The fine, white sand of Patong Beach is lined by 5-star hotels and some of the best luxury resort experiences Phuket has to offer. However, there’s another reason to pay a visit: the food. Both local and foreign tourists visiting the Thai island should take the opportunity to enjoy the multitude of delectable breakfast and brunch options available.
Food is vital in Thai culture and often a conversation starter. Thailand offers a diverse range of popular dishes and regional delicacies. If you are searching for something to eat for breakfast on Patong Beach, you will undoubtedly come across street food sellers producing local specialties to satisfy your cravings.
Here are a few local favorites that you can find on Patong Beach and throughout the rest of Thailand:
This popular dish is comparable to Chinese congee or rice porridge. It is made by boiling rice until it dissolves, forming a porridge with a thick oatmeal-like consistency. Joke is flavored with meaty broth and served with minced pork and chopped liver, topped with egg, and garnished with fresh spring onions, ginger, cilantro, and fried garlic. You can also typically find the dish with other proteins, such as chicken, fish, and even shrimp. A fantastic hangover remedy, this is the breakfast you should be filling up with after a night at the club.
2. Khao Kai Jeow
Thais have their local version of the universal morning meal—omelets! One of Thailand’s most popular breakfast staples is Khao Kai Jeow, which translates to “rice and an omelet”—and that’s exactly what it is.
Khao Kai Jeow is pan-fried with toppings like minced pork and fresh garnishes like onions and sliced cucumber. It goes with freshly-cooked Jasmine rice and a variety of dipping sauces such as sweet chili sauce, ketchup, or chopped chilies in a fish sauce. Most Khao Kai Jeow sellers will let you select your toppings before they fry up your order right in front of you.
Patongo is the yummiest Thai breakfast food you can eat (but not the healthiest). These Thai-style bite-sized doughnuts originate from China as “Youtiao.” Also called Patongo balls, they are often served on a stick and dipped in savory soy milk, soup or porridge, and sweet custard known as sang kaya.
For coffee and tea lovers, this blob of lightly sweet dough deep-fried until it is fluffy on the inside and crunchy on the outside complements your favorite brew in the morning too.
Salapao are soft, steamed dough balls filled with various fillings like red barbecued pork, minced pork, chicken, sweet red beans, vegetables, or cream. It is similar to China’s famous “Bao” or “Baozi.” You can buy this local breakfast favorite practically everywhere, but locals attest that they are best eaten every morning as vendors roam the Patong Beach with freshly made Salapao.
5. Fresh Fruit
Like the rest of Southeast Asia, Thailand is endowed with an abundance of high-quality tropical fruit, which can be found all across the nation. Everywhere you go, you will always find fruit neatly cut up, ready to be eaten.
A fruit vendor will usually have wide fruit selections like mangoes, watermelon, pineapples, rose apples, guavas, and papayas in Patong Beach. You’ll be surprised that even tourists staying at the best luxury resorts in Phuket head to the beach early in the morning just to grab some freshly cut fruits from local fruit vendors.
These fresh fruits are sold in bags of ready-chopped fruit for a terrific and healthy morning meal. You can get sweet and spicy dipping sauces or sugar and dried chili flakes to add a little extra kick to your fruit.
Complete Your Patong Beach Adventure with a Hearty Thai Breakfast!
In breathtaking Patong Beach, every meal is an experience in itself. Try to get up early when you’re in Phuket to enjoy the best breakfast food Thailand has to offer. It’s a sure way to jumpstart your day!
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