Thai in the Western Suburbs

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 Caroline Thai
Shop 9/218-222 Caroline Springs Blvd, Caroline Springs

Along with Yim Yam in Yarraville, Caroline Thai family favorite time and time again (see previous post here). We booked a last minute reservation last Saturday night as we felt like keeping it local. The place has expanded from one shop to occupying the space next door and even with the extra tables Caroline Thai still draws a full house so it’s always a good idea to call ahead or order take away.

We ordered the following and loved every dish except the papaya salad was so spicy (we ordered it mild) that we had to gulp down some Thai milk tea with every mouthful! I’ll have to remember next time to make sure it’s not too hot. The waiters were accommodating in getting us a high chair and also presented D with plastic plates, cups and cutlery. Toddler D loved it! – another Thai food fan I see 🙂

We enjoyed:

Golden Nest – Stir fried chicken with king prawns with red wine in chef’s special sauce with cashew nut on a golden nest of deep fried egg noodles
Seafood Tom Yum – Spicy Thai style sour soup with seafood lemongrass, lime leaves, mushroom, baby corn, tomato and chilli
Red Duck Curry – Thai style roasted duck in red curry with tomato, pineapple and vegetables
Som Tum Pu – Traditional North Eastern paw paw salad mad from mixed paw paw, carrot, bean, cherry tomato, garlic, peanut, shrimp with secret salad sauce (we ordered the
Thai Milk Tea
Banana fritters and ice cream
Coconut pudding and ice cream

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Caroline Thai Golden Nest The Urban Ma papaya salad The Urban Ma banana fritterCaroline Thai The Urban Ma dessertWe were too quick to tuck into the tom yum soup for me to take a pic!

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Thai in the wild, wild West

With my first ever taste of Thai cuisine beginning several years ago at a little but well-known eatery on Lygon street, I have recently been pleasantly surprised in finding some great little Thai places in Melbourne’s wild wild Western suburbs! After eating at over a dozen Thai restaurants around Melbourne and Thailand (Bangkok & Phuket), I can safely say that Thai food is one of my favourite cuisines.

The beginning – Ying Thai 2, 110 Lygon St, Carlton

Ying Thai 2’s Larb Ped, a roast duck salad with spring onion, onion, chilli & ground rice. The sauce all over this mouth-watering dish is drink-worthy!

Yum Sam Grop – ahhh the must have dish every time I eat here – Crispy pork skin & seafood salad with cashews and a sweet chilli sauce. YUM!

Tom Yum – does this dish even need a description? I can affectionately say that this is the dish that I suffered the hot chilliness for just in order to consume it! Even as a former employee at Nando’s, I was never able to eat any foods with chilli in it – lemon & herb was enough for me. One fateful girly catch up, my dear high school friends booked Ying Thai 2 as our meeting place and since then I have never looked back. Chilli all the way please! This tom yum soup is just bursting with that sweet and sour flavour that instantly makes my mouth water every time I think of it. Thank you Ying Thai 2 (and Mel, Sarah & Trang) for introducing me to the Thai cuisine & again widening my palette experiences.

Don’t let the fluoro green walls and colourful decor fool you – this place has seriously good Thai flavours!

P.S Another dish I like at Ying Thai 2 is the mild curry Gang Panang.
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2) The best in the West – Caroline Thai, Shop 9 Caroline Springs Shopping Central, Caroline Springs Boulevard
After entertaining myself with the Urbanspoon app whilst waiting for husband to finish his dj set, I found that Caroline Thai was one of the only Thai restaurants listed on the app in the Brimbank area – I had to try it. First trip there the tom yum was great! Second time, the tom yum was just a tad bit too bland for my liking. Third time luck, husband and I had found our favourite dishes on the Caroline Thai menu, and the tom yum this time did not disappoint. Service is always friendly and efficient. The decor is cozy and the crockery has its own little cute touches. And the background music has a nice relaxing feel to it that reminds of the various day spa appointments we had on Phi Phi Island during our honeymoon stay. And now for our favourites!:

Tom Yum – I try this dish at every Thai place we eat at just to set the standard for the rest of what we think the quality of the meals will be.

Golden Nest – the crowd favourite. A pork and seafood dish sitting on a “nest” of dried fried noodles. Absolute genius!

Moo Yang BBQ – Grilled pork with Thai herbs. So much flavour and because we ordered way more than our tummies could handle, we took this home & had it with steamed rice the next day – JACKPOT! It was so good, hit the spot hard! Definitely having this dish again. Worth going back for. Reminded me just a little bit of a sweeter version of Filipino bbq skewers/tocino! Now that’s flavour for you.
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Now as it is getting late, I’ll post about the newly opened Bangkok Kitchen (Carinlea) and the popular Keilor Road restaurants Saowadee & Krabi Thai soon! ‘Til then please feel free to leave comments & if you have any suggestions on more great Thai eateries please let me know! Catch you later.


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