[Travelogue] Coming home to Raya Thai

Twice in a week… That should say something about the place, no?

Raya Thai sits in an old colonial house. No fancy decor, no fuss, no frills. Just plain old homey. Service is warm and smiles are ready! The food, obviously, is the reason that keeps us coming back. Since the day my brother-in-law recommended it, it’s been our Phuket must-go. Now, it’s kinda like heading home for dinner every time we’re in town…

Old Sino Thai colonial house that's gotta be a hundred years old!
Old Sino Thai colonial house that’s gotta be a hundred years old!
No frills, no fancy decor, no air-condition! Just stuff they've had from the beginning of time!
No frills, no fancy decor, no air-condition! Just stuff they’ve had from the beginning of time!
Drive any faster and you might miss the hidden entrance.
Drive any faster and you might miss the hidden entrance.
Crabmeat with Curry and Coconut Milk. Chunks and chunks of crabmeat swim in a tangy curry gravy.
Crabmeat with Curry and Coconut Milk. Chunks and chunks of crabmeat swim in a tangy curry gravy.
The only sidekick you'll ever need.. the humble rice vermicelli.
The only sidekick you’ll ever need.. the humble rice vermicelli.
These large springy fishballs are a delight!
These large springy fishballs are a delight!
Fried Fish with Lemongrass and Tamarind sauce. A good fish should be steamed, you say? Well, I'll have this fried baby any day!
Fried Fish with Lemongrass and Tamarind sauce. A good fish should be steamed, you say? Well, I’ll have this fried baby any day!
Fried Shrimps with Tamarind sauce. Yes, the tamarind sauce rocks! The combination of shallots, garlic, dried chili, tamarind, lemongrass and coriander is outrageous!
Fried Shrimps with Tamarind sauce. Yes, the tamarind sauce rocks! The combination of shallots, garlic, dried chili, tamarind, lemongrass and coriander is outrageous!
The classic Yum Woonsen is refreshing with generous amounts of prawns and meat.
The classic Yum Woonsen is refreshing with generous amounts of prawns and meat.
Moo Hong or Steamed Pork with pepper and garlic. Brace yourself for a heavenly sweet savory melt-in-your-mouth pork belly that's perfect with rice!
Moo Hong or Steamed Pork with pepper and garlic. Brace yourself for a heavenly sweet savory melt-in-your-mouth pork belly that’s perfect with rice!
Stir fried Crab meat with Lemon and Green Onion. Sweet firm crab leg meat in a mild spicy citrusy sauce.
Stir fried Crab meat with Lemon and Green Onion. Sweet firm crab leg meat in a mild spicy citrusy sauce.
All smiles here at Raya Thai. Guess who makes an addictive Thai Iced Tea?!
All smiles here at Raya Thai. Guess who makes an addictive Thai Iced Tea?!
Thai Iced Tea. I usually start with one and end with another!
Thai Iced Tea. I usually start with one and end with another!
Walk upstairs to a space that sits up to 100 people!
Walk upstairs to a space that sits up to 100 people!
Take a step back into the past here at the 2-storey Sino-Thai colonial structure.
Take a step back into the past here at the 2-storey Sino-Thai colonial structure.
Nostalgia lost and found.
Nostalgia lost and found.
Old coffee shop poster girls scattered everywhere.
Old coffee shop poster girls scattered everywhere.
And if you're into snacks!
And if you’re into snacks!

Contrary to what most people perceive.. Thai food isn’t always fiery spicy. Here, they ask if you prefer your dish mildly spicy, spicy or not spicy. Now that’s thoughtful 🙂

Raya Thai @ 48 New Dibuk Road, Phuket Old Town

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