If you stay overnight in Phuket’s Old Town, it is an easy walk to this popular place for local Phuket cuisine – One Chun, which literally means ‘Monday’.
The restaurant was started because of the owner’s passion for food and fashion. The restaurant is set in a 19th-century building and the interior design is a compilation of vintage furniture and antiquities from bygone days. It is well-accepted by locals that the food here is authentic Phuket cuisine.
Recommended dishes include ‘Moo Hong’ (Local Stewed Pork Belly), ‘Kang Puu Bai Chaplu’ (Spicy Crab Curry with Chaplu Leaves), ‘Mu Kua Kluea’ (Deep-fried Pork Shoulder with Salt), and ‘Num Prik Goong Sieb’ (Smoked Shrimp Chilli Paste).
I personally like Moo Hong. It looks like pork stew, but they cook pork belly in a local style with very strong Hokkien influence. The long cooking time makes the pork so soft, and when you bite into it, you will feel like it melts in your mouth. The spices they use are unique too.
‘Num Prik Goong Sieb’ is a top dish in Phuket. It is shrimp paste but the cooked shrimps are smoked shrimps or ‘Goong Sieb’. Locals always eat it with fresh or boiled vegetables because the taste is sour and spicy, and very tasty.
Recently, One Chun was listed as a Bib Gourmand by the Michelin Guide, which means ‘friendly establishments that serve good food at moderate prices’. Soon, it will attract more international visitors who love the spiciness of Southern Thai food.
Tip: For chilli paste lovers, you can buy freshly-cooked ‘Num Prik Goong Sieb’ back home, as it can last for 5 days.