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Hot Plates: 10 Must-Try Thai Dishes Across Australia

From traditional to contemporary, we’ve rounded up 10 of the best Thai dishes across Australia, including fiery delights from David Thompson, cheap and cheerful noodles served in a Melbourne carpark, and a modern twist on son in law eggs, served on a Gold Coast beach.

Long Chim’s Chiang Mai larp

Heat-seekers should zero in on David Thompson’s eye-wateringly spicy Chiang Mai larp of chicken mince, northern spices and tongue-singeing red chillies. Available in Perth, Sydney and Melbourne.

Chiang Mai Larp


Image courtesy: Long Chim Perth

Boon Cafe’s sai ouah pasta

When you think of Thai food, pasta doesn’t spring to mind, but they like to do things a little differently at Jarern Thai Boon Cafe in Sydney. Order the signature sai ouah pasta with kamut fusilli, spicy pork sausage and an egg yolk. Don’t miss the extensive selection of som tum salads either!



Image courtesy: Boon Cafe

Spice I Am’s pad prik king

It’s hard to choose just one standout from Sujet Saenkham’s menu at Spice I Am in Sydney, but the pad prik king gets our vote. It’s a fiery stir-fry of crispy pork belly, curry paste, green beans and kaffir lime leaves grown on Sujet’s farm in Kangaroo Valley.

Soi 38’s beef boat noodles

Tucked beneath a parking garage in the centre of Melbourne, cheap and cheerful Soi 38 has a cult following for its boat noodles. This robust dish features three types of beef (sliced, braised and meatball) and rice noodles in a spiced pork broth, garnished with bean sprouts and pork crackling.

Boat Noodles


Image courtesy: Soi 38

Longtime’s crispy whole fish with three-flavour sauce

Visit edgy Brisbane restaurant Longtime, in Fortitude Valley, for their killer cocktails and crispy whole fish, served with a lip-smacking three-flavour sauce of pineapple, dried chilli and Thai basil.

Longrain’s betel leaves

The restaurant that kickstarted our love affair with betel leaves, Longrain in Sydney and Melbourne continues to wow with its textural toppings of prawns, peanuts and herbs.

Longrain Sydney


Image courtesy: Longrain Sydney

Rick Shore’s son in law eggs

Although the menu may be pan-Asian, there are plenty of Thai dishes to tempt you at Rick Shores, overlooking the waves at Burleigh Heads. Try the gooey son in law eggs with the clever addition of bacon and chilli jam, or the luscious yellow curry of prawns.

Yok Yor’s som tum

Som tum lovers will go into a spin over the selection on offer at Yok Yor in Sydney. Opt for the tangy som tum Thai or push the boat out with crab, fermented fish or hard-boiled egg versions.

Do Dee Paideng’s tom yum soup

Aromatic, spicy and cleansing, Do Dee Paideng’s tom yum soups walk the perfect tightrope between spicy, sour, salty and sweet. They’re available in seven levels of spice, in Bondi, Cabramatta and Haymarket.

Chat Thai’s pad Thai

No round up of Thai dishes is complete without a serve of pad Thai, and we’ve found one of our favourite versions at Chat Thai in Sydney, pimped up with roasted duck and tamarind sauce.

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