I discussed a few weeks ago about some unique local dishes Phuket has to offer (http://www.thairesidents.com/lifestyle/revel-typical-phuketian-dishes/). This week, I want to showcase some classic of Thai cuisine, and where to taste some of the best versions of those extraordinary dishes.
Kitti Gouy Tiew Ped
This very authentic and comfort meal restaurant has opened its 4th branch in Phuket, following three successful eateries in Bangkok. Kitti Duck Noodle (as known as Kitti Guay Tiew Ped) has pleased Bangkokian palates for more than 60 years and is now rocking the island with an overwhelmed number of street eaters every day.
The well-marinated duck meat, which follows an original recipe carried on from one generation to another, makes Kitti Duck Noodle remarkable, not to mention the generous amount of meat in each serve. Plus, the shop has high standards of hygiene making the dining experience relaxed and insect-free.
Duck meat and noodle lovers should not miss on the fascinating list of ducky courses which include duck noodle soup (with a selection of noodles), dry duck noodle served aside a brown soup (with a selection of noodles), duck guts and blood in a flavorful stock broth, duck meat soup (Gao Lao Ped) and duck meat topped on rice with sweet sauce.
Kitti Duck Noodle is located on Yaowarat Road in Phuket town area. Opens from 9 am – 9 pm every day.
Ji Hong Moo Grob
Moo Grob, or crispy pork, by Ji Hong is a real legend in Phuket, serving this star dish for decades. As far as I can remember, my mother has always bought crispy pork topped on steamed rice with the delicious sauces.
The pork belly is beautifully seasoned and cooked to perfection. The skin top is crusty with proper layers of fat and meat and ends with a thin layer of flavorful brown skin. A mouthgasm in one bite!
The sauces are a sweet red sauce that blends well the meaty part and the steamed rice together and a sour and spicy sauce that balances the overall taste wonderfully.
The little shop is located on Wichit Songkram Road. Opens from 6am – 2pm.
Go Ta Khao Mun Gai
Khao Mun Gai, or Hainanese Chicken Rice, is a street food that is as common as hotdogs for Americans. There are plenty of Hainanese Chicken Rice shops in Phuket, just like other provinces, but Go Ta is the place to go if you want to eat the highest quality.
It has been serving this extraordinary menu with their own recipe for steaming the chicken to a perfect tenderness that goes with Khao Mun (seasoned rice steamed with chicken broth). The dish is always served aside a spicy soya sauce with fresh chilli, ginger, sweet soy sauce and a Thai soy bean sauce to balance the mild taste of the dish.
Go Ta Khao Mun Gai is located on Surin Road (nearby the Surin Circle Clock Tower), Phuket town. Opens from 6am – 5pm.
Kha Moo Boran
Khao Kha Moo is pork ham that is stewed in brown rich stock broth until it reaches a fall-from-the-bone tenderness, usually served with steamed rice. Kha Moo Boran is a little local shop in Kathu which is always packed with customers who follow the fame about how tasteful the dish is.
The brown broth is seasoned beautifully and the pork ham combined with rice gives a great texture and taste. The spicy and sour sauce, hard-boiled egg, pickled cabbage and Chinese kale served aside can balance the flavor very well.
The shop is located on Phra Phuket Kaew Road. Opens from 10am – 5pm.
By Nattha Thepbamrung