I have had a huge obsession with Khanom Krok and it seems that Chat Thai Haymarket (must insist on the Haymarket branch, as they do not serve these in Manly nor Westfield) is the only place in Sydney that would serve them!
So once we secure our table, after just a 10 minute wait (3 others were on the waiting list before us but this was cleared quite quickly) we managed to order these goodies!
Some Khanom Krok or Khanom Kraok AUD 7 for 7 come pipping hot but others are cold or tepid. It’s sort of OK since Monsieur prefers them cold. I like them burning my tongue so we’re both happy!
Though these are served as a dessert, I’ve had them as a starter in France, with shrimps or minced pork on top and fish sauce on the side, and they were perfect. I wish I had ordered the papaya salad as that one always has plenty of fish sauce… could have used some for my Khanom Kraok. The inside is melting, the outer shell is crisp… Lovely!!!!!
Second to come is the roasted duck with duck gravy sauce and rice AUD 14.90 (Na Ped). The duck is nice and though there’s some skin, it isn’t soaked in duck fat. The taste of ginger is quite strong for my liking, but Monsieur finds it is spot-on. We managed to save some of the rice for the next dish we’ve ordered.
I wanted the chargrilled chicken with turmeric… but I ordered the wrong one, and ended with fried coconut chicken AUD 12 (Gai Todt). We were confused, for the coconut chicken did not taste of coconut whatsoever, so we thought they had it wrong, but judging by the menu, it was actually the coconut chicken. The skin was ultra crisp, and though I love crispiness, it was too much… We couldn’t even tell bones from meat… Some pieces were still raw which was not very pleasant.
We’ve also ordered some cream on wafers aka Kanom Bueang AUD 1 for 1, they taste good, and I’m glad we got to try these, having spotted the exact same wafers in Thailand when we travelled there almost 2 years ago. We didn’t dare trying much of the street food as Monsieur had had a bad experience once (big hot pepper that he thought, was non spicy but was actually insanely hot). The red one is savoury, the yellow one is sweet.
Overall, our bill comes down to just AUD 37.90, a steal for the amount of food we’ve had. Next time, there’s a great chance we’ll get just the Khanom Krok and a papaya salad! We will definitely return for Chat Thai’s Khanom Krok! It would be good if they could have them at Westfield though, that’s the one we usually go to!