02 January 2010

KB Hotel: Best Prawn Crackers, Surry Hills (10 Nov 2009)

26 Foveaux Street, Surry Hills NSW 2010

Best Prawn Crackers in Town

If you ever visit the very local KB Hotel you must try the Prawn Crackers — they're very tasty and go well with a beer or one of their all day $2 champagnes (sparkling) which I've had the pleasure of having many times — that's right, only $2! Having your champagne with a bit of cranberry or orange juice will take the edge off the morning hang over. For something more substantial I can also recommend their signature dish of Krapraw Gai Kai Dow — possibly an unfortunate name but it's a very tasty dish. On Fridays you can try and win a meat raffle which I've been lucky enought to win a few times over the years. The kitchen staff are friendly and the bar staff provide down-to-earth hospitality.

PROS: Cheap, Non-Pretentious, $2 Sparklings
CONS: Very local, watch your bags
MUST TRY: Prawn crackers, Krapraw Gai Kai Dow

Prawn Crackers with peanut sauce $4

Krapraw Gai Kai Dow: Stir fried mince chicken with chilli, garlic, green bean, onion, bamboo shoot, hot basil and topped with fried egg $9.50

Prawn Thai fried rice $12



Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said...

Best prawn crackers, now that is interesting! They look a bit different from the regular ones, more like the thicker cassava crackers. Are they similar?

Bean Sprout's Cafe said...

There are lots of nice Prawn Crackers in Thailand but we normally eat plain or with sweet chilli sauce :D

Trissa said...

Oh my - do you ever eat at home? You always have a great little restaurant to talk about!

Simon Food Favourites said...

hi lorraine, they're a lot more tasty than the usual pink ones you see around. not sure if i've tried cassava crackers.

hi bean sprout's cafe, you gotta try these and let me know what you think. really nice with the satay sauce as a beer snack.

hi trissa, i do cook and eat home a bit but i know it doesn't seem like it hehe i do prefer eating out though so i don't have to cook :-)

Tina said...

lol - I used to work right near here and got many a headache from that $2 sparkling..!
Must say, I've never tried those prawn crackers but I used to love the Thai beef salad here.

Maria@TheGourmetChallenge said...

those prawn crackers arent the typical fluro pink colour. IT would be interesting to try them

Simon Food Favourites said...

hi tina, i'll have to remember the thai beef salad next time. very unusual to find decent thai in such a dodgy looking pub isn't it hehe

hi maria, definitely a bit different to the usual pink ones :-)

Leona said...

My god those prawn crackers really do look amazing!! love how you go to these places / pubs and bars cos its something i think food blogs lack!

The food also looks good too

Simon Food Favourites said...

hi leona, i love checking out bars and pubs as part of my food blog i guess. i guess it's true some food blogs just concentrate on food, recipes or dining but not the drinking/bars/pubs. could be that they actually don't go to pubs or perhaps they just focus on other things?

grace said...

mm prawn crackers with peanut sauce sounds almost lethally addictive. KB's going on my hit list

Jen (jenius.com.au) said...

I love prawn crackers! I've recently ran out of my stock of prawn crackers which i'd brought back from Vietnam. I like that these brown ones are spicier and have more of a kick than the Chinese pink ones. Although with the pink ones, they're smaller and lighter so you can eat more of 'em without feeling sick, haha ;)

Simon Food Favourites said...

hi grace, let me know what you think when you get to try :-)

hi jen, i'm not sure if they sell these ones but you could always ask where the get them from. if you do find out let me know. i find these brown ones still light enough to eat heaps of them :-)

aptronym said...

Ah the KB :)

Those definitely look like cassava crackers. You can buy them at Thai Kee (or any other shop in Chinatown in fact) and fry some up yourself!

Simon Food Favourites said...

hi aptronym, thanks for the tip about the cassava crackers. i'll have to check out the shop :-)

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