1 Yampi Way, Willetton
Tonight we got together for dinner. The restaurant looked odd - a mish mash of different themes. There were sofas and coffee tables near a wood heater where patrons could snuggle up for a coffee; the usual tables for diners; an attempt to create a Thai theme; but overall rather tacky looking with a central ceiling piece of flashing Christmas lights.
The menu was also a bit of an oddity. They had the usual traditional Thai dishes, but I suppose to cater for those with other cravings, they had a section offering dishes like chicken parmiagiana, fish and chips, lamb shanks and other things you'd find in a bistro.
Now, I apologise that the quality of my photos at dinner tonight are not that great as I can't use the flash.
char-grilled chicken skewers served with peanut sauce
minced chicken and prawn with vegetables, wrapped in pastry,
deepfried and served with sweet chilli sauce
fresh grated green papaya with shrimp paste, crushed peanuts, palm sugar,
fish sauce, green beans, tomatoes and lemon juice
a smooth curry with red chilli paste, coconut milk,
exotic Thai spices, with mixed vegetables and lamb
jungle curry - the only curry without coconut milk
the sauce is flavoured with ginger root, basil leaves, fresh chilli,
and served with vegetables and chicken
a stirfry with mixed seafood, vegetables, garlic, chilli,
basil and topped with crispy basil leaves
king prawns in a sweet tamarind sauce with cashew nuts
Thai style pineapple fried rice with chicken,
cashew nuts, egg and a touch of curry powder
they came molded into the shape of a star - nice touch or tacky?
Overall I was quite satisfied with dinner. The spicy dishes were spicy. The vegetables were fresh and each dish had its own distinct flavour even if they looked similar. We were all rather happy after dinner.
Back at Ling and Shallen's place, I opened a bottle of grappa that I've have for a few years now. I remember purchasing it on Singapore Airlines on the way home from Singapore from their inflight duty free.
This was good stuff. I drank half the bottle myself and felt as if I had been drinking water. My head was clear - I didn't feel that numb head-throbbing sensation that I usually feel after a few too many glasses of wine. A sure sign of good quality alcohol, which means I will not wake up with a hangover tomorrow.
Of course we got the munchies - well I instigated it. I talked everyone into prawn pizza but instead of buying it, I had some peeled prawns at home and wholemeal tortilla wraps, so I drove back to my house to pick up the ingredients.
I will be calling their consumer hotline to make a complaint.
- Spread the tortilla wraps with tomato paste.
- Sprinkle the parsley, basil and mozzarella over the base.
- Sprikle with the chilli flakes.
- Arrange the prawns and bocconcini around the base.
- Bake in the oven until the prawns have cooked. Should take 5-10 minutes on 180C.
We didn't have fresh basil and it was too cold to venture outside in the garden to get some, so I used dried basil. The pizzas are so light and aside from the generous helping of cheeses, is rather healthy! Ling garnished the centre of the pizza with some lemon slices.