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It’s been a while since I’ve last come face to face with an all-you-can-eat challenge but alas we met again at a friend’s birthday held at an all-you-can-eat Thai restaurant Ing Doi. On a Saturday night, they hold two sessions: from 6pm to 8pm and 8pm to 10pm.
Roti bread, served with peanut sauce.
It tasted like what you would expect roti bread to taste like but would have tasted better than mediocre if the texture had been fluffier.
Fried tofu, served with sweet chilli sauce.
Very nice to eat with rice and a combination of other things. Slightly bland on its own. Luckily for us, a lot of our dishes came out at the same time.
A selection of entrees - Thai fish cakes, deep fried fish balls and spring rolls.
The entrees were all delicious. The Thai fish cakes were standard but the deep fried fish balls and spring rolls were surprisingly good. I usually don’t expect much from non-Vietnamese spring rolls. They did not taste like the typical Vietnamese ones, but were still tasty in a different way. So much fried ‘goodness’ on a plate…
Deep fried prawns in coconut batter, served with sweet chilli sauce.
I could not taste the coconut in this but the crumbed texture was very crisp. Much more crisp than Japanese tempura prawn. Mmmm…
Grilled salmon, cooked in a creamy red curry sauce.
Due to my aversion to seafood, I didn’t try this but the seafood eaters had no complaints about the dish.
Pad Thai - Thai style fried rice noodles with prawns, tofu, dried shrimp, peanuts and bean shoots.
Tasty pad thai. Perfection with a hint of zestiness from the lemon juice squeezed on top. My tummy just made a noise as I just typed that last sentence so it was that great!
Tom Yum soup - famous spicy Thai soup cooked with lemon grass, lime leaves, lime juice, chilli and mushrooms.
Another dish that was well done (they kept on coming!). The soup had the right balance of sourness to spiciness. The flavouring tasted authentic and not MSG-laden. Add some rice with the soup and I could probably finish a whole bowl on my own. Mmmm…
Thai green curry - traditional hot Thai green curry cooked in coconut milk with green curry paste and vegetables.
Struggle town kicked in at some point before they brought out the thai green curry so this dish was left in practically the same state as it was brought out. I had two spoonfuls and it was good. Typical.
It was served in some sort of medieval-like dish and conveyed a sense of epic’ness. What I thought anyway.
Deep fried banana in batter served with ice cream and honey.
I tried a little bit. The batter was slightly too oily for my liking but the banana and ice cream was good.
Mixed ice creams.
Epic. Seriously epic. From left to right: mint chocolate, chocolate, green tea ice creams and strawberry and lemon sorbet. We polished off most of it between 5 of us.
I wasn’t expecting much when I accepted the invite but dinner turned out to be a surprisingly tasty affair. What made the food even better was that it wasn’t food sitting around in bain-maries but rather freshly made (an order-as-much-as-you-can-stomach system). Each dish tasted authentically Thai, their menu was super extensive and the quality was on par with any other good Thai restaurant. At $29.95 per person, it’s a bargain price to pay to eat Thai to your heart’s content.
73 Victoria Parade,
Collingwood, Victoria, 3066.