Eat: Gang Som Thai
There’s a new Thai place that’s opened up around the corner from my office and I’m not kidding when I say I ate there almost every day the first week it opened.
That’s how good it is.
I know, I know, you think I’m blindly raving – how could this Thai place be better than the thousand other Thai joints on the other side of USyd in Newtown? Well here’s what I reckon: this place is fresher, higher quality and does huge servings all for bargain prices. They even let you add pork belly instead of the usual chicken/beef/prawns, for an extra couple bucks. (And they don’t skip on the belly)
The restaurant itself looks like most Thai restaurants: it’s bright, open plan and not much to look at aesthetically, but they do have excellent bright orange feature walls, which give it a touch of modern and fun.
The menu also isn’t particularly special or anything out of the ordinary: they have Pad Thai, Green Curry, Red Curry, Massaman Curry and all the other favourites. The difference is that they execute them incredibly well – the Pad Thai is the best Pad Thai I’ve had in years. Honestly, I’d just about given up on the dish before this place came along.
My personal favourite is the Pad Mee Kao, or ‘drunken noodles’ – flat noodles in a sweet and salty sauce, with veggies and a meat of your choice. But I also rate the spicy Red Curry, which has a proper kick of curry paste that isn’t watered down with too much coconut milk and the Thai Basil and Chilli Jam stir fry is sweet, spicy and salty all at once – with a mound of rice to mop up all the sauce.
Gang Som Thai aren’t doing anything that other Thai restaurants aren’t already doing (except the pork belly thing, which is pretty cool for all you pork belly addicts out there), but you don’t need to reinvent the wheel, you just need to make already great food taste that much better. And I think Gang Som Thai are absolutely doing that.
Gang Som Thai is located in the quadrant at 68 Mountain St, Ultimo