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Thai Pothong Review

Uncategorized January 12, 2011

I’ve been coming to the Thai Pothong for years now. I’ve been here for several birthdays, or just a nice night out in Newtown for dinner with friends. I think that it’s fair to say that it’s been giving pretty consistent results throughout the years. The food is good, the restaurant atmosphere is nice (with the most gorgeous Thai decor) and the service is highly efficient.

One of my favourite things about the Thai Pothong (aside from the fact that it’s the closest Thai restaurant to Newtown Station and its enormouse size – it used to be three separate shops;) is how efficiently they seat big crowds. I’ve turned up here on busy Saturday nights with a crowd of 8+ people and they have always managed to seat us at a decently sized table with no booking. What’s more, even though the restaurant is always busy with customers, you are constantly getting excellent customer service – water and rice being constantly refilled by the friendly staff. Customer service is one of those things that you don’t realise is missing until you’re somewhere it isn’t… It’s then that you realise what a big difference it makes to your dining experience – it can often mean the difference between an unpleasant night or an entirely pleasant one.

The only downside about this place is that it’s not the cheapest place for Thai that you will find in Newtown, but considering the rest of the perks you get (i.e. the service and comfy space in a nice air conditioned room) is a considerable trade-off. The old adage you get what you pay for certainly applies here, but hey, who’s complaining?

I still remember my first visit here with a group of church friends. We played a prank on one of my oldest and dearest friends by singing “Happy Birthday” to her when she returned from the bathroom (much to her surprise). We managed to get a large chunk of the rest of the restaurant singing along with us. We even ended up ordering the special ‘Birthday Dessert’ (fruit and ice cream) which compelled everyone to sing again (one dude on the table adjacent to us managed to remember her name while singing and then turned to me and said brightly “I remembered her name!”) Good times. I’m pretty sure I have that on film somewhere…

The classic chicken cashew nut (Gai pad mamoung himmaparn) $17.95 – Chicken with cashew nuts, chili jam, water chestnuts, lotus seeds and shallots

Roast Duck Salad (Pla Ped Yang) $20.90 – Sliced roast duck with spanish onions, coriander, roasted ground coconut, mint leaves and lemon juice, yum!

Another Thai classic – Massaman Curry, except this time with lamb! Instead of the usual beef..
Gang massaman gae, $19.95 – a mild lamb curry with roasted peanuts, thai herbs and crispy onions

I ordered this one, mostly because I’m a big fan of mock-duck products (one of my faves is a brand called “Lamyong”). Another one of my fave restaurants is called Green’s Gourmet (another Newtown one, although they also have a restaurant in St. Leonards). Wasn’t the greatest dish of the night and nowhere near as good as the stuff Green’s Gourmet brings out. If you want to try good roast vegetarian duck, go to Green’s!
Vegetables with Roast Vegetarian duck  (pad ped ja) $16.95 – Seasonal stir fried vegies with roast vegetarian duck

To summarise… Thai Pothong is a great restaurant to visit with a big group of friends for a special night out. Good food, good service and its nice and comfy in there! You’re looking at about a meal cost of around $25-$30 (this is including an entree/main and of course, depends on what you order). They also have a wide range of Vegetarian dishes and adjustable banquet options if those suit you.

Oh and if you’re visiting the Thai Pothong, you can’t help but take a gawk at some of the cool Alien theme sculptures in the window.. So cool!

Check out the Thai Pothong website here. You can check out menus, prices, location and all kinds of other handy information online at their site.

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Asian-style Chicken Salad

Uncategorized April 12, 2010

I got the inspiration for this one from Anh’s food blog, specifically her recipe for roast hoisin chicken and I came up with this chicken cashew nut salad.

500g chicken thigh
1/4 cup hoisin sauce
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon grated ginger
2 cloves garlic, minced 
1 tablespoon soy sauce 

Combine all ingredients in a shallow bowl and allow to marinate for 1 hour or overnight. Preheat oven to 180’c and place chicken on a lined baking tray. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until golden and cooked through. 

Remove chicken from the oven, rest, cut into strips and add to salad.

Salad to serve – 
120g mixed salad leaves
1 cucumber, roughly chopped 
Dressing (1 teaspoon honey / 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar / 2 tablespoons olive oil – mix and pour over salad)
Toasted cashew nuts to sprinkle
Combine all ingredients (except cashews) and toss well to coat. Sprinkle with cashews. 



Creamy Chicken Mushroom Pasta

Recipes April 12, 2010

This pasta recipe is an old family favourite. It’s really easy, cheap and delicious and feeds a crowd. 

Creamy Chicken and Mushroom Pasta 

750g shell pasta, cooked to pack instructions 
2 brown onions, roughly chopped 
4 cloves of garlic, finely chopped 
4 tablespoons of butter
400g tin cream of mushroom soup 
1 cup grated tasty cheese
4 tablespoons of plain flour
2 cups (500mls) of (cold) milk (more or less. depends on how thick you want your sauce.) tip: using cold milk for a bechamel means less lumps! 
The shredded meat from 1 large barbecue chicken 

Melt butter in a heavy based oven-safe pot. Add the onion and garlic and cook, stirring, for 3-4 minutes or until the onion softens. 

Add the flour and whisk for 1 minute, or until the flour is slightly golden and smells nutty. Add the milk, whisking continuously until fully incorporated. Bring to the boil and cook, stirring, for 1-2 minutes, or until slightly thickened. Add the cream of mushroom soup and the cheese and whisk until cheese has melted. TIP: If the sauce consistency isn’t right, either reduce it until thickened or add more milk to lighten it.  

Add shredded chicken and pasta and toss until just heated through. 

TIP: Pour into a baking dish and sprinkle with a mixture of extra cheese and panko breadcrumbs and grill until melted.


Sweet Chilli Meatballs

Uncategorized January 28, 2010

I love making homemade meatballs. They’re a real crowd pleaser and incredibly easy, plus super versatile depending on the mood you’re in. 

Try a different spice blend, or add a tonne of freshly chopped herbs (oregano / basil / parsley / mint / coriander / sage / chives), garlic, ginger, curry paste, hoisin sauce, sweet chilli or the zest of limes or lemons. 

Ingredients: Makes about 20 meatballs.

500g beef mince (or lamb!)
2 eggs
1 tablespoon soy sauce 
1/2 cup fine breadcrumbs
4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 medium onion, finely chopped 
1/3 cup sweet chilli sauce 


Combine the mince, eggs, soy sauce, breadcrumbs, garlic and onion in a large bowl and mix until well combined. 

Roll spoonfuls of the meat mixture into meatballs. 

Heat a large frypan over a medium-high heat with a good drizzle of olive oil. When the pan is hot, add the meatballs and cook for 5-6 minutes, or until golden brown. Add the sweet chilli sauce and turn to coat. Reduce the heat to medium and cook for a further 8-10 minutes, until the meatballs are cooked on the inside. 

Enjoy 🙂

love, from the land that is cloudy, with a chance of meatballs!



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