Traveling abroad is not complete without diving head first into the local cuisine. During our trip to Hua Hin, we not only found this inner-coastal town to be tourist friendly and beautiful, but it is bustling with an amazing array of fresh seafood that we’ve sorely missed since moving to landlocked Chiang Mai. There is something to be said about enjoying seafood in Hua Hin at waterfront restaurants, little side street venues, or watching fresh seafood plucked from the ice and grilled a-la-cart from street vendors at Hua Hin’s Night Market. Without further ado, feast your eyes on some of Thailand’s beautiful, delectable seafood.
Warning: The following post contains images that may cause an immediate and intense craving for seafood.
Thai cuisine balances sweetness, saltiness, spiciness, sourness, and umami. The Thai flavors are extremely complementary with the sea’s fare, as we discovered again and again on our quest for seafood in Hua Hin, Thailand.
Sang Thai Seafood Restaurant
Our seafood adventure began at Sang Thai Seafood Restaurant, which has a prime spot on a pier in downtown Hua Hin. Although the restaurant doesn’t look impressive from the street, the beach views and fresh seafood steal the spotlight.
Tender clams were smothered in spicy chilies, basil, and garlic paste, which is a popular Thai flavor combination. Soups are often simmered with the exotic flavors of lemongrass and kaffir lime, as in tom kha, a seafood coconut soup.
Perfectly steamed crab served with a simple chili sauce was one of the highlights of this feast. If you can swing the budget for this monster, do it!
Baan Hin Rim Haad Restaurant
We enjoyed more seafood south of Hua Hin at the Baan Hin Rim Haad Restaurant (ร้านอาหารบ้านหิน-ริมหาด / Stone House Beachfront Restaurant), a small family owned establishment with a beautiful view of the beach. Although it is further south in Kui Nuea, Prachuap Khiri Khan, it is well worth the drive for its private beach location.
There we dined on fried som tum, which was a nice alternative to the classically prepared fresh papaya salad. Another of our favorites include tom yum, a spicy lemongrass seafood soup.
Fried whole shrimp glazed with sweet and sour sauce reflects another well-loved flavor combination. We also enjoyed a whole fish that was prepared using spices and toasted, uncooked rice before being fried, which is a northeastern Thai cooking style. Although there are many other places to get seafood in Hua Hin, this place was special. You won’t find it advertised online in English, and if you are a foreigner you are sure to be the only one they have seen in a long time. This paired with the views and the authentic Thai cooking makes Baan Hin Rim Haad Restaurant a wonderful hidden seafood paradise.
Yummy Corner Cafe
We enjoyed even more seafood in Hua Hin at a small roadside restaurant called Yummy Corner Cafe. This time it was a gorgeous plate of shrimp pad thai. It was no surprise that the taste was just as amazing as the presentation. It definitely topped our list of pad Thai dishes we have had since living in Thailand.
Although not seafood, it is worth mentioning that they served our preferred type of coffee, Vietnamese style drip coffee, or as they called it, primitive coffee. We will definitely be back for more the next time we are able to visit Hua Hin!
Hua Hin Night Market
And not to be forgotten, the street vendors at the Night Market serve lobster, shrimp, squid, and whole fish straight off the grill! Seafood in Hua Hin can be found literally everywhere.
Thailand’s seaside town of Hua Hin has so much to offer for seafood lovers. Enjoy a wonderful variety and abundance of seafood in Hua Hin, from upscale dining to street food, and it will be far from disappointing. It is a must do if visiting Thailand!
Map of Where to Eat Seafood in Hua Hin
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