Baitong re-run

Yes my friend and I have been here many times (see my previous blog post here) but after a few months eating else where, we were craving different dishes but the same restaurant – Baitong Lao & Thai Cuisine.

Chicken wings deep fried chicken wings coated in a special batter, served with sweet chilli sauce. I love pairing fried chicken wings with sticky rice (I forgot to take a photo but you can see my previous post). It is so delicious and a hands on food experience.IMG_6016.JPGThe lao sausage is full of difference herbs and it also pairs well with sticky rice.IMG_6025.JPGSom Tum Laospicy papaya salad with fermented fish. I came with my Laotian friend and this is what she was craving. She claims this is the best paw paw salad in Canberra and she has eaten everywhere so I believe her! You can order this to be very hot, I just hope you can handle it if you do.IMG_6020.JPGCrispy Barramundi with thai salad sauce ($26.50). The fish is fried but not oily and is crunchy with all the fresh herbs and cashew nuts topped with crispy green mango.IMG_6027.JPG

IMG_6026.JPGI’m getting hungry as I write this post! I never really get around to eating much from the Thai side of the menu as you don’t find too many authentic Laotian restaurants in Canberra. I think if you venture out and try something different, you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

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Baitong Authentic Lao and Thai Cuisine

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.

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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. image I switched back to water.

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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.

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Som Tum Laospicy 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!

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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.

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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.

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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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Lao Food Fair 2012!

Instead of just showing you my food pics of past events and making you all hungry, I thought I’d give you (not much of) a heads up about the Lao Food Fair 2012- 19th May 

                                                     Time: 10am – 4pm

                                             Venue: Wat Lao Buddhanimit

                                                       20 Jenke cct, Kambah, ACT 2902

Please join us for great food from beautiful Laos, with mouth watering dishes such as Larb, Paw Paw salad, sticky rice, vegetarian food, spring rolls, noodles, satay, curries and more. Your attendance and support will be much appreciated. All the money raised will go towards the temple and landscaping. We thank you for your kind support.