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Perfection on a plate: the massaman curry at NC in Phuket City

Phuket Massaman Curry, World's Most Tasty Food

Wednesday, July 27, 2011
PHUKET: You know Thai food has finally achieved its rightful place in the world of food when a massaman curry is chosen as the best dish on the entire planet.

Precisely how the team at came to this conclusion has yet to be explained in any detail. They've simply listed the best, from No. 50, buttered popcorn, to No. 1, Massaman Curry, Thailand. (Som Tam, incidentally, comes in at No. 46 with Sushi at No. 4 and Pizza at No. 2.)

Perhaps it was one of those exercises where all contributions are accepted from anyone with even a vague interest in food, and the editor then conducts the journalistic equivalent of a lucky draw.

Whatever the method, we can only say: the team at cnngo got it right. Massaman is the tastiest food in the world.

The Phuketwan team is prepared to go one step further and nominate the massaman curry at Phuket's NC Bakery and Food, in Phuket City, as world's finest massaman. It is sensational.

Our taste buds are constantly excited at the thought of an NC massaman on Phuket.

What's more, we nominate Khun Anong, who serves up the massaman at NC Bakery and Food, as Phuket's finest waitress.

Khun Anong, once a fixture at Phuket's famous Mae Porn Seafood restaurant, moved to NC Bakery and Food, which is on a corner near Phuket City's old bus station . . . possibly, we now think, for the massaman.

What makes Khun Anong Phuket's finest waitress? She never forgets a name, and she also has the distinction of serving a glass of water to every customer, without being asked, just as the full joy of a massaman curry sinks in.

PS: We suspect that NC stands for ''Nice Curry.''

Here's what the cnngo team said:

1. Massaman curry, Thailand
Emphatically the king of curries, and perhaps the king of all foods. Spicy, coconutty, sweet and savory, its combination of flavors has more personality than a Thai election. Even the packet sauce you buy from the supermarket can make the most delinquent of cooks look like a Michelin potential. Thankfully, someone invented rice, with which diners can mop up the last drizzles of curry sauce. ''The Land of Smiles'' isn't just a marketing catch-line. It's a result of being born in a land where the world's most delicious food is sold on nearly every street corner.

Is there a dish on Phuket to top the Phuket-style spicy massaman curry at NC Bakery? We'd be happy to listen to suggestions, and even happier to try them.
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RIGHT ON --- but now we'll never again get a seat in NC. Good that Khun Anong will pass a bowl, if not a glass of water, to us out the back.

Posted by don miller on July 27, 2011 17:26


Garlic Prawns at Bon Island! :-)

Posted by Dawn on July 27, 2011 18:02


Sizzler at Central Festival. Easily Thailand's best food!

Posted by Bartholomew on July 27, 2011 21:29


Yes, my mother in law makes the best masaman. Not for sale to the general public. I am sure the article in a good promotion for Thailand.. My favorite dish is currently Yam Tua Pu, but Thai food is so varied, it's impossible to get bored with it!

Posted by Jamie on July 27, 2011 22:13


Well got it right in my opinion, and I said as much on my Facebook page several days ago.
Mussaman has been a long-time favorite since I first tried it on my 1996 visit to Phuket when I 'discovered' Lair Lay Tong in Soi Wattana, Patong. Have dined there every year.

Nothing anywhere else has, so far, quite matched their chunky beef and potato ingredients but I'll certainly try NC next time I visit and get to Phuket City. Now, my mouth is 'watering'....!

Posted by rfdunedin on July 28, 2011 03:30


And to think that Massaman is a Malaysian muslim dish..Reminds me that Pad Thai got its name after a nationalistic general in the 1930s( Pibunsongkram) couldn't stand that it was a Vietnamese dish.. And so in the name of blatant nationalism "stole" the dish and gave it its "Thai" name, that is Pad THAI.

A joke really.

NC however is my favorite place for lunch in Phuket City, the Massaman is good, but I enjoy the Khao Kaeng dishes more. Especially Kung Chushi..And the Crab curry and...

You get the picture.

Posted by christian on July 28, 2011 04:21


Whenever I take someone to the bus station I make sure that there is enough time left for a meal at NC. It has been (and is) my favorite place in Phuket for many years already. When the new bus station will be in operation, I fear a problem showing up...

Posted by Fritz Pinguin on July 28, 2011 09:35


Best Massaman that I have tasted is at Lim's restaurant in Kalim. Absolutely amazing!

Posted by Mike on August 4, 2011 17:26


Love the massaman, I would agree... not tried the one at the bus station though...

Posted by tim in phuket on November 14, 2011 16:36

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