What is the best food experience in Phuket?

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Melanie Nayer

The spicier the food the better in Phuket, where even eating the salads can make you feel like steam is shooting from your ears. Those with a low spice tolerance will be happy to know, however, that our Forbes Travel Guide recommend a few food experiences here that aren’t necessarily spicy at all.
 
First, the local market in Old Phuket Town is a great place to sample local specialties such as chicken satay and fried fruit. It’s all prepared on the spot and is often served in plastic bags sealed with rubber bands, which is handy for walking and eating without making a mess.
 
Coconut milk is a staple in Phuket and, indeed, in much of Thailand and Southeast Asia at large, so you’ll definitely want to sip some from a freshly hacked-open coconut.
 
Finally, make sure to try a plate of pad thai. One of our favorite places to get it at is Takieng, the Thai restaurant at Renaissance Phuket Resort & Spa that serves it omelet-style. The only bad thing is that the pad thai back home will never taste the same again.

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