Fuji Japanese Restaurant: Japanese food in Thailand..
Some people tell me "why you want to eat japanese food in Thailand?". I simply tell them that its so much cheaper here than back home. True enough... I always frequented this place because its so much cheaper and also the food is good. GOOD ENOUGH REASON??? yeah... i guess so...
Favorite Dish: All Japanese food is fine with me....
Hia Kui Seafood restaurant: Paying the price for ambience
This place is a seafood place for tourist and surely enough the prices are for tourist as well. Expect to pay almost 30-40% more on seafood prices in this place compared to the other local seafood restaurants but in return the you get good food and the feel of a busy local thai seafood restaurant with good service and good looking waitress...
Favorite Dish: A type of clam which i dunno what it is but fried with loads of chili. Taste unique and surprisingly good. Avoid their barbeque squid!!!
The Pubb: Rat in the Kitchen
This was one of the first places that we came across and decided to eat here. The food was fine, it was just as we were about to finish a large Rat scurried in through the room and into the kitchen. Nobody seemed bothered. Put us off going back.
Favorite Dish: Not RatRelated to:
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DAOTHIAM: Best Breakfast Hangout place
A restaurant with a very creative interior design. Appearently, the owner of the restaurant like to collect all types of currencies notes from all around the world. He framed his colection according to country and hanged on the wall. Dinning inside the restaurant, seems like travel the world in 80 minutes.
Owner also practice his creativity on the breakfast menu, since lots of items featured inside the menu, my piece of advice - go there and try it!!
Favorite Dish: All the crusines inside the breakfast section
Cello Thai Cafe: Hidden Delight
First of all, I had passed this cafe twice and never awared its existence. After encountered a man who hanged around the area (actually he is one of the staff of this cafe), with his help I discovered the Hidden Delight - Cello Thai Cafe.
Cello, is a tiny restaurant with a BIG taste. It is literally hidden, on the corner next to the Tongfoon restaurant and the High Society.
The following comment by Jeeem (another VT member who recommended Cello):
Cello might be tiny, but the quality they dish out is out of this world!
Nice, pleasant atmosphere with featured artwork, plants, comfortable chairs, air-con, clean bathrooms, etc...tiny, address book-size menus that prove to be extremely diverse, offering up Neo-Thai dishes as well as a few Western delights to calm the feverish palate.
Just basically a really nice feel to this place, which, if you ask me, is a better choice than the Vietnamese restaurant next door.
Favorite Dish: Since the crusine offer by Cello Thai Cafe is out of this world, my advice is give it a try - it worth!
Quoted by Jeeem:
Golden fried appetizer baskets
Roast Duck in Green curry
BBQ Duck in Sweet and Sour Sauce
Pork Ribs in Marmalade Sauce
*Please excuse the fact that these were NOT the EXACT descriptions on the menu...only what I could remember hours later!
You gotta try this place. Their Thai food is not the conventional Thai food that you get in every other Thai restaurant throughout Hat Yai...it's a step different...in the GOOD FOOD direction!
EXCELLENT...a hidden delight.
Don't Know The Name: Best Chicken Rice In Hat Yai
Personally I think, here the chicken rice is more suited to the M'sian/S'porean taste as it is not so dry like those starved chicken.
In additional to Chicken Rice, they also have Char Siew and Roast pork, not forgetting Braised Pig Trotters. Other stalls also sells noodles, porriage and also Bak Kut Teh, all above average taste although not necessairly the best.
Favorite Dish: Chicken Rice "Piset" which means special so more ingredients.Related to:
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No Name: One Of The Best Won Ton Noodles
This is one of the places where I would go to take my breakfast. It's a small shop selling won ton mee and I can safely say it is one of the better won ton mee in Hatyai. Cannot say the best since everyone has different taste.
Their won ton noodles also have crab meat added.
Favorite Dish: Dry Won Ton Noodles.
No Name: Pig's Spare Part Soup - Simply Delicious
Ter Huang Kiam Chye directly translated to "Pig's internal organs with salted vegetable" is a "must try" when you come to Hat Yai. This shop is the most popular in Hat Yai and has been around since many many years back.
The soup is a clear soup with pieces of the pig's instestine, liver, pancreas, blood, etc, etc and of course a few pieces of meat and salted vegetable. Taken with steamed rice in the early morning for breakfast will be very feeling.
The place opens at 7.30am and close after lunch.
Favorite Dish: The standard bowl of soup with steamed rice and don't forget a plate of roasted pork which is the best in Hat Yai.
No Name: Tom Yum Fish Soup - Something Different
Many would say that the fish head/meat soup behind Pink Lady complex is good. No doubt about that as I do go there too. But many doesn't know that there is also a very good shop which does it both Chinese and Thai Style with Tom Yum soup.
You can have it with plain rice or with noodles and the advantage of this shop is that it opens in the day.
Favorite Dish: Mixed fish head with meat, fish eggs, etc tom yum style with plain rice.
Either coffee shops or food stalls: Thai economy food
Hot and spicy but ooooh, so delicious! Even just a mention of its name is enough to set off salivating!
Favorite Dish: This is a dish made of fish steamed in coconut milk and eggs and topped with strips of a type of vegetable that gives it a distinct taste.
In Malaysia, it is usually prepared in small packets of banana leaves or in large dishes but in Thailand, they like to steam it in small bowls.Related to:
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At any coffee shops: Refreshing juice
Favorite Dish: This is the juice from the green skinned orange grown in Thailand and although it is bottled, it tastes just as good as the freshly squeezed ones I drank in Bangkok.
Just costs 20 baht a bottle. Ask for it by its name, Splash.Related to:
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throughout the city: Get some satay
Satay has to be one of the yummiest foods. You can find chicken, mutton, beef and prawn. In Chinese areas-sometimes pork. The satay is served with cucumber and red onion slices. You can dip them with the satay into the peanut-chili sauce. You can also get some longton, which is rice steamed in bamboo. This is very nice when dipped into the dipping sauce.
For dessert, try and find some mango sticky rice. It's very nice.
McDonalds: An International Icon
For those who prefer to go with what they know, you'll be happy to note that even here, McDonalds is thriving.
At peak times around lunch and dinner, long queues can be expected, even though this resturaunt was one of the largest I've ever seen.
If you don't find an employee that speaks your language, don't worry. Here they've come up with an ingenious way of communicating. A placard of the menu is next to each cash register. Just point to what you want. There are even symbols for all the ingredients incase you want extra or less of something.
You'll be surprised just how efficient and prompt the cleaning staff are and the resturaunt always looked in top condition despite the constant flow of people through the store.
Enjoy your meal in the resturaunt and listen to the babel of many languages as everyone tucks into what must be the world's most successful corporate cuisine.
Favorite Dish: Getting a Big Mac no meat was an interesting communication experience, one that left the staff and I with big smiles.
All the usual menu choices are there but you will find a few local variations worth trying.
Fish and Seafood: Fish and Seafood
Hat Yai has some great places for fresh fish and seafood. I am not usually a big fish fan but can't get enough of it here, especially since a fish supper costs less than three pounds.Related to:
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Sizzlers, McDonalds, FKC: Western Food
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