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One of the beauties of an amazing timeshare apartment has to be the well-appointed kitchen. You’ll save lots by cooking up a storm yourself on holiday in Phuket, Thailand, in your home from home Marriott timeshare apartment. Get on down to the local market and choose carefully from the freshest local ingredients, and give these tasty Thai dishes a go.

A sense of taste

Hot, sour, sweet and a little salty. Those are the flavour bombs that explode in your mouth when you first try Thai food. Use your sense of sight and smell too, when you go shopping for the ingredients, look for the brightest vegetables, and the freshest fish. You’ll soon be cooking like a pro! Thai food is loved the world over, but where better to experiment with new flavours than at the source. A holiday to Phuket will soon have your mouth watering, and knocking out some of these traditional Thai dishes is easier than it looks. Strong aromatics are key in Thai cooking, with lots of flavours, excellent presentation and attention to detail is everything. Take a bite of our guide to the most popular Thai dishes. We asked Thai traveller Tom for his input, as a lover of spice and all things nice.

Tom Yum Soup

With the main ingredients of shrimp and usually chicken, then chicken stock, fish paste and galangal, aromatic lemongrass and of course chilis for heat, this is one of the most popular Thai dishes. A hot and sour soup is the result, and you’ll find it on most menus. What to have a go yourself? Then check out the Tom Yum soup recipe here.

Tom Kha Kai

Tom Kha Kai, or Gai, is another hot and sour soup, but this time made creamy with that ubiquitous Thai ingredient, coconut milk. Chicken and coconut are the ultimate in Thai comfort food, and this soup dish is ideal for all seasons.

Pad Thai Noodles

Pad Thai Noodles are probably a Thai dish you’ve tried even before travelling to Thailand. It’s the world’s favourite noodle dish – and delicious. Easy to make with bean sprouts, green onion and shrimp – it takes seconds to throw together in a hot wok. Here’s an easy Pad Thai recipe to follow.

Kai Med Ma Muang

Chicken that has been fried with cashew nuts, this a substantial, protein enriched but still easy to make recipe. According to the High Heel Gourmet, the full name is “Gai Pad Med Ma Muang Him Ma Paan” (ไก่ผัดเม็ดมะม่วงหิมพานต์), but Kai Med Ma Muang is enough of a mouthful! Check out her recipe here.

Beef Massaman

More coconut milk, potatoes, peanuts and beef, of course, blend together seamlessly for this creamy Thai dish with Indian influence. Palm sugar, Tamarind paste and Seville oranges add another dimension, creating a warming Thai curry with maximum flavour. The list of ingredients is lengthy, but the result is worth the effort.

Try this Beef Massaman recipe from the Thai Table.

All that’s left is to say Bon Appetit in Thai…กินให้อร่อย (gin hâi a-ròi).