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Published April 23rd 2013
Authentic Thai food in the heart of Pakington Street
Whenever I am craving something spicy Asian food, my thoughts automatically turn to Thai food. I love the punchy, sweet, sour and spicy flavours that are so distinctive in the cuisine. So when I moved into the neighbourhood, I was elated to stumble on to this little gem of a restaurant on one of my daily saunters.
Over my visits, I have tried a variety of dishes and found them all to be absolutely delicious and flavourful. This time round, I ordered a serve of the mixed entrée, their specialty dish aptly named Golden Triangle, and a beef pad priq sod.
The mixed entrée consisted of 1 curry puff, 1 spring roll, 1 fish pattie, 1 kai bai tuey (chicken wrapped in pandan leaf) and 2 fried won tons. I was slightly disappointed to see that the portions were small, but as I ate, I realised that they were perfectly sized for whetting your appetite, but still allowed you to enjoy the main dishes without feeling too full. The entrees were crispy, juicy and delicious, and went really well with the sweet chilli dipping sauce. I was so impressed with them that I had to save a portion for lunch the next day.
Panny Thai's speciality dish is the Golden Triangle, a heavenly combination of chicken, pork and beef, and the pad priq sod too was excellent with tender slices of beef. Both these main dishes came with generous portions of crunchy vegetables and drenched in savoury, spicy sauce. They had brilliant wok hei, that lovely smokey flavour that only comes from cooking food in wok, and reminiscent of nostalgic Asian street cooking.
Overall, Panny Thai serves good, home-cooked Thai food. The portions are filling, delicious and very moreish. One thing I love about this restaurant is that you have beef, chicken, pork or vegetarian options for most of the dishes. Made to order, they will happily adjust the level of spiciness (mild, medium or hot) if you cannot take the chilli challenge. However, I love spicy food and I can vouch that they definitely do not hold back on the heat when you ask for it.
The restaurant is open daily for dinner from 5pm to 9.30pm. They are relatively small, and were always at least half-filled with diners whenever I dropped by (I usually do a takeaway as I live in the area), so make sure you call ahead if you have a big group or are out to celebrate a special occasion. One thing is for sure, you will always be well fed at Panny Thai.