Thai food is available in restaurants all over the world. But for the most authentic taste of Thailand, you really should come to visit the country and taste food cooked by locals using fresh local ingredients and served as it should be.
In today’s article, we look at the top five authentic Southern Thai dishes you should savor during your time in Phuket.
Sataw Pad Kapi Goong
Sataw, also known as stink beans, is a major ingredient in southern Thai cuisine due to the fact that they thrive in the region. The stink bean is crunchy, packed with amino acids, and smells like methane (but in a good way). It must be eaten to be believed – and absolutely must be tried fresh. In Sataw Pad Kapi Goong, stink beans are stir-fried with fresh prawns and shrimp paste. This dish is unique, flavorsome and combines spicy and sour flavors in a way that can’t be tasted anywhere else.
Khua Kling Moo Saab
A Southern Thai classic. In this dish, the spicy dry curry is stir-fried with diced pork and loads of chili. Hot, spicy and authentically Thai, this is not a dish for the faint-hearted but, if you can handle the heat, you really should try this most famous Thai dish in its homeland.
Gaeng Leung Yod Maprao Pla
A dish packed with spice and flavor. Many Thai restaurants in western countries focus only on red and green curries but this is made using a thick yellow gravy which is often livened up with tender coconut shoots to counteract the spice and huge chunks of freshly caught fish which soak up all that lovely flavor.
Also known as Phuket pork belly stew, tender stewed pork is smothered in a classic southern Thai-style sweet sauce. Chunks of pork belly are braised in a paste of garlic, black peppercorns, and coconut sugar. Similar to the Chinese dish, Moo Palo, but with fewer ingredients, this is simple to make and demonstrates why, of you prepare and cook food properly, it doesn’t need to be overly complicated.
Goong Pad Makham
Another Southern Thai classic is this, made from normal Thai store cupboard ingredients such as palm sugar, fish sauce, and tamarind paste. This is a dish that often appears on local dining tables. Fried prawns and succulent meat combine with sauces for a strong combination of sweet, salty and sour flavors.
Once you’ve been to Phuket, it’s hard to stay away. And once you’ve tasted authentic, locally-sourced Southern Thai cuisine, you’ll never look at Thai food in quite the same way. Food is a huge part of Thai culture and at Phuket Holiday Services we want to help you experience the complete culture of this beautiful part of the world.
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