes in Thai cuisine, Tom Yam Goong incorporates a host of fragrant ingredients and herbs to create the irresistible smell and taste of the dish. Galangal, lemongrass, lime leaves and fish sauce provide the much-needed kick to the dish which features mushrooms and jumbo prawns.

5

Som Tam

Also known as "spicy papaya salad," a bowl of Som Tam is the perfect appetizer to a traditional Thai meal or a great pick me up in the middle of the day. Zesty and tangy, baby papaws are used to create this crunchy salad which hails from north-eastern Thailand. Served in nearly every Phuket restaurant including but not limited to the Age Restaurant, Som Tam is the sweet and sour salad of your dreams.

6

Khao Man Gai

Also known as chicken and rice, Khao Man Gai can rightly be described as Thailand's equivalent of fish and cups. Served during daytime in cafes and restaurants across the country, but especially in beach hubs such as Phuket, the rice dish is cooked in chicken broth to give the dish added flavour.

7

Gai Med Ma Moung

This Chicken Cashew Nuts dish employs roaster cashews, garlic and honey to give the meat its unique flavour. The chicken and nut combination is hard to beat and whether one is dining at Age Restaurant or any other dining hub in Phuket, it is a must-try lunch side dish that pairs well with steamed rice.

8

Massaman Curry

Massaman Curry is a meal of Islamic origin in Thailand and includes a host of ingredients such as cinnamon, tamarind sauce and bay leaves which are not typically used in Thai cuisine.

9

Tom Kha Gai

Refreshing and wholesome, this chicken soup with coconut milk and lemongrass has a gingery taste that's ideal for those suffering from common colds and similar afflictions.

10

Kao Phad

Fried rice in Phuket comes in a plethora of variations with diverse meat and egg toppings to spice up the meal but a classic plate of Kao Phad includes chicken or shrimp.