Erica is a writer and yoga teacher based in Melbourne.
Published September 12th 2011
The fresh, spicy aromas of lemongrass and chilli; the sweet thickness of coconut milk; the dilemma of having to choose. This is the joy of Thai cuisine. When a Thai craving strikes, my first stop is Piyada Thai Restaurant in Croydon North.
Both the take-away and dine-in menus are extensive, featuring all the Thai favourites. The satay entrée is moreish, with a home-made creamy, nutty satay sauce piled on top of chicken or beef. Or try the crispy spring rolls filled with chicken mince and served with sweet and sour sauce.
For mains, encourage your dining companions to share, eliminating the difficulty of choosing just one dish. My current favourite is Pad Kee Mou – soft, thick rice noodles stir fried with chilli, garlic and basil and your choice of meat or seafood. Other favourites include Red Curry Duck, with sweet pineapple and cherry tomatoes; the potato and peanut-filled Mussaman Curry; and Pad Mad Mamuang – a stir-fry with cashew nuts and roasted red chilli.
This is only a small taste of what's on offer, there's plenty more, including Green Curry and Pad Thai. And don't forget roti bread and some steamed or coconut rice.