Laem Hin Seafood was our go-to restaurant when staying on nearby Coconut Island. While there were restaurants on the island we preferred the quick trip (30 minute boat journey) to Laem Hin Pier. Here we would stuff our faces for next to nothing at Laem Hin Seafood Restaurant. Delicious food, plenty variety and cheap prices. It was also my first authentic Phuket food experience. Until now I had been eating at resorts and from blanded tourist restaurants.
All Day Eating
Considering Laem Hin’s off track location the restaurant was surprisingly busy. A spot for offloading tour buses and popular hangout for locals surrounding areas. It also opens all day; breakfast, lunch, evenings and nights. We generally arrive in evening times as tides go out and the ‘pla teen’ walking fish fight for territory on the muddy ground beneath the stilted restaurant. While a short walk further finds Phuket’s famous floating restaurants we never felt the need to go further.
Phuket and Southern Thai Food
So when you’re in Phuket you must try the local favourites. Included in the ‘Local Food’ menu and Southern Thai food we pick out the following treats. Coconut Fried Rice (Khao Pad Sapparot), Crispy Prawns on branches of ‘Chong Grass’ (Buer-Tod Phuket) and my personal favourite Stir-Fried Red Curry with Prawns and Stink Beans (‘Koong Pad Ped Sator). Note stink beans don’t stink when cooked but they do stink after eating them. Trust me – I stank.
All my seaside favourites were on the menu. Recommended dishes include the Spicy Seafood Salad (Yum Talay), Spicy Fish in Thai Herbs (Pla Pad Cha) and Thai Prawn Omelette (Kai Jeow Koong).