Of all the amazing curries that Thailand dishes up, massaman is definitely up there.
Swapping out the sour and acidic flavours that we usually associate with Thai food, this sweet, spiced, slow-cooked curry is deliciously fragrant with cinnamon, cardamom, and coconut.
And while we’re all dreaming of a trip to Thailand (#holidaygoals), some of us can’t wait that long. So if you’re scoping out the best massaman curries on the Sunshine Coast, look no further!
You might zip through Mount Coolum without stopping, on your way to Peregian or Maroochydore, but that would be a big mistake. HUGE. Stop in at Bao Down for their amazing Vietnamese flavours, and stay for the funky vibes. The lamb massaman is coconutty (is that a word? It is now!) and gently spiced, and comes with enough rice to fill up the hungriest of tummies. But just make sure you save some room on the table for the soft shell crab bao. Try it, people!
If you want super-authentic, award-winning Thai food, in a zen tropical garden (and really, who doesn’t?) then stop reading Metropolist and make a booking at Spirit House. Now. We’ll wait…
…Okay, now that’s locked in, back to the food. The epic massaman lamb curry comes with a salted duck egg, and the sweet, sour, and salty flavours balance perfectly with the fall-apart tender lamb. And the bubbling waterfalls and palm jungle will totally make you feel like it’s the real deal.
When you’re in Maroochydore but you aren’t up for the commitment of trying to choose between all the amazing spots on Ocean Street, just take a detour into the food court at the Big Top and grab lunch at Pum’s Kitchen. Portions are HUGE (yep, leftovers will most definitely be a thing) super fresh and really authentic. Pum makes everything from scratch, and Chris will give you tips on exactly how much chilli you need. Standing in front of their menu board, it’s a hard decision, but give their amazing massaman curry a go. And to avoid a serious case of FOMO, make your bf order the pad thai and share it with you.
Everybody’s favourite Asian street food hotspot can always be relied on to deliver the goods. Whether it’s pork and prawn dumplings, Korean kimchi loaded fries, or Vietnamese noodle salad, the kitchen is always pumping, and the setting is pure Melbourne-style. But if you needed another reason to hit up our mates at Junk, their massaman beef curry is super-slow cooked, so the meat is meltingly tender, and the pineapple sambal gives it a zesty but sweet kick. The combo of flavours gives us ALL the feels.
Taste of Spice Noosa
Tucked away at the bus-interchange end of Noosa Junction, Taste of Spice dishes up a feast of Asian options. This place isn’t fancy—we’re talking plastic tables and wobbly chairs—but the food is to die for. Their not so humble massaman curry totally hits the spot before a few bevvies at Village Bicycle or a movie with your hot date. In fact, order one of everything on the menu. You can thank us later.
More of a pad Thai fan? Don’t sweat, we’ve got you covered with the best pad Thai on the Sunshine Coast.
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