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For Research

We’re still looking for the best Thai and Vietnamese restaurants to take our chef friend (Chef C) to. Over the weekend we tried here for lunch.

Sign

The restaurant was well reviewed on Yelp.

Interior

And won some kind of ‘Ilima Award in 2010.

For some reason, we were in a vegetarian kind of mood.

Green Papaya Salad

The description from the menu: green papaya salad (som tum) shredded fresh island green papaya stone pounded with garlic, tomatoes, and chili tossed in a special lime sauce. I thought the flavor was well-balanced not too salty, not too sour.

Yellow Curry

Again, from the menu: yellow curry (keang leang) potatoes, carrots, onions, coconut milk slow cooked in yellow curry. For many of the selections, various proteins can be added. On this day, we chose tofu.

Holy Basil

You know what’s coming: Holy Basil (pad krapao) fresh picked string beans sautéed with onions, roasted garlic, and Thai sweet basil in a spicy house special sauce.

I thought this was done very well (again we chose tofu as the protein option, I guess it’s all or nothing with us). :-)

Thai Sticky Rice

I think everything on the menu is ala carte. The Cat ordered Thai sticky rice (kao neow). She thought the container that the rice came in was soooo cute.

Rice Container

Red Cargo Rice

I ordered brown rice (kao deang) which ended up being red cargo rice which was alright.

A definite contender.

Enjoy.

The Mouse

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With tongue firmly in cheek.

The last time we were here, The Cat bought a package of Thai tea powder so that she could make Thai tea at work. But when she tried making it, it wasn’t the same as buying it from the restaurant.

This past Sunday, we visited the restaurant to get a better idea of the tea.

Thai Iced Tea

Since we were there, we ordered lunch, #9 (basil chicken), #16 (pad raumit), and #19 (pad si you).

#16

The pad raumit (#16) is one of The Cat’s favorites here. I think we’ve ordered this almost every time we’ve frequented here.

#19

The pad si you was kind of like chicken chow fun. I would order this again.

#9

We ended up taking the basil chicken home and splitting it for dinner between the two of us. We ordered it mild, I ended up adding my own chili powder. That’s okay, better to have to add heat then to have too much at the start.

The Cat concluded that she didn’t add enough condensed milk to the tea she made. Back to the drawing board. Maybe we have to go back for more research in the future, not that I’m complaining. :-)

Enjoy.

The Mouse

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On Sunday, we had a busy day at the air show (see previous post), and we had to run some errands, no time for cooking.

We ended up at our favorite chop suey house, Kin Wah, for a late lunch.

Special Plate “A”

From bottom, beef with broccoli, gon lo mein, rice, three crispy won tons, and lemon chicken, all for six dollars, mmm, what a deal. At first, The Cat wasn’t going to eat since she already ate at the air show. But when the food came she ordered fried rice, and choi sum with sauce on the side (must be a Pavlovian response).

Choi Sum

For dinner, The Cat wanted more vegetables, so we headed to Bangkok Chef in town for Pad Raumit #16 (stir-fried vegetables and tofu)(I’ve posted about this previously).

Pad Raumit #16

I wasn’t in the mood for any hot or spicy food (it was kind of hot on Sunday). I ordered the fish patties plate #2. Fried fish cake patties. I liked it, The Cat, not so much (The Cat has a dislike of fishcake).

Fish Patties Plate

I really liked the brown jasmine rice. The grains didn’t stick together, the texture was almost like eating fried rice (without the oil).

The Cat wanted to try the Thai iced coffee but she was concerned it might be too caffeinated, so she had her Thai iced tea instead.

Thai Iced Tea

The table next to us came to Bangkok Chef only for dessert. One of their desserts was a green tapioca. We thought it was green tea flavored tapioca. It turned out to be pandan flavored tapioca. Here’s more information about pandan: http://thaifood.about.com/od/glossary/g/pandanleaf.htm. It had a kind of green herb taste, not bad.

Pandan Flavored Tapioca

The dessert looks a little sloppy, The Cat dove in before I could get a picture.

A full day (both in activities and food). I’m is returning to my diet and ku ding cha on Monday.

Enjoy

The Mouse

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No Curry Thai Lunch

The Cat has been wanting to try this place out for a little while.

Bangkok Chef

http://www.bangkokchefexpress.com/

I tried it a couple of weeks before with Mistress Qi but because we were heading to a meeting, I didn’t want to have curry breath.

I went back with The Cat for lunch this Sunday. It was too hot, so no curry again. That’s okay, we kind of ordered unconventionally.

Bangkok Chef Counter

We ordered one #16, one #28, one #30, and one side order of sticky rice to share. The Cat also wanted to try their Thai iced tea (#34). Sorry, menu translation:

  • #16 = Pad Raumit – a variety of vegetables stir fried with deep fried tofu.

#16 - Pad Raumit

  • #28 = Thai Crispy Noodles

Thai Crispy Noodles

  • #30 = Summer Rolls

Summer Rolls

Thai Sticky Rice

  • #34 = Thai Iced Tea

Thai Iced Tea

The pad raumit was stir-fried in a light sauce. I think a shoyu and fish sauce combination. I think this was the dish Mistress Qi was looking for the last time I was here. She was looking at the dishes that included rice. The pad raumit is an ala carte selection. The Cat was pleased with all the vegetables.

The crispy noodles is supposed to be an appetizer but the dish went well with the vegetables. The summer rolls were packed with long rice and mint. Although they were good, the best part was the dipping sauce, mostly peanut butter based with a hint of chili.

Dipping Sauce for Summer Rolls

If you don’t know by now, I really like peanut butter.

The dishes were good and The Cat said we could come back again to try other dishes. This time around though, The Cat’s favorite was the Thai iced tea. She slurped until all the tea disappeared and only ice was left. She thought there was mango puree in the tea, but was told there was only tea powder and canned milk. The tea powder is available for purchase.

Thai Tea Powder

The ingredients are herbal leaves, vanillin, and coloring. According to the label, there are no calories. Hmm.

The Cat also like the sticky rice. There’s a reason why one of her friends calls her rice ball and an uncle calls her rice pot.

When the weather is cooler, we’ll try their curries.

Enjoy.

The Mouse

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