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Making a trip to Phuket without trying its seafood is like not having been toPhuket at all. Phuket is famous for its plentiful fishes, crabs, squids, oysters, and especially, prawns and lobsters, which are delicious and fresh from the Andaman Sea. However they are cooked -- grilled, fried, sauteed, baked, roasted or steamed -- and whether they are in the Thai, Chinese, or Western style, the dishes you order will come out palatable and aromatic.

Seafood restaurants are available in Phuket town, Chalong Bay, beach fronts of Patong, Rawai, Kata, etc., and also in big tourist hotels. Though seafood restaurants in general charge reasonable prices, some classy ones on major beaches serve seafood dishes with high international standard cooking, services and prices.

Chinese Food

Chinese food is served in restaurants and first-class hotels in Phuket town, and Patong Beach. Anyway, a wide choice of delicious 'genuine' Chinese dishes are available at Royal Kitchen, Royal Paradise Hotel.
Chinese Food
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Western Food

Most first and second class hotels in Phuket serve a variety of European food. For more authentic dishes, you can try the nationality restaurants scattered along those touristy beaches and some located in the leading hotels.

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Local Food

Phuket has plenty of restaurants with various kinds of food to satisfy all tourists' tastes. Western and Chinese foods are available in tourist hotels and along some leading beaches, while local food, which is a fine blend of Thai, Malay and Chinese, can be found everywhere. However, local food restaurants and shops are available in larger quantity and at lower prices in Phuket town than at the beaches. Food stalls which sell a wide range of local food are available everywhere -- along the beach front, on the roadside or at the markets.

Phuket's Delicacies

Phuket has a number of special local dishes which are different from those of other parts of Thailand and visitors should not miss trying. Here are some of them.
Khanom Chin

Khanom Chin

Khanom Chin is Thai rice noodles normally eaten with curry soup made from minced fish or shrimps. Though it is available in any part of Thailand, khanom chin of Phuket has a richer flavour and is served with a greater variety and amount of fresh and preserved vegetables. It is also delicious when taken with beef curry or chicken curry. It is a typical breakfast for the local people.


There are two styles of fried noodles which Phuket is proud to offer. One is mi hokkian or mi hun (Amoy noodles) which is fried with fresh shrimps, pork, shellfish and green cabbage. The other, originating in Sapam Village, is mi sapam with seafood and gravy on top.

Ho Mok

Ho Mok is steamed curried fish (or crab or other seafood) with vegetables held in a banana leaf or foil container. It should be eaten with steamed rice.


When talking about Thai curry, foreigners will probably think of chicken or beef curry only. If you are in Phuket, why not try Phuket's kaeng luang (sour curry with fish and vegetables), a popular southern curry with a peculiar taste.
Namphrik Kung Siap

Namphrik Kung Siap

It is Phuket style hot shrimp paste sauce with sweetened crisp shrimps, eaten with fresh vegetables.

Tao So

This is a small kind of moon cakes and a speciality of Phuket which tourists popularly buy and take home.


Pineapples of Phuket are sweet, juicy, not so soft and are inexpensive.

Cashew Nuts

The cashew nut is a famous local product of Phuket. It is used to make various kinds of delicious snacks, for example, roasted cashew nuts with salt, cashew nuts fried with garlic, cashew nuts coated with chocolate and honeyed cashew nut brittle.

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