A free-spirit studying psychology at the University of Sydney.
Published April 13th 2016
South-East Asian Street Sensations in Kogarah
A cheap, unpretentious Asian restaurant with fast service was just what I was wanted for lunch last Friday - a cool, overcast afternoon, on which I was in Kogarah. I had earmarked a certain place along Montgomery Street with a pretty lotus flower as its front, with wafts of spices and coconut-infused cooking in the air, and with an elaborate collation of Thai and Malay street food.
Finally, I decided I'll have a taste of the aromatic sensations that seemed to come from this kitchen. You order from the counter, with friendly staff that are ready whenever you are. Just behind the cashier you'll see a big wok that didn't seem to get much of a break for the while I was there, and just beside this counter is a glass buffet of fresh vegetables that are cooked to order.
This restaurant, with its informal set-up, made me feel as though I was dining along the streets of a Thai or Malaysian village. The inexpensive dishes and slightly chaotic kitchen were all the more reminiscent of South-East Asia. The ladies who served me had warm smiles as they ensured I was fed and quenched, and were very thoughtful - making suggestions as you order, gaging how spicy you're feeling, and wishing all a happy weekend as they left.
Now, most of your favourites from the South-East Asian flavour spectrum are found on this menu. Whether that be something with coconut milk, the sweetness of noodle dishes like Pad-thai, the creaminess of Indian-influenced dishes like Butter Chicken, or something hot and spicy. I saw "Peanut Sauce" under the Stir-Fries list, and knew in that moment, that was my lunch right there!
I got it with chicken, and it came beside a bed of steamed rice, with a good assortment of veggies in the stir-fry. From first slurp, this meal was an absolute flavour explosion. If you can imagine the different hints you taste when eating a peanut, but magnified and with more sugar, and creamier, that's what I was savouring every mouthful of. The rich sauce over the tender chicken pieces, baby corn, carrot, and more, made for a wholesome and flavoursome Asian meal.