Khao San Road
696 Mt Alexander Rd
Moonee Ponds, 3039
(03) 9372 9113
This week I shall bring you another local that we just stumbled upon. There seems to be new cafes and restaurants that have been springing up in our local in the last couple of years. It may not become the next Brunswick or Smith Street but I have to admit that I never thought I find nice places in my local to eat! But my mind is slowly changing.
Khao San Road may sound familiar to some of you that has travelled and visited Bangkok. It is a famous street in Bangkok that attracts backpackers and budget tourists. I would say that is quite a bohemian type area that also attracts local artists and party people. Having said that this restaurant is not emulating this famous street. Dark wood chairs and tables occupy the space. The usual Buddha artwork hangs on the walls and some of the decorative table lamps have priced tags on them.
It was difficult to decide what to have. Most of the items were really tempting. But as a group, we finally decided to have 2 entrees and 3 mains to share. The first entree was Hoy Jor. It is minced prawn and crab that is wrapped in beancurd skin and lightly deep fried. This dish was served with a light sweet plum sauce. I would have preferred not to have the mixed salad and mayonaise but instead some baby cos to add a different textural and refreshing contrast to the dish.
Next on the list was grilled oysters. Quite acidic but it was balanced off with the ginger dressing. I love how it is served in the terracotta-looking pots. Very cute and it is just a little surprise when we lifted the top off to find little morsels of delicious meaty oysters.
The massaman beef curry was also served in a little pot. The serving may seem small but it was a rich creamy dish. The slow cooked beef was rather tender and it had potatoes, onions and peanuts as its companions.
The snapper with 3 sauces (tamarind, chilli and basil) is one of the stars of the night. The snapper was deep fried to perfection. I could hear @eatnik chomping away at the tail end of the fish. The fish was covered with a perfect balance of sweet, sour and spicy sticky sauce. So who had the fish head? It was politely shared between @eatnik and myself. She had the eye and I did not.
The other star that shared the spotlight was braised pork hock with star anaise, mushroom and chinese broccoli. The meat was totally falling off the bone. We were all hungry for the fatty but silky textured skin. The sticky and gelatinous sauce was a hit and I was just shamelessly having spoonfuls of it. I would be very happy just have that and rice.
The chicken pad thai was a little hit and miss. It does not have that freshness and crunch of a good pad thai. Where is the fresh coriander?
We all need our dose of vegetables and so ordered the simple stir-fry vegetables combination. It is what it is. The vegetables was not over-cooked and I liked it that it still had some nice crunch.
The portions of the dishes were well sized but some of it quite rich. We order some desserts to share. I am always a little skeptical about Thai desserts as not many places do them well and most of the time, very unmemorable.
Mister and I shared Cup O’ coconut with coconut ice cream. The presentation was lovely. The whole table was oohhh-ing and arrr-ing. The top layering is sago and roasted coconut jelly sits below it. Very interesting and tasty. A very familiar taste but can’t exactly remember where I have tried it before. The coconut ice cream seemed like it was vanilla ice cream mixed in with roasted coconut flakes. Just did not seem right. And I wasn’t sure why there was strawberries and cream served with it. Quite odd!
@eatnik and her sister tried the sticky rice in custard with vanilla ice cream. I had a little taste. It was rather sweet and very rich! Sharing is definitely the way to go. The banana chip was pretty awesome!
Mr. eatnik had a dessert to himself. He ordered sticky rice ball in warm coconut milk. I did not try it but assume it wasn’t too bad as he finished the whole bowl.
Of course we will come back here. It is exciting that the quality of the local restaurants are getting better. So where next?
What do you like to see more in your local?