Foodies heading to Phuket should not miss out on taking a food tour of its historical Old Town and here’s more on what you can expect and savour!
Planning Your Visit
While you can explore this locale and try different foods by yourself, it’s best to sign up for a personalised tour with experienced guides who know the best restaurants in Phuket too. The Old Town can be easily reached from SHA Extra+ certified properties like Anantara Layan Phuket Resort which also has cooking classes where you can learn to make popular local dishes.
What to Expect
Phuket Old Town food tours will usually include heading to the Central Market to see fresh produce being sold as well as the Lock Tien Food Court to sample certain dishes. You will also get to visit street-side eateries and stalls to try all manner of dishes be they spicy, savoury, sweet or sometimes, a combination of these elements! On your way, you can enjoy some sightseeing too.
Depending on the tour, you will get to sample dishes like bajang which features spiced glutinous rice with various vegetables (sometimes with meat) wrapped in a banana leaf. Also popular is a noodle dish called kanom jeen, pork belly stew (moo hong), Hokkien noodles, “pink noodle soup” (yen ta fo), oyster omelette (o-tao) and steamed fish balls (look chin pla).
Of course, there’s plenty more to savour! Fresh spring rolls known as por pia make for great snacks as do chicken satay served with peanut sauce and red tortoise cakes made from glutinous rice flour and consisting of a sweet filling. For dessert, one can try a shaved ice and jelly dish called o-eaw or some sweet roti served with condensed milk and banana.