Let’s hear it for the new wave of Thai restaurant opening up around Sydney: Chat Thai’s new Westfield branch with its own dessert bar; the new Balmain Spice I Am; Caysorn - the new southern Thai place in Chinatown; and Campbell Street’s Yok Yor

Yok Yor is Thainatown’s newest and greatest addition, where you can get a very authentic som tom replete with fermented, salted crab. We don’t recommend the hot, sour, salad with its fermented stank if you’re a spice wuss or aren’t nuts about food with a little bit of funk on it. Definitely don’t eat it if you’re hung over. There’s a whole som tum menu to choose from, though, some with salted egg, or fresh blue swimmer crab, and there’s the regular chilli, dried shrimp and peanut action to boot.

You might like to start with a ‘pinkie milk’ - a fluoro-pink flavoured milk that’s high on the sweetness and low on fizz so you can slam it down, fast. It’s the strongest flavoured milk we’ve ever had and it’ll have you bouncing off the walls for days. There’s also ‘greenie milk’, which we wouldn’t repeat offend on, with its weird mingle of Coolah and lime flavour. Summer’s definitely in the air with the industrial iced tea - a sweet, astringent iced black tea spiked with lemon.

In the kitchen, chefs are wearing brightly coloured hard hats - it’s hard to imagine not having a meltdown in one of those. Maybe they drink a lot of industrial iced tea. Printed specials are stuck on the walls advertising the likes of $4.90 boat noodles and $10.50 braised pork neck with rice. Don’t miss the pancake - like a Thai-style banh xeo, that Vietnamese restaurant staple of a thin, crisp rice flour pancake filled with bean sprouts, pork and prawns, and absolutely hammered with herbs. They fry a good chicken, here too, though keep it to yourself - it’s no good for sharing, and you really want to get in there with your fingers. Or how about a duck pad Thai?

For dessert there are slabs of baked custard topped with piles of salted fried shallot, and piles of sticky rice topped with slices of sweet mango and a drizzle of coconut cream. Or you could always go another milk.

Read more about Sydney's best Thai restaurants.


Want to attend the Sydney Food Awards?

First published on . Updated on .

By Myffy Rigby   |  

Yok Yor details

323 Castlereagh St

Haymarket 2000

Price per person including drinks Up to $50

Open Sun-Thu 11.30am - 1am; Fri-Sat 11.30am - 2am

Haymarket area guide

Restaurants near Yok Yor

Surry Hills Eating House

97m - From the guys who brought you all the chilli fire-power you can handle at...


115m - Disappointed by Spice I Am's Victoria Street Branch? Love the original on...

Harry's Singapore Chilli Crab

122m - Chilli crab, salt and pepper crab, barbecue sauce crab… the list of South...

Bars & pubs near Yok Yor

Chamberlain Hotel

155m - The humble but heritage-listed hotel boasts honest pub grub with an...

Play Bar

162m - It’s possible that the wedge of Surry Hills fenced in by Campbell and...

The Wild Rover

179m - Wild Rover is the new bar from Grandma’s (that tiny tiki bar on Clarence...

Other venues near Yok Yor

Big Hostel

94m - Travelling up and down the wide, brown land can be a lonely and exhausting...

Spence & Lyda

179m - One glance in the window of this luxe-modern showroom and you’ll fall in...


185m - All the major Thai chefs in town get their ingredients here and it’s no...

Readers' comments, reviews, hints and pictures

Community guidelines

blog comments powered by Disqus

© 2007 - 2014 Time Out Group Ltd. All rights reserved. All material on this site is © Time Out.