Where to eat the best tom yum soup in Phuket
Here are our tops picks for the best places in Phuket for tom yum— the places so good that even the locals go!
Fragrant, delicious tom yum, a hot and sour soup topped with prawns or pork, consistently tops the charts on lists of the most popular Thai dishes. For good reason: its perfectly balanced symphony of flavours and textures creates culinary magic and defines what makes Thai cuisine so addictive, all in a single bowl. Here are the best places in Phuket for tom yum—the places that even the locals go.;
Tom yum: the iconic Thai dish
There’s little consensus on the origins of this ancient dish, but it’s safe to say it has earned its reputation as the quintessential southeast Asian soup. In Thai, tom means ‘to boil’; yum or yam denotes a spicy, sour salad.
The chef starts with a nam prik pao base—a spice paste of chilli, garlic and shallots—then adds the broth. Essential Thai herbs—lemongrass, galangal and kaffir lime leaves—are added to the mix. There are several types of tom yum; the classic is shrimp tom yum goong, but it can come with chicken, pork, mixed seafood, and even coconut milk.
Blue Elephant: five-star soup
This gorgeous old villa has been flawlessly renovated into a restaurant, complete with super-friendly staff and authentic Thai cuisine. It’s a little more expensive than some other local eateries, but the experience and the quality of the food make it well worth it. The restaurant is in the Phra Pitak Chinpracha mansion, built over a century ago to confirm with the rules of feng shui, and even today every detail enhances the relaxed, luxurious vibe. Their tom yum goong is rich but not too spicy. They also serve a range of Thai curries and delectable desserts like warm jasmine cake with vanilla ice-cream.
Location: 96 Krabi Road, Talad Nuea Subdistrict
Website: Blue Elephant Phuket
Baan Suan Layan: a diamond in the rough
Baan Suan Layan is a surprise find. You’d never expect a restaurant on a main road, with such a dated façade, to be so fabulous. Baan Suan Layan may be small and informal, but the food rivals any high-end Thai resort—without the sky-high price tag. The quirky interior will give you plenty to talk about, or if you feel like eating in, they also offer takeaway. Their tom yum goong is delicious, and other standouts on the menu include pineapple fried rice and a papaya salad with a cheeky chilli kick.
Location: 31 Cherng Talay Subdistrict, Thalang District
Poo Nurntong: be part of the family
Just off Prabaramee Road, along from Patong Beach, Poo Nurntong is the perfect spot to unwind with a cocktail and a steaming bowl of tom yum. It’s all about authentic Thai here—no fusion menu items to be found, just the classic satays, curries and tom yum, done perfectly. Alongside your soup, try one of their signature cocktails served in a coconut, and take in the views over Patong. The easiest way to find Poo’s is on a tuk-tuk, and don’t worry about finding your way back to your hotel after one too many pina coladas—Poo will call you a taxi herself.
Location: 2/106 Soi Khuanyang, Kathu
Mom Tri’s Kitchen: tom yum with a paradise view
Positioned right on the beach, Mom Tri’s views of the Andaman Sea and white beaches of Kata Noi are unforgettable. And the first-class vista comes with top-class service—including wet scented towels at the end of the meal—without the five-star price tag. The food is tops too: the tom yum gai nam sai (with chicken and mushrooms) will tickle your tastebuds with its lively lemongrass and lime notes.
There are plenty of vegetarian and gluten-free options available, and your meal may come with a side order of live music.
Location: 12 Kata Noi Road, Kata Beach
Tom Yam Goong: the name says it all
At Tom Yam Goong, soup is their thing. You’ll get one of the best bowls of tom yum in Phuket at a very reasonable price, friendly staff, great coffee and a selection of awesome cocktails. Your kids are sure to appreicate the delicious ice-cream sundaes. It’s air-conditioned, so it makes a great escape from the tropical heat. And they can even arrange a pick-up, drop-off service from your local hotel—especially helpful as it’s a little off the beaten track.
Location: 5 Pasak-Koktanod Road, Choeng Thale