Thai cuisine is praised around the globe for its exotic and very spicy flavors. If you’re visiting Phuket, prepare yourself for a treat! Phuket boasts some of the best Thai delicacies ever to exist, from the delicious Pad Thai to the eye-watering Som Tum. If you love sweet, sour, spicy, and savory dishes, then there is no better place to be than right here in Phuket!
Here are six Thai foods to try at least once before you leave:
1. Pad Thai
Despite its Chinese origins, Pad Thai is regarded around the world as one of the best examples of traditional Thai food. The dish consists of rice noodles stir-fried in a hot pan and seasoned with fish sauce, palm sugar, and some tamarind. Chicken, prawns, or tofu can be added to the dish. The flavors are completed with a generous topping of chives and bean sprouts as well as a squeeze of lime.
2. Som Tum
Som Tum, which is also known as papaya salad, is considered to be one of the most delicious dishes in the world and probably the tastiest salad you’ll ever have. It consists of strips of green papaya—which are tasteless by itself—seasoned with sugar, fish sauce, lime, peanuts, and dry shrimp. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself searching online for a recipe to make at home!
3. Tom Yum
If someone talks about soup in Thailand, Tom Yum is most likely the dish in question. The soup is a mix of lemongrass, lime leaf, and galangal root. To select the type of protein of your choice, add the name of the meat after “Tom Yum.” For example, if you want chicken added to your Tom Yum soup, you’ll say, “Tom Yum Gai.” Whichever Tom Yum you order, you can expect it to be sweet, spicy, and sour—the best of combinations!
4. Kuay Teow
If you’re looking for noodle soup, then head for a restaurant that sells Kuay Teow. Formerly known as boat noodles because vendors first sold them on boats in Bangkok, Kuay Teow is now a popular dish around Thailand, especially in Phuket. Because this dish requires many ingredients, you can be sure that the taste will be phenomenal. Unfortunately, you will struggle to make this dish at home because of how complicated it can be to make.
5. Gang Kheaw Wan
Known as Green Curry in English, this fantastic dish is a favorite among curry lovers. Gang Kheaw Wan Gai, which is green chicken curry, is the most popular variant of the dish and was served to monks at temples in the past. If you’re a curry lover, especially one that loves spicy food, this is a dish you cannot miss!
6. Khao Pad
Khao Pad is an all-purpose and all-tasty type of Thai fried rice. In Thailand, this dish is made with jasmine rice and mixed with meat, garlic, onions, tomatoes, and eggs. Another variant of this dish is also available for you to try, and it is called Khao Pad Maphrao—coconut fried rice.
These are only six dishes out of the many more that are available, and you will have to be out and about to explore all the flavors of Phuket. From noodle soups to grilled meats, there surely will be something you’ll consider your favorite Thai dish.
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