Tuesday, 10 June 2008

thai on wok

193 Glebe Point Rd
Glebe NSW 2037
Phone (02) 9660 9011

Published in 3D World

Thai food in Glebe is about as ubiquitous as hemp fabric clothing, bongs and students with dreadlocks. So it stands to reason that you could quite easily fall into the trap of dodgy Thai fare without trying too hard. So I offer you this tip: When it comes to good Asian food, a good rule is to follow the masses. If an establishment is busy, and you see at least a 15% Asian participation rate, chances are the food is good.

Thai on Wok on Glebe Point Road is one such place. On any given day, you’ll find it packed full of people, either eating in or waiting for take-away meals. To be fair there isn’t a great deal of space to sit and eat – this is an incredibly popular take-away cafĂ©, however whether you stay or go, you can see your meal being prepared from scratch, right in front of you courtesy of the open galley. Consider it your front row seat to live gastronomy theatre – there’s fire, there’s movement, there’s artistic flipping of ingredients from woks.

The menu is comprehensive, running the gamut from Fish Cakes to Jungle Curry and Pad Thai. Start with a Tom Yum Soup – a study in simple fresh, fragrant ingredients culminating in a spicy, aromatically earthy flavoured soup that is sure to cure whatever winter ills you might have. Other popular favourites with the locals include Pad See Eiw with beef – the noodles are soft (meaning they’re extra fresh), the beef is generous and tender, the vegetables are crisp, perfectly blanched and bright and it’s all pulled together with that deliciously charred flavour that only comes from an expert’s wok. Their Pad Thai is also well worth trying: give it a go with prawns.

If stir-fried dishes are what you’re looking for, try the chicken with eggplant – the delicately soft texture of the eggplant compliments the chicken well – make sure you order plenty of steamed rice to soak up the saucy goodness.

There’s a reason these guys can afford to shut up shop for one month every year and head back to Thailand..seriously fresh ingredients, cooked expertly. And every year, the locals count down the days until they return.


Anonymous said...

Hi, they have the best beef/seafood salad in town!
I agree they lack of good service and ambience