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LOCAL DISHES

Phuket has a number of foods different in character andflavour from those of other areas in Thailand. The international character of the island, however, with so many different restaurants catering to a multitude of tastes, makes it difficult for non-Thais to identify Phuket cuisine. Below is a list of dishes and shops where they can be sampled.

Mee Hokkian yellow egg noodles stir-fried with leafy green vegetables in soy sauce, usually with pork or chicken. The best known shops are:

-Mee Ton Poh (หมี่ต้นโพธิ์) near the clock tower traffic circle on Phuket Rd. in Phuket Town.
-Mee Sapam (หมี่สะปำ) on Thep Krasattri Rd. in the village of Sapam.
-Mee Ao Geh (หมี่อ่าวเก) on Poonpol Rd. in Phuket Town.Yellow noodles are also cooked in both “dry” and “wet” versions, and as a prawn soup. For these try :
-Somjit (ร้านหมี่สมจิตร) near the clock tower traffic circle on Phuket Rd.
-Jirayuwat (ร้านหมี่จิรายุวัฒน์) near the Pearl Cinema on Phang-Nga Rd. in Phuket Town.

Mee Huhn Pah Chahng (หมี่หุ้นป้าฉ่าง) Dry fried noodles eaten with pork bone soup. For this try (all in Phuket Town):

- (ร้านหมี่หุ้นป้าฉ่าง) on Thanon Yaowarat.
- (ร้านหมี่หุ้นป้าฉ่าง) near the Tessaban Ban Bang Niao School on Takua Tung Rd.
- (ร้านหมี่หุ้นป้าฉ่าง) on Ranong Rd. near the entrance to Soi Lorong.

Mee Sua (หมี่สั่ว) Breakfast noodles served with the boiled rice dishes Khao Tohm or Johk. This can be ordered at various shops around town, but the best known in Phuket Town is:

- Kou Kwan (ร้านคู่ขวัญ) on Phuket Rd.

Kanohm Jin Phuket (ขนมจีน) Noodles often compared to spaghetti usually served with a spicy curry sauce, the most common made from fish. It is usually eaten as a breakfast food and is, if you can stand its fiery character, delicious. It comes with an array of fresh vegetables and boiled eggs that are mixed with the dish by diners at their table. It is often found with the fried pastry called Pah Tong Go and the curried fish mousse called Hor Mohk, both of which are very tasty. Some of the curries to choose from if you are sensitive to spicy cuisine. There are many shops to choose from everywhere in Phuket but the most famous are in Phuket Town:

- Kwan Kanohm Jin (ร้านขวัญขนมจีน) on Tungka Rd.
- Pah Mai (ร้านป้าไม) on Krabi Rd.
- Pah Ri (ร้านป้ารี) on Patipat Rd.

Lo Bah (โลบะ) Fried sausages served with fried tofu and spicy sweet and sour sauce. For this try (in Phuket Town)

- (ร้านโลบะ) on the way to Sapan Hin
- (ร้านเบ่งสองโลบะ) on Pracha-U-Thit Rd.

Oh Tao (โอเต๊า) Oysters fried with flour, eggs, and taro root. The best known place in Phuket Town is:

- (ร้านโอเต๊า) near the Tessaban Ban Bang Niao school

Nam Prik Goong Sohd (น้ำพริกกุ้งสด) Spicy shrimp paste with fresh shrimp, chili, and lime. Eaten with rice or Kanohm Jin. Nam Prik comes in various forms; it is generally regarded by Thais to be as indispensable as rice.

Nam Prik Goong Siab (น้ำพริกกุ้งเสียบ) Similar to the above but featuring whole, dried shrimps and eaten with various vegetables as an appetizer. Among the spiciest dishes in Thailand. Most restaurants that prepare food according to order as opposed to little shops serving only a set menu make Nam Prik Goong Siab. The best known are in Phuket Town:

- Laem Tong Restaurant (ภัตตาคารแหลมทอง) on Chana Jaroen Rd.
- Khun Mae Ju (คุณแม่จู้) on Thep Krasattri Rd. in the village of Sapam.
- Lai An Lao (ร้านไล่อันเหลา) on Ratsada Rd.
- N.C. Restaurant on Phang-Nga Rd.

Tao Sor (ขนมเต้าส้อ) or Kanohm Bia Phuket (ขนมเปี๊ยะภูเก็ต) Spring rolls, Chinese crepes. The best known are found at:

- Keng Tin (เค่งติ้น) near Ruam Paet Hospital on Phuket Rd.
- (ร้านเต้าส้อ) on Soi Soon U-Thit, Yaowarat Rd. in Phuket Town.
- Khun Mae Ju (คุณแม่จู้) on Thep Krasattri Rd. in the village of Sapam
- Mae Boon Tahm (แม่บุญธรรม) on Surin Rd., Soi 4

Oh Aew (โอ๊ะเอ๋ว) An iced sweet made of flour, banana, and a little seaweed. Look for it at:

- (ร้านโอ๊ะเอ๋ว) on Soi Soon U-Thit, Yaowarat Rd.
- (ร้าานโอ๊ะเอ๋ว) on Ranong Rd. at the entrance to Soi Lorong.

Cashew Nuts (เม็ดมะม่วงหิมพานต์) try at:

- Maeti (เมธี) on Tilok-U-Thit 2 Rd.
- Sri Boorapa Orchid (ศรีบูรพาออคิด) on Kwang Ban Teen Kao Rd.
- Sri Supalak Orchid (ศรีศุภลักษณ์ออคิด) on Thep Krasattri Rd.

Other food held to be characteristic of Phuket includes pineapples though to be crisper and sweeter than elsewhere. Pineapples can be purchased at the Fresh Market, and are found generally.