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Yummy Thai Pork Leg Stewed

Yummy Thai Pork Leg Stewed

Usually a trip to Sussex St food court isn’t complete without eating at Ramen Ikkyu. I’ve branched out! I love ramen but after eating it once a week for around three months straight, I found I need something new. Yummy Thai had some positive reviews online. Check out some of those pictures – much more visually appealing. I wasn’t sure if I would be able to choose, but I love tender, melt in your mouth meat, so I decided to go for the pork leg. I’m glad I did.

It was amazing. The pork was stewed in a rich broth of star anise, cardamom and other sweet, pungent ingredients. It was finished with coriander and complemented with a small saucer of chili vinegar. I ate this meal with a fork, no need to use a knife as the meat just fell apart in the nicest way. The broth at the bottom mixed with the plain rice and was yummy. The chili vinegar was fantastic with the meat.

This was an enjoyable meal – I’d highly recommend checking Yummy Thai Food out! Go go go!

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Missy K, Surry Hills

I’m a big fan of food. On Friday, I went to Alpha for lunch and left feeling like I wouldn’t be able to eat for a week. That night, I went to Missy K and found myself finishing this pad thai in record time.

Missy K king prawn pad thai

Missy K king prawn pad thai

This was a very tasty pad thai. The flavours were balanced and the fishy element stood out. The noodles had soaked up plenty of flavour and were easy to eat. I would have been even happier with a few less prawn heads, but it was such a yummy dish!

Definitely try it out – apparently there’s a few other good options in the area. It’s a great place for dinner.

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Caysorn

Milk tea, Chrysanthemum tea

Milk tea, Chrysanthemum tea

After reading UTSFoodguide’s farewell posts, I decided to visit a few of the top destinations listed. To begin, I ordered a milk tea set (comes with awesome pandan custard and bread at the end for an extra $2 – worth it!), while my food buddy went for chrysanthemum tea. The milk tea was deliciously sweet. I was hoping it’d line my stomach for what was to come.

Kao klook kapi and massaman curry

Kao klook kapi and massaman curry

We started off with a yummy rice salad featuring pork belly, and massaman curry. It was a great mix of flavours. The massaman was beautifully rich and satisfying with tender beef. We ate most of it but left some for when we finished our next dish…

Kanoom Jeen - Gang gai

Kanoom Jeen – Gang gai

Gang gai, our spicy pick, a red with chicken. I also put a plate of crunchy veggies together to take the heat off. We ordered it not too spicy, as I am not hugely into spice but enjoy a little heat. It was the sort of heat that starts of slow and builds the entire time you’re eating. When I finished, I ate some more massaman and felt really satisfied!

Toast and pandan custard

Toast and pandan custard

We finished our meal with toast and pandan custard. It was a great way to end, although I could have eaten more pandan custard!

Caysorn is great. It’s a classy looking establishment serving quality food with some really exciting options that I’d like to go back and try. Try it out.

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Danny’s Thai Bistro

Danny's Thai Bistro

Danny’s Thai Bistro

I’m not averse to paying a little extra to get a tasty meal. Having an Entertainment Book voucher doesn’t hurt either. Danny’s Thai Bistro isn’t the best Thai in Adelaide but it’s certainly not the worst. Coconut rice is full of flavour and perfect for soaking up curry sauce. The flavours in their Yum salads are strong and pungent. Not too hot but not disappointing either. Their curries are rich and well flavoured.

Danny’s is a busy bistro located on The Parade, Norwood. It’s worth booking a table in advance. They have some classic well made dishes on offer as well as a few that are obviously specialties. Check it out!

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Raining on the parade – Rose Garden Thai

I’m a big fan of Thai food. I’ve visited Thailand and enjoyed some of the local dishes. I love the powerful interplay of sweet, salty, sour and spicy. Some of my favourite dishes were larp, tom yum and curry in all its colours. I have to admit to being a bit of a wimp when it comes to chilli – I require a strong counteraction such as lime to dampen the fiery heat.

Last night I visited Rose Garden Thai, located at 125 Churchill Road, Prospect. I’ve heard good things about it through Urbanspoon so I thought it was worth trying out. I’ve visited Star of Siam and Danny’s Thai Bistro here, both a little more expensive but good quality. I’ve visited @Thai and I am Thai, which are probably more on a price par with Rose Garden. I had high hopes of Rose Garden Thai.

Beef Massaman, Special Garden Fish

Beef Massaman, Special Garden Fish

Glasses of water with wedges of lemon places on our table on arrival without any request was encouraging. Good service. Polite waiters. Then the food came out. Pictured here is the Beef Massaman and the Special Garden Fish (barramundi with capsicum and chicken stir fried topping). The beef was tender but not overly tasty. The potatoes kept their shape but weren’t soft. The curry sauce was more a soup lacking all the elements of Thai that I love – the flavour and the balances of those flavours. The Garden Fish was not juicy. We also had the Squid and Prawn Yum salad with lemon preserved garlic. The sauce had an ok flavour but no chilli, and the batter on both items tasted of raw flour. As far as salads, go, there was some spanish onion slices on top a few straggly pieces of lettuce lying in the sauce. I was disappointed with the food quality.

Yum Salad

Yum Salad

The argument may be made that the price justifies a drop in quality. I would point you in the direction of @Thai which is quite nice. But then I would push you towards I am Thai. I think out of the three cheaper Thai options listed here, they would be my favourite. Their shop is small and catered towards takeaway but their food is fresh, flavoursome and best of all, reasonably priced.

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Finding the Best Pho in Adelaide

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Pho from Pho Minh

I’m always on the lookout for a steamy hot bowl of beef (bo) or chicken (ga) pho. I’d like to know of more places in Adelaide. I’ve visited lots. Some have closed. Others just weren’t good enough. Let me know if there’s some I’ve missed!

I love pho. The first place I ever had it, back in 2007, was at Pho Minh, a little restaurant in a block of shops off of Days road. I’m pretty sure that is the location of the above photo. Pho Minh is fantastic. It specialises in Pho and the fresh noodles are well made. The flavour is really good as well.

Find them at: 7/86 Wilson St Mansfield Park SA 5012‎
Pho Minh on Urbanspoon

I next visited Yenlinh Vietnamese Restaurant, a larger restaurant with a range of other Vietnamese dishes. My friends loved trying other dishes they have, such as duck and chicken. The pho was still good. Nowadays people tend to go across the shopping complex to Pho 75 instead. Yenlinh is well worth a visit for more than just their pho.

Find them at: 113- 131 Days Rd Croydon Park SA 5008‎
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However, my favourite Pho place, because of a combination of size, patronage (always quiet, never busy), price (one of the cheapest places in town), range of dishes (something to keep everyone happy), flavour (only once or twice did they let me down in the four or so years I was going), was Pho Thanh. Pho Thanh was located on Grand Junction road, between South Road and Hanson Road, near the Shell Petrol station and next door to a billiards lounge. It closed in mid 2011, and I’ve been searching for a regular pho haunt ever since. Another of my favourites, when I was working in the city, was Charlie’s Shack, which closed some time in 2012.
Charlie’s Shack
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Pho Bo Tai at Nghi Ngan Quan

Another place worth visiting is Nghi Ngan Quan, at Ferryden Park located inside Ferryden Plaza. The outside looks rundown but inside it’s dark decor, white walls and a few classy plants. Actually quite different from the usual white floor tiles and airy (while small) feel of pho eateries. No cheesy instrumental covers of popular ’90s singers here, but you still get the classic TV screens showing a mixture of Asian pop channels and Aussie rules football. There’s an extensive menu worth checking out and it has a great atmosphere.

Find them at: Shop 4/34 Wright St
Ferryden Park, SA.
Nghi Ngan Quan on Urbanspoon

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Disappointing Pho Bo Tai at Pho Hong Tam

Most shops were shut on a Public Holiday recently, so I went to a new place: Pho Hong Tam, next door to @Thai on Grand Junction Road. @Thai is a pretty nice Thai place, but the pho  was not tasty enough. They only do Pho and Broken Rice, but had no rice on the day either. I felt it was a pretty poor effort but obviously other people disagree, as it’s rated fairly well on Urbanspoon!
Pho Hong Tam: disappointing. Lacked flavour and had tough meat.
Pho Hong Tam on Urbanspoon

Here are some links to many of the best Pho places in town:

http://www.urbanspoon.com/nfp/336/48277/36549/1/Western-Suburbs-Vietnamese-Cheap-eats-Adelaide-Restaurants

http://www.urbanspoon.com/nfp/336/48275/36549/1/North-of-Adelaide-Vietnamese-Cheap-eats-Adelaide-Restaurants

I can vouch for most, having eaten at eight of the Western Suburbs Vietnamese restaurants. In the second list, Pho 75 and Yenlinh are places I know and like.
Pho 75:
Pho 75 on Urbanspoon

What’s your favourite pho restaurant in Adelaide?

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