[Phuket] Wait, what? Sand Worm Sashimi?
So Sand Worms (in various cooked and even sashimi forms) are available at this Ta Tuay Restaurant in Phuket. They are known for their tough and rubbery texture, and can be considered a delicacy.
You would find Stir-fried Sand Worms (150 THB), Boiled Sand Worms with Lemongrass (150 THB), Sand Worms in Chinese Noodle Soup (150 THB) and even Sand Worm Sashimi (200 THB).
These are all listed in Page 1 of their recommended menu.
Located in Phuket, Thailand near Sarasin Bridge, Ta Tuay Restaurant is a well-known establishment that specialises in seafood and exotic Thai dishes not typically found elsewhere.
The restaurant has built a reputation for its impeccably cooked, fresh seafood dishes, which are served in a relaxed ambiance.
In fact, when I walked into the restaurant, it was almost like getting into a garden-forest with trees and water features.
The decor was rustic featuring wooden furnishings and earthy tones, and also felt like I was dining in a natural surrounding.
Seems like a popular place even though it was a long drive to get here (could be an hour depending on where you are in Phuket), and there were already some families there for an early dinner.
Other more ‘usual’ dishes included Casserole Prawns with Glass Noodles (300 THB), Stir-Fried Squid with Salted Egg Yolk (300 THB), Tamarind Soup with Mullet (150 THB), Fried Sand Crab with Garlic (150 THB), Roasted Salted Pork (150 THB) and Fish in Red Curry Sauce (350 THB).
As this was technically my first meal in Phuket, I decided to go safe (plus not all the dishes I wanted were available).
The Casseroled Prawns with Glass Noodles (300 THB) ordered a comforting and hearty dish that features large, juicy prawns simmered with glass noodles, garlic and spices – allowing the flavours to meld together and create a rich and satisfying meal.
The prawns used in this dish were sourced locally and fresh, though I felt they could have been better cooked – seemed to have lost some of the succulence along the way.
The glass noodles didn’t disappoint at all. It was packed with flavours after it soaked up the sauce (in fact interestingly a little peppery), added a satisfying soft texture to the dish.
For those looking for a lighter option, the Crispy Morning Glory Spicy Salad (150 THB) is a good choice as well.
Made with a unique and delicious vegetable better known as “Kang Kong” back home, the vegetables were deep-fried until crispy and then mixed with a spicy and tangy dressing made from chili, lime, and fish sauce.
The resulting dish is a perfect combination of textures and flavours, with the crispy morning glory providing a satisfying crunch and the dressing adding a zesty kick.
Ta Tuay’s menu is really extensive, and I think ordering the ‘right’ dishes would make this a more pleasant affair.
This is a restaurant popular with groups, hidden from its unassuming and little-run-down-looking exterior.
The main thing is it may be quite out of the way from the central areas, and slightly hard to navigate to, so it is best to get driver to bring you here.
Ta Tuay Restaurant
57/10 Mu 5, Soi Ruam Chai 1, Mai Khao, Phuket, 83110, Thailand
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 9pm (Mon – Sun)
Google Maps – Ta Tuay
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