Beyond the white sands, clear blue waters, and ethnic Peranakan culture attracting visitors to Phuket and Phang-Nga, these two pearls of the Andaman are also culinary destinations that foodies flock to. Here are seven Thai restaurants with tempting menus that are also easy on the wallet. Each received a Bib Gourmand in the MICHELIN Guide Thailand 2020 and so are all well worth a taste.
Take note and go check them out.
Chuan Chim, Phuket
At one of the oldest food shops in Phuket, now run by the second generation, all the seafood is fresh and everything is prepared à la minute. The results, including the stir-fried noodles and the stir-fried seafood with curry powder, are impressive and worth the wait.
Khrua Luang Then, Phang-Nga
Located on the way to Khao Lak, Khrua Luang Then is definitely worth a stop, thanks to its authentic Southern cuisine which uses good quality ingredients. Be warned – dishes are hot, as authentic flavours and spiciness are not compromised. They close on the 10th, 20th and 30th of each month.
Go Benz, Phuket
Go Benz has been serving its speciality pork with peppery broth and rolled rice noodles for over 20 years. Popular dishes at this favourite spot for many often sell out. Try the fragrant dry-broiled rice with crispy pork, tender pork offal and aromatic soup.
Hong Khao Tom Pla, Phuket
Named after its signature fish porridge, this place feels like something between a snack bar and restaurant. Its only cook is the chef-owner. Be sure to try his other specialities like Tom Yam Khai Pla (sour, spicy soup with seafood and roe) and Pu Phat Phong Ka Ri (crab curry).
Mor Mu Dong, Phuket
Mor Mu Dong takes its name from its owner, Mor, and the Mu Dong Canal, where it is located. Nestled in a mangrove forest, it is housed in a set of rustic pavilions where diners can enjoy seafood and take in the views that change with the tide. In the open kitchen, tanks of live seafood affirm the freshness of the food. The signature dish – Pla Tu Yat Sai, or spicy stuffed fish – and the stir-fried squid with lime are both highly recommended.
Khrua Nong, Phang-Nga
This small shop, run by married couple Ae and Nok for 20 years, is a little gem. Sourced daily, seafood is cooked to your desired spiciness. The affordable menu offers a good variety of local dishes including chicken and pork. The soft-shell crab with spicy sauce is unmissable.
Roti Taew Nam, Phuket
Created as a communal breakfast spot, all roti here comes from one huge charcoal flat pan, and one guy shapes, fries, taps and cuts faster than the eye can see. Order code numbers stand for the number of roti to eggs. Don't miss the tender beef curry, which is also good.