When you think about Thai food, which particular dish would you think of? Tom Yum Goong? Pad Tai? or even Som Tum? Here in Phuket, the Andaman paradise for all wanderlust across the globe, we have more for you to explore and they are absolutely healthy!
Gaeng Tai Pla
It looks like a bowl of curry. However, if you tried Thai traditional curry like Green Curry, Massaman or Panaeng, the hot and spice level in this one is actually tenfold. The texture of Gang Tai Pla is quite thick with salty spicy and hot touch because the ingredients of Gang Tai Pla are full of spices and vegetable such as bird chili, fresh black pepper, garlic, lemongrass, kafir lime skin, turmeric, shrimp paste, fingerroot, sweet potato, pumpkin, small eggplant and grilled fish (without skin). It is light in fat and carb but fully fill your tummy with flavourful great nutritions from the backyard.
Local people normally eat Gang Tai Pla with vermicelli or steam rice. For more nutrition and lower carb, you can also pick brown rice or rice berry as preferred.
Nam Prik Goong Sod aka Nam Chub Yum
This bowl of spicy chili paste is very popular in bistros and restaurants around the island (or even across the country). The ingredients are made from spices, fruits and ocean proteins which guarantee you a healthy and low fat nutrition including the forever famous spicy bird chilli that contains high Vitamin C, ascorbic acid that helps the digestion system and brings nutritions to body tissues, Vitamin A, Capsaicin and Oleoresin that help eliminates bad bacteria in the stomach, sea prawn which is a rich source of protein and Kapi or shrimp paste made from tiny sea shrimps giving high protein, high calcium (from the full body shrimps), Omega 3, Amino Acid and the anti-oxidant, Astaxanthin.
Usually, Nam Prik Goong Sod is served with fresh and boiled vegetable on the side which basically benefits you with a lot of vitamins, fiber, and chlorophyll. Calm down the spice with a spoon full of hot steamed brown rice will create a perfect blend.
What about this Phuketian Salad in wrap to finish in style. It is quick, easy and not pricy at all. The ingredients of this menu simply are fresh lettuce coming with vitamin K, A C, and folate, carrot, the queen of Beta-carotin, yam bean which is rich in dietary fibre, vitamin C and potassium, other vegan fave like cucumber, bean sprout and boiled water spinach together with some good protein like white tofu and a hard boiled egg. The unique dressing which makes Hoo Chae outstanding is made of dried chilli, garlic, soya sauce, lime juice,tamarind juice blending together topped with mashed pea nuts and white sesame giving sweet sour and mild spicy taste with a unique aroma.
Hoo Chae is commonly popular for afternoon break meal as it is light and easy. This menu is easy to find in Phuket local food shops and local fresh markets across the island. Give it a try. Probably it will be your next favorite healthy meal.
There are two types of Tom Som; Tom Som Pla (Sweet and Sour Clear Soup with Fish) and Tom Som Pak (Sweet and Sour Clear Soup with Vegetable). This mild and mellow bowl consists of some healthy ingredients including water spinach, a good source of vitamin A, C and B, fibre, protein, banana stalk containing high fibre and iron, pineapple with high vitamin C, dietary fibre, and some minerals, young galangal which contains anti-inflammatory properties, anti-oxidants, improves blood circulation and rich of vitamin A and C, flavanoids and phytonutrients, cashew nuts, the signature of Phuket which are packed with vitamin E, K, B6, minerals and antioxidants together with the high calcium shrimp paste and Pla Ching Chang (sun dried small sea fish) and add some high omega fish freshly caught from Phuket sea if you want Tom Som Pla while you can also add some other protein such as sun dried shrimps or sea prawns for more texture then season with high vitamin C tamarind juice and Dried Asam Gelugor.
If you are a sweet tooth fan, in a hot day of Phuket, you will love O-Aew. This remarkable dessert combines crystal clear O-Aew jelly made of ripped sugar banana and Chinese herb, Jia Goh seeds giving you a low sugary natural jello snack.
This dish originally comes from Penang, Malaysia and local people in the ancient time eat O-Aew alone but nowadays, we add some more taste to it; kidney beans, a great source of protein, dietary fibre, high molybdenum, folate, copper, vitamin B1 and iron while the low-calorie grass jelly supplies rich dietary fibre, calcium, and minerals. Add some syrup and (or) some cuts of ripped banana and cover all with shaved ice, enjoy!