In celebration of Australia’s wonderful food scene, we’ve compiled a list of the top five feeder countries of international students into the Australian tertiary education sector and listed our favourite places to indulge in the corresponding countries culinary delights.
Thai food has long been an institution in Australian culture, whether in a quick and easy takeaway format or as the staple at some of the nation’s leading restaurants. In light of this, the team at Studies in Australia thought it would be worthwhile to scour the country in search of Australia’s best Thai eateries!
There are plenty of Thai options in Melbourne but Chin Chin is hard to top for taste and wow-factor. Take the easy way out with the bustling venue’s Feed Me option or take matters into your own hands with pulled pork ‘roll ups’, chilli salt chicken wings and wagyu beef rendang curry.
Haymarket hot spot Chat Thai is one of the best going around, offering up char grilled king prawns, yellow curry with crab meat and stir-fry with five-spice duck, chilli, garlic and holy basil. If you’ve got any room left for desert, the coconut ice-cream is a no-brainer.
Arguably the most popular Thai venue in Queensland, Longtime is situated in trendy Fortitude Valley and offers a modern take on the cuisine. Take your pick from soft shell crab bao, lamb curry and pad see ew with crispy pork belly.
If you find yourself in Tasmania, All Thai is an easy decision. With two locations (North Hobart and Sandy Bay), there’s no excuse not to get stuck into home-made fish cakes and a variety of customisable curries.
It might not have the culinary profile of fellow Australian cities but Darwin stalwart Hanuman is a safe bet for a good feed. A fusion of Thai and Indian, the 25-year-old institution is the go-to spot for green curry, satay chicken and fresh roti.
Nestled in the Perth CBD, S & T Thai Gourmet Café might have an old-fashioned feel but the food is top notch. Start with fried chicken and shrimp pancake before moving on to whole steamed barramundi with pineapple fried rice.
Gin Long Canteen has something for everyone, from refined cocktails to reasonably priced lunch items like Sarawak Laksa ($12). Can’t decide which dishes to order? Opt for the Chow Down banquet and let the chef decide for you!
If it's cheap, cheerful and delicious Thai you're after, Dickson Asian Noodle House is the place for you. Begin with fresh king prawns in batter, navigate an expansive variety of noodle dishes like cha kway teow duck and finish with wild rice in coconut milk.