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Shayne Haridas is a food blogger/photographer based in Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia with a passion for food. He reviews local eateries from all over Saudi Arabia and on occasion, travels abroad to experience local cuisines. Not to shy away from an experience, it is said there is nothing he won't eat.
I’ve been here a couple of times before and am not done with this place yet. We were quite hungry and knew it would take a while for the food to get served so we went straight for the first few items on the menu. We ordered the “Noodle Soup Gai / Nuea” (Chicken / Beef), “Tom Yum Noodles Gai / Talay” (Chicken / Seafood), “Pad Kee Mao Noodles” & “Pad Prik Gang Gai”.
The first thing you might notice is that the prices are really cheap and the portion are only slightly small but that’s where “Banana Leaf” comes to its own. The “Noodle Soup Nuea” was a clear broth soup that packed a punch and the aroma could wake you up instantly. This hearty broth instantly cleared up the cold and the tender beef chunks and beef balls enriched the whole experience. The noodles could have been better though. The “Tom Yum Noodle Soup” was extra spicy (as requested) and the beef cooked in the coconut milk and red curry paste was exquisite. Loved the flavour the Kaffir lime leaves adds to the soup.
The “Pad Kee Mao Noodles” wasn’t what I hoped for. The flat noodles didn’t really have much taste to it and there were more vegetables than noodles. Finally, what really got us in the end was the “Pad Prik Gang Gai”. If you are into Thai curries and wouldn’t mind a bit of heat, this beef dish with string beans and kaffir lime leaves cooked in red Thai curry paste is worth every penny. It would go really well with some plain rice / fried rice which we regretted not ordering. The quantity is a lot less than you would expect so keep that in mind when you order here.
Tom Yum Noodles Gai
“Pad Prik Gang Gai”