If you’ve ever visited UTS library, you’d probably have noticed that gigantic handbag store on Quay St that never seems to have any customers.
…And if you haven’t noticed it, then CLEARLY you haven’t gone to UTS library enough ! haha
But anyway, it closed down a few weeks ago, and on Tuesday, when I was walking along Quay St I saw a giant orange sign saying ‘GRAND OPENING 7 MAY’.
If you look closely you can see two guys from my uni trying to get a table …and being told that there was a forty minute wait -_-
I had a one hour break after class on Thursday, so rounding up two of my favourite food partners (we almost failed a uni assignment because we spent all our time eating instead of studying), we traipsed off to Satang Thai.
.If you didn’t already know, there’s another Satang Thai directly opposite this new establishment – this ridiculously tiny but veryyy popular takeaway Thai shop on Quay St. They have eat-in facilities, but there are about three tables in there, so if you ever get a spot you can count yourself among the six people that sit there everyday (no, I’m joking).
Sleek, modern, and definitely WAY more than three tables
We almost didn’t go because ten minutes beforehand, we had heard news of free lunch on Castlereagh St as well as free Starbucks coffee, BUT…the allure of the Grand Opening prevailed (so much so that I actually ended up staying there for the rest of my break and missing an hour of my pre-exam class).
The second we stepped in, we were told by the aforementioned two uni friends that there was a forty minute wait on tables (and that the Grand Opening meant everything was $5!!!), so we went inside and asked for bookings instead …and lo and behold, they seated the three of us at a table rightaway!
The token jugs of water you get at pretty much any Korean restaurant, and apparently a few Thai ones a well.
The feature wall on the staircase leading upstairs.
We got a little more excited than we should have looking at the menu, anddd in true Asian style ($5 for each meal!!) eventually decided on eight dishes (two entrees and six mains between three people).
UNFORTUNATELY, they weren’t doing entrees that day, which was probably better for us, because we were going a little overboard with what we were going to order.
Khao Kha Moo – $5 (Menu price: $9)
Stewed pork leg with Chinese spices, served with pickled cabbage and steamed rice
My thought processes when I first ate this went a little something like this: 1) it tastes like soggy soup. 2) the chilli jam is really chilli. 3) the pickles are soggy too!!!
Nevertheless, because it’s STEWED pork leg, it made everything taste like soup (the rice, the pork, the pickles, the chilli), and it was overall veryyy wet. Also, because I have a really low tolerance for spicy stuff, but I was told from Chris, our resident chilli expert (and wine connoisseur) that the chilli jam was a Level 7.
Pad Thai (seafood) – $5 (Menu price: $10.50)
Stirfried thin rice noodle with house special sauce, egg, beansprout and garlic chive, tossed with crushed peanut.
Pad thai is possibly my favouriteee Thai food in the world (pad siew has nothing on this shiz) ! And because I’d never tried seafood pad thai, seafood was definitely the way to go XD . There was a serving of bean sprouts and a wedge of lemon (in typical pad thai fashion), as well as a clump of crushed garlic on the side, littered with shallots. The noodle and sauce had a warm, smooth consistency and the actual seafood was REAL seafood – prawns (with their tails) and squid – as opposed to err…Subway seafood flakes?
Duck Pad Phed – $5 (Menu price: $13.50)
Stirfried roast duck with red curry, coconut milk, peppercorn, herb roots, green bean, apple eggplant and sweet basil
Chef’s suggestion! This and the pad thai was possibly my favourite dish of the lot! It was pretty spicy, and we even tried eating the little green grape-shaped peppercorns (bad move – don’t do it) – you can see them above the fork in the photo above. There were mushrooms too, and a subtle coconut flavour which complemented the chilliness very nicely. :D Duck meat was chewy but tasty =9
Cashew nut (with chicken) – $5 (Menu price: $12.50)
Chicken stirfried with tomato sauce, garlic water chestnut, cashew nut and vegetables
Instead of chicken, you can also choose either pork, beef, or seafood (and I think maybe even tofu)!
There was baby corn, carrot strips, slices of onions and shallots …as well as the crunchy crunchy cashew nuts! Couldn’t really taste the tomato sauce at all, but still very goood
Boong dang – $5 (Menu price: $8.50)
Stirfried morning glory with fresh chilli and garlic
I think morning glory is water spinach (or else it tastes exactlyyy the same!), but this was the vegetarian dish we ordered :D Rice was gluggy and soft (all the dishes came with rice except for the pad thai ..and did I mention that the rice on each dish had a different texture? lool), and they had whole chilli slices that looked like capsicum!
Squid Kai Khem – $5 (Menu price: $13.50)
Stirfried squid with salted egg, shallot, onion and celery
Another chef’s suggestion! If you’re a fan of sticky rice, you’ll probably like the rice in this dish. The entire thing had the sandy taste of sticky rice egg (even the squid)! ..Got varied responses (from Chris, who loooved it, and Grace, who thought it was pretty :) ..I personally thought it was pretty good, but NOTHINGG beats pad thai (yess!)
Our overcrowded table
The bill for the whole meal was $30 – so $10 per head. The only problem with each of these dishes is that they were all mains for ONE person ..and we ordered six. It was pretty funny when we were ordering, because when we got to the fourth dish, the waitress gave us a really weird look and blurted, “You’re ordering a FOURTH?!”
(I think she also thought we were going to run off without paying, because she made us pay our bill BEFORE she sent off our order)
Also, when the food was coming out, a waiter came over and asked us if we wanted to move to another table …because there was no more space for anything else -_-.
We actually came in the middle of the lunch rush, and were the last ones to leave after they’d stopped trading for lunch. BUT we finished everything and we gave life to several food babies at the end of it (L) ..so definitely well worth it!
Satang Thai (visited 07/05/09)
Shop 203, 107-121 Quay St
Haymarket NSW 2000
Ph: (02) 9212 5885