06 October 2010
3 Mama Chef's Thai Restaurant ~ Haymarket \ City \ Thainatown
One good Thai deserves another. After a great feed at Thanon Khao San on the weekend we try the delights across the road at 3 Mama Chefs Thai Restaurant on Pitt Street, Thainatown.
Three Mama Chefs is one of the crop of little Thai joints down the southern end of Pitt Street that's always full of Thai punters. We checked out the menu the other day and found it had some Thai street food goodies and just had to come back.
Ice Thai Coffee - $2.90. Super sweet, just like anywhere in Southeast Asia. And just like Thailand we are given a tiny allotment of serviettes, though in Thailand the serviettes would be miniscule, thin and pink.
Chef's Suggestion #13 - Spicy Stewed Pork Soft Bones Soup - $13.90. When the lovely waitress brought this to the table she asked in amazement "you like spicy?" We think they get a lot of backpackers from the hostels in the area who don't like spicy. This soup is plenty spicy without blowing your head off, a clear, tangy soup with lots of fresh spices and tender pieces of pork on the bone. This soup comes without noodles so its a good idea to have some rice with it.
#1 in the noodle section of the menu - Stew Duck Noodle Soup - $10.90. This dish was divine and great value with a whole duck maryland. The broth was sweet and rich and went well with the glass noodles. Even the two little cubes of blood were ok, I'm not usually into blood stuff, don't let it turn you off this wonderful soup. We were both over the moon with this one, a new favourite.
#7 from the salad section - Crispy Cat Fish Salad - crispy fish with cashew nuts and Thai dressing - $13.90.
The crispy cat fish salad was a wonderful surpise. We expected deep fried fish fillets but received some kind of crispy fried floss. It didn't taste very fishy but the texture was wonderful, especially when contrasted with fresh salad and apple slices; and some cashews for crunch. The Thai dressing was sweet and mild with tiny dried prawns for punch. We have only come across this 'crispy fried catfish' once before many years ago in an upmarket-ish Bangkok restaurant highly recommended by a Thai friend, Anna Cafe. We were over the moon to have it once again.
BACK AGAIN IN DECEMBER 2O11...
Back for more duck noodle soup. One of those soups that isn't amazing on the first sip but god-like by the bottom of the bowl when all the ingredients have melded. $10.90.
Soup with chicken, winter melon and preserved lemon - around $10. An amazing soup - a clear broth with big hunks of chicken on the bone and slices of plain stodgey wintermelon. The preserved lemon is actually a preserved lime we think, the citrus flavours permeate everything, it's almost Greek in flavour. If your into Asian soups you should definitely try this.
Stewed pork leg with rice - about $10. Lovely slow cooked pork on plain rice. The chili sauce nicely cuts the sweetness of the meat.
We love how they serve tube shaped ice in the drinks, just as they do all over Southeast Asia. Nothing chills like tube ice.
Sorry we couldn't get a good front photo folks, there was a bum out the front who insisted on being in the picture. He seemed like a nice gent but lacked certain qualities required of models.
3 Mama Chef's Thai Restaurant is at 410 Pitt Street Haymarket. Ph 9212 3933. Open 7 Days 11am - Midnight. This is another great place to deviate from the normal red curry stuff and try something different without spending a fortune, and without feeling like part of the herd.