Another Mark Wiens recommended joint, Raya Restaurant is located in Phuket town and serves up some delicate & scrumptious Thai Sino dishes. Set in a renovated Sino-Thai mansion with a hint of Portuguese (or so I was told) this place feels more like home than a well-known restaurant.
I had planned this visit well in advance and knew exactly what I was going for. Pork being my favourite meat, Moo Hong (Pork Stew cooked in Garlic & Pepper) was the obvious choice. Mark’s videos had driven me insane and it was time to put it to the taste test. I also ordered the Crab Fried rice to go with the Moo Hong and a cold bottle of Chang beer (Singha is second best).
What happened next was pure ecstasy. Watching the piece of pork belly wobble as I picked it up with the spoon, it was delightfully tender and cut through with a spoon like a knife through butter.
The crab fried rice added to the already wonderful experience, making this pork dish one of the best, well-seasoned delight I have had in a long time. The beer helped with the little heat from the dish and the humid weather outside. I rate this place a 9/10, the lack of an air conditioner being the only reason for a point lost.
I unreservedly recommended this wonderful eatery in the heart of Phuket. It is a lil on the pricey side compared to other restaurants in Phuket, but it is worth every penny.
Google Maps : Raya Restaurant, Phuket