Street Thai snacks can tell you a lot about the place you are passing through. It’s a fun way to enjoy unique local dishes at minimal prices and to experience authentic local lifestyle and culture.
Here are five fun street dishes you might come across during your stay in Phuket. Most of the snacks presented on this page are available at the Phuket weekend market which is without doubt the biggest gathering of Thai snack vendors in Phuket. The market takes place on Saturdays and Sundays from 17:00 till 21:00.
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Ice cream sandwich
The ice cream sandwich is one of the common snacks in Phuket. This simple Thai dessert includes a variety of fillings stuffed inside a hotdog bun, followed with your choice of ice cream (coconut is particularly popular). You can enjoy it like a real hotdog or sandwich – no spoon needed. Choices of fillings include banana, sweet taro, sweet corn, sticky rice, raisins, peanuts, jackfruit, and candied palm seeds.
Dim sum and sala pao
The Thais have adapted dim sum and sala pao (steamed buns) from Chinese cuisine, so they might not taste exactly like the ones in Hong Kong or China. Thai dim sum is quite interesting, usually consisting of 5 to 10 bite-sized dishes prepared in a large steamer. Popular options include fish tofu, shrimp dumpling, and pork sausages.
There are 2 types of sala pao in Phuket – sai wan (steamed sweet bun) and sai kem (steamed bun with savoury filling). Sala pao stuffed with pork and salted egg is particularly popular at most street markets and local restaurants in Phuket Old Town.