There are a lot Thai restaurants in Canberra, so when we went to Baitong restaurant in Weston Creek, I wasn’t looking to eat Thai (although they had a lot of Thai noodle and curry lunch specials), I was here for Lao cuisine specific.
Green tea ($2.00 per person). They added a pandan leaf inside which gave the tea a little extra something, but the more tea you had with the spicy food, the chilli flavour really came out. I switched back to water.
Chicken wings (4pcs $7.50) deep fried chicken wings coated in a special batter, served with sweet chilli sauce.
Sticky rice ($3.50 per serve). They come in the cutest little individual bamboo steamers.
Now I could just live on this stuff for the rest of my (what would be very short) life. When you eat hot chicken wings with sticky rice you definitely have to use a ‘hands on’ approach.
Som Tum Lao– spicy papaya salad with fermented fish ($12.50). Not too crazy hot although I have to admit I just ate a strand. I’ve never see pickled crab before but this is Lao style baby!
Hor Mok chicken (Lao style) steamed chicken with curry paste, coconut milk and thai basil ($16.50). The chicken was so tender and juicy. When you take a bite, all the flavours come through, kaffir lime, lemon grass and curry paste. It was much more delicious than it looks.
Hor Mok bamboo (Lao style) steamed bamboo with fresh herbs, chilli, coconut milk ($16.50). I could smell the bamboo instantly. When you took a bite, there was a strong taste of bamboo followed by an even stronger taste of chilli. Unlike the chicken I couldn’t taste any of the herbs which was disappointing.
The best authentic Lao food you will get in a restaurant in Canberra. There is a lot of preparation that comes with Lao cuisine so it is much easier to enjoy all the tasty food without all the hassle. People might not find this gem that is tucked around the corner in Weston but this well presented restaurant is definitely worth a visit.
Next time I’ll try the Thai side of the menu.
Venue: Baitong Laos & Thai Cuisine
Address: Shop 13, Cooleman Court Shopping Centre Brierly St, Weston Creek, ACT 2611
Phone: (02) 6287 7735
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