Just at Jinda Thai, Abbotsford Melbourne

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So it is true you’ll find wonderful restaurants, bars and cafes in nearly every suburb in Melbourne, offering best burgers, hipster drinks and celebrity restaurants. For the ultimate Thai food experience, Jinda Thai Restaurant serves the best shared-eating concept, except I suggest you don’t share desserts.  Desserts are not made for sharing. Teehee. It was such a coincidence Amy from Milkteaxx was also in Melbourne the same time as me so we ended up driving to Richmond and having a one on one dinner date to catch up.

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Get ready to get fat!

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Found the famous purple Jinda sign in Melbourne.

To help easy our pain of Amy parking her “mini bus” vehicle in a tiny street in Melbourne I ordered nom yen ($3) that is the direct translation of tea milk cold and basically it arrived looking creamy pink that is flavoured with strawberry. It pretty much tasted like sugary milk and lacked that fruity berry flavour.

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Nom Yen ($3)

Another popular drink that Amy ordered was the cha dum yen ($3) which was a sweet iced black tea. This is one of my favourite Thai drinks because I do not know how to strongly brew tea like the Thai’s do.

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Cha Dum Yen ($3)

Every foodie loves a bit of fried stuff and luckily Jinda offers the deep fried soft shell crab ($8.90) served with sriracha mayo and sweet chilli sauce. Hello deep fried deliciousness! This one piece crab chopped in smaller itty bitty pieces wasn’t the perfect serving between two starving food bloggers, but enough to hold our stomachs for the next dish. OHHhhh that crispiness was light and with the sriracha mayo have a nice chilli kick.

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Deep Fried Soft Shell Crab ($8.90)

The satay platter arrived looking so juicy with 3 pieces of chicken satay ($8.90) that is heavily covered with peanut sauce. It magically disappeared in the matter of seconds thanks to Amy, so judging my observation I think she liked it A LOT. It was marinated in satay awesomeness. There was no sign of lack of flavour.

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Chicken Satay ($8.90)

Son in Law’s ($12.90?) includes CRISPY boiled eggs, tamarind sauce with dried shallots, chilli and coriander. The paper thing crispiness covering around the egg whites make a great team. It was win for the chilli lovers as it provided a top notch burning sensation on my tongue. This dish is a treasure for the protein junkies!

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Son in Law’s ($12.90?)

Whatever it was the Roti ($3) tasted insanely good. I clearly remember eating this because it was crispy, flaky and the perfect accompaniment to the chicken satay sauce.

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Roti ($3)

Jinda’s beef noodle ($10) was tasty and contained rice stick noodle with sweet soy sauce, pickled turnip and gravy beef but unfortunately the sauce level was miles away. It was the most incredible bowl of beef noodle that was rich, intense and perfect on that cold winter night, but it would have been nice to have a few more teaspoons of sauce just to even out the flavours with the noodle.

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Jinda’s Beef Noodle ($10)

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Basket filled with jars of sauces

I totally wasn’t expecting the Thai milk tea crepe cake ($8) to be FREAKEN DELICIOUS! It was a nice surprise the Thai cream custard was light and super SUPER smooth. It looked heavy when it first arrived at our table and Amy and I wasn’t too sure if we’d be able to finish it, but we gladly did. I loved the layers of crepe and I’m such a big fan of Thai milk tea that I had to order one for the road. It makes sense now why this dessert is constantly flooding my Instagram account. Totes would recommend it!

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Thai Milk Tea Crepe Cake ($8)

Now the hard part was getting up and walking my big ass outta here. I really love Jinda Thai Restaurant as their décor is beautiful when you walk in. The food is reasonably affordable and meets the cheap eats guide. I strongly recommend if you visit Melbourne you have to visit Jinda and order their Thai Milk Tea Crepe Cake.

Photos by Vanny Tang

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18 thoughts on “Just at Jinda Thai, Abbotsford Melbourne

    Angie@Angie's Recipes said:
    June 18, 2015 at 11:01 PM

    Love love Thai kitchen! Everything looks so delicious and that tea crepe is totally irresistible.

      Nessy Eater responded:
      June 18, 2015 at 11:04 PM

      Totes agree. I would so hop on a plane and head to Melbourne right now for Jinda’s Thai milk tea cake!!!! 😀

    Helen | Grab Your Fork said:
    June 19, 2015 at 1:01 AM

    Am so keen to get here just for that crepe cake!

      Nessy Eater responded:
      June 23, 2015 at 6:11 PM

      If only they served it as a whole! I’d totally eat the whole thing alone 😛

    Cassie | Journey from Within said:
    June 19, 2015 at 3:01 PM

    omg .. that crepe cake!! I’ll have a whole (cake) thanks

      Nessy Eater responded:
      June 23, 2015 at 6:12 PM

      On your side on this one 😀

    Berny @ I Only Eat Desserts said:
    June 19, 2015 at 4:43 PM

    My instagram account is also flooded with this crepe cake and I live in Adelaide (oh the pain). It’s good to read that it’s not only just looks but it has substance/tasted amazing (I feel like I’m trying to pick up this crepe cake haha).

      Nessy Eater responded:
      June 23, 2015 at 6:14 PM

      Man I’m also a state away from eating that crepe cake again! Thank you Berny for visiting NE post.

    Maureen | Orgasmic Chef said:
    June 21, 2015 at 12:21 PM

    Everything looked really good until I saw the cake. How amazing does that look and how much would I like to fly down to Melbourne to eat it.

      Nessy Eater responded:
      June 23, 2015 at 6:16 PM

      It was a mission to go visit Jinda Thai just for two slices of their cake and extras 😀

    Yvonne said:
    June 24, 2015 at 12:39 PM

    I love Jinda Thai! Can’t wait to go again in two weeks’ time 😀

      Nessy Eater responded:
      June 24, 2015 at 9:09 PM

      OH MY GOD! You going to Melbourne again?! Lucky you. Please please please eat the whole Thai Milk tea Cake on my behalf 😛

    ChopinandMysaucepan said:
    June 28, 2015 at 11:23 AM

    Dear Vanny,

    Surprising the roti is good coz I doubt I would order it in a Thai restaurant.

      Nessy Eater responded:
      July 2, 2015 at 11:27 AM

      It’s the little things that count! 😛

    Milkteaxx said:
    July 1, 2015 at 4:43 PM

    that crepe cake! ❤

      Nessy Eater responded:
      July 2, 2015 at 11:31 AM

      You know you want it again 😛 Maybe this time we might not share, eh? Hahahaha

    Munira said:
    September 19, 2015 at 7:55 PM

    wow , thai milk tea crepe cake looks so good !

      Nessy Eater responded:
      September 20, 2015 at 6:04 PM

      Best crepe I’ve had! I really wished they’d offer this in Sydney 😀

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