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Top 10 Truly Delicious Phuket Dishes – Quintessential Thai flavours found in Phuket

Phuket's appeal is wide-ranging. In addition to its beaches, the island is known for its delicious food. The local cuisine has been shaped and moulded by Chinese, Malay and European influences.


Tom Yam Goong

The concoction of spicy prawn and sour soup, Tom Yam Goong is one of the most popular dishes in Thailand. All other Tom Yang versions, including Tom Yam Talay, Tom Yam Gai and Tom Yam Kradook Moo, originated from this. The most delicious part of the dish is the curry made of red chilli, coconut milk, spices and herbs. This is not for those who don't do spicy, but if you decide to give it a try while on the lookout for Phuket real estate, you'll be introduced to the authentic flavours of Thailand.


Mee Hokkien Noodle

This is a simple dish of noodles you find in Phuket. Fried noodles mixed with squids, eggs, prawns and bean sprouts are absolutely delightful. A dish of Mee Hokkein is served with chilli sauce and a few lime wedges.


Massaman Curry

This is your option if you don't like spicy food. The combination of coconut milk, lime juice, basil, lime leaves, tomatoes and peanuts has food lovers keep coming back to it. There are several versions of this, depending on the main ingredient: you get fish, pork and chicken versions. This curry is best consumed with steamed rice or noodles.


Dim Sum

Dim Sum is the greatest example of Chinese influence in Phuket. There's a huge collection of it with different variations. If you can, sample every type of Dim Sum that there is, if it's not an option, you should settle for the version that comes with at least seven-folds and a shiny outlook. There are various fillings including pork, prawn, shrimp and green beans fillings.


Gaeng Keaw Wan Gai

Better known by the term green chicken curry, Gaeng Keaw Wan Gai is another curry dish served up at eateries in Phuket. Its colour is the most distinctive feature of the curry. The main ingredients of the dish are chicken and eggplants; eggplants are used to bring down the cholesterol level.


Kanom Jeen Phuket

This is a soup-based dish found in Phuket. Made with chicken, tomatoes, mushrooms, galangal and lemongrass, Kanom Jeen Phuket is a comfort food that's popular among locals. The dish is usually spicy, but you can have the spice level reduced.


Khao Man Gai

This is a simple yet delightful food option you can find in Phuket. Though similar to other versions of chicken rice found in Asia, this one is quintessentially Thai. Khao Man Gai is a delicious combination of boiled chicken, steamed jasmine rice, garlic, chilli, soy sauce and chicken broth.


Por Pia

Thais love their spring rolls, and Por Pia is a version of spring rolls you can try in Phuket. You can try Por Pia at fine eateries in Phuket or at roadside food stalls found within the vicinity of Layan Residences by Anantara. This is not a snack, but rather a full-on meal. Por Pia is made with the comprehensive list of Thai ingredients; the filling is made of vegetables, rice noodles and meat.



You cannot miss out on satay if you want a complete Thai gastronomical experience. Satay comes in different versions; the pork version, beef version and chicken version are all available options. Locals like to eat satay with peanut sauce; the sauce is made of lemon juice, sesame oil, pepper, cilantro leaves, ginger, fish sauce and green onions.


Roti Pancake

This is a unique version of pancakes you find in Phuket. These pancakes are the result of condensed milk, egg, flour, sugar and salt. Some Phuket eateries serve these pancakes with coconut milk, while you get the variation of ice cream as well.