Food: Fusion fare at Wok Pagoda

PHUKET: Located 10 minutes from Chalong Circle along the road to Kata-Karon, Mom Tri’s Wok Pagoda fuses gourmet Western and traditional Thai dishes together over an open-air pavilion.

Nestled in the steep slopes of Phuket’s mountainous East-West divide, Wok Pagoda’s vantage captures a nearly 180-degree view of Chalong Bay, Phi Phi island and the carpet of lush terrain rising into Phuket Hill. In short, the view alone is worth the visit.

Wok Pagoda’s fusion-focused fare is the new-born sister to the established Mom Tri’s Kitchen, just a jaunt away in Kata.

Its opening in December, just in time for high season, will allow patrons to sample the wok-served gourmet fusion of Thai, Asian and Western recipes that are uniquely crafted by head chef Tummanoon Punchun, and creatively presented by his prompt and courteous staff.

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Mr Tummanoon’s reputation as a premier chef in Thailand brings with it a focus on the charcoal grill at the heart of Wok Pagoda’s state-of-the-art kitchen. Fresh, locally-sourced ingredients fill a menu designed to give the classics a twist.

From stir-fried beef tenderloin in a red reduction sauce with crackles of black pepper and Thai heat, to a basted and braised sweet-yet-savory pork chop, Western clientele will feel right at home while easing into their Southeast Asian taste buds.

House favorites include baked sea-scallops served in the shell and topped with garlic and Parmesan; a wafer tower layered with rich and locally-sourced crab meat and garnished with basil and pesto dashes; and a similarly tiered eggplant salad with shrimp and curdled chicken. Every dish is served in an elegantly styled wok.

The Japanese-inspired bar is perfect for those who want to enjoy yakitori tapas, or just cocktails and conversation while enjoying the scenic view.

In Wok Pagoda, Mom Tri has delivered a classic gourmet restaurant with a twist and flare fitting for Phuket.


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