Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Ying Thai 2

Coconut milk-free vegetable curry in hot pot


Ying Thai 2
110 Lygon Street
Carlton Vic 3053
(03) 9639-1697

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.

Coconut drink

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.

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5 comments:

claire said...

Aw, love Ying Thai 2! But I find the interior colour scheme a little overwhelming, particularly if I'm hungover... :)

cltyw said...

that's my fav thai place!!! do u know there are 3 ying tai in melbourne now? I only tried 2 of them but still prefer the 1 in lygon. another dish you shld try next time is their fried fish covered with chillies!!!! REALLY SPICY so go for mild spicy instead if not it will burn your tongue and ended up tasteless.

Laura @ Hungry and Frozen said...

That does sound really cheap for all that food. I really love the look of that duck salad. Unfortunately I have pretty mild taste in chillies...I can't take too much heat!

thanh7580 said...

I haven't been to Ying Thai 2 but have been to their sister restaurant Ying Thai on Victoria Street so many times.

I love the food there. There's no holding back with the chilli there. Every dish is full on spicy, just the way I like it. I like their salads the best, so addictive. The prices are also excellent for great Thai food.

I agree that it always looks so scary when they carry those hot pots around.

Jessica said...

that is my favourite thai place! i live so close to it and they are the least anglo-cised.