When I think of Belfast, I immediately think food….I think choice and I think variety; the food scene here is growing at a rapid rate and I am here to help you delve into new and exciting spots to ‘fill your boots’ and satisfy your foodie needs!
For this weeks choice we are going Thai… for this kind of cuisine it can be non other than the Bo Tree restaurant, recently reopened in the University area. This is fresh, authentic and all round delicious Thai food. The atmosphere is busy and bustling, which I love and it’s suitable for all ages!
To start I went for the Lana Neua, finely minced beef cooked in lemon juice, galangal (Thai ginger) and dried chillies in lettuce wraps! This dish is not for the faint hearted, it has a beautiful zing of freshness, but certainly packs a punch with the hit of dried chilli coming later.
For the main dishes I love nothing more than ordering a variety and sharing with friends. What could be better?
I’m a stickler for a Thai green curry, but what makes this dish special is the addition of the Thai pea aubergine, which has a slight flavour of aniseed; this working with the fiery chilli and creamy coconut milk is the perfect combination. If your looking for a curry with a more mellow spice level the king prawns cooked in curry leaves and red curry paste has a more delicate and creamy note and they are more than happy to alter the heat level to suit the needs of the individual.
Another classic I love is Thai sweet chilli prawns cooked with Thai basil and cashew nuts, this sauce is sweet with a slight note of heat which comes together with the crunch of the toasted cashew nuts and onions.
If you want to try something different I highly recommend the deep fried fish cooked in Thai herbs. This was a real sweet and sticky dish, the battered fish giving a real comforting and warming feel.
I always go for a jasmine rice and stir fried rice noodles and beansprouts to lap up all the delicious sauce. Let none go to waste!
It’s a great spot for groups or if your watching the pennies and it’s BYOB. This is fresh, healthy food at a fraction of the price, main dishes priced at around £7. They also have a specials board (I would recommend the drunken duck). This place is buzzing every night of the week so I would book in advance. Check out their Facebook page where they have some step by step videos of how they create some of their favourite dishes. It’s inspiring to see how a handful of the right ingredients can create such quick and beautiful tasting dishes with flavours working in perfect balance and harmony with one another. This place has something for everyone, believe me! Enjoy!
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