Wednesday, August 8, 2012

S & T Thai Gourmet Cafe - Northbridge

S&T Thai is one of those places that when you find out about it you either
a)    Tell everyone you know as you are amazed at it’s deliciousness
b)    Tell no one, so that this little gem of a Thai restaurant does not get too busy when you go there every week.

I decided (a) because this place is so fantastic that if I didn’t tell anyone I think I would spontaneously combust with excitement.
The menu is huge, and after you decide what you want to order, you simply press the button on the table that says “order”. And just like magic, a waitress will come to take your order. The other buttons available are “water” and “bill.” It beats waving over a waitress during your meal any day!

Prawn Money bags for entree

The Tom Yum soup (entrée size – set meal with rice) was rather small. For an additional $2 we could have got the large size which was huge, but this size was very small. I guess for an entrée it is all you need… The flavours of the soup were lovely. Just not enough!!
Chicken Tom Yum soup for entree

The prawn salad for entrée was very sweet/sour/spicy and almost too sicky for my personal taste. There was a nice kick of chilli hiding in the salad and the prawns were huge, plump and bursting full of juiciness!

Prawn Salad - Grilled prawn with fresh garlic, chilli and lemon juice.

Our Prawn Red Curry was absolutely delicious! A generous serving of plump prawns and a beautifully tasting curry sauce that wasn’t too creamy or spicy. I do like spicy curries but this was just perfect! Such a large serving too!

Prawn Red Curry

Prawn Pad Thai

The prawn Pad Thai was unbelievable. I have not tasted a Pad Thai like this since I was in Thailand last year! The sweet and nutty flavours of the tamarind and peanut did not overtake from the soy, spices and yet another generous serving of perfectly cooked prawns! The fresh addition of coriander and crunchy bean shoots added a nice textual contrast. Unlike a lot of Pad Thai’s I have had, it wasn’t too oily and didn’t leave that thick oil taste in your mouth. The fresh squeeze of lemon took it to another level and I was sold. Perfection!

This was demolished in front of my eyes and I don’t think I spoke to the others at the table for the duration of its existence.
Beef Panang Curry

The Panang curry was unlike a lot of Panang Curries I have tried in Perth Thai restaurants.  It wasn’t very creamy, and was rather sweet. I did not taste the peanut and Red Thai curry flavours I usually drool over. It was however, a delicious curry.
 Green Chicken Curry

We would have taken the leftover curry sauce home but we noticed this sign on the wall:

50c, wow…really?!  This put me off a little, but also made me smile.
In summary, we ordered two entrees, 5 mains and rice and the total bill came to $106! Now that’s value! Considering three of these meals were seafood dishes!

Highs: The Pad Thai for sure!
Lows: Sweet prawn salad that didn’t really hit the spot.
Overall: Such value for money and wonderfully tasty dishes! I can’t wait to come back and try more!
Will I return? I already am this weekend!

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Monday, August 6, 2012

Ria Malaysian Feast

Ria Malaysian Cuisine in Leederville is a real favourite of mine!

I’ve blogged about my love for Ria before, so I’m just going to dazzle you with some snaps from my recent visit!

If you want to read about my previous experiences at Ria, click these links for my first visit and second visit.

Our array of curries: Seafood Tamarind, Cleo Chicken and Beef Vindaloo

Seafood Tamarind

Beef Vindaloo

Caramel Cheesecake dessert

Sago coconut dessert

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Sunday, August 5, 2012

Holy Guacamole!

One little avocado sitting in the fridge. Looking all lonely…
I’ve been told time and time again how good avocados are for the nutrients they provide and the good fats and oils your body needs! Making the discovery of this avocado in my fridge, I thought what better opportunity to whip up some guacamole for an afternoon snack! Mmm!!

I decided to have the leftovers on my toast with eggs, mushrooms, spinach and smoked salmon for brekky the next morning…now this is going to become a regular thing!
Wow, am I purchasing some more of these little beauties ASAP! Delicious!!

Simple Guacamole Recipe:
·         Avocado (mashed)
·         Red onion
·         Crushed garlic
·         Lemon juice
·         Tomato
·         Salt
·         Pepper
·         Chilli
·         Fresh coriander

Mix all ingredients together in a bowl and there you have it! You can pretty much use whatever you feel like. I added a big sprinkle of chilli because I’m a chilli lover, and some chopped cucumber because I felt like a fresh crunch. I also used spring onion instead of red onion as this was all I had and it still tasted absolutely delicious!
Serve with corn chips, salsa, sour cream or simply dip veggie sticks into it for a healthy snack!

The next morning I smeared this green goodness onto some of my FAVOURITE (Lawley’s Bakery) Fig and Fennel toast topped with sautéed mushrooms, spinach, smoked salmon, fried tomatoes and eggs! Now that is what I call a perfect breakfast!

Fig and Fennel Toast from Lawley's Bakery in Mt Lawley

Fresh homemade guacamole on toast for brekky