How was it?
In the past month I have visited Thai Pothong twice! One time because I suggested dining in Newtown and K immediately said Thai Pothong and then the second time with my mother and aunty because I missed out on getting the fish hor mok the first time, and I was seriously craving it! So here is the compilation of goodies from my two trips there.
Miang Goong (4 pieces) $12.00
Roasted Coconut, Prawns, Sweet Chilli Jam, Lemon, Cashew Nuts, Onion and Caviar, served on a Betel Leaf
My mother was looking for the miang goong in the menu and after flipping through it for a while we finally found it on the chef's recommendation page. The list of ingredients seem overwhelming, but they work together so well to form a perfectly sweet, sour and chilli dance on your tastebuds.
Tom Yum Goong $12.00
Another entree was the Tom Yum Goong. K always seems to sway towards the Tom Yum Goong, whereas I sway more towards the curries. But anyway, it doesn't seem right for Tom Yum to be served as an entree because it is quite sour and hot, so we saved it to eat with our rice.
Green Apple Barramundi Salad $24.90
Deep fried barramundi fillets, green apple, spanish onion, lemongrass, mint leaves, kaffir lime leaves, cashew nuts, chilli, lime juice
I love the detailed menu. Every single ingredient is listed for each menu item, so there's no surprises! I also loved the green apple barramundi salad! I thought it sounded a little bit strange, but I ordered it on the waiter's recommendation and he was spot on. The deep fried barramundi fillets were meaty and juicy, and it worked surprisingly well with the tangy green apple. I also loved the sprinkling of cashew nuts (I am a huge fan of cashew nuts, you could say I am addicted or obsessed even).
A trip to Thai Pothong is not complete without the roast duck salad. I remember falling in love with it the first time I tried it and have never looked back! The slices of roast duck are soft and tender and the mixture of spicy and sour flavours makes a simple and beautiful dish.
Green Curry (with Chicken) $17.95
The green curry was lovely, hot and coconuty - perfect with rice, however it never really stood a chance against the next dish...
"One of our most popular and exciting dishes"
Can you imagine my excitement when this flaming dish arrived at our table?! The waitress even stood back and waited for me to take my photos (how nice!). The Hor Mok normally comes with mixed seafood, however we asked them if we could only have fish (my Aunty didn't want the mixed seafood - but I imagine it'd be just as awesome). The Hor Mok is a flambe of fish and curry sauce and it is absolutely a must try. I think I had about three quarters of the whole thing! lol.
Excellent food and service are reasons why Thai Pothong have won so many awards. Although I still love the other cheap Thai eats around Newtown, Thai Pothong does have that little something special.
294 King St,
Newtown NSW 2042
Tel: (02) 9550 6277
Open 7 days