Monday, April 14, 2014

Keng-tin Traditional Phuket Snack Shop

I think that I entered here for the first time in 2011 and I swiftly became addicted to their Bubble Tea - I think it was after a Vegetarian Festival when I was so exhausted I needed something more than just a cold drink.

Since then I have returned and learnt a little more about the place. There does seem to be a degree of history surrounding the place - this text is from Phuket-E magazine.

Tao So or Chinese Pastry one of the local snacks of Phuket is well-known of its good taste among local Thai, Chinese and the tourists. Keng Tin Snack Shop on Phuket Road, near Bang Neow inter section has been a famous producer of Tao So and many kinds of local snack (Hokkien style) for over 65 years.

Inside the shop, the array of local snacks are on offer.  All are delectable with tasty flavor.
Tao So served with hot Chinese tea, Khanom Koh (ancient style) is not easy to find and buy but we can have it here.

  Either hot or cold drink with Khanom Koh will make us fresh and full.

Khanom Pang Pia or Khanom Dae Manda is good for the mother’s health after maternity. Khanom Ba Koh (stuffed with sesame and nuts) will be more tasteful when being served with morning hot coffee or afternoon tea.

Beside this, Khanom Na Taek, Khanom Kong Yun, Khanom Mo Lao(or Nha Phong) ,  Khanom Pui Khwai (in the heart shape with white sesame) including Khanom Kong Thueng made of cracked nuts, wrapped with dried bamboo leaves are at your choice and shopping at the cheap price.

The special Khanom Tao for Phor Tor event in the shape of turtle with red color are also produced from this shop.  Be assured that all kinds of snack for sales are without baking powder and preservative, they are good for the health.

So the Bubble Tea is a must and always try the snacks - but for me the winner are the Tao  Sa - a traditional snack - every time!

Approximate price: $$$$$ 
Address: opposite Ichisushi Phuket Town
Hours: Closed on Sunday

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Mango and Sticky Rice

This must be the thing you eat whilst you are here in Phuket - but where do you go to find it?

On the side of the road is easily the best place!

Freshly sliced mango, sticky rice, coconut cream and toasted sesame seeds.

Not expensive either - but this lady has a iPad, there is money to be made!

(if you do not like the roadside the best restaurant for this dish is Rimtang)

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Le Cafe

Le Cafe is a small coffee shop and restaurant - just off the Rasada Road in Phuket Old Town, it proves that it is worth walking down the small roads which are scattered throughout.

Here is a coffee shop and restaurant which has so much character that it did not really matter about the iced coffee that I had! (Maybe this is what some coffee shops are trying?).

The Iced coffee that I was was pleasantly sweet and strong so I drank it quickly, a little too quickly as i had another one!

Take your time here and let your eyes wander over all the interesting items.

This is clearly something which is of interest - but where do all these bits come from?

Mick and Lesley (who are staying at the Kantary Bay) come here for the Tempura Prawns because they are cooked in breadcrumbs and they tell me that they are the bect in Phuket - next time...

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Phone Number:   
Approximate price: $$$$$ 
Address: Phuket Town
Hours: 8:00 - 22:00? 

Friday, March 21, 2014

Closed restaurants and Closed coffee shops

Relax Coffee Shop
After another set of emails that the restaurant that the reader has visited because of a review I looked more carefully at places that I had been and arranged all the closed ones together.

Lemongrass Restaurant - rebuilding the area
Cafelicious - terrible coffee

Farang - I am surprised
Nang-Yaang - moved?
Mang Moom - building Mangrove Hotel
Au Bon Pain - Central re-development
Mamiya - terrible restaurant

Gallery Cafe - moved
Santana - closed
Black Canyon - Tesco re-development
Siam Indigo - change hands

Coffee Ice - new restaurant
Panwa Garden Spa - changed hands

Thai Naan has been knocked down

- more things will change...

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Gallery Cafe

Gallery Cafe by Pinky is a coffee shop which I visited purely because of the high rating (1st) that it received on Tripadvisor.

The Gallery Cafe is in the heart of Phuket Old Town and is extremely convenient if you are staying in Phuket Old Town in one of the many cheap places to stay.

I chose to visit here early in the morning and watch the traffic go by. The menu is quite extensive and has food as well, I was early in the morning and I did not want breakfast (there was the choice there) but I would have eaten a fresh cake but it was clear that I was too early and the cakes had not been delivered yet.

The seat was comfortable and the Free WiFi was an added bonus.

The coffee arrived swiftly and was strong and I felt that it needed some sugar. 

The decoration is really quite interesting - I did wonder what upstairs was like but I never did have a look? I watched the cars and the tourists walk by, it really is in quite a good spot here. 

Phone Number:  083 103 7000
Approximate price: $$$$$ 
Address: 19 Yaowarat Rd, T.Taladayai, Phuket Town
Hours: 8:00 - 22:00 (Sunday: 8:00 - 18:00)

Sunday, March 9, 2014

ทับทิมกรอบสลิ่ม - Thai Dessert in Phuket Town

Chuen asked me if I was interested in eating some Thai Desserts but when I tried to find out a description of what each desert was I was a little confused because there seemed to be no definitive guide - this was my favourite site and this was another site.

Jemma and I sat at the table and Cheun delivered our bowls of Thai sweets and I am still unsure of what I had BUT i know that I had the Mock Pomegranate here - but there was an enormous selection - hot and cold!

I have written 5 dishes that I saw there this evening

1) 'Red Ruby - Mock Pomegranate in Coconut milk' - delicious - called Tub Tim

2) 'Lod Chong Nam Ka Ti' - I love this and refer to it as 'Green Worms'.

3) 'Thai Mix Desert' - รวมมิตรน้ำกะทิ / Ruam Mit Nam Ka-Thik

This is just 4 dishes that we shared - there are a plethora of different dishes. As soon as I began to write this post I was taken with the amount of Thai Deserts which I had not eaten! Then it was clear the love of sugar that one must have to enjoy these deserts - I really don't think that it is healthy but there may be alternatives!?

My favourite dish of Bua Loy Nam King (Mochi Rice and Sesame Balls in ginger water - บัวลอยน้ำขิง) was not there though BUT I will need to go again.

There was also a boiling wok of bananas and coconut milk

I have since found that it is very popular place to visit in Phuket and the Thai staff told me that it was great - I then found it on a Thai Site (Open Rice).

Visit here if you visit Phuket, it is near the near the Phuket Old-Time Square and the Bus Terminal in Phuket Town, I believe that there is no 'actual' name for this place?