At any time of the day or night, you will see them everywhere – on the roadside, along the beachfront, at markets, outside shopping malls, and so forth. Patong’s army of hawker stalls sells an incredible range of food, from meat skewers and spicy salads to fresh fruit and sweet pancakes. These open-air food stalls are an integral part of Thai culture, filled with some of the best street eats that are hard to find outside of the country.
When visiting Patong, it’s highly encouraged to visit these food stalls and get a taste of local flavours. With a plethora of diverse foods and desserts to choose from, this is where the locals go to grab the most delicious, quick meals at an affordable price. You can also experience flavours from Thailand, India, China, and Malaysia too! So without further ado, here are our top five must-try street foods in Patong.
Who can resist tasty, marinated grilled chicken? These local stalls are typically set up on the roadside, and they’re not just your ordinary grilled chicken. Gai Yang is a Thai-style grilled chicken marinated with local spices and sauces, such as lemongrass, garlic, turmeric, pepper and fish sauce. The vendors will pound the meat to make the texture extra tender and juicy, skewer the meat then grill it over a low heat. The deliciously succulent and fragrant chicken is best eaten with a side of Khao Niaow (sticky rice) and a spicy or sweet sauce.
Also sold from mobile vendors, these hard-to-resist Thai-style pancake carts are often found lined up along the beach during the day and outside bars in the evening for a late-night snack. Cooked on a hot plate, you can enjoy this sweet and crispy pancake filled with various ingredients such as Nutella and fresh fruit. The perennial favourite is the banana pancake, where a generous coating of sweet condensed milk and chocolate sauce are drizzled on top.
Similar to the Thai-style grilled chicken, Moo Ping is another local favourite. Succulent pork meat are skewered together and grilled over a hot coal barbecue. You’ll know when you’re close to a Moo Ping cart because the scent is simply hard to miss! Be sure to enjoy Moo Ping with a side of spicy sauce and sticky rice for a heavenly meal.
Considered to be one of the most beloved local breakfast dishes, this cold fermented rice vermicelli noodle dish is served with a creamy curry sauce of your choice. You can go for a classic fish, crab, beef, or the original Phuket chili paste curry. The Phuket-style Kanom Jeen is garnished with a generous side of fresh as well as fermented vegetables.
The trick to spotting a Kanom Jeen stall is to keep an eye out for the abundance of vegetables on the tables used for the garnish!
Practically Phuket’s national dish, Som Tum may be the most flavorful and spicy salad you’ll ever try. This delicious salad is a complete blend of all Thai flavors—spicy, sour, sweet, salty, and a hint of bitterness. You can easily spot street vendors making Som Tum when you see any combination of green papayas, tomatoes, green beans, and the classic wooden mortar and pestle (if you’re a newbie to Thai food, don’t have more than three!).
The marvelous thing about street food is that it can be found just about everywhere you turn, and at any time of day. Most sellers have their cart attached to their motorbike, simple rattan baskets, or stainless-steel carts. They can be found alongside beaches, inside night markets, and various Patong streets. We have listed a few areas where you’re guaranteed to find the best local street eats.
Take a stroll along Soi Eden and you’ll find many food carts set up in the afternoon selling various rice dishes, aromatic curries with eggs, fish and more. You can find Soi Eden in a quiet area of Northern Patong Beach.
Address: 2 Soi Eden, Chalermprakiate Road, Kathu, Patong Phuket 83150, Thailand
This modern, fresh market is a popular place to not only buy fresh produce at cheap prices, but to also try Patong street food. Located on Soi Kor Road, just behind Jungceylon Shopping Mall, this market is a great place to relax as they have great food options and are well-ventilated with high ceilings to keep you cool in the tropical heat.
Opening Hours: Daily from 07:00 – 17:00
Location: Pa Tong, Kathu District, Phuket 83150
Enjoy the local nightlife and grab a quick bite on Rat-U-Thit Road, lined with biker bars, night markets, street food vendors and more.
Location: Rat-U-Thit 200 Pee Road, Phuket 83150, Thailand
This new open-air food area is a street food lover’s dream. Located on Bangla Road, this is a must-visit night-time spot to try authentic Thai food as well as fresh seafood dishes.
Location: Soi Bangla, Patong, Kathu, Phuket 83150, Thailand
Opening Hours: 22:00 – late
Whether it’s early in the morning or late at night, Patong definitely has a wide range of street food for you to satisfy your hunger. Book a stay at Hotel Indigo Phuket Patong’s vibrant and comfortable rooms to enjoy our strategic location to these nearby hotspots!