Soi 38 Thai Noodle Tour, opening night, Sketch & Tulip Cafe, 364 Victoria Street, North Melbourne. Phone: 9329 9665
We love Andy.
We love his website, the Thai-centric website Krapow.
And we particularly love the way he and his Soi 38 colleagues are allowing Melbourne to sample superbly delicious “under-represented” Thai dishes.
Especially when they are presented in the imaginative and alluring manner represented by Soi 38’s latest adventure – “A Tour Of Thai Noodles” spread over a succession of Friday nights at a very cool North Melbourne bar/cafe.
The first night of the “tour” sees various friends and pals of Andy and Soi 38 front up to Sketch & Tulip for complementary bowls of noodles as a promotional effort for the upcoming Friday nights.
And who should we clap our peepers on immediately on arrival?
OK, we’re obviously at the right place!
If anything, the boat noodles are even more yummy than before – with a deep, dark and rich broth of just the right amount of chilliness and two kinds of beef.
One is stewed and the other, I’m told, is marinated for a couple of days in soda water and then simply poached.
The latter is pale and pinkish and pulls off one of my favourite food tricks – it’s both tender and marvellously chewy.
We admire the way the Soi 38 crew are pricing their noodles.
Sure, tonight we’re supping “on the house”.
But even at the regular price of $5, you can go one, two, three or more bowls and still be getting an outright bargain on food you’ll not find anywhere else in Melbourne.
Or probably Australia for that matter.
Here’s the Thai Noodle Tour itinerary:
Week 1: Kuay Teow reua Nua Nahm (Beef boat noodles)
Week 2: Kuay Teow Sukhothai Muu Haeng (Dry sukothai pork noodles)
Week 3: Kuay Teow Tom Yum Muu Nahm (Hot and sour pork noodles)
Week 4: Kuay Teow Bamee Bpuu (Dry crab egg noodles)
Week 5: Kuay Teow Bamee Bped Nahm (Braised duck egg noodles)
Week 6: Kuay Terow Tom Yum Muu Haeng (Dry hot and sour pork noodles)
We plan on making as many of these occasions as we can.
You should, too.