Thai Tanee – Great Thai in Rocky

We love Thai food. And we were very grateful to hear that there was a great Thai restaurant in Rockhampton. We were even happier to feel the same way after trying it once ourselves… then a few more times after that. 😛 You see where this is going don’t you?

Thai Tanee definitely has some of the best Thai cuisine we’ve enjoyed. If you’re in Rocky wondering what to have for dinner, definitely head over and check out Thai Tanee!

The restaurant is spacious and adorned with Thai decor, with plenty of room for small and large groups.

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Always promptly greeted at the door by the staff and shown to a table. The service is always friendly with frequent checks to make sure we are enjoying the food and have everything we need.

Love the gold bamboo cutlery! Also noticed the traditional layout/use of spoon and fork – spoon in your right hand to bring food to your mouth, fork in your left hand to cut/push food onto your spoon. No chopsticks, but available if you ask!

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We have had the pleasure of tasting many of their entrees, including:

Thai Spring Rolls – large, not greasy, and filled with minced beef, clear noodles and veggies. Love having these piping hot.

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Chicken Satay ($10) – tender, moist, nicely flavoured and even better with the accompanying satay sauce and cucumber salad.

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They also have the most delightful Curry Puffs ($9) – easily our favourite entree on the menu. Their Chicken Toast and Golden Triangles ($9) are good as well, but lacks the flavour punch of the entrees previously mentioned.

The main dishes are a decent portion for one person, but even better when shared because… variety!

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Pad Thai ($15) – one of our favourite dishes. This stir fried rice noodle dish might be soggy on a bad day (too much sauce) but the flavour is always on point.

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Pad See Ew ($15) – it’s always a toss up between this dish and Pad Thai. Love the sweetness and wok-flavour in this one!

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Thai Fried Rice ($15) – can’t go wrong!

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We’ve tried 2 of their soups. Tom Yum ($9)

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…as well as Tom Kha Gai ($9). Both decent, but not as flavourful as we’ve had in the past. Too many other good dishes on the menu, we wouldn’t be quick to order the soups again.

Curries are our favourite. Green Curry ($18) is our favourite hot one – coconut milk based and full of flavour!

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Our favourite mild curry is the Massaman Beef ($18) – beef is so tender it literally falls apart and the peanuts provide a great contrast in texture and flavour. Reminds me a lot of a Viet dish called ‘Bo Kho’

Definitely try the Thai Iced Tea or Iced Coffee! Can be rich with the added condensed/evaporated milk. My favourite is the Thai Iced Lemon Tea – no milk and very refreshing! Beers and wines are reasonably priced as well.

Stuck without dinner ideas? Definitely recommend dining at Thai Tanee! If you have a group of 6 or more people, consider trying one of the banquet options. $30-35 per person for a set menu that allows you to try a variety of popular dishes and leaves you stuffed!

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Orientation Week

January 12-16, 2015

Looking back, our one week orientation in preparation for our new job as medical interns went by in a blur. Was it useful? I sure thought so at the time. But when you have so much information being thrown at you with the expectation that you will remember everything – sometimes it feels like pouring water over a duck’s head… nothing sticks.

Important aspects I remember:

  • A chance to meet our colleagues, the other new interns – at social events as well as part of orientation. It’s nice to start a new job as (at least) acquaintances rather than strangers. Also a good idea to socialise when you’ve just relocated to a new city 😉
  • Meeting the staff of the Medical Education Unit (MEU) – they look after us and make sure we are alive and well… and still do!
  • Cultural Practice Program – an introduction to the culture and practices of those who identify as Aboriginal or Torres Straight Islander. Amazingly, I have never received such a talk through out medical school. Even simple knowledge like how their family hierarchy works can make a difference in the care of those patients.
  • Listening to a panel of 2014 interns sharing their tips – interesting at the time… but honestly can’t remember everything everyone said.
  • Skills rotation – refreshing our suturing, cannulation skills, etc.
  • Spending time with the previous interns on the ward we are rostered to. Good to get handover and tips. Would’ve been even better to spend more time with them getting hands on experience prior to starting our first shift.

Everything else… can’t say I remember much of it now. Not to say I didn’t find it useful at the time, but we really had to learn most aspects of our jobs on the go. Listening about how to do paperwork or order tests is never the same as going through the process of doing it yourself.

Then it was pretty much ‘hit the ground running’ on our first shift. Exhausting because you are so unfamiliar with everyone and everything. But by the end of first week, everyone gets the hang of things.

Do we become smarter? Knowledge-wise? …Maybe. Administratively? Most definitely!

People joke that medical interns are ‘pens with legs’ … sometimes, I don’t disagree! 😛

Joking aside, my first few months working as a doctor has been great. Impossible to sum it up in a single blog post but I hope to share stories in the future!