It should be illegal to go to Son In Law in Collingwood and not order the son in law eggs. After all this is the signature dish of the restaurant and what it’s named after. But importantly, Son in Law does a cracking take on son in law eggs.
Son in law eggs are a Thai street food classic with soft boiled eggs, fresh herbs and a caramel sauce. The story goes that they are named because Thai mothers cook this dish for their future son in laws as a warning as to what could happen to them if they put a foot wrong. (Which is to have their nuts sliced, diced, boiled and fried – a scary concept!). Son in law’s version ($8) is spot on with a crisp exterior, just set yellow yolk doused in a sticky sweet sauce.
The rest of the menu covers off the Thai classics along with some cheeky interpretations like the sliders and Thai tacos. The sliders weren’t available on my visit so I opted for Son in Law’s take on Pad Thai ($14) which features plump, juicy chicken, bean sprouts and a sprinkling of nuts for crunch. Unfortunately the dish lacks that perfect balance between sweet and sour so essential in Thai cooking and erred on the gluggy side.
For a cheap, modern take on Thai food Son in Law is a good option despite the Pad Thai misfire. Hidden away on Johnson street it’s a simple but cheery space with pops of bright colours from planter boxes and paper lanterns with a covered courtyard area out the back. Son in Law is licensed so you can enjoy Thai beers, Aussie wines or even a Thai inspired cocktail with your meal.