Let me tell you more…
Frog on a stick tastes a bit like chicken.
It’s barbecued at the roadside and served with chilli sauce.
They are actually bull frogs – the really fat frogs which have a loud croak (when they’re still alive).
Your frog on a stick will cost you about 30 Baht (1USD) for a fat one.
This giant millipede is often found during the rainy season in Phuket.
It’s full of protein. So the locals impale it on a stick and toss it on the bbq.
Still not hungry?
Why don’t you try some mangled squid?
You can see the squid strung across the top of his cart – a bit like a squid washing-line.
When he has a customer he runs the squid through a mangle until it’s very flat. And serves it with chilli sauce and crushed peanuts.
It’s very tasty if you like fish.
The locals love this bright pink stuff.
It’s called ‘oh-aeoh’ and originates from Penang in Malaysia.
The jelly is made with bananas and Chinese herbs. It’s served with shaved ice, red beans, grass jelly and red syrup.
Apparently it is very refreshing.
The best place to get it is in Phuket Town. There are two famous ‘oh-aeoh’ stalls, ‘Oh-aeoh’s Pae Eng’ and ‘Oh-aeoh’s Ko Roj’.
Still not tempted?
This place has been open for over 50 years and it’s always busy.
It doesn’t have a name. But locals know it as ‘Roti Nam Geang See Yak Taew Nam’.
Because they go for the Roti Nam Geang.
Unlike the sweet rotis you find everywhere in Phuket – this one is served with curry.
You have a choice of chicken, beef or fish.
Or you can have your roti with a couple of fried eggs – sunny side up!
Still not impressed?
OK. Let’s get even more conventional.
It’s called Boonrat Dim Sum.
The founder came from mainland China.
First, he opened a small stall selling just one kind of Chinese dumplings (Siu Mai).
But his dumplings were so popular, he extended his range and opened his first shop.
Now there are 3 in Phuket Town.
They sell many types of freshly prepared dim sum with pork, shrimp and crab.
And they have a good range of Chinese herbal soups.
The shops are open from 6am to 11am daily.
But go early if you want the best choice.
Its name is Kopi de Phuket – Kopi means coffee in Thai.
So as you’d expect, you can get a really good cup here.
My choice is the black Kopi Aor. It’s brewed from beans grown in northern Thailand.
But the best thing about Kopi de Phuket is the food.
They serve some real Chinese delicacies such as Monk Jumps Over the Wall.
But it’s not the kind of fine-dining place you would imagine.
Raya Restaurant is set in a 90 year-old Sino-Chinese shop house in Phuket Town.
The food is traditional Chinese; crispy chicken, spring rolls and duck with gravy.
If you need more convincing:
A Chinese friend of mine gave the restaurant a glowing review, saying; “I will absolutely go back again”.
Raya restaurant has no need to advertise.
So book early if you want to eat – it’s always full.
I hope some of that takes your fancy.
Personally, I think they beat McDonalds, Starbucks and Pizza Hut any day.
(Mind you, I’m not sure about the grilled millipede)
If you’d like more information on any of these places, send me an email.
And I promise – if we meet for lunch in Phuket – you can choose the place and the food.