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Thai at Chat Thai, Haymarket

This is not the first time I have been to Chat Thai, twice prior to me having this food blog, and both experiences weren’t that great, so thought I would go one more time to check it out. My parents haven’t been, but have heard raving reviews. I also wanted to take them out for lunch for helping me with the move, as a thank you!

We got there about 2pm, so the queue wasn’t too bad, and we were quickly seated to our table. Whilst waiting, I noticed people having a drink, similar to that of cendol. I can’t remember the thai name for it, but it was similar to the Indonesian / Malaysian version. It consists of coconut milk, a worm-like jelly made from rice flour with green food colouring, and palm sugar. The one at Chat Thai also came with jack fruit which was delicious. It was sweet, and refreshing, however, the cendol was chewier than the one from Indonesia, and one that I have grown up with.

We started with these steam pancakes with peanuts and palm sugar. It was warm and deliciously sweet, too sweet for my liking and definitely too sweet for entrée. The pastry was sticky and chewy-like, however, if it was savoury I think I would have enjoyed it more.

Mum wanted to try the Thao Mhu Opb, which is clay pot of honey marinated pork short ribs with egg fried rice. The pork was tender and succulent, however, for me it was too sweet and rich, making it a little sickening. The egg fried rice was a good compliment to the honey marinate pork ribs but it was still quite rich for me.

The special of the day was duck noodle, five spiced braised duck with egg noodles. I loved the egg noodles, reminded me of the noodles back in Hong Kong, however, the soup was again too sweet for my taste buds and a little rich. The duck, however, was tender and moist. I could have happily eaten the duck alone.

I don’t know if it we ordered incorrectly but for me, it still wasn’t good. The first couple of visits, we had the pad thai, curry, sates, fried rice and I thought that was ordinary. So I am not sure if its the ordering or the fact that Chat Thai and I are not meant to be. The desserts however, were scrumptiously good!

I remember ordering the durian sticky rice cooked with coconut milk and that was amazing! I still dream and think about this dessert. Unfortunately this dessert is only available at night, so we couldn’t try any. (This photo was taken a while ago, but I still do remember the taste and flavours).

I remember we also had Tao Tung, which is a fat-free dessert soup with a mixture of pearl barley, kidney beans, lotus seeds, logans, red dates and more. We also tried the sticky rice with mango which was delicious, but otherwise, the mains are a no no for me.

Mum wanted to take away the fried banana fritters and sweet potato balls (which I didn’t take a photo off!) and they were fantastic! Better than lunch that’s for sure.

I have to say though, after three attempts at Chat Thai, I am still not convinced and don’t see what the attractions are. It’s three out of three strikes for me. I would come back, but just for their desserts.

I think my parents agreed with me on this one, that it wasn’t the best lunch we had. I think Spice I am, is still our favourite.

Like I said earlier, I wanted to take them out for lunch for helping me move, however, believe it or not, that day, their eftpos machine was broken and I had no cash! So instead of taking them out for lunch (I am embarrassed to even say this), mum had to pay! I told ‘The Mother’ and he was seriously unimpressed! Will take you out somewhere yummier next time mum! Sorry!

GA’s ratings: 5 / 10 (I’ll give it an extra point for the desserts!)

Chat Thai

20 Campbell Street

Haymarket, Sydney, 2000

Ph: +61 2 9211 1808

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  1. January 16, 2012 at 11:35 am

    One of our favourite Thai restaurants in Sydney! Love it.

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