Finding Familiar Food in Phuket, Thailand
Are you planning a visit to Phuket Island, in the Southeast Asian favourite destination of Thailand? Well then, if you’re a foodie you’re in for a real treat. There is Thai food galore and you’ll get to enjoy all the culinary delights of the entire Southeast Asian region, with some dishes such as sticky rice coming into the island from the Isan region of Thailand or in fact form Laos, proper.
Many Indian dishes have made their way onto the island as well, with so many restaurants that serve Indian food or outright Indian restaurants. So there’s no doubt about the fact that you can really indulge your culinary curiosity, but what if you’re one of those people who just want to enjoy familiar food – food that you’ve become accustomed to?
If you’re on the hunt for Western-style food in Phuket, here’s a quick guide as to where to find it. This is of course assuming that you’re accustomed to Western dishes…
Perhaps as a legacy of the torrent of Australian tourists and expatriates who historically paved the way for visitors from that part of the world, there are plenty of Australian bars and restaurants. Naturally one would expect Western dishes, so that’s exactly what you get. The portions are famously huge though, but these joints usually don’t come cheap.
Local Steak Joints
Go a little bit away from the main road (the road parallel to the beach road) and the beach road proper (Patong Beach) and things become a little more affordable, if not super cheap! However, the challenge may be language barrier, because it’s largely frequented by locals and long-term residents, but otherwise you can find steak dishes and the likes of an all-time British favourite – fish and chips!
Phuket Night Markets
Night markets and even some day markets are great for finding familiar food because you can in a sense build your own dish with all the different prepared foods made available. You can pair some roast chicken with potatoes to make your own roast dinner, for instance and perhaps introduce some salads which can be prepared in the way that you want.
Foodpanda is the Asian equivalent of Uber Eats, although it’s debatable as to whether or not Uber Eats is indeed the pioneer in this door-to-door food delivery space (it isn’t). A good number of all the restaurants that exist on the island are listed on Foodpanda for online ordering and delivery, including those which serve European food, as they refer to it.
Cooking From Scratch
You probably won’t have access to an oven (they’re very rare in Phuket), but if you’re perhaps staying in a self-catering unit, you can buy fresh ingredients from the mall and cook from scratch.