Phuket probably has the widest variety of food choices in Thailand after Bangkok. Today we will discover some typical dishes for breakfast in Phuket.
Kao Tom is boiled rice served with a choice of meat and other titbits and sometimes also an egg. Healthy and not too heavy, it is one of the most popular dishes in Thai at the start of the day. However, if kao tom seems a bit basic, then Phuket has plenty more to offer.
Roti & Mussaman Curry
Roti & Mussaman Curry is influenced by the cuisines of Malaysia and the Indian Subcontinent. There are two elements: roti, which is Indian-style unleaven bread, and a small bowl of curry made with your choice of beef, chicken or lamb. You usually also get a fried egg with it. The set with a drink will cost around 50 baht (less than two Euro).
The restaurant best-known in Phuket for this dish is Roti Chaofa, on Chao Fa Rd in Phuket City, next to the Siam Commercial Bank. This family-run place has been in the business more than 30 years, serving up a secret-recipe curry passed down through the generations. The shop opens daily from 0600 to noon.
Dim sum which has its roots firmly in Chinese cuisine, is probably the most fun you can have at breakfast; a sort of Chinese tapas. Dim sum restaurants serve a huge variety of different dishes, all in small portions – enough usually for a couple of bites – all delivered in small bamboo containers, though some restaurants serve the food in small bowls instead. Many of the dishes have pork as the main ingredient. If it’s your first time for dim sum, try The Metropole hotel in Phuket City, which has dim-sum a la carte for 32 Baht a serving or, for groups of three or four people, a set menu for 500 baht.
Kanom Jeen is a common dish all over Thailand, with huge variations, but all based on kanom jeen, or soft rice noodles. It’s served with a choice of curries and almost always comes with a side dish heaped with fresh and boiled vegetables. Many people will also add a boiled egg. Phuket is unusual in that you can get kanom jeen as early as 05.00; most Thais do not usually eat kanom jeen for breakfast. One serving will cost you 10 to 20 baht, including the vegetables. There’s a kanom jeen shop on almost every street corner in Phuket. Just look for the one that draws the biggest crowds.