Street food in Phuket is among the tastiest on the island. It’s also incredibly easy to find, both in obvious places, like along the beach front, and more surprising spots, like motorbike sidecars. So get ready to sink your teeth into authentic Hokkien noodles, skewers of sizzling sausages, oyster omelettes and velvety curries. Here’s the street food you shouldn’t miss during your visit to Patong.
This iconic Thai dish hardly needs an introduction. Pad Thai is made of rice noodles, eggs, tofu, fish sauce, dried shrimp, garlic or shallots, chilli and palm sugar, and is served with lime wedges and peanuts. The delicious stir-fried noodle can be found everywhere, in most hawker stalls and street food carts along the beach. If you’re around Patong Beach, keep your eyes open for a bright pink Pad Thai food cart. They’ll cook up a fresh seafood Pad Thai—the perfect meal when you’re spending a fun day at the beach.
Once you get a taste of this Thai-style pancake, you will definitely want more. Cooked on a hot plate, the sweet version is smothered with condensed milk and stuffed with bananas or strawberries and drizzled with chocolate, then cut into small squares. It’s a great snack and available on nearly every street corner or market in Phuket, like NN Crepe stall at Malin Plaza Night Market in Patong Beach.
This spicy, sweet and sour salad is practically the national dish and therefore quite easy to come across in Patong. You will find cart vendors with giant pestle and mortars churning away at it constantly. The main ingredients are green papaya, tomatoes, green beans and a variable amount of chilies. You can request how spicy you want your Som Tum to be, or let the cook guess how much chilies you can take!
If you want truly want to eat like a local, try out one of Phuket’s favourite breakfast dish, Kanom Jeen. The noodles are made from fermented rice and drowned in rich, creamy, coconut-based curries and served with fresh and fermented vegetables. You can find it by looking for the larger carts and stalls (often with a few tables and chairs set up nearby) carrying metal pots around Bangla road and market stands.
If you love pork and skewers, then you will love Moo Ping. Very much like Indonesian Satay, Moo Ping is marinated grilled pork on a skewer, usually served with sticky rice. The sweet marinade is made with fish sauce, palm sugar, garlic and coconut milk. The best way to spot a Moo Ping vendor in the streets is to look out for a vertical column of smoke rushing into the sky. That’s the Moo Ping guy!
A Chinese-inspired dish, O-Tao is an oyster omelette made of boiled taro, baby oysters (or sometimes seafood), bean sprouts and pork crackling. This dish is traditionally eaten during Chinese New Year. You can find O-Tao at street stalls around Phuket Weekend Market or at the food court located at Banzaan Fresh Market in Patong.
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These are basically grilled meatballs on a stick, made with beef, pork, chicken or fish. You will also find sausages, and even entire squid, similarly skewered. You usually dip them in a brown sweet chilli sauce and a fiery red spicy sauce. It’s a popular snack and sold by many roadside vendors along the beach in Patong and night markets on Bangla Road.
Por pia is a simple deep-fried dish that wraps together a filling of meat, prawn, rice noodles and vegetable in a roll. The ingredients are wrapped in rice paper, deep fried and served with sweet chilli sauce. Yum!
If your taste buds are looking for a break from spicy Thai food, then get ready to tuck into a hearty bowl of simple goodness. This lip-smacking dish of thick yellow stir-fried egg noodles comes with everything from prawns, pork, chicken to bean sprouts. The dish was brought to the island by Chinese immigrant families and has since become a staple of Phuket. You can try it at one of the many noodle stalls at Bangla Street Food Market in Patong.
This shaved ice dessert is a great way to cool off from the summer heat of Phuket. Served with red beans, black grass jelly and shaved ice topped with bright coloured sweet syrup, it’s the perfect hot-weather dessert. Aniroj Thantara, aka Mr Roj O-aew, is the most popular vendor and sells this unique sweet treat in front of Vachira Phuket Hospital.
Hungry yet? While many street food vendors are constantly changing locations, with the many great options everywhere you look, you’ll never have a problem finding a delicious bite to eat wherever you are in Patong.