Ploy Thai is the best and most authentic Thai in my area by far. I often order takeaway from here on lazy Sunday nights, my usual being fish cakes ($4), green papaya salad ($7.50) and a tom yum goong ($6.50) or drunk noodles ($9). I also have a soft spot for the sour curry with prawns (oh! tamarind joy), but sadly I don’t do usually prawns anymore due to the environmental impact. Sometimes it’s hard being good. 😦
Last week when it was still too hot to go into the kitchen, I took my dad for dinner here. Once we’d arrived, the owner brought a fan out just for us (so considerate!) which thankfully eased the muggy atmosphere. They really are the loveliest staff here.
We started with my usuals…
They were both delicious, as usual! The fishcakes here are always moist (sorry about the word moist, I hate the word but there’s no other way to describe them!) and never rubbery as they can so easily become. They also have the beautiful fragrance of kaffir lime and a light, slightly syrupy dipping sauce. The green papaya salad is not as fragrant with herbs as my favourite at Thanh Binh, but the perfectly balanced dressing with a slight chilli kick makes it tongue-tingling good, and a steal at less than $8.
For mains we shared a tofu and vegetable stir-fry with Thai basil – simple, but so good well done well. It had a good balance of creamy soft tofu and nice large chunks of vegetables with just-cooked crunchiness, well-seasoned with fish sauce and just the tiniest touch of sweetness, and all infused with the intense, aniseed-laced headiness of fresh Thai basil. Another bargain at only $9!
Instead of my usual drunken noodles or curry choices, on this occasion we decided to try a dish I’d heard was a specialty here – the kana moo grob (stir-fried Chinese broccoli with crispy pork). When it arrived I was very excited… Thin slices of crispy pork! Deep green gai larn in all its glossy glory!
I was slightly disappointed to find that the crispy pork pieces were a little too crispy, to the point of being a little dry and fibrous. Perhaps it was a one-off? I’d be happy to try again next time, as everything else I’ve had here has been so good.
The dinner of two entrees and two mains came to about $35 for the two of us. Incredible value, especially when you consider you can expect to pay and extra 30%-50% at the multitude of very ordinary “cheap” Thai joints nearby.
If they only did desserts too, Ploy Thai would be my idea of the perfect local!