Some “spicy-loving” friends gathered today for an authentic Thai lunch. It was a Thai colleague who first introduced me to Sawali Club in Hennessy Road Wan Chai. I brought my parents and then another Thai friend there and got their seals of approval.
Since my friends have never been there, we decided to choose some basic Thai dishes to “set the standard”. The fish cakes were nice and hot, with the right balance of kaffir lime leaves. The stir-fried brussels sprouts (yes you could stir-fry the leaves of brussels sprouts) were full of flavours from fish sauce, palm sugar, garlic, chili and dried shrimps. My friends said if this place could cook Pad Thai right, they would definitely return. Well the Pad Thai did not disappoint us, very basic without all the trimmings of big prawns, crushed peanuts and lime wedges that you might find in many places, but this was still tasty. My favourite came last: chicken in green curry, creamy from the coconut milk while the veges were still crunchy.
I did not end the meal with whole coconut water or Thai coffee, but a ginger tea to take away the spicy taste and to keep me warm on a cool day!