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Published December 11th 2014
En-thai-cing food that packs a punch
Do you love spice? Love that burn on your lips and scents that get your eyes watering? Then Yum Yai Thai Kitchen on Henley Beach Road is the place for you. Noodles, stir fry and curries galore are all available from this aromatic spot. Expect outstanding service and quickly served delicious meals that pack a great spice hit.
Yum Yai's delicious food will make you want to plan your next visit!
Yum Yai is open for lunch Monday to Friday and dinner every day, but book ahead as they do get busy. As the name implies, they specialise in delicious traditional and authentic Thai cuisine which truly is yum; this is complemented by a great range of wine selections from the Barossa and Adelaide hills as well as a few Thai beers. The restaurant is small with options to sit inside or outside. Inside the atmosphere is bright and airy, accented by decorative Thai statues and artwork – we especially loved the bright green theme, it was warm and welcoming.
Bright and airy restaurant
For entree we chose the Pandan Chicken. It's one of our favourite entrees and we were very pleasantly surprised at the offering from Yum Yai. Unlike some other places we have tried the dish, this was juicier, fresher and tastier in every single way! It was delicious, cooked beautifully and full of flavour, served with a tasty soy based dipping sauce. This dish was not very spicy, so if you can't handle the heat, this is a good selection.
Fish cakes were next and we loved the accompanying dipping sauce full of chilli, lime, peanut and red onion flavours. Not only were the fish cakes served hot and delicious, it was nice to see them served with a dipping sauce that did them justice and which was not just plain chilli – boring! The spice level of this was medium to hot, depending on the amount of sauce used.
For mains we chose Beef Drunken Noodles and Choo Chee Chicken. While the Choo Chee Chicken was our favourite dish of the evening, our only comment on this one was that there was not enough chicken! If we had the opportunity to drink the sauce we would – absolutely amazing. The flavour was spot on and accompanied with the coconut rice was perfect. Also, the level of fish sauce combined with the lime leaves gave a good balance with the red curry base. This is a mild dish on the heat scale! The Drunken Noodles came out in a huge serve in comparison to the chicken, and this one was nice and spicy. We couldn't come to an agreement on this meal – one of us loved it, and the other not so much. The flavour was intense and maybe too much for some, we still recommend it and say give it go (well half of us does anyway!).
Choo Chee Chicken - our favourite dish!
We don't always have dessert... wait who are we kidding yes we do! How can you resist? We chose the Khao Neaw Sang-Khaya, which is black and white sticky rice with baked coconut custard served with vanilla ice cream. It was sweet, delicious and nice and hot. The dish wasn't too heavy and finished off the entire meal perfectly without having to leave the restaurant rolling.