A Thai-Muslim family has run Roti Chaofa on Chao Fa Road in Phuket Town, next to Siam Commercial Bank (where my wife worked before moving to Norway) for over 30 years. This breakfast-and-lunch place is very popular among locals, and when my wife worked at SCB, she often ate here paying less than 50 baht. Below are some Thai dishes that should be prepared by a Muslim.
Massaman chicken curry with Roti (Thai pancake), which is an Indian-style flatbread. The Malaysian cuisine very much influences this dish with flavors of cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg. Delicious and very non-Thai.
Saffron-yellow rice with chicken topped with crispy fried onions (khao mok gai) and a small bowl of broth. This Indian/Persian-influenced dish (biryani) is very popular among Thai-Muslims.
Roti Chaofa is also famous for their fried chicken, and my Mickey Mouse-dressed wife just had to order a plate for old time’s sake.
Roti Chaofa is a typical open-air sidewalk restaurant with plastic chairs and fans hanging all over the place. The staff where friendly and one man shook my hand when we left, something Thai people usually never do.
Before we left, I order a Thai pancake with banana and chocolate takeaway. Classic and the Muslims does it best.
You know Roti Chaofa is a Muslim restaurant by the Islamic crescent moon symbol on the sign.
My wife’s old workplace, Siam Commercial Bank, right next to Roti Chaofa.
Roti Chaofa opening hours: 06:00 – 13:30 (closed on Mondays)