If you want to experience the real Phuket come out of your hotel and embrace local culture by wandering through one of the many street food festivals. Avoid eating before, take some cash with you and sample as many dishes as time allows. Here are some of the dishes that always delight:
Som Tam – impossible to describe….It is a sweet, sour, spicy, salty salad made from green papaya, garlic, tomatoes, shrimp, peanuts and of course chillies. It’s beautifully fresh and oh so healthy, but always ask for less chillies, unless of course you can eat like a local.
Guay Teow (noodle soup) – stock, noodles, vegetables, wontons, meat and then the uniquely Thai elements of dried chili peppers, sugar, lime juice and fish sauce. Delicious.
Pad Thai – it’s on every Thai menu. It’s a stir fried noodle dish with shrimp, tofu, maybe some chicken and a hint of tamarind.
Pad See Ew – thick rice noodles stir fried and then eggs, vegetables added often with chicken. Dried chili flakes and vinegar complete the dish.
Kai Jeow – this is the Thai version of an omelet. Normally served with rice it should be crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. Whether it is for breakfast, lunch or dinner fish sauce, chili sauce and chilis are part of the dish.
Meat Skewers– Thai cooking doesn’t use ovens so meat is always grilled or stir fried. Skewers are a popular way of cooking and every cook will have their own special marinade. Garlic, chili and sugar normally prevail.
Poh Pia Tod (spring rolls) – they’re usually cut up into bite sized pieces.
Thai Desserts and Juices – Mango with sticky rice is a delicious combination and for those with a serious sugar craving try the fried bananas and Thai sweets. Popular juices are guava, pineapple and orange.
It’s fascinating to watch the food being prepared and cooked. Enjoy the experience of a local food festival.