[Sydney, Australia] The cooks at Yok Yor Thai Food Factory used to be dressed in sky blue overalls and bright yellow hard hats in the kitchen.
It sure was gimmicky and a visual selling point to see ‘construction workers’ frying up a storm of Pad Thai and Kuay Teow Moo.
Returning for another round of supper in 2016, they have given the hard hats up for ‘soft’ lime green caps.
My friends and I used to make it a yearly ‘pilgrimage’ to go to Yok Yor for supper.
Though with time, we found that there were other worthy Thai food competitors and Yok Yor seemed to have lost some of its quirky charm.
Yok Yor may not have that popularity factor that nearby competitor Chat Thai commands, but it should afford a decent, authentic Thai meal.
We do see Thai customers dining. That should be an indication.
There are over a hundred food, dessert and drinks offered. That is an extensive Thai menu, including some not too common Isan-style street food.
With that kind of variety, there will bound to be some dishes that may not be that up to expectations, say 3/5 average. But in general, Yok Yor are more than okay taste-wise,
Two dishes I would always order. First, the Kuay Teaw Rua Boat Noodles, with choice of beef or pork. Chef Mek once ran a sidewalk soup stall in Bangkok, so this is his forte.
There are two options for portions – AUD$8.90 for large and AUD$5.90 (increased from AUD$4.90 previously) for small.
This you are seeing here, was the 6 bucks option.
Even though ‘Thai Boat Noodles’ could suggest a small portion, trust me, it is big enough for an Asian guy like myself. That rich, spicy, slight herbal soup base is very comforting during winter days.
Yok Yor’s Spicy Green Curry (AUD$12.90) also counted as one of my favourite versions anywhere in the world, including Bangkok itself.
Other than its coconut-rich gravy base filled with eggplant, there was something about the meat quality in Australia (both chicken and beef) which just enhanced the taste of the bowl of curry.
Unfortunately, when I returned both in 2015 and 2016, that ‘magic’ just wasn’t there anymore. A pity.
My friends’ favourites… Tod Mun Goong Prawn Patties (AUD$8.20), Stew Pork Trotter with Rice (AUD$9.90), Thai Omellete with Chicken (AUD$9.90) Som Tum Kai Kem Green Papaya Salad with Salted Egg (AUD$10.50).
Yok Yor is conveniently located near Chinatown, affordable, and offers a variety of late night supper food.
Yok Yor Thai Food Factory
Shop G06, 323 Castlereagh Street, CBD, Sydney 2000, NSW (entrance on Campbell Street)
Tel: 02 9280 0013 / 02 9280 0001
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 1am (Sun-Thurs), 11:30am – 2am (Fri-Sat)