[Gatley, Greater Manchester] Somtam Street - via Deliveroo

Somtam Street’s usual working areas are street food events. They’ve been part of the annual Conwy Feast and, closer to home, Stockport’s Foodie Fridays in the market place. With the current lockdown those opportunities are not available, so they are working from their home doing local deliveries.

Sensibly, it’s a very short menu – just three proper starters and six main courses. Perhaps surprisingly, the Thai classic salad, som tam, that gives the business its name isn’t amongst the list. To start there was a chicken breast satay – moist meat that had been in a tangy marinade. Alongside, a peanut sauce and a little fresh, crispy salad. For the other starter, a mix of vegetarian mini spring rolls and samosas. Good flavour and not a trace of oiliness. That came with a sweet chilli dipping sauce. We also took a portion of prawn crackers – a firmer texture than the Chinese version and all the better for it.

We both went with a stir fry for mains. For one of us, a vegetarian version of pad khing – nice “al dente” vegetables and a pronounced flavour of ginger. For the other, pad krapow – mainly vegetables but with the addition of duck (other options included beef or chicken). The flavourings were well balanced here with no single ingredient standing out. Yes, there was a kick from chilli but not as pronounced as might have been expected. We both ordered a portion of jasmine rice – pleasant enough but a bit “sticky“ (maybe that’s how it should be).

A good dinner – we’ll order from them again

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