fresh fish in phuket: tom super-yum


This recipe is derived, to the best of my knowledge, from the nice Thai family who served me the most delicately flavored fish in Phuket:

Take 1 fresh red snapper, caught locally in the waters of the Andaman Sea.  Clean and steam whole.  Slice garlic, green onion, fresh chilies and lime and garnish.  Serve to weird kind-of Asian lady flapping her hands and laughing with excitement in the front of the restaurant.  Shake head incredulously as lady eats entire fish by herself and refuses indignantly to share with travel companion.  Back away slowly as she tries to lunge towards you for an “American-style hug.”

Repeat at your own risk.

Kwong Shop Seafood |Kata Beach Road | Phuket | Thailand


  1. Laura says

    LOL. love this mental image of you, “kind-of Asian lady.” hysterical.

  2. Tara says

    Something about this reminds me of the “We need 1 more duck/But you already had 3 ducks” situation from Beijing. I think it’s the local horror at American gluttony part. I wish I was eating that suck (or your pretty snapper) right now.

  3. says

    Laura: my kind-of “Asianness” totally captures the way people are absolutely befuddled by me here.

    Tara: That duck was amazing. And yes, it’s totally the same kind of situation, except that the little Thai lady looked a little afraid, too.