In Krabi you will taste a set of southern Thai foods that will amaze you with its unique tastes and rich flavors. Food in Krabi is significantly different from the northern and central Thai food. In this article you can find some of the favorite food and drinks in Krabi, to help you make your trip to Krabi a memorable one.
Make sure to try the real taste of Krabi and enjoy a culinary expedition. We also have a restaurant recommendation which is the perfect place to eat and drink in Krabi and to get the real taste of the city.
- The city is known well for its cuisine and so makes it one of the best places to eat and drink
- Krabi’s dining scene consists of local Thai haunts, many of which take advantage of the readily-available fresh seafood
- We have carefully handpicked a restaurant which is worth a visit
- Cool down with a fresh fruit juice
- Visit a local bar to try their local brew
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Flavors of Krabi
Southern Thai food is one of the famous cuisines in the country and uses a variety of herbs and spices, creating aromatic tastes and smells. Krabi’s cuisine is mostly influenced by Malaysian and Muslim cuisines but it still has the spiciness which represents Thai cuisine.
Mangroves and corals make the underwater world of the Andaman Sea fertile. Krabi has a long history of fishing industry and therefore seafood is the staple food of Krabi people today.
Due to Krabi’s tropical climate, it is a perfect place for growing a huge variety of tropical fruit such as durian, pomegranate, mango, jackfruit, orange, pineapple, etc. Some Thai fruits are incredibly sweet and juicy, while the taste or texture might seem strange at first.
Food in Krabi
Krabi cuisine mainly is characterized by its unique and rich taste, the sauces here run yellow, orange and red, with combinations of shrimp, squid, fish, or pork, beef, or chicken, and an array of vegetables. Southern Thai dry fry curries (without coconut milk) are also popular here.
Seafood in Krabi is abundant, used in many dishes and is also made into processed products. It is available at all main tourist destinations. Seafood includes aquatic animals such as fish and shellfish, as well as edible seaweed.
Krabi is home to a vast selection of beautiful fresh seafood. Try prawns, squid and mussels; they are simply yummy! A word of advice, though: Avoid the spicy seafood dip, it can be extremely piquant if you are not used to it.
Khao Man Kai
Its name literally means 'oiled rice chicken', but don’t let this turn you off. This Thai version of Hainanese chicken rice is basically fragrant rice cooked in rich broth and topped with juicy and tender chicken. It’s common to enjoy it with fresh salad, a spicy dip and a bowl of clear soup. It is widely available in most restaurants.
Hainanese chicken rice is most commonly associated with Singaporean, Malaysian and Hainanese cuisines, although it is also popular in Thailand. This is a dish adapted from early Chinese immigrants, originally from Hainan province in southern China.
Tom Yum is a type of hot and sour Thai soup, usually cooked with shrimp (prawn). Tom Yum has its origin in Thailand. In recent years, Tom Yum has been popularized around the world. The soup often includes meat such as chicken, beef, pork, or shrimp.
Tom Yum is characterized by its distinct hot and sour flavors, with fragrant spices and herbs generously used in the broth. The basic broth is made of stock and fresh ingredients such as lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves, galangal, lime juice, fish sauce, and crushed chili peppers. You can find this easily across the country and available at restaurants and food stalls.
Kaeng Tai Pla
This is a curry of the southern Thai cuisine. Its name is derived from Tai Pla, a salty sauce made from fermented fish entrails which gives the curry a strong smell and flavor. This curry is usually served with fresh vegetables in a separate plate and eaten along with steamed rice.
Kaeng Tai Pla is a highly spicy curry; it has a very intense umami taste. It is made mainly with fish and vegetables. Sometimes it includes prawns, and certain variants use coconut milk instead of water. The usual ingredients of the dish can include bamboo shoots, eggplants, pea eggplants, yard-long beans and fresh chilies. This curry is easy to find in restaurants or at markets in the southern part of Thailand
Yam Naem Khao Thot
Yam Naem Khao Thot (also known as Naem Khluk) is a salad made from crushed, deep-fried ball shaped croquettes made from sticky rice and curry paste as the main ingredients, tossed together with shredded fermented pork sausage, and mixed with peanuts, crushed dried chilies, lime juice, sliced shallots and fresh herbs, and served with a selection of fresh greens and additional herbs on the side. You can find this refreshing dish at street stalls or market stalls.
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Drinks in Krabi
Start your day with a cup of coffee or tea. If you need to cool down from the heat, grab a fresh juice from a food stall. After relaxing on the gorgeous beaches all day, it’s natural to want to liven things up a bit in the evening, and Krabi certainly doesn’t disappoint – from fancy cocktails to craft beers – all is available in Krabi.
You can’t come to Thailand without stepping foot in at least one market. Thai markets are known to have all kinds of edible things, and fruit juices are surely part of them. Some seasonal fruit might not be found all year round, but if you are in Krabi during the high travel season, from November to March, you will certainly be running into these delicious and sweet juices.
For those who love beers, there are lots of bars in Krabi and some of them are just a few steps away from a beach. Bars in Krabi tend to be friendlier than those in Bangkok and Phuket. You can also try their local brew beers which usually are cheaper than international beers.
With so much to do in Krabi province, from enjoying the gorgeous beaches to going on a trek up a mountain, it’s essential that you start your day in the right manner. For many people, that means only one thing – coffee! Fortunately, Krabi is blessed with some fantastic coffee shops that are not only a great place to start your day, but a great place to end it too.
Tea in Thailand is a bit different because it is usually sweetened with sugar and condensed milk and served chilled. It is popular in Southeast Asia and is served in many restaurants that serve Thai food. Other ingredients may include orange blossom water, star anise, crushed tamarind seed or red and yellow food coloring, and sometimes other spices as well.
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Handpicked Restaurant in Krabi
We give a restaurant recommendation based on its excellent food and the comfortable and cozy ambience. Their service is top of the line, so you will not be disappointed.
Bellini Italian Restaurant
If you fancy a beachfront restaurant with excellent service, then make a stop at the Bellini Restaurant. Located only 30 minutes from Krabi town by car, this restaurant is worth a visit. Perfectly positioned next to the beach, Bellini is the place to eat, drink and relax with your family.
For a beachfront location that will make you linger by the water in the evening, pull up a chair at Bellini Restaurant. Specializing in authentic Italian cuisine, Bellini has perfected a delicious menu of handmade pastas and gourmet pizzas, as well as taking full advantage of its seaside locale with delicious seafood specialties and international highlights.
Address: 149 Moo 3 Tambon, Tubkaak Beach, Nong Talay, Muang, Krabi 81180, Thailand
Opening Hours: Daily from 11am until 10.30pm
Phone: +66 75 607 777