Of all the incredible Asian cuisines that lend themselves to Melbourne’s a metropolitan culture, none have had a bigger impact than Thai. Thai restaurants in Collingwood are some of the most popular and tasty spots in the city and vary from quick delicious street food to elegant sit-down dining.
In this post, QIKI cuisine will cover Thai restaurants in Collingwood, starting with our QIKI Cuisine Check by explaining how the essential ingredients meld together for the authentic Thai flavor. From there, we will list down our favorite local specialties from Thai restaurants in Collingwood. Finally, you can check our QIKI Cultural history at the bottom to learn how Thai food and Asian fusion became such an important part of Melbourne cuisine.
To pick the perfect Thai restaurant in Carlton, you need to first know what base ingredients give Thai food its tangy, spicy, delicious flavor. If you don’t like spicy food, that’s ok! Non-spicy options do exist – just ask for a dish without chilies. Get a quick idea of how these “base ingredients” marry together below:
This kind of sugar actually comes from palm sap. Because of its unique gastronomic profile, it actually browns perfectly in dishes, giving a sweet golden flavor that helps balance the sour, spicy, and salty elements of your dish.
Tamarind is where many Thai dishes get their tangy, sweet, citrusy taste from!
If you like spicy, make sure you get a dish with delicious zesty chiles. They add the bang to any soup, curry, or stir-fry.
This creamy milk gives Thai curries their body and thickened texture.
Special herbs like lemongrass, ginger, and turmeric are just some of the spices that comprise Thai cooking. Check here for a full list of herbs and spices for Thai food!
Prawn Spring Roll
Wrapped in a thin rice paper, these spring rolls come with fresh prawns caught locally and sold at the South Melbourne Market. Dipped in soy sauce, these prawns are delicious next to diced carrot and coriander. Check local Thai Restaurants in Collingwood to find this dish and different spring roll variations!
Tom Yum Soup
This local specialty comes with hot and spicy prawns complemented by Asian mushrooms, lemongrass, and kaffir lime leaf. If you like hot and sour, this soup will definitely hit the mark.
This Thai dish comes with chicken breast fillet, lemongrass, thai eggplant, basil, and more! Rated moderately spicy, this dish is creamy, sweet, and salty alongside the hot chili peppers. Perfect for spice-lovers who want the bite in their dish, but do want the super spicy red curry.
It is interesting to note that in 1980, there were virtually no Thai restaurants; there weren’t even Thai immigrants! In the past 40 years, Thai restaurants in Collingwood went from completely non-existent to the most popular cuisine available in the city. With so many options, we know the sheer variety can make your head spin. We hope this little guide provides a start for picking the perfect Thai restaurant in Collingwood for you!
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