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Fah Thai Magazine Sep/Oct 2017

"FAH THAI" is the in-flight magazine of Bangkok Airways Public Company Limited and is edited and published by MPMI Group Ltd.

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FOOD MECCA

Even for a hard-core foodie like

myself, stalking miles of super

scrumptious local foods in Phuket

still feels like running a full-blown

marathon. It is exhilarating, euphoric and

seems never-ending.

Top

A morning treat of

fluffy flat bread roti

and a side of fried

eggs and curries.

Right

Crabmeat curry with

wild betel leaves

served with rice

vermicelli.

Bottom

A clear Tom Yum

soup with fish and

enoki mushrooms.

Allow me to clarify that this is

not the first time my husband and I

visited Phuket and stuffed ourselves

full. Phuket is our top-listed

favourite town. We come for the

gorgeous beaches, the superlative

resorts, the famous annual

marathons and always, the delicious

foods. However each time we leave,

Phuket never lets us do it in peace.

There is always something left to

come back for and rediscover and

most especially, the food. Because,

the more we eat, the more we think

we missed out (on other potential

good eats). Foods in Phuket are

abundant, tasty and great in variety

that you will have to consider

dedicating a trip here along with a

willing tummy for the real treats this

city offers.

But then again, Phuket foods are

no longer merely just a favourite

among locals. In December 2015,

Phuket was named a ‘City of

Gastronomy’ by UNESCO – an

accolade that makes Phuket on par

with 17 other selected cities around

the world with the same significant

international recognition. This is

a big deal not just for Phuket, but

also for Thailand as a whole. The

award recognises what many of

us might have taken for granted:

the long list of legacies and unique

cultural mix so prominent in the

local foods of Phuket.

“Phuket is relatively a much

younger city when compared to

others that have been awarded the

‘City of Gastronomy’ by UNESCO,”

says Dr. Kosol Taengutai, President

of the Thai Peranakan Association.

Also a former Deputy Mayor of

Phuket City Municipality and the

former Coordinator in charge of

the City of Gastronomy, UNESCO,

he states that, “Phuket is about 150

years old, whereas other listed cities

have histories harking back as long

as thousands of years.”

“The foods of Phuket are so

unique because they are the result

of Phuket being formed as a trading

hub in the Malay Peninsula, the

place where people from the region

converged, merged and created a

series of unique eats from their own

kitchens. These foods have become

Phuket’s own foods, unlike others.

And still today, we have these rich

legacies of the food we eat daily. It is

authentic, flavourful, and delicious,”

Dr. Kosol adds.

For those who travel the world,

one thing agreed hands down is

that food is never merely something

just eaten but always a colourful

reflection of life with real stories of

people. Food is the edible culture

and it encompasses so much more

than the space of one’s kitchen, the

local markets or beautiful plating

one yearns to capture on Instagram.

For Phuket, the best place to observe

Foods in Phuket are abundant, tasty

and great in variety – you will have to

consider dedicating a trip here along

with a willing tummy for the real treats

this city offers.

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