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Takeaway: Saipon Thai Cafe & New Delice Flavours from Lindt


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Ever wondered if that dodgy looking Asian takeaway place near your house is any good? It could be authentic and a fantastic hidden gem you will never discover, or it will be an MSG filled grease hole, that you regret you tried. Sadly I've had the experience of the MSG bastardized hole too many times!

Saipon is the dodgy looking Thai takeaway/restaurant near our place. We had driven past a few times wondering if it was any good.

It was a cold, wintery, rainy night. I had an epic headache, and we had no food to cook. After a quick trip to the shops to pick up Hamsley's new specks, I really felt like Thai food. That night was the night we tried Saipon (obviously… it's what the title of the post is!)

We pulled up infront, and there was a Westerner at the counter…. could this be a bad sign? We checked the menu in the window and it had the dishes we wanted to order. Hamsley said we could try somewhere else if I wasn't happy with how it looked, but I saw Thai people cooking in the kitchen, so I had faith.

As we waited for our food to be cooked, a few orders were picked up. Thai music played through the micro stereo, and a fake aquarium added to the typical cheap Asian decor. I love at places like this. And the quirky sign that hung in the window made me feel transported back to somewhere in Asia.

Our food was ready and we took it home…. with a free bag of prawn crackers! Gotta love free prawn crackers.. I don't care where you come from!

Apart from the slices of onion that are far from authentic, it was a great pad thai! I squeezed some lime into it for a bit more moisture and sourness.

We also got a large coconut rice for $4.00
When pouring into the bowl, it was a bit runny and watery compared to other panning curries I've had. It did smell good though. Teamed nicely with the coconut rice, this curry was packed full of chilli but tasted just like any other panang curry I've loved.

There was alot of food, we are having the leftovers tonight!
I'm SO glad we have a good Thai place near us! It will be handy on those cbf nights, and the fact that it is so close to home makes it even more appealing!

Saipon Thai Cafe on Urbanspoon

We followed it up with the new delice flavours from Lindt since I had a coupon.

To be honest we weren't that impressed. The olive oil one had a funny taste, even when teamed with a white chocolate filling. And the salted caramel just seemed way too salty, but it was my preferred of the two flavours. I'll stick to passionfruit for now, until I can get to Zumbo!


After seeing that sign, I think dubious would be the general feeling... but great that you enjoyed the food! Totally empathise with cbf nights ;)

I wonder if you'll score free prawn crackers all the time? We once got free papadums with some Indian only to be disappointed with the lack of freebies every time afterwards. If they hadn't gotten our hopes up in the first place it would have been just fine.

Hope the head is better!

It is always good to have a good Thai around. I have 2! Happiness.. and also after Zumbo, few macarons make the cut.

That sign is too funny :P
I'm glad the food was good though! Too bad the new delice flavours didn't impress you as well :(
I guess you win some, you lose some!

Come to Sydney and I will bring you to Zumbo :)

I'm clearly a little too much in the "food blog" mindset - when I read that you'd gone to pick up H's "new specks", I had an image of him coming out of a store with everal huge slabs of smoked pork in his hands.

Could be worse, right? And hurrah for nearby scrumptious food options!

The panang curry sounds delish! If I ever saw a sign like that in front of a restaurant/takeawayspot I'd keep walking. Good for you that you gave it a go!

Good on ya Shellie, glad you share cbf times with me to? Except I have an in House Cook....lol.. But doesn't know to much about 'Thia Tucker', only 'Good Bush Tucker'. But I love the Thia flavors. Mish showed us your 'Lucky Find', where you took your chance to try. And He to was very Impressed with their 'Cook-Ups.' So sorry to have missed seeing you on Friday?
And hope to catch up with you soon.
Hugs, Jeanne.x :)

yay for good eating options near home. Sadly I have very few options close to home, but at least the city isnt too far away.

the olive oil macaron even looks a little funny. how disappointing!

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