Lauren Wambach goes off-menu at Le Bangkok for some bona fide spicy Thai action
What is it?
On the menu it’s called ‘crispy morning glory salad’. If this is salad, sign us up for The Biggest Loser – Bangkok Edition. Morning glory, in case you’re wondering, is a slender, hollow-stemmed Asian green. Here, it's dipped in a light, airy batter and fried into little crisps for dunking into a zesty curry sauce of tomato, red onion, chicken mince and a dash of coconut milk.
How do I order it?
Politely decline the laminated list and ask for the ‘spicy menu’. This bundle of worn yellow pages is an under-the-counter menu aimed at Thai customers but is happily handed to anyone ready for a fire party. Although if you don’t look Thai, you may still need to ask them to up the chilli ante.
Where do I get it?
At Le Bangkok, a Thai joint wedged in the middle of Lonsdale Street’s Greektown. The imposing bluestone blocks on the walls and dodgy cover of Y.M.C.A by the Village People doesn’t shout street food, but just trust us on this one.
What else do I order?
Other spicy menu highlights include house-made northern-style Thai pork sausages (sai oua) amped up with kaffir lime and spices, and raw prawns in spicy fish sauce.
Go Thai iced tea over cocktails (unless you like the idea of a Windex shooter of vodka and Blue Curacao). The tannic tea is mixed with a truckload of condensed milk over ice for a sweet woody hit.
Le Bangkok, 195 Lonsdale St, Melbourne. Daily 11.30am-3pm & 5-10pm.