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23 October 2011 @ 10:36 pm
Nok Nok Thai Eating House  
Back in my day it was called Tumbalong park and opposite it was Sega World, now the area has been newly finished and is known as Darling Quarter featuring lines of cafes (most with al fresco dining - perfect for the upcoming summer months) overlooking the huge funky playground.  Nok Nok Thai Eating House (Shop 9 Darling Walk, Darling Quarter) is one of these new establishments.

The decor and beautiful presentation  of the space of Nok Nok really excited me with sky high ceilings and mirrors making it look even more light and airy, the pale marble-like walls  provided a lovely contrast to the elements of greenery of hanging potted plants and trees sprouting from the banquet table - it reminded me of  British India.On Saturday night the restaurant was a buzz and most of the booths were reserved so we were seated on the communal banquet table (just make sure your group is not separated by the tree in the table).

As an appetizer our friends ordered the Guay Teaw Lord ($8.90) a wide rice  noodle roll wrapping pieces of chicken, tofu, egg and dried shrimp (?) similarly to the rice noodle rolls served at yum cha. Tonight most of us  ordered noodles Gauy Teaw Kua ($13.90) a soy based stir fried flat rice noodles, chicken Pad Thai ($12.90) thin rice noodles fried with tofu, egg, garlic, chives,  bean sprout and crushed peanuts and I had the Kee Mao ($13.90) a wide rice noodle with holy basil, chilli in a dark soy base. It had a good spicy  kick to it which was easily offset by the light and refreshing lychee frappe ($4.00) I ordered earlier. Instead of noodles Bill had the Duck Red Curry ($18.90) which came in a very generous portion, eggplants, bamboo shoots, basil and green beans swimming in a light curry. As we were finishing our dishes we realise our order of Pla Meuk Yang ($15.90) a grilled whole squid had not yet arrived so we opted to cancel  this dish...boo because I was  really looking forward to this dish as I love the grilled calamari from Chat Thai. The front "kitchen" is an open plan and I spied a massive bowl of mangoes and I knew exactly what I was having for dessert. The Keo Neow Ma Moung ($8.90) mango was fresh and meaty and the sweet sticky  rice seemed lighter than that of other Thai restaurants, needless to say we easily polished dessert off.

Nok Nok Thai Eating House

Communal banquet table

Booth dining

Chicken Pad Thai

Chicken Ki Mao

Duck Red Curry

Keo Neow Ma Moung Sweet sticky rice with fresh mango

The atmosphere at Nok Nok is nice and the menu quite extensive featuring some dishes such as the wide noodle rice not commonly featured at other Thai restaurants. The food was great and 'll head back again and hope to be able to try the grilled whole squid soon, the outdoor dining area also seems nice for those balmy summer evenings...there was even a jazz band playing outside on Saturday night.

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(Anonymous) on October 25th, 2011 01:47 am (UTC)
thank you for your write up on noknok
hi ayana,

i loved to reading your comment on our noknok,
and please accept my apologies that missed your grilled whole squid order.
please give us a chance next time of your visit, i am looking forward to serving you soon
nicky from noknok ;)
oh_ayanaoh_ayana on October 26th, 2011 12:57 am (UTC)
Re: thank you for your write up on noknok
Hi Nicky!
That's ok we were pretty full and probably would have struggled to finish the grilled whole squid if it came at the end! Look forward to heading back to Nok Nok soon!
Sugarpuffisugarpuffi on October 25th, 2011 07:33 am (UTC)
the sticky rice mango looks better than all other thai places!
oh_ayanaoh_ayana on October 26th, 2011 12:58 am (UTC)
It was definitely the lightest and easy to eat. We didn't feel super bloated after finished it off!
Maggie Nuudlesmuudles on October 25th, 2011 11:19 am (UTC)
yum! Great photos :)
oh_ayanaoh_ayana on October 26th, 2011 12:58 am (UTC)
Thank you! It definitely was yum.
(Anonymous) on October 27th, 2011 05:23 am (UTC)
I posted your article on our Facebook hope you're not mind.
our staffs here at noknok like your photos, their foods looking good in your pictures....ummm yumm <3

oh_ayanaoh_ayana on October 28th, 2011 07:50 am (UTC)
Re: :)
Thank you!
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oh_ayanaoh_ayana on November 3rd, 2011 05:50 am (UTC)
Thank you!
mademoiselle délicieuse on November 3rd, 2011 07:52 am (UTC)
I walked past here and thought it was a cafe due to the decor - so doesn't look like a Thai restaurant!
oh_ayanaoh_ayana on November 3rd, 2011 08:31 am (UTC)
So true! Don't you think it looks like the ivy?