23 February 2011

Zen Yai Kow Pad Ka Pow. $10 lunch review

| johnboy
Join the conversation
kow pad ka pow

Zen Yai’s been a bit of an institution on London Circuit for some time now with its flambouyant Thai fitout.

They also have a poster board cunningly advertising lunches “from $9”.

If one enquires at the counter the special takeaway lunch menu is produced and it has a handful of $9 dishes and a lot more for around $13.

How could I go past something called “Kow Pad Ka Pow”?

It took around 10 minutes to prepare, which they warned me of so I went for a little walk.

When I got it back to the office the first thing that struck on opening it was the delicious smell of BBQ Pork. The meat in this has been grilled before being fried in with the rice.

There were a smattering of beans in there as well as the inevitable slices of onion.

But the most overwhelming thing was the taste of black pepper.

I mean if you don’t really like the taste of black pepper this is not the dish for you.

But it’s certainly got some “Ka Pow”.

(For more sub $10 lunches in Civic check the tag, if you’ve got recommendations let me know.)

View Larger Map

Join the conversation

All Comments
  • All Comments
  • Website Comments

I thought that was you I saw at lunch today. I had the $9 Pad Xe Uw, that was pretty good.

Word to those planning to eat in at lunchtime – the $9 lunch specials apply to eating in as well, but you have to ask for the menu (which I only discovered today thanks to my friend). That said, if you do order off their normal menu the servings are a little bigger. Either way, it’s tasty stuff.

el_presidente3:46 pm 23 Feb 11

I really like this place – never had the cheap lunchtime takeaway options but I can strongly recommend the standard menu.

colourful sydney racing identity3:16 pm 23 Feb 11

Jazz said :

This dish has such a cool name, how could you not buy it

sounds like star wars special effects: zen, yai, kow, pad, KA-POW!!!

This dish has such a cool name, how could you not buy it

Love Zen Yai! Great Thai food. I’ve never had a bad meal there. I didn’t realise they had a lunch takeaway menu … I need to look a bit harder next time I’m in Civic at lunch time (which is not very often unfortunately).

Daily Digest

Want the best Canberra news delivered daily? Every day we package the most popular Riotact stories and send them straight to your inbox. Sign-up now for trusted local news that will never be behind a paywall.

By submitting your email address you are agreeing to Region Group's terms and conditions and privacy policy.