Thursday, September 1, 2011

Late nights at Sukjai Thai

One of the beauties of Chinatown's nearby 'Thainatown' is its late hour closing times. I know where to head if it's 2am and I have a hankering for pad thai.

One such late nightery is Sukjai Thai, next door to another Thai restaurant across from Mr. B's on Pitt and Goulburn streets where Thai/Japanese iima resides.

Water bottle at Sukjai Thai, Pitt Street, Haymarket
The restaurant interiors are a nice change from dark and moody drinking holes; a little Paul Frank colourful whimsy, I think. The dark wood furniture isn't the most comfortable, but probably helps turn over the crowds.

Wall decorations
After ordering, we put the waiting time to good use, checking out the array of wall decorations and murals. It's fun and light-hearted (perhaps reflecting the food philosophy? I don't know and it's not really explained) and would make many a popular urban T-shirt design.

Beef pad kee mow
Feeling a little more adventurous than pad thai and pad see ew on this early, early morning, I opted for a pad kee mow not really knowing the difference.

It's the same thick and soft rice noodles as pad see ew but with some slight differences in seasoning plus the addition of chilli. In all, very tasty and just a smidgen hot from the diced red chilli.

Satay chicken sticks
It's hard to resist chicken sticks at 2am in the morning - it just is. Served with a smooth and creamy satay dipping sauce, the sweet nuttiness is rididulously satisfying along with the big hunks of chicken.

Some kind of pork salad
It was probably the last drink that gave me the confidence to order the pork salad; again something I'm not familiar and that arrived looking rather raw. Prodding the meat, it wasn't soft like an uncooked piece of meat, and so we dug into the pink pork slices with lots of Spanish onion.

The pork seemed to have been pickled or something similar, and actually matched nicely with the tart dressing on the vegetables. Probably not a dish I would have ordered were I more sober, but just goes to show what new experiences one can have on a late night out with thanks to the late night eateries.

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hollypop said...

I am more adventurous after some drinks too. Hehe. They have a similar flat noodle dish at chat thai with chili and soy. So good!

MissPiggy said...

You mean to say there's a 2.00 in the morning and I could be eating at this time...! I don't think I've ever been out that late for food - I'm such a nana. It all looks yummy - even their weird pork salad.

Anonymous said...

The noodles look as something I'd definitely dig in late at night after drinks. Ditto with the chicken. Not sure about the pork...

Keely aka The Richest Girl in Bondi said...

Much fancier post-drink nosh than a kebab or pizza .. I love it. Nice to see the dutch courage helping you to try new things!

joey@FoodiePop said...

A chilli hit at 2a.m.? Brave!

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said...

I definitely think that one tends to order differently at 2am! :P

john@heneedsfood said...

Gosh, this old mans 2am days are long gone! Haven't tried this place yet but when I do it'll be a litle earlier than you

Tina said...

Hi hollypop - Oooh yes, I tried the pad kee mow at Chat Thai too - that was crazy (chilli) hot though. Asking for mild next time..!

Hi MissPiggy - So many missed Saturday and Sunday morning eating opportunities..!

Hi lateraleating - The pork was surprisingly palatable; but the noodles went down a treat!

Hi Keely - Beats a cheeseburger too!

Hi joey - The chilli in the pad kee mow was actually quite mild. A toned-down Western version, perhaps.

Hi Lorraine - Ordering less with the head and more with the alcohol-lined stomach :D

Hi John - Anytime before 3am ;)

mademoiselle délicieuse said...

Bahaha "some kind of pork salad" - and it does look raw!

Tina said...

Hi mademoiselle délicieuse - Pink pork or chicken is never usually a good sign....


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