|Chat Thai on Campbell Street|
|View from the second floor.|
Got to love high ceilings!
|Fresh Spring Rolls $10|
Filled with smoked fish sausage, shredded poached chicken,
cucumbers and shallots wrapped in rice paper.
Dressed with a sweet tamarind sauce.
|Mu Bhing- $2/each|
Skewered and cahr grilled lean pork marinated in galangal,
lemongrass, and garlic accompanied with nahm jim jeaw.
|Massaman Curry- $12|
Chunky strips of beef, pineapple, peanuts, and potatoes
slowly braised in a rich mild coconut curry made from
paste of cardamom, tumeric, cinnamon,
palm sugar, and tamarind.
|Chicken Pad Thai- $8.90|
A sweet and salty stir fry of thin rice noodles with dried shrimps,
salted radish, ground peanuts, eggs, garlic chives, and bean sprouts.
Now, let me blow your mind with their desserts. It was so good it gives me goosebumps. And, the names are challenging as hell to pronounce.
|Khanom Craok- $7Sweet and salty coconut puddings|
toasted in a cast iron griddle.
|And this is what they look like when halved.|
|Kai Nok Gatah- $7|
Lightly fried sweet potato paste dumplings
|And the coconut ice cream.|
|This is how you should have it!|
From all the Thai desserts I've tried, my favorite is this one- Kai Nok Gatah. They're sweet potato paste dumpings, I know how weird that must be sounding at the moment. It has a bewildering springy texture and there's that whole play of give and bite which is hardly relates to anything I've tried before. It's not that sweet, and in my opinon, it might just be bordering the line of sweet savoury. But then you know, you've got a pair it with something that just stamps it with dessert! Coconut ice cream! That day, the ice cream wasn't as rich as I remembered but of course, the sweet potato balls compensated for everything.
|And when we left, the place was packed.|
Thank God we got there early!
20 Campbell St.
* Cold winter day like yesterday. I went out and almost died. Temperature was down to 10 degrees. BRRRR.
** Tofu is on the list of things that I absolutely love along with steak, egg, and eggplant! And no, I wouldn't eat tofu, steak, egg, and eggplant all together, I think that's just weird. But if you do have a recipe for it and it looked irresistibly tasty, I might just might give it a whirl.