There is a history of the Chinese in Phuket and subsequently there was a growth of the small, usually family owned and run restaurants. This is our selection.
To experience the best Dim Sum you must get up early because the better the dim sum is the quicker it runs out!
This restaurant is currently run by the 4th generation of an original Chinese family. The first restaurant is on Bangkok Road and is still very popular – try the steamed stuffed buns (or salapao) here. Boonrat proved to be so popular that are now actually 2 more branches; Tilok-U-Thit 2 Road and opposite Dowroongwittaya School on Chao Fa East Road.
This restaurant is a little different because if you arrive with people who would like to eat local Thai food then there is that option. This is a wonderful place to visit and please do not be put off by the steel table and the noise. Here just choose a large tray with a selection of dishes and have a bite of each different thing!
This is certainly one to visit early in the morning – I hear that Tim stops here after he drops his daughter at school. Here you must request to have a pot of fresh Chinese Tea as it is bursting with flavour. Then you must try the deep fried fish balls.
This is a small roadside Dim Sum shop popular with the locals in Kata. There is a very big selection of the Dim Sum here but you must try the dim sum that is stuffed with fresh shrimp. I am told that if you arrive early enough you are able to watch the chef roll them – fascinating.
Somjai Dim Sum
This is a small restaurant that is near to the Bus Station in Phuket Town. Here is the one of the few Dim Sum restaurants that is open in the evening – until 11pm. The steamed stuffed buns are wonderful and available with 8 different fillings.
Laan Dim Sum
This is a small restaurant that is relatively new in Phuket, it was established in 1999. The dishes here are many but one that you must try is the chicken feet served with a spicy sauce (I was not sure to begin with but only for the adventurous). There is also a traditional Thai noodle station for those who would like Thai food as well.
For many of the travellers to Thailand this is not an exhaustive list to the plethora of Dim Sum Restaurants in Phuket but if you just want to have a try you do not need to leave early because there are steamed stuffed buns and Dim Sum served at the International breakfast at Cape Panwa Hotel.
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