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Wednesday 14 July 2021

Onwards and upwards for Adelaide's Thai treat destination

Change is afoot at one of my favourite Adelaide hangouts: super casual, ultra tasty Soi 38. 

Named after what used to be of the most famous "street eats" destinations in Bangkok, Soi 38 opened in October 2014 in Pulteney Street, but is destined for new digs on the corner of Pirie Street and Coromandel Place. 

Soi 38 has evolved over the past seven years and showcases the dishes of Thailand’s many regions, history and ethnic minority groups. 

The menu is seasonal and recipes have been gathered by executive chef Terry Intarakhamhaeng from all over Thailand (some with a local twist). 

Where else would you find a dish of sir-fried Goolwa pipis with chill crab oil (top). 

Other than a whole flathead with mixed herbs and roasted cashews, it is hard to find any dish on the current menu that costs over $30. 

So you get authentic flavours at realistic prices. Which is why I love this spot.

There is also a small wine list featuring local names like Schwarz and Wines by KT.  

Soi 38 has a commitment to source produce as ethically as possible. Some Australian native ingredients are substituted for Thai ones where appropriate, such as using kangaroo tail in place of water buffalo tail, for example.

The new site will more than double capacity and will have an open kitchen (with counter seats) running the length of the room 

The site at Pulteney Street will revert back to its origins. It’ll become a fast, casual spot catering to nearby university students and office workers featuring dishes like charcoal turmeric chicken. 

“It will be a much more casual vibe than what will be offered at Pirie," co-owner Daisy Miller told local media. 

See for details.  

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