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5 Most Delicious Thai Foods You Must Try in Phuket - Savour the island delicacies!

The largest island in Thailand features all the deliciousness you would expect, as anywhere else on the mainland. Here are a few of the best tasty treats to feast on while there.


Khao Pad

Khao Pad is Thai fried rice and is made from Thai jasmine rice than long-grain rice varieties seen in typical Chinese fried rice. Khao Pad will usually have ingredients such as shrimp, chicken, crab, eggs, onions, garlic and, at times, tomatoes. Khao Pad gets its distinctive flavour from a medley of condiments like soya sauce, dark soy sauce, chilli sauce, brown sugar and fish sauce. Typical of Thai cuisine, this simple dish blends all the flavour profiles, spicy, sweet, sour and umami. A filling street food staple almost everywhere in Thailand, nothing beats a bowl of Khao Pad to keep you going the whole day.


Roti Gluay

The famous sweet treat found in Bangkok is available on all the islands too! You will find ample roti carts preparing the stretchy dough all over Phuket. Its method of preparation is also a treat watch! The buttery dough made from condensed milk, butter and eggs is stretched multiple times and rested, to allow the gluten to develop and become flaky. The roti dough is stuffed with all kinds of sweet toppings and fried in the hot girdle till crispy. Banana is the most favoured, but plenty of sweet toppings are available. You can find the likes of coconut, caramel, condensed milk, chocolate sauce, Nutella, and honey. The final product is topped with more condensed milk for the ultimate indulgent dessert.


Som Tam

The famous raw papaya salad is a Thai delicacy and is loved by people all over Southeast Asia. This dish is prepared from raw green papaya, Thai Basil, long beans, coriander, palm sugar and fish sauce. The sauce used as its dressing includes all five basic tastes, including sweet, salty, tangy, umami, and spice. All the ingredients get pounded on a mortar and pestle to combine the flavours and break down the raw papaya. Green papaya salad, along with grilled chicken and a bowl of sticky rice is a popular lunchtime meal in most regions of Thailand. Restaurants in Mai Khao Phuket, like those found at Anantara Mai Khao Phuket Villas, can offer some of these amazing food options as well.


Mee Hokkien noodle

Mee hokkien noodle is a tasty stir-fried noodle dish, popular among tourists and locals alike! Fresh egg noodles get combined with eggs, prawns, calamari, pork, bean sprouts, dark soy sauce, oyster sauce and brown sugar for a tasty and filling meal. Enjoy these noodles with some spicy chilli sambal and fresh lime juice!


Tom Yam Goong

Don't forget to grab a bowl of this sweet-sour-spicy soup while in Phuket. Filled with prawns, it is a favourite dish in Thai cuisine. Other variations of the soup, includes Tom Yam Talay (Seafood) and Tom Yam Gai (Chicken). The flavourful broth is made from coconut milk, and lots of aromatics like lemon grass, basil, kaffir lime leaves and galangal. The hints of spice come from the red chilli paste, while the mushrooms add a nice bite and umami goodness.

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