The main man of Melbourne Thai Street Food – Kam McManamey – has left Botherambo and is setting up his long awaited project Rock Sugar south of the river. This after head cheffing it at BangPop in South Wharf where his proper spicy Thai food gave Melbourne the kick up the ass that it sorely needed and returning to Melbourne after a stint travelling around Sri Lanka in order to take his spice world ranking to the next level.
While Kam is acutely aware that he could just do another take on a street food joint MK3 (like everyone else who is jumping on the bandwagon is doing) expect things to roll a little differently at Rock Sugar. The food at his little 50 seater here will focus primarily on the cusine of Isan and Chang Mai street food consisting of recipes and plates of food that have yet to arrive or be seen in Melbourne.
If you like to sweat it up like I do, think obscure nam jims, nam priks and if all goes well, his take on pigs blood larb (if that gets past the development phase). Authentic style som tum, gaeng om nua, and kor moo yang will sit next to green curry and curry puffs… (lol. Just joking no curry puffs). He hasn’t forgotten about you poor farang’s that can’t handle the heat and want something you had previously so there’ll be a few party favourites on there too.
As per previous projects, technology and 21st century technique will drive the process in the kitchen but the soul of the food will be old school street food vibes.
How excited should you be?
Expect to find Rock Sugar with northern/north eastern Thai vibes at 477 Malvern road south Yarra when it opens (hopefully) at the end of June.