Chaao Thai Siam is a personality-driven Haymarket micro business that caught my eye with an eager crowd gathering to enjoy free Thai dessert samples.
Inside the tiny galley store, every available surface is covered with trays, cups and containers of brightly coloured desserts. The equally colourful proprietor is clad in Thai dress – shiny chong kraben and a pretty lacy yellow and white sabai, draped diagonally across her chest and dropping off over one shoulder. The narrow entrance is wallpapered with eye-catching photographs of Thai desserts, and the enthusiastic, young proprietor uses them to explain how her desserts are traditionally presented.
Showing an interest sees her gift us with a little cup of tapioca and coconut pudding. They’re usually priced at $10 for three cups and come with a range of colourful toppings. Ours is topped with jackfruit and lychee and has a sweet, tropical appeal.
From the colourful array we opt for Sticky Rice ($5) - which comes in both white and purple - with a fresh mango cheek. Warm, salty coconut milk is ladled on from a stainless-steel pot, after you make your purchase. It’s a delicious and cheap dessert that takes the sting out of a spicy dinner in one of the surrounding restaurants.
Chaao Thai Siam is a family business, with all the desserts made by our colourful hostess and her Mum, supplemented by an upstairs café where they serve savoury dishes like Thai boat noodles.
Chaao Thai Siam
215 Thomas Street, Haymarket
Ph: (0451) 542 797