The first dish we tried was called a Pinto Pancake (Thai Style) ($18.50). The pancake was crisp and tasty, with hoards of pan-fried mussels, a mound of fresh, green garlic shoots, bean sprouts, a 'special dip' which tasted like a variety of sweet chilli with perhaps tamarind or maybe some fish sauce, definitely made from scratch. It was an absolute winner of a dish - if this is how it travels, I wait eagerly to taste it in the restaurant.
Though we were loath to move on, we tried the second dish - Devil Stir Fried Big Prawn (under 8 size) in shell ($21.50). Now we hazard that under 8 size means that the prawns are about 8 to a kilo (or 125 grams each)... but we could be wrong. The sauce involve a terrific use of black peppercorns, with tiny mushrooms (bursting with flavour), onion and capsicum. The 4 big prawns were tasty, and cooked in such a way that their shells melted (in the mouth if you so chose). Their flesh was well-cooked, and barbequing in the shell really brought out the flavour. It was a definite success!
The final dish we tried, and again we were loath to abandon the earlier 'big prawns', was Aromatic Soft Shell Crab with Lychee Salad ($22.50). The salad involved large whole lychees, mint, mixed leaves, sliced chilli, spring onion, hunks of spanish onion, lemongrass capsicum and a light aromatic dressing. The scattered pieces of deep fried soft shell crab were reminiscent of salt-and-pepper style, and all together this was a superb dish.
We were astounded with the quality and value for money on this take-away, and it has inspired us to dine in next time!
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