What is food court in your mind? I know you may think of a plaza of common area within a facility that is contiguous with the counters of multiple food vendors and provides a common area for self-serve dining. And you can find it easily in shopping malls or airports.

And food courts must consist of a number of vendors at food stalls or service counters. Meals are ordered at one of the vendors and then carried to a common dining area.

What if we add “local” before “food court”? Then what do you now think about it? What do you think about food in “local food court”? What do you think about “local food court” in the most beautiful island named Phuket?

Don’t want to waste your time because Phuketindex.com would like to guide you to Phuket local food court in Phuket town. We are going to introduce you one of the famous dishes; Phuket Fresh Spring Roll.

“Phuket Fresh Spring Roll” or “Poe Pia Sod” in Thai is Phuket local food. It was affected by Chinese Hokkien. The owner of a small Hokkien restaurant (where located at the intersection of Debuk Rd and Yaowarat Rd in Phuket town) shows us how to cook Poe Pia Sod. He puts small pieces of Chinese cabbage, a little of fried yam bean, a little of bean sprouts, and 3 slices of bar-b-q pork on fresh rice paper. Then pour dipping sauce into a serving dish.

Actually Poe Pia Sod is a simple dish that you can easily find anywhere in Thailand. But with his secret dipping sauce ingredients, Poe Pia Sod Phuket is one of “the must” you should try.

There is no official name for this local restaurant but local people call it “Poe Pia Sod Siam”. The restaurant opens daily (except Tuesday) from 11.00 am. -17.00 pm.

If you come to Phuket, don’t forget to try Poe Pia Sod. Two thumbs up!


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Phuket’s new tourist attraction – The Big Buddha

The Big Buddha or “Prahputtamingmongkol Eaknakakeeree” an official name given by the supreme patriarch of the Buddhist Church, the project was conceived by a group of local Buddhist called “Prahputtamingmongkol Sadtah 45 Foundation” in 2002.

Phuket, Thailand, August 2009 – A pairing of a three-Star Michelin Chef and a Master Wine Maker – a first for Phuket – has resulted in a successful collaboration, kicking off the first Sense of Occasion event at Banyan Tree Phuket.

Mr. Christian Le Squer, talented three-star Michelin Chef at Le Doyen Paris Champs Elysees and Mr. Pascal Jolivet, renowned Wine Producer from Sancerre and Pouilly Fume joined hands in creating an exquisite dining experience at Tre’ Restaurant. It was Mr. Le Squer’s first visit to the Kingdom of Thailand and Phuket.

“Sense of Occasion” proved to be a sought after event with trade personalities including Sethaphan Buddhani, TAT Phuket Director, Teerapol Chotichanapibal, VP Commercial Development & Support, Acting Director of Royal Orchid Holidays, Bert Lambrichs, VP Sales & Marketing, Diethelm Travel, Tan Han Soo, SilkAir – Manager Thailand in attendance. Journalists flying in specially from Korea, China, Middle East and USA also had the opportunity to experience the special menu.

Following the success of ‘Sense of Occasion’ in August, Master Chef Kaiseki Cuisine, Mr. Tadashi Sawauchi from Okura Tokyo’s signature Japanese restaurant, Yamazato, will visit Banyan Tree Phuket from 19th to 23rd September to showcase his signature dishes at Tre’ Restaurant.

Banyan Tree Phuket is the flagship of the Banyan Tree Hotels and Resorts, which currently boasts over 20 resorts in some of the world’s most desired locations. Located over 80 acres alongside Bang Tao Beach, it is also home to the unique and exclusive destination dining experiences such as Dinner of the Senses, Dinner of the Spirit and the ‘Sanya Rak – Promise of Love’.

Source: Banyan Tree Phuket

Phuket, Thailand – Throughout recent key ASEAN meetings held from 22 to 23 July 2009, Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket was honored to provide gracious Thai hospitality to US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton as well as to US Ambassador to the Kingdom of Thailand, His Excellency Mr. Eric G. John.

Representing the USA as a dialogue partner at the meetings, US Secretary of State was given on arrival to the hotel a warm wai greeting by Peter Komposch, the hotel’s General Manager, and then presented with a beautiful hand garland.

“We remain very proud to have been chosen to welcome US Secretary of State on this special occasion and every member of our staff was so excited about her visit,” said Mr. Komposch.  “The arrangements started a month ago, and Mrs. Clinton’s security team checked in a week prior to her arrival to set things up and screen the entire property.”

The VVIPs stayed in the hotel’s new Oceanfront Pool Villas providing unobstructed views of the Andaman Sea, private rooftop swimming pool and direct access to Phuket’s renowned white sandy beach.

Added Mr. Komposch, “Mrs. Clinton was very impressed with our resort, the beautiful landscaping and the stunning Villa she stayed in. She even mentioned that she would like to come back for a holiday and spend more time in Phuket, staying at Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket, of course, where she can really relax and enjoy the serenity of the location”

Source: Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket

Mr. Sethaphan Buddhani
Director of Tourism Authority of Thailand, Phuket Office

When we were children most of us dreamed about riches, big houses, fast cars or something similar, but Khun Sethaphan Buddhani, the incumbent Director of Tourism for Phuket did not. From an early age he became aware of the inequalities in life and developed a deep concern for the poorest members of Thai society.

Indigo Pearl, Phuket’s distinctive lifestyle resort has appointed Stephane Duvacher, as the resort’s new Food and Beverage Director.

Stephane began his career in the hospitality industry at various renowned restaurants in France. “It is not often that you get an opportunity to join an esteemed organization such as Indigo Pearl and be responsible for the essential planning and operations of food and beverage. I am really looking forward to working with the culinary team at Indigo Pearl to deliver a dining experience that exceeds our guests’ expectations,” said Stephane.

Other prominent restaurants Stephane has worked at include, the Michelin One-Star-rated Restaurant Hotel L’Aigle Noir in Fontainebleau, L’Auberge de L’Ecritoire in Chateauneuf, Auberge L’Oree de la Foret in Plelan le Grand and he was also part of the team opening of Grange Park Hotel in the United Kingdom.

Stephane also previously served as Executive Chef at the Holiday Inn Crown Plaza in Muscat Oman, Baguio Country Club in Philippines, Oasis Beach Hotel & Towers in Dubai and Kuwait Hilton where he catered to events for 19 heads of state and presidents.

In 2001, he joined five-star Jebel Ali Golf Resort & Spa in Dubai as Executive Chef and within two years he was promoted to Food & Beverage Director. Subsequently in 2006, Stephane was promoted to Corporate Director of Jebel Ali International Hotels and was responsible for the Company’s pre-openings. Prior to his appointment at Indigo Pearl, Stephane Duvacher served as the Food & Beverage Director at Rosewood Little Dix Bay in the British Virgin Islands.

“Stephane is well-known in the culinary circuit and the team is thrilled to welcome him to Indigo Pearl.  I am confident that his commitment to service excellence combined with his creative approaches to dining, will further boost our goal to become a gastronomically reputed hotel,” said Mr. Arnaud Girodon, General Manager of Indigo Pearl

Source: Indigo Pearl

L’Orée de la Forêt

Chaowalit ThinsukuNative of Phuket, Khun Chaowalit Thinsuku was recently joined the big family of Banyan Tree Phuket as the new Director of Food and Beverage, June 9, 2009. Being an experienced director, he has over 18 years experience in Food and Beverage Department at various hotels. He has joined The Maiton Resort, Phuket since 1991 and moved to work with Banyan Tree Phuket, The Allamanda, Blue Elephant London, Grand Hyatt Erawan, Bangkok, Four Seasons, Bangkok. Before moving to Banyan Tree Phuket, he was at Four Seasons Maldives, Landaa Giraavaru for the past 2 years.

Khun Chaowalit’s responsibility is to run the food and beverage service operation including achieving departmental overall goals and objectives of the Banyan Tree Phuket. He looks after the 15 resort outlets, 3 outlets in Alllamanda Phuket, 1 restaurant in Laguna Holidays Club Phuket and an all day dining restaurant, Bites@Laguna Village, in Laguna Village Residence to enhance the quality and appeal of the all cuisines.

For more information, please visit our award-winning website banyantree.com

Source: Banyan Tree Phuket Hotel and Resort