Thai Paragon, North Strathfield: Pad thai chicken

Rating: 3 out of 5

Thai Paragon
Bakehouse Quarter, George St, North Strathfield 2137

pad thai chicken

For a good portion of the last decade, pad thai was probably Sydney’s favourite dish, akin to the English and their fondness for chicken tikka masala.  Thai food joints popped up everywhere, often right next door to each other, and we just couldn’t get enough of their delicious red curries, chili and basil stir-fries, and this delicious noodle concoction known as pad thai.  Even though Thai has long been replaced by Mexican and American dude food in trendiness and popularity stakes, it is still a firm favourite amongst many Australians.

Thai Paragon is situated in the Bakehouse Quarter in North Strathfield, a stone’s throw away from Outback Steakhouse and Pancakes on the Rocks.  The restaurant is all dark wood and moody inside, but on a nice sunny autumn day, there is no better seat than outside, even if the cars are passing within metres of your table.

The pad thai chicken is a measley $10.90 as a lunch special, and you get a serving big enough to keep you fuelled for nearby tenpin bowling or laser skirmish activities.  The noodles came out an odd pink colour, but were sprinkled liberally with raw bean sprouts for fresh crunch, along with a wedge of lemon and crushed peanuts.  The bean sprouts and peanuts added a nice contrast in texture to the chewy noodles and tender chicken, and the sour lemon juice cut through the sweet flavour of the noodles.

Strangely, there were two big lonely chunks of red capsicum that seemed a bit out of place in amongst the strands of noodles, but otherwise there was a nice even sprinkling of chicken, mini tofu cubes and egg throughout.

Overall it was a decent dish of springy noodles with sweet and sour flavours and mix of textures.  The service is relatively quick for lunch service and pretty good value too.

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Canton Noodle House, Burwood: Combination chow mein

Rating: 3 out of 5

Canton Noodle House
45 Burwood Road, Burwood 2134

combination chow mein

Something has to be said about a place that is unfussy to look at, with wipe down tables, fluorescent lighting, and a menu handwritten on coloured paper stuck to the wall, but is always filled with eager Chinese diners.

This restaurant is smack in the middle of Burwood, and is a favourite at lunch time and also in the evening.  We dined here on a Monday night, which would normally be a night that restaurant owners have off, but this place is still busy.  We are seated quickly and efficiently, with a pot of hot Chinese tea reaching our table before our bums even hit our seats.

The combination chow mein arrived after only a short wait, and we found a generous mix of seafood, vegetables, tender chicken and beef, and BBQ pork in a saucy gravy, poured over a thick nest of crispy thin egg noodles. One of the best things about chow mein is having a mix of textures, with crunchy noodles as well as soft noodles after the gravy has deliciously soaked in.

This dish was generously proportioned, and the meat was tender and juicy.  There was also a fairly even ratio of meat and vegetables to noodle, meaning you’re not left with lonely noodles or meat towards the end of the meal.  However, the gravy was a little on the salty side, and was a bit too gelatinous, suggesting that the chef was a bit overeager with the corn starch.

Overall, the combination chow mein here is great value at $10.70 for a big serving without the frills but delivers it with no fuss.

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