Ok, it’s back to where we left off- before the postings were ‘disrupted’ by Chinese New Year dinners and outings. It’s back to Phuket, guys.
We had a short stop at the Sea Gypsy Village / Rawai Beach. There were a few stalls by the road side selling wind chimes made from seashells, I don’t know la..i have this thing about wind chimes…a moderate wind chime fetish. There were also stalls selling fresh catch of the day- fish, lobsters, sotong, crabs etcThe stop at Rawai Beach was brief and rushed , as we have to make it in time to the next destination to view the sunset - Laem Phromthep. This is the southern most tip of Phuket and one can get a beautiful view of the Andaman Sea. This seemed to be a popular tourist spot and is included as one of the ‘must-do’ sight when one visit Phuket There is a lighthouse (still functioning) that one can climb up to get a better view of the Andaman Sea.Phromthep is one of the more reasonably priced place to do some souvenir shopping . If you would like to buy those touristy T-shirts and stuff, suggest you buy them here- there is a larger variety and the prices are cheaper that what you can find near the city.All this sunset thingy..kinda made me hungry lah..hiew khau ( = hungry for rice )
That night we had dinner al fresco , at Kan Eang @ Pier restaurant, Kan Eang means feel at ease. The setting was lovely, we have a good view of the pier- lighted with colourful lights, warm breeze, the occasional leaves ( from the branches over us) dropping on our heads, the clatter of wine glasses and happy laughters…
Som Tam ( raw papaya salad) – sweet-sour-spicy..Oh Ah…like a wake up call. I was very careful with this dish, careful to remove the chili padi bits before every bite. This was nice Sotong salad – not sure is this the correct name or not lah, just that- there were sotong and the dish came with vegetables- maybe more accurately black fungus and vermicelli . Sotong was fresh and springy. Another hit !Fish cakes – the fish cakes weren’t that thick, so at the sides they were rather crispy, which was nice. There were some light dosage of chili padi in these but not too spicy to overwhelm and make the tears come, aloy ! ( delicious)Vegetable with egg- kinda a weird thing to order . but due to the fact that as we had some muslims dining with us, we tried to limit the amount of meat that we order. This was not bad.Steamed fish – I think this was done the ‘kheng som’ style. Fish was fresh and the gravy was very good and it was a bit too late to find out that the gravy can be rather spicy especially when one accidentally scooped bits of chili padi into one’s mouth. Ouchhh but Nice.Green chicken curry- the gravy wasn’t rich enough and it just didn’t hit the scales..a bit like flat coke- if you get what I mean. This missed the mark.And last but not least…the highlight of the day We let out an applause when the lobsters arrived…we had 2 lobster and those lobsters alone cost RM1,000. The meat was fresh, thick , aromatic and succulent. This was truly enjoyable. We later found out how the lobsters were cooked- grilled over coconut husks ( as opposed to charcoal) Who did you think lost at the game of ‘who blinked first’ ?
The total bill ( for 16 pax – we had 4 sets of all the dishes) ) plus rice, and drinks ( beer, wine and juices) came to Thai Baht 21,000 , which is ~ RM2,100 with the lobster making up 50% of the total bill.
Overall , an aloy ching ching ( very delicious ) meal
Ken Eang @ Pier is located by the pier of Chalong bay , East Coast of Phuket