Khao Hom Thai cuisine, Claremont
11:00 - 21:30 Mon to Fri
12:00 - 21:30 Sat
15:00 - 21:30 Sun
Price Range (p/p)
Cheap | Under R100
Halaal authentic Thai food in Cape Town, sounds a bit like finding a needle in a haystack. Luckily for us, we are no longer limited to just Simply Asia.
For some time now I had been driving by a tiny new Thai restaurant on Imam Haron Road, located directly opposite Livingstone High School. It never crossed my mind that the restaurant may be fully halaal, until one day I saw a small halaal sign in the window.
I decided to try it out that same weekend. I opted for a takeaway as my family and I preferred to stay in on that Friday evening. The one thing to note is parking may be somewhat of a problem. When I entered, I was warmly welcomed by the owner, who is originally from Thailand herself. We started chatting and she was able to point me in the right direction on which dishes to try. The menu has a good selection of items and there is something to satisfy all tastebuds.
For starters I ordered the crispy chicken wontons served with sweet chilli sauce as well as the sweet corn cakes which are also served with sweet chilli sauce. The wontons came highly recommended, so I had to give it a try. It goes without saying that it definitely did not disappoint. The sweet corn cakes are very similar to the ones at Simply Asia, although very tasty, I did find it to be a bit too oily.
For mains, I chose two noodle dishes. One was a prawn Phad Thai and the other was the chicken Ba Me Prik Phao. The Phad Thai had rice noodles and Phad Thai sauce and was served with some lemon and dry chilli flakes on the side. Needless to say, I went to town with the chilli as I love spicy food. I thoroughly enjoyed the Phad Thai, it was flavoursome and authentic, something I would easily repeat on a follow up visit.
The Ba Me Prik Phao was stir-fried with yellow noodles, vegetables and cashews in a roasted chilli paste. By the ingredients I assumed it was similar to the 514 at Simply Asia. This dish also came recommended by the owner and is said to be a popular number with customers. I found it to be tasty but felt it lacked the wow factor that the Phad Thai had. Perhaps this would be great for those who don’t like a kick.
To round off the evening, I ordered the fried ice cream. I had never tried fried ice cream before and when I saw it on the menu, my decision was instant. My only concern was that it would melt enroute home. Thankfully, the owner was so accommodating and packaged it so well that it was still perfect when I arrived at home. The fried ice cream was a delicious way to round off the meal. The taste of the ice cream and batter were complimentary and worked well together.
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