Amazing Pandan Cake – Jinda Thai

I never knew my high school friend Garfield (nickname) was ever into food, because I never really saw him eat! I just remember him drinking crazy amounts of Coke Zero or Pepsi Max and the only food he liked was calamari. But recently he’s been asking me to take him places and introduce him to more food places especially Thai restaurants. He’s spent a couple of weeks there last year and did the same this year and is now fully hooked on and even wants to move there and live one day!

Jinda Thai

It was his birthday last week and when I asked him where he wanted to go, of course he said ‘THAI’ just like I would say ‘anywhere with desserts’ :P I was brainstorming for places to go when I read Catherine’s post about Jinda Thai and remember seeing a few more people on Instagram going and everyone seemed to really enjoy it ~

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Jinda Thai isn’t on the busy main Victoria St but off a small side street Ferguson St and is adjacent with a Thai grocery store. I really liked the decor of the restaurant very different from what it looks like outside, it’s quite spacious with plenty of natural lighting, with the menu written on large black boards.

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Chang Beer $6

The menu’s quite large with all the classic Thai dishes and also some other more authentic dishes that I haven’t heard of before such as the boat noodles. The Birthday boy felt like some beer and unquestionably had was Thai beer told you he’s obsessed! He was also telling us how much cheaper it is in Thailand only $1 a bottle.

Cha Yen Milk Tea $3

Cha Yen Milk Tea $3

Aaron (@fongwi) and Catherine both demanded that I have to try the Thai Milk tea here at Jinda because they believed it to be one of the best. I didn’t know the Thai name for this drink was Cha Yen and I must agree it was amazing. Had strong tea flavours but then diluted and sweetened with condense milk. Mr Bao found it to be a little sweet but it was perfect for me!

Satay Platter $7

Satay Platter $7.90

We decided to start off with some appetisers and ordered the satay platter with one of each beef, chicken and pork skewer covered in spicy peanut sauce and also served with a sauce on the side that tasted like vinegar. The satays had that nice chargrilled flavour and the meat was tender, we did find the portion a little small to be called a platter and wouldn’t have mind paying more for a few more satays.

Jinda's rice paper rolls $6.90

Jinda’s rice paper rolls $6.90

I thought rice paper rolls were from Vietnam and didn’t now they had a version in Thai cuisine, the rolls was filled with chicken, rice vermicelli, carrots and lettuce. And a sweet ands spicy sauce was also given, I loved how soft and fresh the rice paper rolls were and wasn’t dry or hard, as it happens when they’re pre-made.

Som Tum Softshell Crab $12.90

Som Tum Softshell Crab $12.90

I love Som Tum (green papaya salad) and I also adore softshell crab so putting them together made complete sense to me and it was delicious! Soft shell crab was crispy and wasn’t made soggy from the dressing. Mr Bao and Garfield found it a little spicy and had turned a little red, while I really liked the spiciness and heat. Highly recommend dish! But once again thought it was slightly small.

Pad See Ew with beef $14.9

Pad See Ew with beef $14.90

Mr Bao and I don’t normally order Pad See Ew not because we don’t like it but we somehow order Pad Thai more. But it’s Garfield’s favourite and he was adamant that he wanted to try. This turned out to be Mr Bao and his favourite dish of the night. It was fresh from the wok and still piping hot when it reached out table, the sauce that covered the noodles wasn’t overpowering while the thin slices of beef was well marinated with Chinese vegetables mixed through. It reminded me a lot of a similar fried noodle beef dish we have in Hong Kong need to find the name ~

Boat noodles with glass noodles $9

Boat noodles with glass noodles $9

I was really interested in the boat noodles where you can choose the soup base you wanted, and the type of noodles you wanted. I chose the spicy pork soup with glass noodles which came with sliced pork and pork meatballs. I loved the soft nearly melt in your mouth texture of the glass noodles and also the slightly herbal tasting soup. Some people have said that its quite similar to the Malaysian Bak Kut Teh (Herbal pork soup), which I agree but I find it less bitter and was sweeter. This was definitely my favourite dish and will have to order this again!

Condiments with Boat Noodles

Condiments with Boat Noodles

The boat noodles also came with a little tray of condiments, with chilli flakes, salt, pickles of some sort and another more sour tasting sauce. We tried a little bit of everything and thought that the boat noodles already had enough flavour without adding these to it ~

Penang curry with chicken and pumpkin $14.90

Penang curry with chicken and pumpkin $14.90

Last dish we ordered was the Penang curry they usually do it with beef, but they were nice enough to change it to chicken for us as we didn’t want to beef dishes. This is another curry dish that I don’t get very often, but think I will order more from now on. I really liked the curry sauce and how it was slightly spicy but sweet at the same time. It gains more points because it has pumpkin pieces and I can never seem to get enough of it.

Deconstructed sticky rice $6.5

Deconstructed sticky rice $6.5

I was panicking a little when the waiter said that they didn’t have a dessert menu, but then said with a smile that he can tell me what desserts he had. *PHEW* There were a few options one of them was this deconstructed sticky rice dessert, with papaya, taro puree, glutinous rice and two scoops of coconut ice-cream. I found it to be very good value for only $6.5 and was lovely. Especially liked the taro and the chewiness from the glutinous rice. Found the coconut ice-cream to me quite light and more like a sorbet :)

Pandan chiffon cake with coconut ice-cream

Pandan chiffon cake with coconut ice-cream $8.50

Another dessert we got was the Pandan chiffon cake with coconut ice-cream. It was a small slice of cake and didn’t have much expectations but it turned out to be one of the best pandan chiffon cakes I have ever had. With the perfect soft moist texture and the creamy pandan frosting that has intense pandan flavours and not that flavour from artificial essence ~ If you like pandan cakes you will definitely love this one, I can’t wait to go to back and try the coconut cake!

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Garfield, Magnus and I have been friend since year 7! :)

We really enjoyed our meal at Jinda Thai and Garfield thinks it’s very authentic and probably the closest compared to the ones he’s had in Bangkok ~ All the dishes were lovely with great flavour, we did find the dishes to be a little bit on the small side and even though we ordered quite a bit of food we didn’t leave with a fully stuffed stomach which isn’t necessarily a bad thing :P

Would also like to wish Garfield Happy Birthday again and hope you liked the Peanut Butter Chocolate cake I made for you ~ It’s really nice to still keep in touch with you guys! I miss those High School days!

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21 thoughts on “Amazing Pandan Cake – Jinda Thai

  1. andy1076 October 16, 2013 at 12:07 am Reply

    Yummers!! I love Thai food, so much texture and flavors. The drinks and desserts in a Jar are becoming really mainstream (If I may use that term) these days aren’t they? ~Runs off with your dessert~

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet October 16, 2013 at 3:29 pm Reply

      Yes the dessert and drinks in jar is definitely the new TREND :) And i want so many of them hehe just hard to find and they’re getting expensive hehe ~no no you can’t run off with my dessert :P

      • andy1076 October 16, 2013 at 11:18 pm Reply

        Too late! ~Munches away on a jar filled with yummy goodness~ :P

  2. threehanns78 October 16, 2013 at 12:47 am Reply

    I’ve read good reviews about this place fron reliable sources too. I rang last week, enquired if they had dessert as this is a criteria to a great spot, but the friendly girl said ” coming soon” in the meantime im happy to make my own from the thai grocery next door. Good review :Daisy

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet October 16, 2013 at 3:34 pm Reply

      Hhaha don’t worry they have desserts there now :) So you should totally go back ! it’s so good! Highly recommend think I’m going to go back soon too!

  3. Ramen Raff October 16, 2013 at 7:56 am Reply

    Love Thai tea! Nice to know what it is actually called too lol I want some boat noodles now! That pandan cake looks amazing.&

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet October 16, 2013 at 3:31 pm Reply

      Yes same here :) Because I always just call it Thai Milk tea but it actually has a proper name hehe ~ I’m sure you’ll be able to find some boat noodles in Sydney too ~

  4. Tina @ bitemeshowme October 16, 2013 at 7:56 am Reply

    i wish that pandan chiffon slice was slightly bigger though! hahaha

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet October 16, 2013 at 3:30 pm Reply

      Hhahaha that’s true :) It was so delicious I didn’t even want to share! just wanted to it all to myself!

  5. The Hangry Bitch October 16, 2013 at 3:52 pm Reply

    haha i just finished writing up my entry when I saw your post this morning! The portions are a tad small aren’t they? or maybe we’re just greedy =)

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet October 16, 2013 at 10:52 pm Reply

      Hwahhaa great minds definitely think a like :P Glad I wasn’t the only one who thought it wasn’t big enough hehe especially the pandan cake!

  6. Sarah October 16, 2013 at 6:18 pm Reply

    That looks like a really cool place – I like that they serve dishes that you don’t see at the standard Thai restaurants. And the desserts look good too, I LOVE pandan! :)

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet October 16, 2013 at 11:00 pm Reply

      Yessss it’s a really cool new Thai cafe :) Really enjoyed it! You’ll have it to put it on your list and i can go with you cuz i want more pandan cake hehe ~

  7. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella October 16, 2013 at 8:48 pm Reply

    I lurrve Thai food too! I could easily live there so it’s a good choice for cuisine and to live imho ;) And how nice that you’ve known each other for so long!

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet October 16, 2013 at 11:08 pm Reply

      I love Thai food as well but I haven’t been there enough to say I’d wanna move there :P but their food is so delicious!

  8. hotlyspiced October 17, 2013 at 1:49 pm Reply

    I miss my school days too! So much fun! I’m so glad Garfield is including more in his diet now than just Coke Zero and calamari! I love the look of all this food and I have to say, Pad See Ew is my absolute favourite and I order it all the time! That was very sweet of you to make him a cake xx

  9. Jinda Thai | thehangrybitch October 17, 2013 at 7:08 pm Reply

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  10. Agnes October 19, 2013 at 5:24 pm Reply

    So is this the place I’m meant to go to??

    Oh, and this comment needs to be more than two sentences.

    Now it’s three.

    Will that do?

    Oh! I’m up to five. I RULE. (Seven now, thank you very much.)

  11. Iron Chef Shellie October 21, 2013 at 9:35 pm Reply

    Love that you still hang out with high school people! They are the best I reckon :)

    I need to goooooooo!

  12. piggyeatalot July 12, 2014 at 10:08 pm Reply

    “It reminded me a lot of a similar fried noodle beef dish we have in Hong Kong need to find the name ~”… IS it the “Gone chow ngau hor” you are thinking about?? heehee reading your post makes me hungry. I am writing mine about Jinda Thai and I was just saying how ur food p0rn of Jinda Thai on Instagram makes me soooo envious! Heehee

  13. […] am envious.  Daisy from Never Too Sweet for me have been tantalising me for weeks now with her food porn from Jinda Thai, often raving […]

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