Sabb Der Thai Restaurant
Shop 1, 1-3 St Johns Ave, Springvale VIC 3171
Ph: 03 9546 0599
Sabb Der opened in early December 2015, replacing the much-loved institution Me Dee Thai.
On paper at least, the menu hasn’t altered greatly although there has been a shift towards E-San or North-eastern style cooking.
After a few visits, I’ve managed to try a good cross-section of the menu and it’s difficult not to compare or contrast the individual dishes with those of its predecessor Me Dee.
The smaller plates and Thai salads I’ve been ordering remain my favourites from the menu. Dishes such as Kor Moo Yang (grilled marinated pork neck), Sai Oua (Northern Thai sausages), Nua Num Tok (grilled beef salad) , Soup Nor Mai (sliced bamboo shoot salad) , Tub Waan (sliced pork liver salad) and Yum Leb Mue Nang (chicken fee salad).
Ordering a few of these small plates and salads is my preferred way to eat here.
Add a bowl of soup for the table (such as the Tom Sabb with soft pork bones), team with plain or sticky rice and you’re set.
I’m a little less enthusiastic about some of the solitary dishes I’ve sampled thus far. The boat noodle soup is still okay, but it’s not as good as the version Me Dee were serving previously. Similarly, my all-time favourite Khao Pad Krapow (stir fried chilli & basil minced chicken served over steamed rice with a fried egg) lacks the requisite intensity or punchiness.
Whilst not everything on the menu is as stellar as before, there’s still ample to keep me returning, especially when I factor for the scarcity of good Thai food anywhere in Melbourne.