Bangmud (Floating) Seafood Restaurant @ Phuket, Thailand

Sam’s birthday was 6th March and we planned a surprise for him. We were going to shanghai him to Thailand. Blindfolded and led into a taxi at 6am in the morning, Sam arrived at the Changi International Airport, clearly surprised. Shocked even! He doesn’t understand, “We didn’t pack, we didn’t do any foreign exchange, my passport…”

Sam was blindfolded and had earphones on (loud music). He said he felt claustrophobic at first and then he felt like an idiot later while sitting at the lobby waiting for the cab but he was clearly surprised when he realised we were going on a trip.

Sam was blindfolded and had earphones on (loud music). He said he felt claustrophobic at first and then he felt like an idiot later while sitting at the lobby waiting for the cab but he was clearly surprised when he realised we were going on a trip.

We have arrived! Phuket International Airport.

We have arrived!
Phuket International Airport.

Phuket, formerly known as Thalang, with a population of about 503,000 (2013), is somewhat smaller than the size of Singapore, but it is Thailand’s largest island. The recent name Phuket could be derived from the Malay word Bukit which means Hill. Another suggestion of the island’s name originates from two Thai words, phu (mountain) of ket (jewel), and this is said to be recorded in a Thai chronicle.

The island is connected to mainland Thailand by two bridges. It is situated off the west coast of Thailand in the Andaman Sea. Phuket formerly derived its wealth from tin and rubber, and enjoys a rich and colorful history. The island was on one of the major trading routes between India and China, and was frequently mentioned in foreign ship logs of Portuguese, French, Dutch and English traders. The region now derives much of its income from tourism. – Wikipedia

Bangmud Seafood

From Laem Hin Pier, which is on Phuket Province itself, we took a sunny walk to the end of this bridge to catch a ferry across to Coconut Island.

They told us that the next longtail (ferry) would be half an hour later as we'd just missed one. We enquired about the floating structures ahead and they said those were floating seafood restaurants. The lady recommended us one that doesn't serve alcohol but the food is great.

They told us that the next longtail (ferry) would be half an hour later as we’d just missed one.
We enquired about the floating structures ahead and they said those were floating seafood restaurants.
The lady recommended us one that doesn’t serve alcohol but the food is great.

Bangmud Seafood

After the lady contacted the restaurant, they sent us a ferry.
Our ride is here!

Excited and hungry! We haven't had breakfast yet so we were happy to have lunch before checking in in an hour's time. We'll need to come back to this jetty for a different ride to Coconut Island later.

Excited and hungry!
We haven’t had breakfast yet so we were happy to have lunch before checking in in an hour’s time.
We’ll need to come back to this jetty for a different ride to Coconut Island later.

Bangmud Seafood

This was the restaurant recommended by the lady at the jetty.

Bangmud Seafood

There were tables but no chairs.
We had to sit on the floor and the boys weren’t used to it.
I was grateful we need not kneel to eat as in a tatami room – Japanese style.

You get to choose your seafood - live! See the nets? Catch of the day! There's different crabs, fish, lobsters and prawns swimming in them.

You get to choose your seafood – live!
See the nets? Catch of the day!
There’s different crabs, fish, lobsters and prawns swimming in them.

Lunch was served pretty quickly after we've placed our orders. We were the first diners there at 10.50am.

Lunch was served pretty quickly after we’ve placed our orders.
We were the first diners there at 10.50am.

Bangmud Seafood

Glass bottled Coke is sexy, don’t you think?

Bangmud Seafood

Traditional aluminium pot for storing cooked rice (table service).

Bangmud Seafood

Thai rice.
I suspect the ones we had was not the best quality of Thai Jasmine (those were meant for export).

Bangmud Seafood

Morning Glory or what Singaporeans called Kangkong (water convolvulus).
This was by far the most delicious Kangkong (cooked same style) we’ve tasted throughout our trip in Phuket.

Bangmud Seafood

Seafood Tomyum Soup.
I like it that they use lime instead of assam (tamarind) in this dish.

Bangmud Seafood

Steam Squid with lemon. I think they were referring to lemongrass.

Bangmud Seafood

There’s Squid Roe inside the tubes.

They haven't eaten squid roe before and totally loved it!

They haven’t eaten squid roe before and totally loved it!

Bangmud Seafood

Deep-fried Grouper with two flavours.

Bangmud Seafood

Black Pepper Sauce.

Bangmud Seafood

Sweet and Sour.

Bangmud Seafood

Cooking our crustacean – blue crabs.

Bangmud Seafood

Blue crabs are smaller than mud crabs but the flesh is sweeter.

Bangmud Seafood

We asked for extra spicy!

Bangmud Seafood

She’s the main cook.

Bangmud Seafood

Prawns with sweet sauce.

Bangmud Seafood

The sauce is sweet and savoury, not spicy with the ketchup.
There’s ginger, tomatoes, scallions and topped with fried shallots.

Bangmud Seafood

Fresh and succulent.

Bangmud Seafood

This was the beginning of our prawn dish “trail”.

Bangmud Seafood

Amazing Thai Chilli dipping sauce.

Bangmud Seafood

The young cook.

Bangmud Seafood

Stingray curry?

Bangmud Seafood

Can you make out what this is?
I like to try this on our next visit.
The restaurant was kind enough to let me into the kitchen to take some pictures.

Lunch was super duper delicious! Maybe we were super duper hungry but whatever it was, one cannot fault fresh ingredients! Everything arrived hot and tasted yummy.

The dishes we liked best from Bangmud was the 1) Steamed Squid with Lemon – zesty steaming hot broth that managed to whet our appetite. The children have never tasted squid roe before and they loved it. 2) Morning Glory stir-fried with Oyster Sauce was a winner. We had the same dish in different restaurants during our stay in Phuket but the one prepared here had the right balance of seasoning and crunch. 3) The Blue Crabs were very spicy to me but not so to the children. They all agreed that my tolerance for chilli has gone down. Crab meat had the sweetness of sea and the combination of red curry powder was fantastic although Ryan lamented the crustaceans to be tiny – we’re used to eating Sri Lankan crabs, which are huge.

The service was impeccable in the department of patience. The lady who served us actually spend some time, I think a good 15 minutes, explaining to us the ingredients used for our dishes.

1. Grouper 2 style.<br />2. Tiger Prawns (tamarind).<br />3. Squid steamed with Lemon.<br />4. Tomyum Seafood.<br />5. Blue Crabs with Red Curry Powder.<br />6. Morning Glory Oyster Sauce.<br />Other items were Rice, Coconut drinks and Coke. Total: BHT 3375 We had an exchange rate of SGD 1 = BHT 25

1. Grouper 2 style.
2. Tiger Prawns (tamarind).
3. Squid steamed with Lemon.
4. Tomyum Seafood.
5. Blue Crabs with Red Curry Powder.
6. Morning Glory Oyster Sauce.
Other items were Rice, Coconut drinks and Coke.
Total: BHT 3375
We had an exchange rate of SGD 1 = BHT 25

Floating restaurants are known as Krachang in Thailand. Eating at a krachang is quite a novelty for Singaporeans as we get to enjoy a peaceful meal unlike the rowdy indoor food centres and restaurants we are accustomed to. While waiting for your food to arrive, which was quick during our lunch, you can walk around the krachang (known as kelong to Singaporeans) and perhaps discover some exotic display (for all we know they could be food? I’m not sure) like the blowfish, mantis shrimps, moray eels or even leopard sharks!

Bangmud Seafood Restaurant. We had a free ride to and fro Laem Hin Pier.

Bangmud Seafood Restaurant.
We had a free ride to and fro Laem Hin Pier.

Bangmud Seafood Restaurant
(Take a ferry from Laem Hin Pier)
Tel: (+66) 81 273 2367  / (+66) 81 537 4227.

Other floating restaurants: Bang Gaan, Kruvit and Kru Suwit.
Bang Gaan Seafood Tel: +66 [0] 81 788 5593 or +66 [0] 89 650 4858.
Kru Suwit Tel: +66 [0] 89 594 0161.

Happy traveling and discovering 🙂

Bangmud Seafood

Leaving Bangmud for Laem Hin Pier to catch our ride to Coconut Island.

P.S. We’ve been back since Sunday (8th March 2014) and I have been ill, distressed and then procrastinated in blogging…

The minute we touched down in Singapore on the 8th, we could literally see that the sky was polluted with haze, thanks to the yearly contribution from Indonesia’s slash and burn campaign and yes some of these plantation owners are Singapore entities. Shame on them! Last year’s (June) haze was so bad, it touched PSI 400. I can’t believe the haze arrived early this year, it’s only March!

This week, we’re hit both sides from JB, Malaysia and Indonesia. An email arrived, “With the onset of the haze over Singapore, and the forecast that the haze will persist into the next week…” My outdoor Txikiteo party invitation has been withdrawn and postponed (date to be advised when the sky clears).

In the cab (from the airport otw home), Vanessa turned on her wifi and read some local news. MH370 was reported missing. To date, no one knew what happened to the Malaysian carrier. It seemed to have just vanished into thin air.

I have never been out in the sun for so many hours in a day and for a few days consecutively so I was a little under the weather. The haze did not help and the news of the missing flight and its mystery added on to my stress.

I had a couple of scheduled posts before I left and thought I could rest a little before I start to blog again but I felt uncertain about posting a happy holiday when so much pain is in the air (both haze and the missing aircraft). It is not easy to keep smiling when inside of you spells turmoil. Yes, I have a weak mind and body. Pardon me.

I hope the rain would come and clear the skies… I pray that all the passengers and crew on board MH370 are safe and they would be found soon.

Read about Haze here.

You can read the latest news about the missing MH370 by clicking here.

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Comments
28 Responses to “Bangmud (Floating) Seafood Restaurant @ Phuket, Thailand”
  1. Laura Lynn says:

    I’m so sorry to hear you were unwell. The sun and the bad news and the smokey haze can’t be a good combination. I hope you are feeling better by the time you read this.
    The trip to Phuket looked very fun! The food looks like it was fantastic! The photography was, as usual, flawless as were the delicious discriptions! I am reading this right before dinner and I’m getting hungier by the second!
    I hope there is some good news regarding the flight…sometimes no news is good news. Maybe. But it doesn’t look good, does it? Take care Semi and try not to worry too much.

    • Sam Han says:

      Thanks Laura, I wish I can get a hold of myself. I am particularly weak and stressed with bad news. I hope you are doing well. Sorry for not visiting often. I am having a tough time getting myself to shape up (mentally).

  2. piyushpujara says:

    after long time you publish the post.. 🙂

  3. Lignum Draco says:

    So you’re a kidnapper now? 🙂

    Hope you’re feeling better soon. The news is not good.

    • Sam Han says:

      Thanks Draco, I’m physically better. I hope the rain comes soon. For many, outdoor activities are reduced. About MH370, rumours going around that a bomoh was engaged to locate it for MYR 8 mio, ridiculous! Staying hopeful for good news although it seemed slim at this point in time.

  4. renxkyoko says:

    I see some real coconut juice ! ! I’m gonna have that in 3 months ! !

    • Sam Han says:

      Yes Ren, coconut juice are refreshingly good in hot humid weather. Are you going to Philippines in 3 months? Have you decided which other countries you will be visiting?

      • renxkyoko says:

        We’re not sure if we’ll even go to any country besides the Philippines. My parents have already spent so much for that vacation house they’re building. So much to buy like beds, curtains, bedsheets, etc… a million stuff. And you know, we don’t have investors… it’s all out of pocket, so, yeah.

      • Sam Han says:

        I’m sure you’ll have a great time at the vacation house. Who knows, i might visit you, lol… How long will you be there for?

      • renxkyoko says:

        30 days.

        The problem with Asia is that we have to fly to different destinations, unlike in Europe where we travelled via the motorcoach. We are thinking of going to Japan, but we don’t think we can afford it, not now… wrong timing. 6_6

  5. Kevin says:

    What a nice surprise.

  6. Melisa R says:

    I hope you feel a bit better. Your post did not disappoint and neither did the images. Everything looks incredibly tasty. Sometimes it’s good to just take a rest. You don’t want to push yourself too hard.

    • Sam Han says:

      Hi Mely, I’m all good now except for the occasional dry throat and running nose from the haze. The air condition is better today although I have not checked the PSI. Still no news for MH370 and that is still weighing on my mind. Thanks for stopping by. Your comments are deeply appreciated 😀

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