Phuket and indeed Thailand have a very strong culture of street food. Most vendors have their shops built around a motorbike which helps them to bring their business to their customers. Others will set up on a regular street corner and serve their specialty dish for the locals to come to them. For us this is the best food that you are likely to eat on your travels, it will be fresh, flavoursome and most of all authentic. You still have a wonderful range to choose from including soups, curries, coffee, pancakes, sweet treats, fruit juices, stir fries, seafood and even fresh fruit.
Depending on the time of day you will see more of one style of mobile vendor around than another, for example it’s always easier to get a local coffee in the am than the pm and at 35-40THB it will be strong enough to get you started for the day and sweet and milky enough to make it easily drinkable. Fruit seems to be available most of the day and is a wonderful pick me up and cool down all at the same time. I’m a big fan of the gorgeously fresh local pineapple which they serve with chilli salt to make things a little bit different.
Come the evenings as the sun begins to head lower into the sky and markets start to form in various places around the town. This is the best time to head out to eat as the food is fresh and there is a plethora of choices at your disposal.
Whilst I can’t transport the flavours and smells of these wonderful places I thought I would share some of the wonderful images I captured recently whilst we were in Patong.