Sometimes, the success of a new Sydney restaurant can be gauged by the hype it generates, the length of the queue outside the restaurant on a weeknight and the number of likes on its twitter and facebook page. By these standards, Home Thai has been hugely successful in this city. With its beautiful story - a place that feels like home - anyone who has a soft spot for home cooked meals or is nostalgic about the authentic Thai cuisine will find the restaurant and its food hard to resist. It's now the ripe time to put together a great range of dishes from Home Thai for you to enjoy!
It's rare to get a seat straight away at the restaurant but the wait is more enjoyable than one thinks. The dessert and entree dishes are made on the left side of the entrance, and can directly viewed through the glass window from the outside. While waiting, I particularly enjoyed watching how the freshly steamed kanom jeeb fog up the window. Just so homey and real.
The entrees ordered include fresh spring roll, steamed dumpling and kanom jeeb. The fresh spring rolls were gently filled with crab meat, cucumber, tofu, bean sprouts, egg, chinese sausage and served with sweet and thick tamarind sauce. The fillings instantly broke apart at the touch of my fork, demonstrating the softness of the shell and the fullness of its filling.
The steamed dumplings were stuffed with lush green chives and kanom jeebs were remarkably similar to dim sims with prawn and pork wrapped in wonton pastry.
My favourite Thai dishes include green curry with chicken and Pad See Ew with beef, and no, you don't see any ew stuff in Pad See Ew. On rare occasions, I would venture out of my comfort zone and try different mains such as Pad Thai or crispy pork belly. Strange but true!
The green curry at Home Thai was of superior quality. The cherry eggplants and apple eggplants (both mininature eggplants) graced the dish with a lot of texture and excitement. Why excitement? The cherry eggplants actually looked like peppercorns, so every bite felt like an adventurous bite of peppercorn.
Pad See Ew is always a safe and enjoyable Thai dish. The flat rice noodles were stir fried with Chinese broccoli, eggs and soy sauce. The well cooked beef also matched this dish beautifully.
I love the fresh bean sprouts, palm sugar and peanuts in a Pad Thai dish. Home Thai also brought these elements beautifully together in their version of the Pad Thai. A wonderful dish through and through.
My friends also ordered a pork dish with crunchy green beans and fried rice with fresh seafood. I didn't really get around to tasting them so you have to judge a dish by its photo!
By the time we got around to dessert, we were way too full from all the entrees and noodles and rice and BYO wine... The mango sticky rice looked amazing but my stomach could only handle so much rice, even if it was rice of a dessert sort. The mango was very fresh and slightly sour, and the sticky rice balls were tinted with a bit of saltiness. Perhaps this dessert would better complement a lighter meal.
I adored the black sticky rice with taro. Loved all the texture and sweetness, the way a Thai dessert should be! Highly recommended.
So much variety and never a dull moment. Home Thai, you have done yourself proud.