Story and photo by Vivienne Pearson
Winter is coming and the need for comforting and nutritious food is rising as fast as the darkness in our evenings.
Thai food ticks all the boxes. Dishes such as green and red curry, laksa, pad Thai and fried rice are perfect for cooler days and nights. At Success Thai in Byron Bay you can be assured that your food will be super fresh, thanks to a quirky menu that offers a different range of dishes each day of the week.
This means that you know that Tuesday’s Tom Yum soup was made fresh on Tuesday simply because it wasn’t available on previous days. The variety in the menu keeps things fresh (pardon the pun) for regular customers, as well as for owners Kan and Goy Kingaew.
The super popular items of red curry and green curry transcend the nightly menu changes and, if you are really desperate for your favourite stir-fry dish, Kan is able to make it on one of that dish’s ‘off duty’ nights, thanks to that style of cooking needing no preparation. Or, you can use the rotating menus as your inspiration for trying something new.
Goy shares that recently popular dishes are the lesser known chilli jam stir fry and pad see ew, a stir-fried dish using thick noodles, egg and vegetables with a sweet soy sauce.
Thai-born Goy and Kan have been running Success Thai for seven years. They offer takeaway as well as dine in, with both BYO and licensed options for the latter.
They are getting ready for winter. ‘Winter is good,’ says Goy. ‘Once the festivals finish, we have lots of locals enjoying our food.’ Goy’s only request to locals is that they bring a jumper with them so that they can stay warm while waiting for and enjoying their warming winter Thai food.
Success Thai: 3/109 Jonson Street, Byron Bay (between Carlyle and Kingsley Streets). Open for lunch Mon–Fri 12–3pm and for dinner 6/7 nights 5–8.30pm. *Check Facebook @Success Thai Food for updates on whether they will continue to be open Sunday nights over winter.
Kan and Goy at Success Thai.