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FOOD MECCA those unique culinary elements is definitely Phuket Old Town where the whole cross-cultural culinary expeditions first took place. But then, keep in mind that fresh and local ingredients from the whole island also help make each dish of Phuket special. “To us, eating five meals (or more) a day is such a norm,” says Vipada Tongpinyochai, the thirdgeneration owner of Keng Tin, the 75-year-old Hokkien-style dessert shop in Phuket Town. “Phuket people just love to eat. Breakfast, lunch, teatime, dinner and supper. After that, we might take home some fried noodles, congee and durian for a late, late nightcap. Eating away and eating heartily is literally our way of life. And we are proud of that, too.” So, to start eating like a pro in Phuket, you might want to prepare. Better yet, consider a schedule, strategy or prioritising time wisely to cover all there is to eat in one go. Once you know how good Phuket foods are, you will find a way back for more. Taking to the streets to eat in Phuket can be daunting, so here are our trusty, triedand-true places for foodies out there: ARUN POTCHANA for Muslim roti, curry, rice vermicelli as well as rice and curries. Talang Road, T: +66 (0) 87 886 0482, Daily: 6am - 5.30pm, closed Sundays NAM YOI for Thai southern dishes, Phuket signatures such as moo hong, namprik goong sieb and gaeng som. 63/250 Ruam Pattaya Road, T: +66 (0) 7624 0665, Daily: 11am - 10.30pm, closed monthly on the dates of the 16th and 17th. Hansar Moment of Happiness 72 Above Tao Sor Pia, a popular afternoon snack Hokkienstyle. Top Right Plump sea prawns with tamarind sauce at the Rawai seafood market. Right, Bottom The freshest catch at the seafood market on Rawai Beach. BLUE ELEPHANT PHUKET for beautifully presented Thai, Thai southern and Phuket’s dishes that are rare to find such as gaeng tu mee, moo hong, crabmeat curry and vermicelli and Phuket pineapple salad with shrimp. 96 Krabi Road, T: +66 (0) 7635 4355, Daily: 11.30am - 2.30pm, 6.30 – 10pm. Thai food cooking classes are also available. blueelephant.com GO HUAD for laymanstyle rice and curry. My favourites are gaeng som, deep-fried Mong fish, stir-fried morning glory with shrimp paste and crabmeat with green onions. 55/2, 55/10 Wichitsongkarm Road, Muang, Phuket, Daily: 8am - 3pm, T: + 66 (0) 7622 1133 PHUKET’S SIGNATURE DISHES You can ease into local Phuket foods, making it daily nourishment that goes from dawn to dusk. While popular recommendations for breakfast here are usually dim sum and rice vermicelli, do not underestimate the satisfying heartiness of fluffy and crispy roti, cooked with layers of butter and served with sunny-side-up eggs and a rich curry of your choice. This goes down pretty refreshingly well when paired with a pot of hot tea, Malaysian style. Lunch choices are vast and usually led by the variety of Chinese Hokkien-style fresh noodles, traditionally stirfried with pork (an auspicious ingredient for the Chinese people) or seafood and topped with egg. Hokkien noodles in Phuket are also served in soup form – with wontons, BBQ pork and seafood tempura. Phuket-style Thai southern cuisine of curry and rice are my favourite dinnertime treats. Moo hong – the old-school ‘Bun Tae’ Phuket cuisine of stewed fatty pork and herbs is rich and out-of-thisworld delicious. It is best paired with something light and spicy like namprik goong sieb (spicy dip with crispy shrimp) and the spicy and sour curry of gaeng som with fresh fish and Phuket’s native pineapple, the one and only geologically identified (GI) indigenous fruit of the province. Also rare and very traditional is ‘gaeng tu mee’ – a rich curry with a hint of Muslim spices with local fish fillets and the Thai southern unique herb of ‘som kwai’ (asam gelugur). Additionally, do not miss Phuket’s own teatime tidbits that are normally served in hearty portions. O-taaw – a stir-fry and mini beach oyster omelette with chopped taro, fresh spring rolls aromatic with pork crisps and noodles with pork rib soup are some famous staples. For more information about UNESCO Cities of Gastronomy, visit http://en.unesco.org/creativecities/creative-cities-map Samui, Bangkok, Pranburi, Khao Yai, Cha Am www.hansarhotels.com
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