Coconut milk-free vegetable curry in hot pot
Ying Thai 2
110 Lygon Street
Carlton Vic 3053
I haven't had Thai food in aaages, so I was very glad when my friend Adri suggested Ying Thai 2 for a Sunday-night catch up. We rocked up at 6pm on a Sunday night, and it was a lot busier than we expected. We were told that we could only get a seat inside if we left by 7! It was warm outside, so we were happy to take an outdoors seat and relax.
Funky hot tea that tasted like Malaysian barley drink
We ordered 4 dishes and rice to share between the 3 of us. I, being the devil-may-care rogue that I am, I was gonna ask for all dishes to be hot, but my friend Adri urged caution. The restaurant has a reputation for having their food hot hot hot. We asked for all the dishes to be medium heat. It was a good move.
The food, generally, came out really quickly. First, the rice in a "hey we use this at home" tupperware container...
It was a bit of a struggle getting all the dishes/plates/cups on the table, but the waiters somehow managed. I must admit I nearly had a heart attack watching them carry piping hot pots of soup balanced precariously atop lit burners with one hand, but all food was ferried safely to the table.
The picture you see at the top of this post is the coconut-milk free vegetable curry. Supposedly "medium", it was frikkin HOT!!!
Tom-Yum Soup - richly flavoured, and just as spicy as I like it.
Chicken Pad Thai - our favourite dish.
They seemed to forget about our duck salad, but once we asked the waiter to check on it, it came out really quickly. It looked a bit disappointingly small, but it was so delicious! I loved the gritty contrast of the roasted rice and the tangy dressing.
The whole meal ended up being good value, at around $25 each. I love Thai food, but don't often eat it here, so Ying Thai 2 was a great find. I enjoyed all the dishes, except for the veggie curry, which apart from being too hot for my taste, didn't complement the delicious tom yum soup - it was hot broth overload. Next time I'd definitely go for a coconut based curry.