Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Phuket street foods

Thawiwong Road runs along the Patong beach in Phuket. This must be the most vibrant and happening stretch of road in the whole of Phuket island. The night scene here is ebullient and full of energy. Restaurants and shops cater to the thousands of tourists.

Off Thawiwong Road are several side lanes that tap the spillover from the main scene. In these side lanes, there are more restaurants, bars and shops; as well as stalls that sell everything and anything for tourists, not unlike our pasar malams.

One of these side lanes specialize in street foods. It was indeed a very happy lane. The sight and smell of the displayed fares was most titillating to the senses.

I did not manage to taste all the goodies. It would be quite impossible. I will however show some of the foods they offer here. Like these barbecued pork and ribs that looked better than it tasted.

Prawn fritters, spring rolls and other fried stuffs - very tempting to the palate.

More fried stuffs.

Grilled shrimps on a skewer.

Fresh oysters to go. However I would be wary to try them. Freshness and cleanliness would be my concern considering that they are raw.

Grilled stuffed squids.

Dim sum ala Thai.

Nasi briyani also ala Thai.

Grilled fish encased in salt.

An assortment of I-don't-know-what. I did looked and wondered. One of the trays was century egg. The others beat me.

More assortments of deep fried stuffs. Again, I could only guess what was inside the fried.

Chestnuts - very similar to the ones we have in Malaysia.

This was interesting. Looked like twisted yew char kueh (油炸鬼), sold with a sauce. I wanted to buy it, but somehow missed it later.

Sea snails - another interesting item that I should have tried.

This and that in skewers.

Sea food in skewers.

Fried noodles and rice. The noodles were rather bland.

Some kind of sausage, I guess.

More skewered stuffs.

Miniature sushis.

Meat balls of various animals.

Sausages and more meat balls.

I have no idea what these were. I don't even know if they were sweet or savory. But they certainly looked appetizing.

Fruit salad.

These pineapples were just the size of tennis balls. They were sold by an old lady who was carefully cutting them. I like pineapples and I believe these to be very sweet. I went over to buy but balked at the price - 80 bahts (RM8) for a small fruit.

Seafood egg pancake. It reminded me of our "hor chian" (oyster omelette - 蚝煎). But it did not taste like it. It wasn't good. It was more flour than anything.

This was squid eggs lightly fried. Must be sinful. But I liked it.

Very mundane roast chicken.

Seafood - prawn, fish maw, squid and oyster - all to be made into salads.

Deep fried pork crumbs.

I was looking for deep fried locust and other insects that are so popular in Bangkok. I was gamed to try and write about them. I did see a guy carrying a big tray on his shoulder. In it were what I believed to be the insects that I was looking for. He moved very quickly and was off before I could stop him. Well, perhaps another time.

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