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A Chef's Tour (Phuket Town)

Talat Nuea, Thailand
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About A Chef's Tour (Phuket Town)
Phuket was crowned 'Thailand City of Gastronomy 2017' by UNESCO. Join our foodie guides on our lunchtime Phuket food tour to discover the secrets behind the island's flavours. Mop up Burmese curries with wood-fired naans and slurp on chai at a tucked away Burmese teashop, work a pair of chopsticks over the best bowl of Hoikken noodles in Phuket Town, indulge in grilled pork with rich peanut satay and much more
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Experience the breadth of Phuket’s culinary spectrum on a small-group food tour that reveals local-style eateries that you may otherwise have missed. Ideal for first-time visitors and food lovers, this tour includes a multitude of sweet and savory samples, and promises the personalized attention of your guide by limiting the group size to only eight others.
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Anchie wrote a review Dec 2
Seattle, Washington243 contributions91 helpful votes
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Did the old town food walking tour and was throughly impressed with it. Got to experience a lot of different ‘BaBa’ food which is essentially fusion Thai. Mix of Indian, Chinese, Malaysian, Laotian, Burmese food. Pew was a funny but very informative guide. She helped me better understand the food culture. Although the tour was from 10a-2p..our tour didn’t really end until 5pm. Had a great time and tour was above and beyond my expectations. Make sure to not eat breakfast or else you’re going to be full very quickly!!!
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crownrachelandlee wrote a review Nov 2021
Lynton, United Kingdom9 contributions1 helpful vote
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A full day of eating ..a good tour of the market followed by an endless number of traditional eateries with so many dishes to try we honestly all ran out of space by the end A really interesting insight to Thai food
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Date of experience: November 2021
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Macklin T wrote a review Nov 2021
Portland, Oregon17 contributions3 helpful votes
Hope you are hungry for some of the most delicious and authentic Thai food you could possible eat! Our tour guide, Peme, gave my wife and I the best food tour we could have asked for. She spent the entire day with us, guiding us through old town Phuket and sharing dozens of courses of meals with us. Not only was the food delicious, the entire day was also very educational and informative learning about the Thai culture and all that goes into their signature dishes. If you like Thai food consider this a must-do.
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Date of experience: November 2021
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Traveler48002334129 wrote a review Oct 2021
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I walked up the stairs to the meeting point in front of the central market to meet my guide. Little did I know this kind, unassuming native would share with me her love of her home town and some of the best local specialities. Our 4 hour scheduled trip turned into in a private 7 hour belly busting walking tour of Phuket. Anthony Bourdain would have loved her as the fifth generation Phuketian showed me the past influences and history of Phuket, to see beyond the old facades and new murals to see the human story, to see her community, and the love of great food. Behind the storefronts is a story of the past slowly succumbing to the future, a story repeated around the world of the pungent wet market, and afternoon markets gradually being displaced by the new, squeaky clean super stores. Walking through the streets in the Old Town we gorged ourselves on local specialties and walked past sumptuous homes of former tin mining barons, saw the influences of the Portuguese, Dutch, Chinese, Indian, Malay and Sea Gypsies to create a truly unique culture more similar to Penang in Malaysian than any other Thai city. It was a feast for the senses and made me see this resort island in a totally different light.
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Steph T wrote a review Oct 2021
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1) Book this tour!! We cannot speak highly enough of this tour, and our guide, Pema (?) 2) Arrive VERY hungry! Don't eat before! That's an amateur hour mistake. You will NOT have room for dinner after this tour is over. What you want to know: First of all, Pema, our guide was amazing! She was obviously so passionate about Phuket, food, Thai/Baba culture, funny, friendly, very knowledgeable, and very respectful of food allergies! Second, this is also more than just any old food tour (and I've been on a lot of them)! Pema unlocks Baba (Phuketian mixed Thai + Chinese culture) culture, Phuket old town history & traditions, shows off Phuket's famous street art & the famous Angmor mansions. This is serious value for money! For the foodies - If you're in it for just the food...the food was INSANE, and so different & delicious! Pema also has so many amazing relationships with the local restaurant owners - she unlocked so many cool moments for us like taking us back into kitchens, getting us behind the scenes tutorials, letting us taste specialty items, getting off menu items made specially for us, etc...That was SO special! Every shopkeeper was excited to see her and to show off their cuisine and knowledge. A lot of the shopkeepers are a dying breed - they are elderly locals cooking authentic recipes passed from generation to generation and don't have successors lined up to carry it on. Unfortunately, they will soon disappear. Phuketian food culture is such a unique blend of Chinese, Thai, Burmese, Vietnamese, Arab/Muslim flavors and techniques. My ethnic background is Chinese/Malay/Viet and it was so fun to see similar ingredients and techniques create entirely new flavors and dishes. Our favorites include the Myanmar breakfast made of fresh made roti dunked in lamb curry & tea leaf salad with assorted side dishes. My unexpected favorite stop was the Muslim beef soup & sweet crispy roti with condensed milk 3 ways at the famous Aroon Po Chana roti shop. My boyfriend and I booked this tour as part of our stay in the Phuket Sandbox program (COVID), and were so glad we did! Pema made us comfortable with extra masks, hand sanitizer gel and sanitizer wipes. Our group was very small (5 people including us) so we all got personalized attention from Pema. Because of COVID, a lot of the restaurants were much less empty than usual so it was lovely to immediately be seated and have shopkeepers give us individualized attention. Pema said that usually it's so busy during high season that she has to call the restaurants ahead of time to make sure there are tables and it's usually shoulder to shoulder crowded. Things to note: If you get hot easily (like me), bring a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen and a fan. There's a lot of walking so wear comfortable shoes & breathable clothing. There are several bathroom stops along the way and plenty of cold water & non-alcoholic drinks are provided. The tour runs from 10am - 2pm (or longer, we ended at 3:45pm) so keep your afternoon flexible. Arrive early at the Central Market and explore the fish / vegetable (upper & lower levels) markets on your own. They aren't included in the tour. Thank YOU, Pema!
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Date of experience: October 2021
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Response from Passport57195218030, Manager at A Chef's Tour (Phuket Town)
Responded Oct 18, 2021
Hi Steph, Thank you ever so much for taking the time to leave a review and we're really pleased to hear you enjoyed the tour. We will pass on the review to Pema as she'll be as thrilled to read it as we were. We hope you have a fantastic time on the rest of trip in Thailand and if you are planning to visit Bangkok or Chiang Mai we have equally good but completely different food tours in both cities which are reopening from the Covid lockdowns from the 1st November. All the best, Luke @ A Chef's Tour
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