The way of life and human civilization are all connected with food. The same applies for the Phuket Vegetarian Festival that reflects the way of life and culture of various nationalities, including Muslims, Hindus, and Chinese Hokkiens who have been living with the locals of Phuket for a long time. Because of that, Phuket has been recognized by UNESCO as the “Creative City of Gastronomy” in the view of food having its aesthetic and meaning in every stage of life.
What’s out there to eat for this year’s Phuket Vegetarian Festival. Here are 9 foods from main course, dessert, to local dishes to fill your belly and mind with pure merit.
1. Hersion Vegetarian Restaurant, Jui Tui Shrine
Favorite among Phuketians – Hersion Vegetarian Restaurant having tofu as its main ingredient serves a variety of delish and flavorful vegan dishes, whether boiled, deep or stir fried.
2. Diced Bean Cake, Mae Thong Bai Restaurant, Jui Tui Shrine
A secret recipe of Mae Thong Bai restaurant brings to you a traditional Chinese dessert called Diced Bean Cake. With thin wheat flour and a dense sweet filling made of soybean, red bean, taro and black sesame paste, they taste every bit as good as they smell.
3. Vegan Yentafo, Jai Sapata, Jui Tui Shrine
The signature menu of Jai Sapata’s inside Jui Tui Shrine is nothing else but Yentafo. The pink-coloured noodle soup is stewed with sweet and sour sauce, morning glory, soft tofu skin and crispy wonton wrapper. It’s so delicious that you’ll want to slurp away a whole bowl!
4. Fresh spring rolls , Jui Tui Shrine
Fresh spring rolls from the famous restaurant of Aam Jui Tui serve you thin wrappers around vegetables and tofu. The best thing about these rolls is the juicy dipping sauce sweetened with traditional Chinese herbs and seasonings.
5. Kanom Sam Kha, Three-legged Fried Dough
Phuket’s local snack, Three-Legged Fried Dough, may look like the Chinese Fried Dough Stick that we’re familiar with. Crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. Its sweet smell comes from sugar and sesame. Three-legged fried dough can be found in almost every shrine during this festival.
6. Dok Bua Restaurant
The restaurant for a total health freak with a nice ambience is here at Dok Bua where most of their dishes are made of natural ingredients. Their signature menu would be Stir-fried split gill mushroom with yellow curry paste. The wild mushrooms grown in southern Thailand fried with curry paste of the same origin are served with perfect steamed rice. What a combination of herbs and spices that smell good and taste great!
7. Ko Chai Buns, Kathu
Plump buns here are stuffed with homemade vegetarian fillings. We recommend you to try a bun filled with pandan custard. They will give you the touch of the soft and fluffy buns straight from the streamer and custard filling delicately made from fresh pandan leaves mixed with the sweetness of sugar and coconut milk.
8. Vegan Kian, Bang Neow Shrine
This year’s Vegetarian Festival, you shouldn’t miss to come and taste Kian at Bang Neow Shrine, but before anything, what ‘Kian’ is? Normally, ‘Kian’ is fried meat dipped in sweet soy sauce. But during this meat-free festival, we highly recommend Bang Neow Shrine’s Vegan Kian, delicately made of tofu and tofu skin. The dish gives off a taste that is not different from meat-Kian, but easy to digest and healthy.
9. Tao Guo Ji, Kathu Shrine
Phuket local fried food, Tao Guo Ji, stuffed fried tofu is crispy on the outside but soft on the inside.
The original Tao Guo Ji must be at Kathu Shrine only. Topped with delicious sweet and sour sauce from tamarind and crunchy peanuts, the fries here are crispy but not greasy at all. Definitely a taste for all ages to enjoy!