The Best Street Food in Phuket You Can’t Afford to Miss
Exciting, spicy and exotic- Phuket’s street food scene is just waiting to be discovered. But what’s on offer, and where should you go for the best experience?
Thailand is famous the world over for its amazing street food, and Phuket is no exception. There’s little better than an evening stroll in the warm weather, trying new and delicious food from the small stalls that line the streets. Here are some of our top tips for a Phuket taste sensation.
Pad Thai (The Classic)
Where better to start than the Thai national dish? You can eat this in a restaurant as a normal meal, but we think it tastes best when whipped up in front of your eyes in a wok on a roadside stall. Stir-fried rice noodles are mixed with eggs, tofu, fish sauce, shallots, palm sugar and a host of other spices and flavorings- the cooking process is an art form in itself. Finished with handfuls of fresh bean sprouts and a sprinkling of peanuts, it sums up Thailand in a bowl. Find excellent pad Thai stalls in the small lanes of Phuket Old Town, or for a sit-down version then the Pad Thai Shop behind Karon Beach gets rave reviews.
Som Tam (Green Papaya Salad)
Another classic Thai favourite, Som Tam is created by mixing strips of unripe green papaya with tomatoes, green beans, fish sauce, garlic, chilli, palm sugar and lime juice. It’s a tangy, fresh taste sensation! If you’re very brave then you can ask for it to be ‘pet mak’, very spicy, but be prepared for the consequences… those of us who prefer a milder experience can ask for ‘mai pet’, not spicy. Som tam is widely available in the night markets of Bangla and Kata.
Cost: 70-100 baht
Moo Ping (Grilled Pork Satay)
One of the most common types of street food you’ll see in Phuket, Moo Ping is marinated pork grilled on skewers and sold by the stick for a tasty treat. This is less of a dinner food and more of a snack as you’re passing by- just point to the skewers, hold up your fingers to show how many you’d like and away you go. The skewers will often be dropped into a little plastic bag with the offer of a squirt of satay or chilli sauce- approach the latter with caution! There are Moo Ping stalls throughout Phuket so you’ll never be far from your next skewer.
Cost: 10 baht per skewer
Kanob Jeeb (Dim Sum or Thai Steamed Dumplings)
You can’t miss the Kanob Jeeb stalls- they’re the ones with colorful piles of meat dumplings steaming in baskets and boiling in vats of water. Although they’re based on Chinese dim sum they are very definitely Thai in flavor- think lemongrass and Thai basil mixed with meat and soy sauce. The majority will be pork-based but it’s worth asking to see if you can find the delicious fish or shrimp varieties. Thais will traditionally eat Kanob Jeeb for breakfast but that doesn’t stop you sampling them at dinner time! There are some excellent stalls behind Jungceylon shopping mall.
Cost: 5-10 baht per dumpling
Street Food in Phuket Awaits Tempted Souls
With street food options like these, it’s likely you won’t spend much time sitting in restaurants on your trip to Phuket. Have fun exploring the tastes that the island has to offer!