As far as cheap eats go, its hard to go past the Thai noodles at Do Dee Paidang which has a branch in Chatswood Westfield with both al fresco street-side dining and restaurant seating available for groups of all sizes.
Dodee Paidang’s noodles are billed as the most popular tom yum noodles in Thailand and their extensive menu has a whole range of variations on these noodles – from the type of noodles, level of chilli and toppings/proteins. Our tip is to start off with the nursery level (no chilli) and work your way up the levels (which can get to Super Nova Level 7) rather than going in for Level 1 or 2 at the start as it can get pretty fiery even for the seasoned chilli eaters!
Their standard is the Do Dee Glass Noodle which comes served with chewy fish balls, tender pork ribs and their springy glass noodles in their signature tangy tom yum soup and crispy wonton skins for the crunch factor. You can choose from regular size or their jumbo size for each of the noodles – we found that the jumbo doesn’t seem that much larger than the regular (apart from the size of the bowl which affects the volume of soup and noodles), but the regular size is enough for people with smaller appetites or when its pretty hot in summer and you don’t feel like a large meal.
Do Dee Glass Noodle, $13.9 (Jumbo Size)
Our favourite variant of the noodles is the Do Dee Super MaMa which features succulent seafood with Thai instant noodles (guilty pleasure) with their flavoursome, addictive tom yum soup base. If you’d prefer actual noodles rather than the instant noodle option but still want some seafood, you can go for the Do Dee Island with your choice of noodles (we went for Egg Noodles with that), as that variant also features prawns and squid as their protein topping.
Do Dee Super MaMa, $16.9 (Jumbo Size)
Do Dee Island with Egg Noodles, $9.9 (Regular Size)
While Do Dee Paidang is obviously famous for their noodles, our friends also recommended that we try their Fried Rice Pineapple which came out served in an actual hollowed out pineapple, for some serious tropical vibes. It was an interesting blend of sweet and savoury exotic flavours, showcasing fried rice with cashew nuts, chunks of pineapple (of course) and curry powder.
Fried Rice Pineapple, $16.9
Do Dee Paidang delivers on flavours and value for money in spades, we love that they make their authentic tom yum soup the star of the show on their menu and the ability for diners to customise all elements of their noodle soups means that there is bound to be something for everyone at this casual eatery.
Do Dee Paidang
Shop 330/331/1 Anderson Street (Westfield Chatswood), Chatswood NSW 2067
Phone: (02) 9419 5341