Phuket’s Traditional Desserts That You Should Try

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Published: April 5, 2020

Thai food is renowned and talked about around the world. However, if you ask people around Thailand or around the world, “What is Thai Food” you will never get the same answer. There is so much diversity in Thai cuisine and even when it comes to Thai desserts each region and city has its own specialities. In this article we look at some of Phuket’s famous and traditional desserts.

We present to you the must try desserts that are specialities of Phuket. In these desserts, the influence of Phuket’s native culture infuses with the ethnic Thai cuisine in order to provide you with the authentic flavors of the Pearl of the Andaman.  Whether you eat them after a meal, as a snack on the go, or simply as a sheer indulgence, you will be amazed by the flavours in these sweet delicacies. Below are our top tips on local Phuket desserts for you to try.

Red Tortoise Cake (ขนมเต่า)

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The red tortoise cake, also known traditionally as Angku Kuih, is the highlight of the Por Tor festival (เทศกาลพ้อต่อ). This festival is also known as the Hungry Ghost festival, and celebrated amongst the ethnic Chinese in Phuket. Por Tor festival occurs around late August or early September, depending on the date of the first day of waxing moon in the 7th month on the Chinese calendar. For that reason, the red tortoise cake can rarely be found at other times of the year. 

The cake looks like a red tortoise and is divided into two main parts, the skin and the filling. Its skin on the outside is made from glutinous rice flour and sweet potato. It is steamed on banana leaves and made into a pastry that is sold commercially in a variety of flavors and fillings as well as colors in order to cater to different tastes and preferences. 

Considered to be an auspicious pastry in the past, dedicated to Chinese festivals and deities, they can now be found in common bakeries and pastry shops as snack items. Visit Ang Ku Tea House in Thalang, and pair your Red Tortoise Cakes with some Peranakan delicacies and traditional tea, for a mouthwatering and flavorful experience.

Location: 135 Naiyang Soi 2, Naiyang beach, Thalang Phuket 83110

Ahpong (อาโป๊ง) 

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Ahpong is a traditional dessert originated from Malaysia. It displays as a type of deep-fried crepe but only crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. In Phuket, locals have it with their tea or coffee in the morning.

The ingredients used for making ahpong include water, rice flour, egg yolk, coconut milk, and sugar. 

If you are hungry and craving a quick snack in order to satisfy your sweeter sensations, head over to Yaowarat Road in the old town of Phuket. Here we suggest to grab a few Ahpong’s at Ahpong Mae Sunee for as cheap as THB 3 for an authentic local crepe. 

Location: Soi Soon Utis, Tambon Talat Nuea, Mueang Phuket District, Phuket 83000

O-Aew (โอเอ๋ว)

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O-Aew or more commonly denoted as O Aew, is a well-loved locality for the heated days of Phuket. After a visit to the beach or an exhausting day at work just relax and indulge in some snow ice, syrup and condiments – to revitalize your senses under the glaring sun. 

That’s where O Aew comes in. This local delicacy is made from traditional Chinese herbs that have been brought over through the people who have settled in Phuket over the centuries. These herbs provide a cooling effect that can assuage dehydration and exhaustion, along with the main ingredients – O Aew seeds, banana, shaved ice and some syrup to top it off.

When it comes to O Aew, there is no fixed combination and vendors provide diversity and variety when it comes to taste, topping selection and condiments. You can adapt the toppings to meet your tastes. 

With the intense heat and the tropical ambiance of Phuket, head over to Café’in at Thaihua Museum, located on Krabi Road in Phuket’s old town. Here you can experience a creative side to the O Aew concept – newer styles that involve tones of honey lemon, lychee, pineapple, coffee and other diverse toppings. 

Location: 24 Krabi, Tambon Talat Nuea, Mueang Phuket District, Phuket 83000

Bee Pang (บี้พ้าง)

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Bee Pang is a popped rice snack that is formed into a shape of a nutrition bar. The local delicacy consists of sweet and salty flavors, and go well with a tea or coffee. These small snacks are great to keep at home as they are preserved well and do not spoil easily. 

Bee Pang is commonly found in snack and sweet stalls, as well as souvenir shops which cater to foreigner tastes for local culture. However, if you would like to experience a demonstration of the original Bee Pang flavor and recipe, head over to Kengtin. Here we recommend you try the Classic Chinese flavors as well as other delicacies that the traditional sweet shop has to offer. 

Location: 342, 344 Phuket Rd, Taladyai, Mueang Phuket District, Phuket 83000

Bee Go Moi (บีโกหมอย)

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Bee Go Moi is a dessert made from black sticky rice that has been boiled until it attains a tender texture. The traditional dessert has a sweet taste combined with salty coconut milk. Fashioned together, they make the perfect flavor for a mouth-watering dessert. These days, it is common to serve with coconut or taro ice cream in order to bring out the contrast between the sweet and salty flavors and further explore the piquancy within the speciality. 

A favourite place among the locals to get Bee Go Moi ice cream is a homemade ice cream shop that stands in the middle of Soi Rommanee, in Phuket’s old town. The ice cream shop is not only beautiful, with exteriors that have the elements of China and Portugal, but also Peranakan decorations that are vintage, blending the cultures of the East and West harmoniously. 

Location: 16 Soi Rommani, Tumbon Talad Yai, Mueang Phuket District, Phuket 83000

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