My little mini-tour of the regulars at Edinburgh Markets concluded, today, with a trip to the Pad Thai stall, run by the chef from Bluerapa Thai, on Torphicen Street.
A street food staple, and one of Thailand’s foremost national dishes, pad Thai is a noodle-based dish with which you’ll all likely be familiar.
On offer today, we had chicken or king prawn varieties, cooked freshly to order, before my very eyes, in a large open pan.
I opted for the king prawns, so chef was soon at work frying the prawns, then cracking in an egg, before adding the noodles, bean sprouts and shredded veg, all the time mixing and stirring, then adding a richly dark sauce mix, before finishing with a little shredded spring onion.
Once spooned into a carton, I was invited to top it with crushed peanuts and chilli, before handing over a fiver and being on my way.
I didn’t go far, choosing to sit on a nearby bench and contemplate the ebb and flow of the other market stalls. They were doing pretty decent business, considering it was a rather fog-bound morning.
I briskly shovelled the noodles towards my face, enjoying simple, satisfying mouthfuls of savoury goodness. The prawns were nicely cooked, and the dish had a good array textures, making it a very enjoyable eat.
I’ve not visited Bluerapa, as yet, but have heard good things. Today’s experience made me move it a good few notches up my priority list.
So overall, I was pleased by my visit to the Pad Thai man. This street food classic is being given a good rendition, and it’s done with a good little touch of theatre, in the fresh preparation. It’s a substantial and filling feed, and given the location, at the foot of Arthur’s Seat, it’s just the thing to fuel you on a little jaunt up the hill, of a Sunday.
Blythe scores Pad Thai
3.5/5 for food
3.5/5 for presentation
3.5/5 for setting
3.5/5 for service
giving an overall 14/20
Today’s quester was: Blythe
I ate: king prawn pad thai
I wore: action footwear
Total bill: £5
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