Saturday , July 31 2021
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Phat Khao

Take time to try Thai, says Sarah Hardy as she checks out Norfolk street food seller, Phat Khao.

Find Phat Khao on Facebook and Instagram

What did you try?
I tried Thai street food vendor, Phat Khao, who cook everything to order from their vintage rice trailer. Phat Khao translates as fried rice!

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Who runs it?
Phat Khao is a new venture fromNorfolk chef Ryan Galvin, a real fan of Thai food, who has family in Thailand, too, and David Carter, 35, who have both spent their careers working in pubs.

How does it work?
They advertise on Facebook and have a strong following. They post their menus and destinations a week in advance, and you simply phone up and order what you fancy. You are then given a dedicated collection time, spaced out at 10-minute intervals, so you can socially distance.

When it is available?
They turn up in their cute trailer early evenings, in towns and villages around Norfolk.

What is on offer?
It’s a shortish menu,with three or four starters and main courses choices. Think crispy sweet and sour chicken and garlic chicken in oyster sauce. 

What did you have?
We each had a set meal for one at £15 which included a selection of mixed starters such as chicken satay, vegetable spring rolls, and Thai fishcakes – plus plenty of prawn crackers. I really liked the satay sauce which had a little bite to it, and my husband made quick work of our mini Thai fish cakes which came with chilli sauce.

For a main, I went for a fragrant chicken penang curry, with lots of lovely kaffir lime leaves, and my husband had a vegetable massaman curry, heavy on the ginger and coconut. Both came with jasmine rice, and we also had a side each of Pad Thai noodles crammed with rice noodles wok fried with egg, beansprouts, spring onions and crushed peanuts.

Everything was as aromatic as you’d imagine with delicate flavours rather than anything too overpowering. It was good value, I thought, and our tummies were full. Normally the mains are £10 each, as a guide.

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How is it served?
Everything comes in brown recyclable cardboard tubs. 

Anything else we need to know?
Gluten free options are available. They are available for private hire and events.

Overview?
This was a well priced treat, nicely presented, with little touches like slices of fresh lemon and lime.

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