Being in Phuket, Thailand’s leading holiday destination, it’s no surprise that there are so many restaurants here that serve what they claim to be “Authentic’ Thai Cuisine. What is more surprising is that there have been no restaurants who claim to offer ‘Authentic’ Phuket Cuisine. By saying ‘Authentic’ Phuket Cuisine, I don’t mean a restaurant that serves one particular noodle dish which originates from a entirely different country, has been changed slightly, and has then become a local Phuket dish. I mean a restaurant that serves a complete range of dishes that have been invented and served in local Phuket homes and restaurants for decades.
Believe it or not, Phuket does have its very own range of dishes and it’s surprising that up until now it’s been virtually impossible to find a restaurant that serves such dishes. However, there is now one restaurant that is dedicating an entire menu to authentic Phuket cuisine and that restaurant is Takieng at Renaissance Resort & Spa Phuket. And how can we be sure these dishes are 100% authentic Phuket dishes? Well that’s because the menu has been compiled by a man who was born & raised in Phuket, and saw these dishes being prepared and served in his parents local Phuket restaurant for several years.
Takieng’s Sous Chef, Thanakrit Karaket , was constantly asked by customers to suggest a dish not featured on the usual Takieng menu, and most of the time customers would ask if Phuket had its own dishes that Chef Thanakrit could recommend and prepare, lucky for them, what with his background, this was an easy task for Chef Thanakrit, and for some time now he has been serving authentic Phuket dishes to those who have requested them. However, it is only now, because of the increasing positive feedback he has received about these dishes that he has been given the chance to create a menu featuring only authentic Phuket cuisine.
The Phuket dishes served at Takieng not only originate from Phuket, but are also made from ingredients that are all sourced from the island. As with most authentic Thai dishes, authentic Phuket dishes are also made to be spicy, however, Chef Thanakrit guarantees that should customers not want the dish made spicy, he will make them less spicy but they will still feature the authentic Phuket taste for which they are known.
The menu, at present, features 15 amazing dishes, an amount which may well increase or decrease due to popularity, below are 7 of the 15 dishes Phuketindex.com has been lucky enough to sample and we would highly recommend.
Choo Chee Ped Grob
Hoi Maleang Poo Phad
Pla Krapong Tom Kha
Pak Meang Tom Kati Goong
Look Chin Pla
Moo Grob Phad Prik Gaeng
Khao Mao Tod