The King of Soups
Thai food is justifiably revered around the world. Within this amazing cuisine, however, one dish stands head and shoulders above the rest: tom yum goong, or, as I like to call it: the King of Soups. This hot and sour seafood soup is justifiably heralded as one of the great dishes of the world; it's delicious, intense and addictive. Fortunately, if you're in Joburg and you're craving a tom yum fix, Suan Thai in Linden has you covered.
The interior of Suan Thai is a pleasant surprise, since the outside is not much to look at. I was expecting the white tiles and melamine counters of a glorified takeaway joint, I got a warm, cosy little restaurant, attentive management and a fire-place that will probably necessitate a return visit in winter.
As you can probably tell from the first paragraph, the tom yum is the star at Suan Thai. Still intent on judging a book by its cover, I was immediately impressed by its deep red colour and the three large prawns peeking out from its fiery depths. Fortunately, I'm pleased to report that it tasted as good as it looked: the prawns were soft and generous, the flavour was complex and varied and the chilli was enough to satisfy even the most hardcore of tom yum fans.
My partner had fish-cakes to start, which were equally impressive: lightly fried and filled with chunks of fresh fish and potato. They were clearly home-made and almost filling enough to be a meal in themselves. Suan Thai also delivered on the mains: a fragrant green curry and a phad thai packed with peanuts. I'd go back for the tom yum though, as I said, it's an addictive substance and, fortunately, Linden is much closer than Bangkok.
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