I'm a wine professional, living in Bangkok and travelling frequently throughout South East Asia. I'm a huge fan of Laos and Cambodia and off the beaten track travel. Feel free to contact me at: www.facebook.com/mil.elephants
Published July 20th 2016
A secret menu you say? Is this the Thai version of In-N-Out Burger. Ok, it's not quite a secret menu, it's just that it's written in Thai, which I happen to be able to read.
Me Dee roughly translates as "Have good", and this place does, more than good. It warms my heart to find real Thai food in Melbourne. It's not fancy; it's in a food court, but this does not diminish the classic nature of the food.
Perched on the counter is a separate menu in Thai. Don't fret. The prices aren't different, just the dishes. They haven't been westernised for the lunch time office crowd, like some of the main menu has.
The menu consists of what are widely regarded as the every day staples for the average Thai person, from Krapow Mu Kai Dow, minced pork served with rice and a fried egg, to classic Tom Yum soups and variations on Khao Pad (fried rice) and Krakow (rice on the side) dishes.
Most dishes are between $10 and $12.
In the secret menu you'll find Red pork, accompanied with a spicy sauce, Khao Man Gai, basic but arroy (delicious) chicken and rice, the rice being cooked in Chicken stock, as well as some classic Thai soups. Many of these dishes are not spicy, you can choose from a range of spicy condiments to boost your prik (chili) level.
This may not be what you expect of Thai cuisine, but this is 100% genuine (with slight variation for ingredient differences) day to day Thai food. The best evidence of this is that I was told about the place by a Thai friend and almost all the customers there were Thai.
Portions are large and service is quick and efficient. I'm sure if you point at the Thai menu and give something a shot you won't be disappointed.