Thai Yum Food Hut
Have we discovered the best Thai food on the North Shore? Quite possibly.
Fate was smiling on us when we bumped into a friend in Birkenhead and asked her where to go for lunch. She pointed us in the direction of Thai Yum. “It’s small but has great food”. She was so right.
It was a good thing we were told that the restaurant was a couple of doors down from the Westpac bank or we might have missed it. The sparkling clean restaurant/takeaway bar is simply decorated, but as the saying goes “the food’s the thing” here.
We opted to share the Choo Chee Goong (stir-fried prawns with red curry paste, kaffir lime leaves, peas and coconut cream $13.90) and the Thai Hot Basil (stir-fried chicken with chilli, basil leaves and vegetables $10.90).
While we were waiting, two young men ordered and sat at the table next to us. Since there are only two tables in the restaurant, we started chatting with them. They both ate out every day and Thai Yum was a regular haunt.
But back to our lunch. This was one of the most beautifully presented Cheapeats meals that we have had. The Thai Hot Basil dish even came decorated with a carved carrot flower! The flavour of the sauce in the stir-fry was both sweet and savoury and we ate every morsel. The prawn dish was also delicious, in a rich coconut and curry sauce, with green beans instead of peas.
The fellows at the table next to us had a stir-fried beef dish and insisted on us trying the home-made curry puffs ($6.90). These had a light, crisp pastry around the spicy chicken and potato filling.
Next time I would try one of the Thai salads ($10.90) or the 5 Star Chicken ($10.90). For a real splash-out, the whole deep-fried snapper costs $17.90.
With prices as reasonable as these, and with food so flavourful, Thai Yum deserves to be on your ‘must try’ Cheapeats list.