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Best Cuisines to Try in Phuket - a culinary delight

The island of Phuket is renowned for its many attractions, one of which is its outstanding culinary offerings. Visitors will find many delectable foods to be enjoyed here, as suggested below.

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Massaman curry

One of the area's most delicious culinary specialties, the Massaman curry originated from Muslim visitors to the region. This delectable curry is noted for its unique flavours, created by a combination of the moderately sour tamarind, the subtle flavour of coconut milk and the unmistakable aroma of cinnamon. The distinctive taste of this curry is always a treat for the taste buds. Initially chicken and beef were the meats of choice for this dish, but after it was adopted by local Buddhists, the most common ingredient became pork. Massaman curry is often highly rated by food connoisseurs who appreciate its zesty flavours.

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Tom Yum Goong

As befitting its status as one of Thailand's best known soups, Tom Yum Goong is almost always featured in the menus of Phuket's restaurants. This exotic soup combines all of the constituent flavours of Thai cuisine – namely sour, sweet, spicy and salty – to create a dish like no other in the world. Shrimps are the main ingredient in this soup, whilst lime leaves, lemongrass, galangal and shallots provide its distinctive aroma. Fish sauce and chillies also contribute to the soup's invigorating flavours. Tom Yum Goong's fragrant aroma has been identified as Thailand's most recognized aroma, wafting from innumerable restaurants across the country and abroad.

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Gaeng Keaw Wan Gai

With its striking greenish colour this unusual dish is highly rated by locals as well as visitors to the country. Many foreigners have been attracted to this distinctive concoction with its unmistakable flavours. This unique dish combines the creaminess and blandness of fresh coconut milk with green chillies that give the dish its fiery spiciness. This dish would be excellent as an accompaniment for noodles or freshly steamed rice. If you desire to stay at one of the luxury hotels in Thailand as you experience the nation's outstanding culinary offerings, an excellent choice would be the Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas. These fine accommodations are renowned for their quality interiors and selection of modern amenities.

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Por Pia

You will find spring rolls on the menu in many countries in the southeast Asian region, but the variety of fried spring rolls that you will have the opportunity to relish in Phuket are something special. This food is particularly appreciated by visitors to the island because it is mild and subtle rather than hot and spicy. Spring rolls or Por Pia are best enjoyed with the distinctive dipping sauce which is made from apricots and greatly relished by food lovers. For a light meal that you are sure to enjoy, make it a point to savour these remarkable delicacies whilst you are in Phuket.

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Gai Med Ma Moung

This tasty dish is another feature that you will readily find in Phuket's restaurants. Phuket is renowned for its quality cashew nuts and this dish combines the nuts with chicken to create another culinary masterpiece. This dish is crunchy and sweet, and flavoured with chillies to create its characteristic taste. It is particularly popular as an introduction to Thai cuisine for visitors from foreign lands who may be unaccustomed to hot dishes. Gai Med Ma Moung is readily found in Phuket and is definitely a local food that visitors should try out.