CCU Undercover: Red Spoon Thai

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CCU breathed in the smell of peanuts and coconuts, their aromas tickling her tastebuds as she walked through the crowded streets. A merchant here, a food stall there, there was just too much!

Well she had to start somewhere so she ambled over to an exotic location where the scent was especially strong.

Mmmmm…. was her last thought before she shut the door behind her

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Guys I apologise today that I do not have a recipe to share with you all (though I am planning to this weekend :D) – in its place, I have decided to take you on my Thai adventures so you do not get huge withdrawal from your lack of Go Bake Yourself (a real condition with symptoms include grumbling stomach, lack of chocolate and hallucinations of Nutella)

Allow me to introduce you to the wonderful, magical world of Thai food. Simple, exquisite and no pretentiousness, just classy, ambience. Dark oaks mixed with crimson as well as darker lighting set the mood inside but we sat outside with the sun waving goodbye.


Perfectly set tables with a very innovative idea for a pre-packed hand sanitiser for your use either before or after your meal. Promoting hygiene before eating is such a big plus!


As soon as we sit, a waitress approaches us and though, unlike Crinitis, she is not designated to our table, they are all each as efficient as last, no matter the order you put them in. They immediately filled up our cups with water and left with the menus, looking so determined which I found actually a little humorous :P

And then suddenly, the food and drinks arrived *stomach grumbles from memories*

In less than 5 minutes, I kid. You. Not. Our drinks had arrived.

Firstly, my mum went for the very exotically displayed coconut juice, which she had been lusting after forever!
Sweet and refreshing, I love the authenticity with which is arrived, all umbrellas-cocktail-style and rustic cut up coconut!

Fresh Coconut Juice - $6

Fresh Coconut Juice – $6

My dad, never separated from his favourite Lemon Lime Bitters which was, as always, bittery sweet deliciousness in a glass!

Lemon Lime Bitters - $4.50

Lemon Lime Bitters – $4.50

Me, I may look old enough to order cocktails, order a mocktail (parents… sheesh ;)) called Daiquiri.
It is a minty concoction which looks quite thick but is actually as watery as mum’s coconut juice and full of a refreshing minty taste! The green is too pretty too :D

Daiquiri - $10

Daiquiri – $10

As soon as the drinks are set, another waitress sashays out carrying our spring rolls and curry puffs. SPRING ROLLS AND CURRY PUFFS :D

The spring rolls are presented just so beautifully, eating them feels like a crime. Actually. The spritz of sauce on the plate, the flower in the pot and the spring rolls standing in their glorious… gloriousness!

Fresh Spring Roll - House made fresh spring roll of marinated tofu, enoki mushroom, capsicum, snow peas sprouts and cucumber with house sesame and tamarind sauce - $7.90

Fresh Spring Roll – House made fresh spring roll of marinated tofu, enoki mushroom, capsicum, snow peas sprouts and cucumber with house sesame and tamarind sauce – $7.90

I loved the thin paper they used to make them more authentic, rice paper I believe, and it was chewy with a touch of sweetness. The inside was a delicious vegetable explosion with the additional of marinated tofu which went perfectly with the sauce!


The curry puffs were a particular favourite of the evening. Warm, beckoning fried goods with a perfect crunchy but solid exterior, the inside was nice and warm mashed vegetables whose seasoning complimented the delicious sweet chilli sauce on the side!

Curry Puffs - Crisp fried pastry puffs stuffed with mixed vegetables served with sweet chilli sauce - $7.90

Curry Puffs – Crisp fried pastry puffs stuffed with mixed vegetables served with sweet chilli sauce – $7.90

IMG_4947We had barely finished our last bite of entrée before we knew that our plates were whisked away and the mains had been set down before us. Honestly it was in the blink of an eye, their waiters are close to robotic!

Anyhow, the first main dish of the evening was my mum’s beautifully exotic, veggie lover’s delight, namely Chilli Peppercorn Tofu. Just saying it makes me feel so foreign! ;)
Obviously featuring tofu, the sauce marinated all the vegetables flavours and soaked it into the tofu, resulting in one of the best stir fries I have ever sampled :D

Chilli Peppercorn Tofu - Stir fried mixed vegetables, tofu, green peppercorn and ka-chai with vegetarian home made sauce - $17.90

Chilli Peppercorn Tofu – Stir fried mixed vegetables, tofu, green peppercorn and ka-chai with vegetarian home made sauce – $17.90

Mum was certainly very very happy!

Daddy, brother and I went for the ‘Make your own meal’ option. And so many options there are! Honestly, if you check out the links below, you will be very pleased at the various combinations available :D

Daddy went for the Stir fried meal and got the Chilli Peppercorn sauce (though his face at the peppercorn sitting on top of his dish was pretty hilarious :P) with chicken. No pain in eating this Asian dish, daddy loved it to bits!

Chilli Peppercorn Sauce - Stir fried mixed vegetables, green peppercorn, ka-chai with chilli peppercorn sauce w/ Chicken Breast - $17.50

Chilli Peppercorn Sauce -
Stir fried mixed vegetables, green peppercorn, ka-chai with chilli peppercorn sauce w/ Chicken Breast – $17.50

Brother dear, followed suit in the stir-fried section for chicken but was so not for peppercorn and instead, got the Chilli basil selection! As always, he was smitten with his dish from this restaurant! His looked quite similar to daddy’s just no peppercorn :)

They ate it with a delicious, plump bowl of rice, so fluffy!

Steamed Jasmine Rice - $3 per person

Steamed Jasmine Rice – $3 per person

Moi? I went all avant garde obviously and ditched the stir fries for some noodles. Ever had their noodles? No? Get on a plane, get in the car, I don’t care, just come eat their soft, deliciously incredible rice noodles – you will never eat Pad Thai anywhere else again

Sorry back to my dish ;)! As you know, I got noodles with my preferred Chilli Basil flavoured noodles along with vegetables and tofu. This dish is self-explanatory in how utterly delectable it tasted. Honestly. Just look at it.

Chilli Basil Noodle - Spicy and aromatic, stir fried thick flat rice noodles with fresh chilli, egg and sweet basil w/ Vegetables and Tofu - $16.50

Chilli Basil Noodle – Spicy and aromatic, stir fried thick flat rice noodles with fresh chilli, egg and sweet basil w/ Vegetables and Tofu – $16.50

And thus ended one very glorious Thai experience! Would I go back again? In a heartbeat. Would I take you with me? If I could, I would take the world with me :)

General Overview

  • I already noted how efficient everyone was but I think they might have been too efficient – I know, I know is there really such a thing at a restaurant? I loved the digital orders but the refilling waters at every attempt got a little disruptive. Also I appreciate the continuous dishes but when one has just finished their entrée, a 5 minute break is appreciated!
  • Fantastic options and range – vegetarians need not worry about meat overtaking the menu at all which I have found to be common in Asian restaurants

Rating: 9.5/10

Booking: Necessary, necessary, necessary!

Address & Contact Details: - Update (28/02/14): This is now called Kinns Thai 





Castle Towers
Level Piazza, Shop 7,
6-14 Castle Street
Castle Hill, NSW 2154

Phone Number: 9899 5669

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Oh, oh and before I forget, we DID have dessert!!! The most incredible sticky date pudding in the history of sticky date puddings, this restaurant is utterly one of my favourites! But I won’t mention it yet because I promise you, I shall be reviewing it soon :D




Yes I know, you are dying for me to go to this restaurant and review – daddy, I am hinting here :D

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101 Comments… add one

All You Do Is Eat April 22, 2013, 12:32 am

Yum! I love Red Spoon!! I had THE most amazing vegetable stir fry there I’ve ever had! (I think it was called ‘assorted vegetable stir fry’ or something on the menu). SO good. And I totally agree with you about their noodles! They are amazing! They make the best chicken cashew noodles ever (though reading this it seems like you are a vegetarian so you might not go for that one!!).

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Kiran March 5, 2013, 9:40 pm


And I totally agree with you about being intrusive — some just can’t stop refiling water. As though as I’m dining only to drink water and nothing else ;)

girlinafoodfrenzy February 11, 2013, 7:16 pm

Yum! I can just hear the spices crackling and sizzling from here and that sticky date cake, whoarr!!! Ooezy and melting ice-cream :)

Shirley Tay February 11, 2013, 12:07 pm

I love Thai food too, but I can never do with the famous Tom Yam Soup. Looks like a nice place to dine in……….

Christine @ Cooking Crusade February 10, 2013, 11:10 am

I’ve heard great things about this place and your meal looks fantastic. As does your dessert, yumm!

Marina@Picnic at Marina February 9, 2013, 10:36 pm

I love those spring rolls, good eats! :)

woodentaste February 9, 2013, 7:11 pm

I love Thai ,I cooked the other day Thai beef stir fry, it’s so simple and soooo goood.Thank you for sharing

Elaine February 9, 2013, 4:38 pm

I really enjoy Thai food and the food at this restaurant looks amazing.

Simply Life (@SimplyLifeBlog) February 9, 2013, 3:29 pm

great review! those drinks are so creative!

juanitascocina February 9, 2013, 2:23 pm

I want the pudding! YUM!

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella February 9, 2013, 9:17 am

I bet going out with your family is a fun experience! You guys always seem to have such a great time together which is really nice :D

gourmetgetaway February 9, 2013, 8:06 am

Oh that looks like such an amazing feast! I am a curry puff fiend!
I also love noodles so I would have probably chosen something similar to your dish.

Lisa February 9, 2013, 7:03 am

Who needs a recipe when you can give us pure, unadulterated food and drink porn? LOL@ May I look old enough to order drinks. Drinking was so much more fun when I was underage and used a fake ID, which rarely ever worked lol

Honey What's Cooking February 9, 2013, 5:56 am

looks like sucha yummy dinner.

poetb2012 February 9, 2013, 5:05 am


Kristi @ My San Francisco Kitchen February 9, 2013, 4:12 am

Yum yum yum, everything looks so good!!

petit4chocolatier February 9, 2013, 2:21 am

Everything looks delicious.., and then I scrolled further down to the dessert! Wow, the dessert blew me away! Magnificent :)

Kate February 9, 2013, 12:19 am

Beautiful dinner! Looks yummy!

Norma Chang February 8, 2013, 11:52 pm

All delicious dishes, I would love to have a Fresh Coconut Juice.

Colette @ JFF! February 8, 2013, 9:41 pm

Great restaurant review, Chippy. All of the food looks so good, esp the minty daq, spring rolls and crispy turnovers. OMG

jlaceda February 8, 2013, 8:54 pm

I heart Thai food, too! I think it’s all that coconut milk and curry and Thai basil…mmmmmm, altogether, a wonderful combination! Have a happy weekend, CC Uru!

Deanna February 8, 2013, 7:52 pm

What a beautiful presentation of food! Yum! Glad you had such a wonderful dinner!

annesturetucker February 8, 2013, 4:48 pm

Beautiful – looks amazing! A real treat to go out to eat delicious food and get great service :-)
Thanks for sharing – now I am craving Asian food and it’s 8;30 in the morning :-)

Chef Randall February 8, 2013, 4:25 pm

Thai food is awesomely delicious. Thanks for sharing CCU, great post. I liked the photo of the coconut drink. :)

Chef Randall

Lisa at fLVE February 8, 2013, 6:49 am

I love thai food. So delicious! Great food post. Seriously got me hungry right now and I am about to sleep, too. Lol.

navane64 February 8, 2013, 3:09 am

Gosh!!!! all my fav dishes. Forget about the dessert but the rest are so tempting and delicious.

Minnie@thelady8home February 7, 2013, 10:13 pm

Oh dear!! Now I want to go out and eat Thai today. The meal looks gorgeous!!!

Kathleen Richardson February 7, 2013, 9:21 pm

Such a lovely meal should never be rushed; rather, it should be eaten in slow, small bites to prolong the pleasure. Everything you described/pictured looks delectable, CCU.

The Squishy Monster February 7, 2013, 8:38 pm

I’m quite lusting after that coconut as well…loooove fresh coconuts! And those curry puffs…Mmmm is right!

dianeskitchentable February 7, 2013, 8:30 pm

It all sounds & looks so good but that spring roll really caught my eye. I agree with you about almost too much service, especially when you would like to sit & chat with the people you’re eating with more than with waiters. I took my daughter out to eat one time where the waiter must have asked us how we liked our dinner about every 6 minutes! I finally said “well it’s STILL as fine as it was 5 minutes ago, thank you though”. We couldn’t even have a conversation but I’m sure he meant well (or was trying to hit on my daughter :)

Choc Chip Uru February 11, 2013, 8:51 am

Haha I think it was the hitting on :P
But he may have been super polite… or new at his job too ;)


dianeskitchentable February 11, 2013, 1:14 pm

I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt & go with all of the above :)

Nami | Just One Cookbook February 7, 2013, 7:50 pm

To be honest with you, I can eat thai food everyday. It’s one cuisine that I really want to be able to make it at home, super authentic, but with all the spices and proper cooking I really need to study a bit. It shouldn’t be too difficult because the dish comes out pretty fast after we order. It’s quite expensive in our area to eat Thai food, and since I want to eat it often, I think I need to learn to cook at home! I’m so jealous of your meals…even desserts! I also think frequent re-fill of water can get a bit annoying and sometimes I don’t drink water too much when I find out. :D Well, perfect service can be pretty hard especially customers has different preference. :) 9.5 points is pretty good!

Jess @ On Sugar Mountain February 7, 2013, 7:13 pm

Man I love thai food: everything looks so delicious! So jelly I couldn’t eat it all myself ;)

Ruby @ The Ruby Red Apron February 7, 2013, 5:28 pm

I am soooooooo craving thai food right now! Everything looks so ridiculously good!

Hannah (BitterSweet) February 7, 2013, 5:08 pm

Good Thai food can really be hard to find… So much of it is “Americanized” and thus over-sweetened, over-sauced, and over-sized! Getting a whole fresh coconut for the water is the sign of a clear winner though. I sure wish there was a comparable local option for me!

mjskit February 7, 2013, 3:35 pm

Wish I had been there to share this meal with you! It looks wonderful and that minty coconut drink – YUM!

Inger Wilkerson February 7, 2013, 3:29 pm

I love Thai food–this all looks wonderful!

atasteofmadess February 7, 2013, 3:02 pm

Wow, what a fantastic meal! I have never seen anyone serve an actual coconut and it’s juice in a restaurant before, which is a shame because that’s my favorite kind of juice.

Ali February 7, 2013, 10:30 am

I love Thai food…there’s always so much to choose from! This looks like you had a sensational feast!

mmmarzipan February 7, 2013, 10:25 am

Amazing food! I just had breakfast, but I am hungry again already! :)

expatchef February 7, 2013, 9:30 am

Those fresh spring rolls look amazing….I want some thai now too!

grace February 7, 2013, 9:24 am

i love the edges on those curry puffs! and wow, handling a big ol’ coconut like that seems like it might be a little difficult. :)

eliotthecat February 7, 2013, 8:40 am

I was missing your CCU Undercover posts anyway so no worries. Love that coconut drink….looks refreshing. We have been craving Thai food around here lately.

Acacia February 7, 2013, 7:40 am

It sounds like you really enjoyed the food. I hope we will be seeing some CCU reinvented versions…hint hint, nudge nudge, wink wink! They look utterly amazing :)

Cakelaw February 7, 2013, 7:40 am

This food all looks amazing!!!!!! I especially covet the rice paper rolls and the sticky date pudding – two of my faves.

Tasmeea February 7, 2013, 7:11 am

All the food looks so good! I love Thai food so thanks for this review!

libishski February 7, 2013, 7:04 am

I don’t normally go for vegetarian dishes but the chilli peppercorn tofu looks beautiful!

juliana February 7, 2013, 7:00 am

Wow, what a great meal…love everything that was served…YUM!
Hope you are having a wonderful week :)

Three Well Beings February 7, 2013, 5:51 am

Oh my! I really want that chili peppercorn tofu! Each of these dishes looks and sounds fantastic. I do love Thai food, and have a few little places I frequently have lunch, but I don’t think I’ve seen anything quite as elegant as some of these appear to be! Lucky you! I think you need to do reviews more frequently, don’t you? You want to be certain they keep up their high standards. :-)

Choc Chip Uru February 11, 2013, 8:49 am

I like the way you think ;)


Natalie February 7, 2013, 3:41 am

Wow that’s some delicious food! I always get jealous reading about awesome restaurants that are so far from me :(

Reeni February 7, 2013, 1:46 am

Everything looks insanely good! Those drinks too! Funny – at my favorite Chinese restaurant they are so attentive that every time you take a sip of tea they want to top off your cup. It is so annoying but I love the food.

Jenn and Seth February 7, 2013, 1:41 am

looks super delicious!! and i totally agree, it is kinda annoying when things are going too efficiently, i always feel like they just want us to leave so they can have the table

Susan February 7, 2013, 1:04 am

Never apologize. “Real life” gets in the way some times :) I have finally let myself go beyond a week to post – it is wonderful!

Wonderful meal you shared with your mom!

Saskia (1=2) February 7, 2013, 12:07 am

Excellent work Super-sleuth! Looks delicious, especially dessert.

Joanne February 6, 2013, 11:47 pm

From the delicious looking drinks to the fabulous dinner – it all looks so enticing.

Georgia | The Comfort of Cooking February 6, 2013, 11:22 pm

Wow, everything looks so darn delicious! Great undercover work CCU! ;)

Suzie February 6, 2013, 11:03 pm

Those spring rolls look amazing as did the chicken with peppercorn sauce. Your reviews always make me hungry!!

Em February 6, 2013, 10:40 pm

Yum, love curry puffs. They are a must-order dish if they are on the menu,

kale February 6, 2013, 10:36 pm

i would love to have gone undercover! and by undercover, i mean rather conspicuously consuming EVERYTHING.

Swathi February 6, 2013, 10:23 pm

Lot of delicious food Uru.

Sarah February 6, 2013, 10:20 pm

Oh my gosh, that looks absolutely delicious! Didn’t think it could get any better, then you hit me with that dessert! I love thai food, possibly my favourite ever :)

yummychunklet February 6, 2013, 9:46 pm

The entire dinner looks great, but I love the look of that fresh coconut juice.

Jennifer Eloff February 6, 2013, 9:27 pm

Wow!! Making me hungry – what a fabulous feast!

bitsandbreadcrumbs February 6, 2013, 9:13 pm

Thai food is a real favorite of mine, and this place looks like it has some wonderful dishes. Love the coconut juice…just a killer presentation! :)

viveka February 6, 2013, 9:06 pm

Fantastic dinner … and the presentation – very classy. Big fan of Thai food and specially if it comes out like this – that Daiquiri looks good enough to drink too.
Your photos are very good too – thanks for sharing this feast.

Sandra February 6, 2013, 9:02 pm

These dishes all look delicious!

lisa lawless (@lisaiscooking) February 6, 2013, 8:50 pm

Everything looks delicious. Love those spring rolls! I’ll be craving Thai for the rest of the day now.

Kim@Treats & Trinkets February 6, 2013, 8:45 pm

Mmm, thai food is my go-to choice for date nights with the bestie! I’m drooling over that peppercorn tofu dish.

Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic February 6, 2013, 8:16 pm

I wish I have some fresh coconut juice right now! Oh and a slice of sticky date pudding :)

pamasaurus February 6, 2013, 8:01 pm

That meal looks amazing! I wish I lived where you do, just so I could eat it!

john@kitchenriffs February 6, 2013, 6:12 pm

Another great undercover. Terrific looking sticky pudding! Good stuff – thanks.

Joanne February 6, 2013, 5:20 pm

Good thai food can be so hard to find, but when you do it’s the best! WHat a great meal!

Eva Taylor February 6, 2013, 5:15 pm

Australia is do expensive to eat out! I can’t believe the prices. Thai food is one of my favourites.

Choc Chip Uru February 11, 2013, 8:05 am

So true in comparison to other countries!


The Foodie Affair February 6, 2013, 4:46 pm

Everything looks delicious! I love the coconut juice served in its own shell. That’s authentic! Now you have me craving Thai food!!

Nazneen | Coffee and Crumpets February 6, 2013, 2:54 pm

I love Thai food! Your dinner looks amazing and I would love every single dish.


erika February 6, 2013, 2:49 pm

Uru, that looks like a completely AMAZING meal. And you got exactly what I would have ordered–love those fat noodles with all those yummy thai spices!!

heather February 6, 2013, 2:47 pm

What an amazing experience – I was drooling over your starters, spring rolls are my favorite and I justs LOVE the braided crust around the puffs- um YUM!

cquek February 6, 2013, 2:42 pm

Fabulous recipes and gorgeous photography as usual!

apuginthekitchen February 6, 2013, 2:32 pm

Yum, love Thai food. Looks so good that now I want some!

sugaredpecan February 6, 2013, 2:26 pm

Wow, I love Thai food but all of this looks exeptionally good! How lucky are you? Now I’m off to google lemon lime bitters..yum!

A_Boleyn February 6, 2013, 1:41 pm

Thanks for posting this wonderful assortment of Thai dishes. A little early in the morning but very inspirational. And that sticky date pudding dish … amazing. I understand you went elsewhere to have it though … not to the same restaurant. I’ve never tried it, though I’d like to.

The curry puffs are one Thai dish that I’ve never had in a restaurant or at home. And when ordering at one of the 2 Thai restaurants I frequent, I usually stick to sate skewers (chicken or beef), summer rolls, pad thai or sometimes another noodle dish.

I enjoy seeing the vegetarian dishes that you order as they’re not something I have ever considered ordering out though I may try to make one of them the next time I feel like cooking Thai food. Darn, I just realized that I never posted the spicy fish ball and shrimp thai inspired soup with coconut milk and lemon grass that I made a while back and wanted to share. I’ll have to remedy that omission.

Keep up the posts whether recipe or review. :)

Choc Chip Uru February 11, 2013, 8:05 am

Yep that was at one incredible Italian restaurant that I have yet to review :)
Haha I look forward to your thai inspired dishes my friend and hope to keep posting as much as school will let me!


Sprigs of Rosemary February 6, 2013, 1:39 pm

I just love Thai food; recently ate at a great restaurant called Thai Sweet Basil in north Tampa, Florida, with my daughter. It was just a great meal. Sure looks like you had one fantastic meal (and good time) with your folks. (My rice came in a heart shape!)

Tandy February 6, 2013, 1:22 pm

I love your undercover posts and I also prefer a break between courses :)

Cher February 6, 2013, 1:14 pm

You are just too fun :-)
Cute post

Liz February 6, 2013, 12:36 pm

I am now craving Pad Thai and Sticky Pudding! You lucky girl!!!

kalamitykelli February 6, 2013, 12:15 pm

It all looks fantastic but the Chili Basil Noodle looks the best to me! YUM!

Becky February 6, 2013, 12:15 pm

Looks like you had a wonderful time, and so many choices. I would like one of those Spring Rolls, right now!

Curry and Comfortc February 6, 2013, 12:12 pm

I think Thai food is my 2nd favorite food after Sri Lankan (of course). :) Thai basil leaves are the best herb ever! I would have devoured all your food.. yummy meal. :)

Saguna February 6, 2013, 10:13 am

Those dishes look beautiful what with the pink orchids and everything. Looks like it was lovely! I have enjoyed dates in dessert this week too. I love dates. They’re awesome! Looking forward to that cake… :)

Carolyn Chan February 6, 2013, 9:27 am

I don’t know anyone who doesn’t love Thai food and you look like you had a very authentic dinner there – I love anything chilli basil :)

Angie@Angie's Recipes February 6, 2013, 9:11 am

My stomach literally growl while reading the post….I miss fresh coconut juice.

Katerina February 6, 2013, 8:11 am

Mmm, the food looks delicious! I am sure you had a great time!

BekAtCrave February 6, 2013, 8:06 am

Looks delish! I know what you mean- sometimes if they are too efficient it feels like they’re rushing you out the door haha

daisyandthefox February 6, 2013, 7:52 am

yummm! love thai food! what an awesome night of dinner!
and that cake – you had me at sticky date… they are by far the BEST comfort cake with a generous scoop of ice-cream….. i’m drooling :P

albertocook February 6, 2013, 7:38 am


Mimi February 6, 2013, 11:13 am

What a fabulous dinner!

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