I witnessed Bondi Westfield grow,
Watching shops come and go,
What was here long ago?
Who cares for, now it’s Bo Larn’s show!
Back in 2003 after school every afternoon, I would be at Bondi Westfield with my mother. Especially on Friday’s that was where we walked before I started my work shift at our family local restaurant. This is when I watched shops open two by two, knowing my place around as if it was my home. But then as years went by, I watch shops close one by one and reopen others. Relearning my location.
Then, as I start work I don’t get to go as often and I see new shops have opened and others relocated. I get excited when I see new shops opening, and Bo Larn was just one of them.
The mother and I have been a few times, and have enjoyed our time there each time. The ambience is classic and it feels like I’ve stepped back into the yesteryears.
|Tung Tung $10 (4 pieces)|
We start the night with the money bags, super crunchy on the outside, and packed with crabmeat, minced chicken, peanut and coconut bits. Dipping into the plum sauce gave it a subtle sweet taste that will not overpower the peanut-y innards.
|Khao phad tom yum $28|
The tom yum fried rice comes at a hefty price but in saying that you get four plump and juicy pieces of scallops and three king prawns. The tom yum is a little on the subtle side, so if you do plan on ordering side dishes that are strong in taste you may lose the tom yum flavour.
|Moo korb phad prik khing $21|
This reminds me of the pork belly I have at Home Thai, guess I can still enjoy the same dish without a crazy wait now, and closer to home. The crackling is still crispy, stir-fried with green beans. It is a dry red curry. I was addicted to with every bite.
|Gai yang essan $20|
My ultimate favourite dish that I order without fail every time I come. The chicken is juicy and succulent, the charcoal is evident and that is what draws me so much into this dish. Dipping into the smoked chilli tamarind sauce really gives the chicken that great kick in flavour.
Shops really do keep coming and going in Westfield, I just hope Bo Larn will be here to stay. Have you ever found some new food love and had them leave you before, if so, what was it?
Hit: Gai yang essan
Miss: khao phad tom yum
Bo Larn Vintage Thai
Westfield Bondi Junction
Level 6, 500 Oxford Street,