09 June 2011

Muum Maam: Thai, Surry Hills (27 May 2011)

Shop 1, 50 Holt Street, Surry Hills NSW 2010

More than just a tukshop

There’s certainly seems to be a bit of a foodie buzz around Holt Street with Muum Maam being neighbours to Cotton Duck and Vini. A lunch time visit scores a little wooden table at the front making my legs feel somewhat oversized and a little cramp due to lack of space underneath. Fish cakes ($5 for 2 pieces) are something of a must try for me in any Thai restaurant and these handmade ones are nicely flavoured and spongy soft although quite small and gone in no time at all. Pity the sauce looks stock standard rather than home made and I still prefer the plating and dressing up of Sumjit Thai’s version.

I was excited to see the menu listing of Prawn cakes ($6 for 2 pieces) which were crispy on the outside and moist on the inside but unfortunately I couldn’t really taste the minced prawn amongst the pork belly mince which is also used in the mix but not listed as an ingredient. The Pad Thai of chicken, tamarind and tofu ($13) isn’t too sweet which is a good thing and uses much finer noodles than I’m used to seeing. Apparently for dinner they do a prawn version which I hope is equally as good. Stir-fried flat rice noodles with sweet soy, pork and Chinese broccoli ($13) or fondly better known as Pad See Ew for those in the know was quite strong on the soy flavour but had a nice smoky taste as hoped. The noodles are extra wide and was quite a filling meal if you’re particularly hungry. Don’t expect to be educated by traditional Thai dish names as most of the menu has been westernised to suit a broader audience. Service was quite efficient and friendly and the middle communal table lends itself well to larger groups. I liked the cosy upmarket décor and light bulbs that dangle from the ceiling.

PROS: Friendly and efficient service, Tempting dish options, Nice decor and atmosphere
CONS: A bit on the pricey side, Some table seating could be a bit tight for those with long legs, Toilet is out the back and down the long common corridor shared by other eateries in the complex
MUST TRY: Other dishes on the menu

Fish cakes ($5 for 2 pieces)

Prawn cakes ($6 for 2 pieces) has pork belly mince as well — I couldn't really taste the prawn in it

Pad Thai of chicken, tamarind and tofu ($13)

Stir-fried flat rice noodles with sweet soy, pork and Chinese broccoli ($13)


Lunch menu

Cutlery box


Open kitchen

Quite narrow leg room under small tables

Tukshop street service counter

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Jasmin said...

Pad See Ew is my must try at Thai Restaurants and I go mad when the noodles aren't fat enough. Good to see they have a decent size.

The Fish and Prawn Cakes look divine as well.

This certainly does sound like a street I'll need to get to.

hollypop said...

hi simon,
i would love to know if you could include gluten free information in your reviews? it's so hard to find that information out a lot of the time online. and many places never include the info on the menu!

i think this place does actually have gluten free food though..

Tina@foodboozeshoes said...

Wow - the lunch options look really good! Especially the fish and prawn cakes. The noodles certainly look a notch up from normal takeaway stuff too.

And ^^^hollypop - they sure do! http://www.muummaam.com.au/menu/vegetarian-and-gluten-free/

joey@FoodiePop said...

Love the decor here.

hollypop said...

i went here last night for dinner. it was yummy! however they didn't have flat rice noodles? maybe it was a communication error.


Mary @ ohmykitchenaid said...

OOh! Huge pad thai fan! but it does vary from place to place. Must try this one out!

Dumpling Girl said...

Love the look of the fish cakes, but the pad thai looks great.

Simon Leong said...

hi jasmin, massaman beef is usually another dish i always compare too

hi hollypop, you're right they do have gluten free options. i'm hoping that menu state GF options because to include in the blog review would add more time to cover. if i do come across GF dishes on a menu that I try i'll try and remember to add the details to my post.

hi tina, hope you get to check them out soon

hi joey, decor like this always makes it nice and cosy

hi hollypop, that's weird. maybe they don't have it at night or perhaps that ran out. should have been though if you ordered the pad see ew. maybe you should have showed them my photo :-)

hi mary, let me know what you think once you try

hi dumpling girl, i just wished the fish cakes were larger or you got more for the price

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