Kan Eang 2 Restaurant emits the tantalizing fragrances of Thai culture. Seafood lovers — make a stop at this famous spot at Chalong for delicious seafood dishes. You will love the variety of dishes cooked in traditional Thai style. Kan Eang translates as ‘relaxed’ in English and this is definitely an apt name for this large beach-side restaurant just north of Chalong on Phuket’s east coast. Breezy and shady, most of Kan Eang’s seating is outdoors, set under tropical almond trees, although there is an indoors section. Very popular with groups and families, the restaurant normally get busy in the evenings but at lunchtime and during the afternoon it’s a veritable haven of peace and quiet.
In case you’re wondering, there are two Kan Eangs in Chalong: The newest version is Kan Eang @ Pier and situated Chalong Pier. Both serve predominately seafood dishes and, if anything, Kan Eang 2 is a tad more traditional in its cuisine. Open since 1973 and with over 100 staff members, the sprawling garden restaurant enjoys great views over Chalong Bay and nearby Koh Lone Island, as well as of dozens of neighbouring yachts bobbing and straining at their anchors in this naturally sheltered inlet.
Kan Eang 2 has everything a good seafood restaurant should have, and more. Fresh fish, crabs, prawns and shells are the main ingredients, and both restaurants probably get it from the same place. Food and service are less sophisticated, the menu appears shorter, crabs are a little smaller, but they serve everything you can expect from such venue, plus the price is significantly lower!
Kids love Kan Eang 2 because of the wide open spaces to run around in and the shallow-water beach that flanks it. The place has an innate sense of fun that most restaurants aspire to but relatively few achieve. The menu is wide ranging and all manner of fish and seafood features on it along with favourite Thai dishes such as crab fried rice and phad thai along with salad choices including Thai spicy salad.
Set Menu Served on Table :
Pad Pak Ruam Mit – Stir Fried Mixed Thai Vegetables. Pad Pak Ruam Mit is a delicious stir fry of seasonal vegetables with fresh flavours of Thai spices.
Gai Pad Med Ma Muang – Fried Chicken with Cashew nut. Gai Pad Med Ma Muang is soft and moist chicken meets the warm crunch of toasted cashew nuts with balanced use of herbs and spices to create mouthwatering and vibrant flavors.
Tom Yum Talay – Spicy and Sour Mixed Seafood Soup. Tom Yum Talay is a hot and sour soup of mixed seafood like fish, prawns, mussels and squid simmered with fragrant local spices to create its distinctive sweet, sour and spicy flavour.
Thot Man Kung – Deep fried Prawns with Seaweed in batter. Thot Man Kung is golden-brown crispy deep-fried prawn cakes served with a sweet sauce dip – a favorite dish for those who don’t like very spicy food.
Kung Thod Sod Makham – Fried Prawns with Tamarind sauce. Kung Thod Sod Makham is fresh and moist prawns marinated with Thai herbs then deep fried and tossed in tamarind sauce to get that tart-sweet flavor.
Pla Pao – Salt-Crusted Whole Grilled Fish with Lemongrass. In Pla Pao a layer of salt crust covers the whole fish so the flesh inside keeps moist and succulent while grilling and served with a garlic chili seafood dipping sauce.
Khao Pad Boo – Fried Rice with Crabmeat & Egg. Khao Pad Boo is combination of fragrant spicces, fluffy rice, scrambled egg and juicy crab meat
Seasonal Mixed Fruits.
The Tom Yum Talay with tons of prawns, mussels, fish, mushrooms and squid in a tangy, spicy flavour-packed broth served in a charcoal pot is good for sharing — especially on rainy days.
Also good is their Khao Pad Boo with minced crab-meat that sees silky smooth fresh crab meat in fried rice and tons of fried egg.
Impress your friends with their Kung Thod Sod Makham that sees generous portions of prawns meat in a tamarind sauce that brings out the prawn’s sweetness.
Be sure to get their Thot Man Kung that balances sinfully good deep fried bites of fresh prawns, lightly pan-fried slices with seaweed in batter.
Round off the meal with Gai Pad Med Ma Muang, juicy and soft fried chicken with cashew nut.
For sharing, get the Pla Pao – the whole fish, that stars a thick sauce with a slight kick, best enjoyed with a glass of beer. This Salt-Crusted Whole Grilled Fish with Lemongrass is another Phuket signature dish that you shouldn’t go away without trying. The clean clear taste of incredibly fresh grilled fish is brilliantly accented by aromatic Lemongrass.
Try one of the set menus here to catch the best of what’s on offer; recommended dishes are pla nueng manow – steamed whole fish in lemon and chilis, Thai spicy soup, and deep-fried shrimp cakes. Chicken, pork and duck are also served in various forms although you’ll have a hard time finding western food on the menu but who cares? This is a unique Thai experience and all the better for it. Typically, diners will order several dishes and share them by placing them in the center of the table and helping themselves accordingly.
Thank god for the smells, because the restaurant itself makes such a strong impression it can be hard to figure out how good the food is, at first. And the food is very, very good. It is homey and special, comforting, and transportive enough to make you happy you decided to pay someone else to cook for you. The setting by the beach is striking. Sober simplicity and peacefulness, it has this unique atmosphere that will relax your mind down to the island mood. It might be the shade of the many trees added to a cool sea breeze, right on the Chalong beachfront with a view on mooring sailing boats and islands in the far.
Kan Eang 2 Seafood Restaurant
Opening Hours: Seven days a week 10:00 – 24:00
Address: /3 Moo 9 Chao Fah Tawan Aok Road (North of Chalong Pier)
Set Menu Costs – 600 bhat – 1100 bhat
Tel: +66 (0)76 381 323
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