Pok Pok

Pok Pok Street Food
801-803 Bourke Street
Docklands
Vic 3008
+61 3 9620 4580
Pok Pok on Urbanspoon

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Several months ago in the dusk of Winter solstice, my gay sisters brothers and I caught up for dinner at Pok Pok. We had heard enthusiastically positive feedback and were keen to try it for ourselves. Our group consisted of Damo and Silver Tutu, Ees and Little Death and the slightly confused “one non-gay/non-male partner in the relationship” pair of Fakebooo and me.

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Spicy assorted wild mushroom salad – Grilled organic shiitake, shimeji and enoki mushrooms, kaffir lime leaves, lemongrass, shallot and roasted rice finished with fresh coriander and mint $13.50

The restaurant is rather big and sparse with a small waiting/drinking counter extending up a flight of stairs to the main dining hall. I almost squealed in delight when we were offered the pink table but it turned out to be a tight squeeze for our party of 6 and were moved to the communal table soon enough.

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(Left) Chang beer – $7
(Right) Thai milk iced tea – $4

We started with a round of drinks as we went through the menu and discussed options. The Thai milk tea came in its distinctive orange hue. It was too sweet and lacked the floral notes that usually accompany the drink. Those that ordered Chang beer had no complaints; it was cold, crisp and refreshing.

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Thai crispy mussel and beansprout omelette – Fresh mussels and sautéed bean sprouts cooked into a pan-fried omelette and served with Sriracha chilli sauce $14.50

Warm green bowls were set before us as we got ready for our feast. The food came swiftly and Fakebooo and I got flustered trying to take pictures of the food without keeping the rest waiting. Ahhh.. the perils of dining with food bloggers.

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Wok fried Angus beef with oyster sauce – Wok tossed Angus beef in oyster sauce with splash of Chinese wine and stir-fried shimeji mushrooms, broccoli and onion. Served with Thai jasmine rice. $14.50

In general, the only dishes that stood out were the mushroom salad, because I’m a sucker for mushies, and the noodles, which were tasty and had a nice flavoursome char.

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Jungle curry – A unique style curry without coconut cream containing shimeji mushroom, baby corn, cherry, eggplant, sugar snap peas and young peppercorn seasoned with galingale, chilli and basil $12.50

We were pre-warned that the jungle curry was the hottest item in the menu but personally, I thought it was pretty alright. Truthfully, the noodles were spicier! I was also thrown off by the soupy appearance of the dish as I’ve tried jungle curries at other restaurants and they’ve always been thick and dense, like that of a typical curry.

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Roast pork belly and dry green peppercorn – Crisp pork belly stir-fried with green peppercorn curry paste, crunchy grean beans, kaffir lime leaves, chilli and basil served on Thai jasmine rice $13.50

I disliked how staff zoomed in to clear our plates without checking if we were done. The restaurant was far from occupied at that point, with the night still young. The urgency was not called for.

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Spicy drunken noodles “Pad Kee Mao” – Stir-fried rice noodle with chilli and garlic paste, shimeji mushroom, young corn, crunchy green beans and green peppercorn finished with basil and red chilli $12.50

In all honesty, I was underwhelmed at Pok Pok. This food was so-so, nothing to shout about, and the service disappointed me.

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“Gapi” shrimp paste fried rice – Wok fried rice with shrimp paste complimented by fresh green mango/apple, caramelized pork, chilli, shallots, coriander and shallow fried school prawns $14.5

6 Comments

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6 responses to “Pok Pok

  1. i know right the service was pretty annoying last time we went! I think I prefer Chin Chin as well for Thai food is there another Thai restaurant you would recommend? :)

    • I definitely prefer Chin Chin, even though the food is more fushion-y. The quality and atmosphere is nicer; it’s just getting a table that’s a major headache!
      Bangpop in South Wharf is pretty decent. and i love iSpicy for their cheap (and really hot) dishes!

  2. I still need to blog about Pok Pok! (I think we went in April or something haha)

    I’d say that Pok Pok is alright, but nothing super-fantastic. The desserts are worth trying though. Also, it’s probably better than most places out in Docklands way haha.

    • The dining scene in Docklands does need a little oomph doesn’t it!?
      We didn’t check the dessert menu when we were there. I think the haste of staff kinda turned everyone off. I’m not sure i’ll visit Pok Pok again, but if i do, i’ll definitely look at the desserts.

  3. Raaki

    Why do people always compare Pok Pok to Chin Chin, there is no comparison to me, first of all Pok Pok is street food, while the other is fusion, secondly chin chin is too expensive , while Pok Pok is not.

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