Thai Food in Phuket

Phuket Tourist Information Guide

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Thai food is known for its complex interaction of at least three or four (up to five) basic taste senses in each dish: sour, spicy, bitter, salty and sweet. The idea is to prepare light dishes with strong aromatic flavors and a spicy edge. Unlike other cuisines, Thai cooking abandons simplicity and embraces those contrasting elements and ingredients balancing them just right to create that unique and harmonious cuisine while giving proper attention to color, texture, taste as well as using ingredients that are both medicinally beneficial and flavorful.

Over the centuries Thai food has changed, with the neighboring states influencing each other the cuisine has become a unique mix of the Thai region and its  closest foreign neighbor. For example Northern Thai cuisine shares dishes with parts of Burma and Northern Laos as well as Yunnan province in China. Northeastern Thai food, on the other hand, shows many similarities to cuisine from Southern Laos and is greatly influenced with the rich flavors of the Khmer cuisine, such as palm sugar and tamarind that emanates from Cambodia just to the south as well as Vietnamese cuisine to the east. Southern Thailand is a bit different, with it's plentiful use of coconut milk and fresh turmeric often mimicking Indonesian, Indian and Malaysian cuisine.

While many popular dishes in Thailand originate from China they have been adapted and altered by the Thais with their own cooking methods and use of local spices. The most notable influence of Thai food however has been from the West with the introduction of chili peppers from the Americas in the 17th century. Chili and rice are now the two main staples in Thai cuisine. Another significant influence from the Americas that is still seen in Thai food today was the introduction of pineapple, cilantro, papaya, corn, eggplant, cashews and peanuts.

Today Thai food is some of the most popular cuisine in the entire world. With every country becoming more and more diverse, there are Thai restaurants popping up everywhere. In 2011 Thai was so popular that seven of it's dishes made CNN Travel's list of "Worlds top 50 Most Delicious Foods", ranked in the top 6 were tom yang going, som tam and pad thai.

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Marina Seafood

Marina Seafood

Marina Seafood is a modern Thai style restaurant located central at Nai Yang beach. Around Marina Se

DeDos Cherngtalay

DeDos Cherngtalay

DeDos Cherngtalay: DeDos, located at the Lagoon Road (close to the Laguna Resort main entrance), is

Sugar Cane

Sugar Cane Restaurant

Sugar Cane Restaurant Bangtao.

Rossovivo Restaurant

Rossovivo Restaurant

Rossovivo Restaurant: Rossovivo Restaurant is a modern italian restaurant between Chalong and Rawai.

Nai Yang coffee shop

Nai Yang 2 Coffee Shop

Nai Yang 2 Coffee Shop: Nai Yang 2 is a small Thai food restaurant/coffee shop on the Nai Yang beach

High Beach

High Beach Restaurant

High Beach High Beach is a restaurant on the Nai Yang Beach road. They prepare standard Thai food. n

Pims Place Kamala

Pim’s Place Kamala

Those of you visiting the infamous Kamala Beach and surrounding area will soon see that what it lack

Emmy Restaurant

Emmy Restaurant

Emmy Restaurant in Bangtao.

Surin Food Palace

Surin Food Palace

The Surin Food Palace serves authentic Halal Thai food.


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