How about these for Breakfast
Try Khanom Cheen, a popular Chinese breakfast of white rice noodles covered with a spicy fish curry and served with plate of fresh vegetables and herbs.
Hmm! steamed mussels fresh from the ocean with basil, garlic and chilli.
Som Tam (Papaya salad) Affectionately known as " Papaya Pok Pok" this spicy salad originally from the northeast, is now a national favourite. Made from sliced green papaya, peanuts, dried shrimp, and raw vegetables, it's usually eaten as with sticky rice and fresh grilled chicken. Very tasty but spicy, so ask the cook to make it "my pet" (not spicy) if you don't want it too hot!
Khao Mok Gai
(fragrant yellow rice served with chicken) A Muslim speciality consisting of roast chicken on a bed of saffron rice, mixed with ginger and lightly fried garlic. Not spicy, but accompanied by an optional sweet sweet hot sauce.
Stir fry noodles with either shrimp, chicken or tofu and vegetable in season and topped with roasted peanuts. Accompanied by condiments such as sour pickle, chilli, sugar and limes. A great lunch dish.
Fish-Anytime. Always fresh. Try fish in 3 tastes, barbecued fish with dips, grilled fish, or fish with garlic and ginger.
Tom Yam Gung
Thailand's internationally famous shrimp soup......Good at any time. There are many varieties of the Tom Yam including an excellent vegetarian version.
Geng Som - A southern Thai speciality - curry soup with an unusual sour taste and Geng Keowan - a green curry which always tastes good.
Thais don't eat with chopsticks, except for certain dishes, usually of Chinese origin. They eat with a spoon and fork, especially useful for rice!
The phrase "my pet" means not spicy. A very useful phrase when you are ordering Thai food!
Thais are very good at adapting other dishes from different countries, and with the increase in tourism there's a better knowledge of European food and cooking methods. In the upmarket hotel restaurants you are not likely to be disappointed in your choice. Don't however, expect great European food at the local restaurant down the road or on the beach. The taste will definitely be different from what you're used to, apart from basics like European and American breakfast.
What to Drink?
Beer - goes well with Thai food. Local beers include Beer Chang and Singha - both have claimed heavy hangovers on past visitors. International and the occasional American beer is also available. Wine is relatively expensive. Good wines are can be found in the hotels.
Tap water is NOT safe for drinking. Drink only bottled water or from a flask supplied by the hotel. Water provided in restaurants is safe for drinking,
Ice - Ice cubes in drinks are generally safe, especially in the large international hotels. However avoid all shaved or crushed ice, particularly from roadside fruit vendors.
Thais traditionally finish a meal with fruit and save the sweeter Thai desserts for snacking between meals. Many tropical fruits are grown on Phuket. pineapple, rambutan, a cute, small red oval fruit with hair, bananas, papaya and many tropical fruits. Papaya is also eaten green, and a major ingredient in Som Tam (papaya salad). Durian is perhaps the king of tropical fruits, but many find the smell offensive. Guava, similar to an apple, and green mango are eaten dipped into a sugar, salt, chilli mix. Mango the national fruit, is delicious, but generally only available between January to June. One last note, eating fruit also helps take out the fire of some of the more spicy dishes of Thai food!
Normally very sweet, Thai desserts form a balance at the end of a meal. Ingredients like coconut, and vegetables, such as beans, or pumpkin are used inventively in the Asian way, accompanied by shaved ice, sweetened coconut milk and palm syrup. Check out our Thai desserts section for more info on food!
There are too many to list! Good reports from:
Palm Beach Travel Lodge - Probably has the best wine cellar on Phi Phi island.
Jungle Bar - Cabana Hotel. Relaxed, and has the best view on the island with equally good daytime food.
PP Princess- Nice informal atmosphere.
Phi Phi Banyan Restaurant - Extensive seafood menu.
Le Grand Blue- Stylish, and right next to Phi Phi Hotel and 20 meters from the pier serves a classic mixture of French, Thai with fusion aspects. The menu is not extensive but what they do they do extremely well. Good World wines at very affordable prices.
Fatties - Proud strong quality German European cooking in a large open tavern environment. Superb bears from Germany makes this a big favourite with resident PADI dive instructors. Try the locally steamed sausage. Bar B Q Night is Friday.
HC Andersons - Scandinavian favourite. Steakhouse run by Matts from Denmark, serving a tremendous selection of international favorites such as Sirloin steak, Greek kebabs, Mexican nachos and it's famous Scandinavian Meat Balls.
Amicos - Italian food on the beach with a view of the harbour.
Le Patisserie - Belgian bakery breads and croissants.
Ja Soh's, in Tonsai - local curries for breakfast! Also serves traditional Thai desserts.
Captain Pongs. Close to the jetty. Fried noodles (pat-see-yoo) and fried rice (khaow pat)
Thai Bird Seafood Simple and inexpensive.
Noi's Curry house (next to the Phi Phi Hotel) serves up local spicy curries daily.