Taste of Phuket’s cultural heritage

Posted on May 12, 2016


One can spend several years on Phuket island without even trying real local food, which is a melting pot of cultures, with Thai, Chinese and Malay being the top contributors. –

If you are looking to broaden your culinary horizons, a good bowl of Phuket-style Mee Hokkien is a good starting point: Phuket Town’s 50-baht everyday lunch. Located on Yaowarat Rd, Lock Tien restaurant is one of the main strongholds of Thai-Chinese gastronomic heritage. The place specialises in noodle dishes and during lunch time is packed with locals and plus some foreigners exploring Phuket Town.

Lock Tien serves several types of Hokkien noodles, but my personal favourite is Mee Lueang Pad Hokkien, which means stir-fried yellow noodles Hokkien style. It comes in a deep bowl with some thick gravy, Chinese red pork, some veggies and squid. You can get your noodles with a soft-boiled egg, and I strongly recommend you go this way. The noodles themselves are thick, soft and chewy, but it’s the gravy that makes this Mee Hokkien stand out. When you break the egg and mix its yolk into the noodles, the gravy develops an incredible thick, syrupy texture and buttery taste, with hints of smokiness, sweet tones and saltiness of the soy sauce.

Besides noodles, Lock Tien serves several other local signature dishes, including Phuket’s renowned po-pia sod, which are big spring rolls with some Hoisin sauce on them. The rolls are fragrant and light, while the sauce is thick, sweetish and rich. Altogether it creates a salty-sweet and crunchy-soft combination. Many locals claim that po-pia sod is the most authentic dish of Phuket Town, so it is definitely worth trying.
Lock Tien Local food Center is located at the intersection of Yaowarat Rd and Dibuk Rd in Phuket’s Old Town. The restaurant opens before noon and closes at about 5pm.

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