Sieng Sian Restaurant, Phuket City
Telephone: 076 215928, 076 211491
Open: Daily 10.30am-2pm, 4.30pm-9.30pm (closed every third Saturday and Sunday each month)
Address: 39 Soi 2, Nimit Road, Phuket City.
Style: Thai, with strong Chinese flavor
Price range: Good value. Choices of small and large serves: deep-fried crab rolls (80/150 baht) boiled pork balls (70/120 baht) transparent noodles with mince pork salad (80/120 baht) fried roast pork with red curry paste (80/120 baht) fried pork with garlic and pepper (80/120 baht) fried prawns with oyster sauce (100/150 baht) stir-fried prawns with sea asparagus (100 baht) fried fish with pickled vegetables (100/140 baht) omelette with oyster (80/120 baht) fried crab with spring onion (120/150 baht) singha beer (50/80 baht).
Specialties: Pork, pork and pork.
What Phuketwan says:
We always wondered why VIPs from Bangkok are given a motorcycle escort from Phuket International Airport at speed to Phuket City. Now we know. They're in a hurry to get to Sieng Sian to enjoy the pork again. After that, in the right mood, we guess they press on and solve Phuket's problems. It's easy to see where their priorities lie, and who can blame them? Phuket City has a few eateries that are legends in their own lunchtimes, and this one is definitely the place for pork. Laminated tabletops and austere metal seating only serve to highlight the focus on the food. It's not that pork can't be found elsewhere. It's just that here, it's cooked to perfection. Other dishes are on the menu, but . . . a plate of succulent red pork combined with crispy pork . . . juicy pork chunks in a pork soup . . . fried minced pork with chili paste . . . yes, when it comes to taste, pigs really can fry.
Wimon Cheewawisit, the owner, says: We were living in Had Yai when we came to try the food in Phuket 31years ago. It wasn't very good, so we came and opened the restaurant. We've been here ever since. My husband does the cooking. People come from all over Thailand to try our food.
How to find it: In Nimit Road, Phuket City, parallel to Phang Nga Road.
Parking: Street parking for VIP vehicles of all types.
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