12 Margaret St
Moonee Ponds VIC 3039
(03) 9372 8585
It does not matter that our Anniversary was last week. Happy Anniversary Hunnie!
Yim Yam was discovered by Mister about a month ago. He was quite excited to try it as Matt Preston has named the crispy rice salad as one of the 5 dishes that a person should try in Melbourne. That is a big call and I was equally curious to try it out as well.
It was our 9th anniversary but with our busy schedule and having to run back and forth while our renovation was going, we decided to keep our dinner plans a little low key this year. After we had a look at the progress of our house, we made an impromptu decision to have dinner at Yim Yam.
Yim Yam is set up by Lylah. She grew up in Bangkok and lived in both Thailand and Laos. She started cooking when she was very young. The influence of both type of cuisines are visible in the menu.
We ordered 2 starters. The simple fish cake was accompanied by a sweet chilli sauce with chunky crushed peanuts. The sauce has a nice hit of chilli. The fish cake was well seasoned and I could taste a hint of grounded coriander. It was a light and refreshing start to our dinner.
Mister ordered the crispy chicken wrapped in pandan leaves. The chicken pieces were marinated in Thai spices then wrapped in pandan leaves and grilled to perfection. Again it was served with their own blend of sweet chilli sauce. The chicken was super tender and had a slight nutty taste. Delicious.
The next dish was what we came for. We had no idea what to expect. Would this toasted rice and coconut salad with Laos pork sausage live up to its high expectations? It is crunchy toasted nutty rice and shredded coconut flakes mixed with aromatic herbs, fresh crunchy vegetables and crushed peanuts. It was a fantastic play on texture. And of course, the flavours were so simple and yet so punchy. We could not stop eating. If you do visit this place, you have to try this. I will be surprised if you did not like it. And there is a vegetarian option as well. This dish is worth the travel.
The chicken ferung is our least favourite dish. It’s stir fry chicken pieces with ginger, bacon and Mekong whisky. Despite the addition of whisky, it still lacked in flavour. Probably anything after the rice salad would taste quite ordinary.
They do have a dessert menu that consists of grilled banana roti with ice cream, sweet Thai dumpling with ice cream, Thai custard with sweet sticky rice and bananas in coconut milk. We had too much and so will leave the dessert for next time. I will be back for more! Care to join me?
I am always lamenting that I am unable to find a reasonably priced Thai food in Melbourne. I found the place and now I can shut up. This will be one of the places that I will keep coming back. The service may be a little slow and the place a little rundown. But if it serves food this good, it deserves the wait.
Do you have a favourite Thai spice? Please share what it is and why.