Now, we aren’t going claim that every single one of these restaurants is “truly authentic” (though a handful definitely are) but we can promise they will make your mouth happy. Your mouth might burn afterwards and want to jump off a bridge into the ice-cold waters of the Hudson - but that’s just how it expresses its joy. Get to know your mouth. Take it on a play date with sticky rice and papaya salad at one of these Thai places. They’re the best in the city. SanTo's Modern American Buffet & Sushi
Pad Thai is certainly among the most popular Thai dishes and it’s always been a favorite of mine. However, making this dish is actually a lot harder than it seems. As part of our new business venture, my husband and I have been making different versions of Pad Thai for the last few weeks. After much testing, tweaking, and of course eating, I think we came up with a pretty good take on this classic Thai stir-fry (he’s been to Thailand several times and agrees). London Street Food, Mexican, Grill, Thai Cuisine in London
Lol! So happy to hear you’re enjoying the recipes Donna! Peanuts aren’t paleo because they’re a legume, but they’re lower in carbs than almonds so technically keto? There are different thoughts on this, I say go with what your own body says (for instance, they work great for me but cause immediate inflammation for my mom who has arthritis). Hope this helped xo!

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From Cape Town to Khao San Road, the default international Thai dish! Dropped in a searing hot wok, fistfuls of small, thin or wide noodles (you choose) do a steamy minute-long dance alongside crunchy beansprouts, onion and egg, before disembarking for the nearest plate. A truly interactive eating experience, half its fun (and flavour) lies in then using a quartet of accompanying condiments - fish sauce, sugar, chilli powder and finely ground peanuts - to wake it from its slumbers. Thai Food, Chicken in Pandan Leaf Recipe

Even papaya salad gets the fine-dining treatment at Uncle Boons, no surprise when you consider the restaurant’s husband-and-wife team (Matt Danzer and Ubon-born Ann Redding) hail from Per Se. Armed with a charcoal grill and rotisserie (no small feat in Manhattan), Danzer and Redding turn out smoky seafood plates with nam prik (Thai chile sauce). The crowd at this art-cluttered tavern is as varied as the menu, which is admittedly regionally unfocused, though it consists mostly of Redding’s family recipes. So it’s not uncommon for traditional massaman curry punctuated with green peppercorns (a drier version than you’re likely used to) and titillating lamb larb to simultaneously hit the table with unconventional mee krob with fried sweetbreads. Don’t leave without knocking back a Singha slushy—they sell 600 a week. Mango Tree - Thai Restaurant in Belgravia, Central London
Derived from the Thai word for delicious, Aroy, Aloy was chosen by the family to ensure customers know the renamed restaurant's reasonable prices and healthy ingredients will remain the same for years to come. With dine in lunch specials from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. every day and a host of gluten free and vegan meals, many find it hard to leave the Thai oasis in the city. Rosa's - two Thai restaurants in London serving modern Thai food
I will admit that I am less expert in Thai cuisine than most of the other food styles I write about, but I have been to Thailand, and as the guest of the nation’s visitor board was taken by a gastronomically obsessed tourism official to a slate of his favorites to wow me with Thai cooking, and Nahm is better than anything I had in Bangkok, Phuket, Ko Samui, or any of the other places we visited. I’ve also eaten in this country’s most acclaimed Thai eateries, from New York to Las Vegas, and they can’t touch Nahm. 171125 BUSABA(บุษบา) cover BLACKPINK - Intro + PLAYING WITH FIRE + BOOMBAYAH @ The Paseo Town 2017

Sixty percent of the time, we want Thai takeout all the time. Thai food masterfully walks a delicate line between salty, spicy, sour, and sweet, perhaps no better demonstrated than in pad Thai. Undeniably the most ubiquitous and oft-ordered dish in American-Thai restaurants, it's perfection. From the slight funk of fish sauce to the peanutty topping to the just-a-little-chewy noodles to the fresh squeeze of lime juice brightening it all up… sorry, what were we saying? Oh, right. Pad Thai. While it's an American favorite, there are a lot of other sleeper hits waiting to be discovered on your local Thai takeout menu. We asked the chefs at our favorite Thai restaurants to ID the best dishes you're not ordering…yet. Best Thai Restaurant: Nahm Jim - Gordon Ramsay
Isaan Classic is the newest spot on this list, but the Silver Lake joint’s Northern Thai menu is different and fantastic and you need to be eating there right now. Located on the ground floor of a Comfort Inn (right by the swiveling Foot Clinic sign), Isaan Classic is where you go to try something new. The papaya salad with dried shrimp and salty egg, the fermented pork sausage, and deep fried crab rolls are all must-orders, but you need the green curry noodles most. Thai Food, Chicken in Pandan Leaf Recipe
As I’ve mentioned a few times, I’ve been really taking it easy lately in the kitchen. When I say take it easy, I don’t mean making ten minute basil artichoke toasts and five minute magic green sauce. I mean taking it easy as in NOT COOKING ANYTHING. We’re talking life-saving dinner made by friends, hot dogs (gulp), mac and cheese, and chicken nuggets out of the freezer. During these last few weeks, my old self has definitely been food-snob-judging my current self. If nothing else, this experience has shown me that my ideals for cooking and feeding kids have some work to do in terms of aligning themselves with reality. London Thai Restaurant | Thai Cuisine London | Blue Lagoon
Kris Yenbamroong of L.A.'s Night + Market Song recommends crab fried rice. It's ideal for delivery because it travels well and is "delicious after being reheated in a microwave." It also plays nice with the other random assortment of ingredients in your fridge, Yenbamroong explains—a major plus for all takeout. Here's his best argument for the sweet-spicy combination of crab meat and fried rice: "I love pad thai, but it’s so much about the technique and the texture of the noodle that it's best enjoyed at the restaurant. Meanwhile, fried rice I can reheat three days later and it’s just as good.” Busaba: Amazing Thai restaurant at London’s West End

Jira Hurapan Chef "Jett's" wife, is the pastry chef at Songkran. Pastry Chef Jira prepares everything in-house from scratch and only with the freshest of ingredients. Jira creates and continuously experiments with new desserts. She uses fresh lychees, jackfruit, taro root, tapioca, bananas, and mangoes. She creates homemade sorbets, ice cream and at times makes her popular hand-crafted truffles. The Meeting Bar & Restaurant
If you’re passing through Midtown and you’re craving some larb, swerve to the east fifties and every other storefront will be a Thai restaurant. It can get a little overwhelming, but Wondee Siam is always a good choice. It’s nothing fancy, but if you want good penang curry or some pineapple fried rice that you’ll want to mash up and make a night retainer out of, hit up Wondee. The whole fried snapper should be ordered as well (because it’s $22 and it’ll get you through the winter). AMAZING THAI FOOD IN LONDON - Thai Silk Restaurant
The ace in the hole of the northern suburbs, Lemongrass is living Thai food, reimagined by the young family running it into contemporary idiom. So, the cooked duck laarb is called Crazy Duck—and it’s crazy good. The Chiang Mai alley noodles are sour with pickled mustard and crunchy; the sriracha fried rice tastes like what your best friend Thai chef would make for you post bar, and that’s a good thing. 8600 Edinburgh Ctr. Dr., Brooklyn Park, 763-494-8809, lemongrassmn.com Best Thai Restaurant: Nahm Jim - Gordon Ramsay
Luv2Eat has a funny name, but Chef Fern and Pla aren’t fooling around at the dials. Expect serious heat from the two ladies from Phuket, whether it’s in their sour tom yum noodle soups or their famous Phuket-style blue crab curry. Authentic (and, as a result, pretty gutsy) and a serious threat to Jitlada’s Southern Thai cuisine dominance, if a fan of spicy Thai food. Sénégal : Dans les coulisses de Yum Yum l'enseigne de fast food sénégalaise

But I don’t need convincing because I’ve had Thompson’s cooking several times, and nowhere with as profound results as in London. The thing that makes Nahm a must-eat for me when visiting is not just the quality of the food, it is the singularity of the dinner experience. For almost anyone visiting for the first time, it will be completely unlike anything they have ever tried - anything. While you can order a la carte, the best option, and the one that makes Nahm so special, is the “Traditional Thai Meal,” in which guests receive a house appetizer and then choose one dish each from several categories: starter, soup, salad, relish, curry, and main which is a stir fried, braised or steamed dish. The full slate is served family-style for sharing. Since Nahm is a fine dining restaurant, all of this wondrous food is accompanied by first rate service, presentation and the option for sommelier-chosen wine pairings, a great choice given that relatively few visitors will have the expertise to select appropriate wines for such varied and intense flavors. Best Thai Restaurant: Nahm Jim - Gordon Ramsay
I found this website looking for a pad thai recipe using konjac noodles. I made this recipe and it’s actually better than most pad thai I’ve eaten at thai restaurants. I added in some lemongrass and made mine with chicken, shrimp, and tofu. VERY good. I have since also tried another recipe from your blog – the super fudgey brownies and also my favorite brownie recipe! Thanks!

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The inside of Pure Thai Cookhouse looks like a cross between a country Thai kitchen and a preschool classroom. (That’s a good thing.) The menu here focuses around noodles and stir fries. They’re all great, and the dry noodles with pork and lump crab are an excellent bet. Considering it gets crowded in this very small space, consider flying solo and grabbing one of the stools along the wall.

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This ethnic grocery’s teeny kitchen specializes in palate-awakening heat. Choose among five spice levels (from “mild” to “1,000 peppers”), and make any necessary adjustments at the table stocked with fiery condiments. The choices here include bowls of kee mao (rice noodles spiked with basil, cherry tomatoes, and chili sauce); preserved duck egg curry; and shredded papaya salad with crab, made Thai style (sweet and sour with peanuts, dried shrimp, and cherry tomatoes) or Laos style (meaning with galvanic bursts of southern Thai fish sauce). Most dishes ring in under $8, making Asia Market’s homespun setting all the more satisfying. Mango Tree, Thai Restaurant London serving Authentic Thai Cuisine or Thai Food
Lovely Day isn’t the most authentic Thai, but at least they aren’t pretending to be. Sure, there’s a seared tuna sushi roll on the menu, but this is always a charming spot for a casual meal with friends. Also, the vibes are good, and it’s probably the cheapest dinner you can have in the Nolita area that still feels like a “fun night out.” Get the green curry, the hobo noodles, and the ginger fried chicken. If you want something more intimate, there’s also a bar downstairs that serves the food. The host probably won’t tell you about it when you ask for a table, but now you’re in the know.

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Catch the waiter’s attention and ask “Can we have the bill, please?” or “Check, please.” to see how much you need to pay. The waiter might ask if you want to pay separately or as a group. Check the bill to see if a service charge or tip has been added. This is money that is given to the waiting staff for good service. If this hasn’t been added, it’s common in most English speaking countries to leave some extra money (usually 10-15% of the bill) for the waiter. Can we eat to starve cancer? | William Li
“A native Thai woman made this for a Thai cooking class. This is how she learned to make it from her mother. We tasted the dish and it was great. We did not have Pad Thai sauce with it but she said the store bought type was fine. Vegetables or tofu may be substituted for the chicken. She noted that overcooked noodles do not stir-fry well and do not look good. If using fresh noodles, instead of dried, they will cook in less than 1 minute.” Simply Thai, Teddington - Gordon Ramsay

Chef Haidar Karoum and restaurateur Mark Kuller (the duo behind Proof and Estadio) always planned to open an Asian restaurant together. After heading east to eat their way through Bangkok and Chiang Mai in 2012, they returned to D.C., where Doi Moi (meaning “new change”) was born. The 5,000-square-foot restaurant overlooks bustling 14th Street and features a large open kitchen paying tribute to the culinary traditions found throughout Southeast Asia—and its Thai dishes are among D.C.’s finest. You’ll agree if you order the khao soi gai, a spicy chicken and crispy noodle coconut curry with pickled mustard greens that takes three hours to make. Ruan Thai Restaurant
The food at Nahm is unlike any you are likely to find elsewhere, and certainly not outside of Thailand. Considering that more Americans visit London than any other city outside North America, this presents a truly unique opportunity to have a meal dramatically different from all others. On my recent visit I took a friend who is a Japanese financial executive who has been living in London for two years but had never been to Nahm, and he was blown away, saying he would soon return with his family. The restaurant so good they named it twice! Yum Yum Restaurant by George

Pad thai is made with soaked dried rice noodles, which are stir-fried with eggs and chopped firm tofu, and is flavored with tamarind pulp, fish sauce, dried shrimp, garlic or shallots, red chili pepper and palm sugar and served with lime wedges and often chopped roasted peanuts.[2] It may contain other vegetables like bean sprouts, garlic chives, pickled radishes or turnips, and raw banana flowers. It may also contain fresh shrimp, crab, squid, chicken or other animal products. Many of the ingredients are provided on the side as condiments such as the red chili pepper, lime wedges, roasted peanuts, bean sprouts and other miscellaneous fresh vegetables.[3] Vegetarian versions may substitute soy sauce for the fish sauce and omit the shrimp. The Best Turkish Doner kebabs in London


An incredibly popular ‘one plate’ dish for lunch or dinner, fried basil and pork is certainly one of the most popular Thai dishes. It is made in a piping hot wok with lots of holy basil leaves, large fresh chilli, pork, green beans, soy sauce and a little sugar. The minced, fatty pork is oily and mixes with the steamed white rice for a lovely fulfilling meal. It is often topped with a fried egg (kai dao) you will most likely be asked if you would like an egg with it. Be aware that most Thai people ask for lots of chilli in this dish so if you are not a fan of tingling lips, ask for you pad krapow ‘a little spicy’. Crouch End
I made this recipe sans the lentils portion (we wanted to use up other veggies in the fridge) and thought it was very tasty! I followed the meatball portion of the recipe to a T, but I left the mixture in the fridge for a full 2 days because I didn't have time to cook up the meatballs. My husband said these are the best turkey meatballs he has ever eaten. We weren't blown away by the yogurt sauce...after trying it, we added some sauteed garlic and shallots for some additional flavor. Overall, a solid recipe and I'd recommend giving it a try. WOW Simply Japanese a Restaurants in London serving Japanese Food
This cozy spot in Woodside is charmingly down-to-earth and homey, thanks to the chef and owner Annie Phinphattakul, who presides over both the dining room and the kitchen and employs her teenage children as waitstaff. The food, then, is even more impressive for its sharp perfection — she may be smiling warmly but she is also cooking fiercely: a mix of traditional, mostly northern dishes and her own witty, playful concoctions. Sections of the menu are labeled “Food to Die For” and “Something So Special” and the dishes within them tend to earn these distinctions. The “egg sandwich” — which turns out to be richly sauced, sticky chunks of stir-fried pork, scattered across one shatteringly crispy fried egg and topped with another, plus basil — is the sort of thing you might think about wistfully until you get to eat it again.

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Papaya salad is a pretty popular dish that many Thai food aficionados tend to gravitate towards. And understandably so! The typical som tam which is usually found in Thai restaurants is sweet and spicy, sour and refreshing, and contains nutty and crunchy elements. But the version most people overlook contains phu pala, or fermented crab, which adds a whole other element of flavor. Som tam phu pala still contains the fresh, crisp papaya you crave in a som tam dish but it’s paired with pungent, salty, and fishy crab that will no doubt convince you to order a second round. Technique Tuesday - Spinning Back Kick Max Holloway
“Customers who order through our Toast website receive faster service than those who order through a third-party site because it’s connected directly to our kitchen. It takes 4 or 5 minutes longer per ticket if the order comes in through an external vendor. We always try to promote our Toast online ordering because the order goes in, pops out at the printer, and that’s it. It’s so easy and guests really love how it works.” Yum Yum restaurant keeps people happy
From romantic, family-run spots in Beverly Hills to 30-year-old strip mall Valley joints, the bar for Thai food is set so high in this city, you have absolutely no excuse to be eating anywhere subpar. Get some cash (seriously, no one takes cards) and go experience the best this city has to offer. Here are the 25 Thai food spots you need to know about.

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Add the remaining oil to the wok and toss in the garlic, shallots, and chile; stir-fry for 30 seconds. Push the garlic and shallots to 1 side of the wok and pour the egg into the center. Scramble the egg lightly until set, breaking it up into pieces with a spatula. Add the drained noodles to the wok, stirring and tossing quickly with 2 spatulas to separate the strands. Pour in the fish sauce mixture, tossing well to coat the noodles and keep them from sticking (if the noodles are still too firm, drizzle with 1 to 2 tablespoons of water to help them cook.)

Most vegetarians would be pretty angry if they found out after eating that their meal contained fish sauce. I would personally consider it on par with using chicken/beef broth. I’ve seen a recipe for vegetarian fish sauce (http://veganmiam.com/recipes/vegan-fish-sauce) and I’ve personally just swapped it out for low sodium soy sauce or a touch of miso in other recipes. International Food, Restaurants & Street Food Shops in London & the UK
But for as many sugarcoated Thai restaurants operating in the U.S., there’s an appreciable number of spots doing it right—especially in immigrant-heavy cities like Houston, where Asia Market encourages diners to personally adjust their dishes with condiments like pickled peppers, fish sauce, and chili sauce (nam prik). L.A., meanwhile, supports both NIGHT + MARKET, which puts a hipster spin on Thai street food, and Thai Town’s Jitlada, where chef Tui Sungkamee makes traditional fiery southern dishes. Stefflon Don - Real Ting Remix ft. Giggs (Official Music Video)
If only the word “cafeteria” more often described places like this one, where food is ordered by pointing to unlabeled sections of a steam table, à la rice-curry stalls and shops in Thailand. Combos feature two or three dishes plus rice. You never know what you’re going to get but you can be sure it will be delicious, from super-spicy curries to stewed pork belly with tofu. Jonas tester ting
Dave Tewasart and Justin Baey are going strong at Grand Central Market’s Thai stall, where classic streetside fare like grilled chicken (gai yang) gets cooked sous-vide before being finished on the grill. On the other side of the stand, Sticky Rice Too is Tewasart’s answer to all the requests for noodles. The broth on the khao soi is bold, rich and slightly sweet comfort food that’s a gutsy take on the dish. The pad thai might be some of the best in the city.

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The food at Up Thai isn’t the on the level of the stuff you want to travel for, but on the Upper East Side, it gets no better. Delivery is tempting, but many of the best things won’t travel well (and the dining room isn’t a bad place to spend some time). So DVR that episode of The Bachelorette and get yourself a table. Order the chicken larb, the whole red snapper, and the crispy duck with tamarind sauce. If you’re really into seafood, get a Thai bouillabaisse, which is a thing here.

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I have something to confess: I’m not a fan of ripe mangoes, and therefore usually avoid the quintessential Thai dessert, mangoes with sweet sticky rice, but I love ruam mit. Ruam means “gathering” and mit roughly translates to “friends,” and it is a dish that is good to share. Ruam mit is essentially a delicious dessert gazpacho. It’s comprised of a sweet coconut milk broth that that has sliced jackfruit, toddy palm seeds, pandan and coconut jelly, and crunchy water chestnuts coated in tapioca flour all served over ice. It’s the perfect way to cap off a spicy meal. Week 2
I found this website looking for a pad thai recipe using konjac noodles. I made this recipe and it’s actually better than most pad thai I’ve eaten at thai restaurants. I added in some lemongrass and made mine with chicken, shrimp, and tofu. VERY good. I have since also tried another recipe from your blog – the super fudgey brownies and also my favorite brownie recipe! Thanks! Hot dog
Most vegetarians would be pretty angry if they found out after eating that their meal contained fish sauce. I would personally consider it on par with using chicken/beef broth. I’ve seen a recipe for vegetarian fish sauce (http://veganmiam.com/recipes/vegan-fish-sauce) and I’ve personally just swapped it out for low sodium soy sauce or a touch of miso in other recipes. The CHEAPEST Tablet on the Market
Kai jeow is the unsung hero of Thailand. Every Thai kid has grown up on this wok fried omelette, which can be stuffed with a variety of ingredients. The two fillings I love most are the moo sab -- garlicky, peppery ground pork -- or nam -- a sour, fermented Thai sausage. The trick to getting a perfect kai jeow is cook over very high heat, resulting in a crispy on the outside, fluffy on the inside egg dish. You’ll never be able to go back to regular omelettes after this. Thai Fishcakes competition - Gordon Ramsay
But for as many sugarcoated Thai restaurants operating in the U.S., there’s an appreciable number of spots doing it right—especially in immigrant-heavy cities like Houston, where Asia Market encourages diners to personally adjust their dishes with condiments like pickled peppers, fish sauce, and chili sauce (nam prik). L.A., meanwhile, supports both NIGHT + MARKET, which puts a hipster spin on Thai street food, and Thai Town’s Jitlada, where chef Tui Sungkamee makes traditional fiery southern dishes.

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Even papaya salad gets the fine-dining treatment at Uncle Boons, no surprise when you consider the restaurant’s husband-and-wife team (Matt Danzer and Ubon-born Ann Redding) hail from Per Se. Armed with a charcoal grill and rotisserie (no small feat in Manhattan), Danzer and Redding turn out smoky seafood plates with nam prik (Thai chile sauce). The crowd at this art-cluttered tavern is as varied as the menu, which is admittedly regionally unfocused, though it consists mostly of Redding’s family recipes. So it’s not uncommon for traditional massaman curry punctuated with green peppercorns (a drier version than you’re likely used to) and titillating lamb larb to simultaneously hit the table with unconventional mee krob with fried sweetbreads. Don’t leave without knocking back a Singha slushy—they sell 600 a week.

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Pailin Thai Cuisine specializes in Northern Thai food from the region of Chiang Mai. In addition to boasting some of the country’s most spectacular architecture and natural landscapes, Chiang Mai is home to one of Thailand's proudest culinary traditions. Spicy coconut curry based noodle soup khao soi is Chiang Mai’s most famous export and it’s the specialty at Pailin, but don’t skip the intensely aromatic sai ua and the shrimp fireballs. MAX HOLLOWAY HIGHLIGHTS NEW 2018 | HD


Traditional pad thai sauce includes fish sauce, vinegar, sugar and tamarind paste. Tamarind paste is not easily found at a regular grocery stores so I substituted rice vinegar. If you would like to use tamarind paste, substitute about 2 Tablespoons in place of the rice vinegar in this recipe. I also added a big scoop of peanut butter to my sauce, because I think it gives the whole dish an added creaminess and boost of flavor that I love. Yumyum, Stoke Newington - Gordon Ramsay

Lovely Day isn’t the most authentic Thai, but at least they aren’t pretending to be. Sure, there’s a seared tuna sushi roll on the menu, but this is always a charming spot for a casual meal with friends. Also, the vibes are good, and it’s probably the cheapest dinner you can have in the Nolita area that still feels like a “fun night out.” Get the green curry, the hobo noodles, and the ginger fried chicken. If you want something more intimate, there’s also a bar downstairs that serves the food. The host probably won’t tell you about it when you ask for a table, but now you’re in the know. Thai Fishcakes competition - Gordon Ramsay


Traditional pad thai sauce includes fish sauce, vinegar, sugar and tamarind paste. Tamarind paste is not easily found at a regular grocery stores so I substituted rice vinegar. If you would like to use tamarind paste, substitute about 2 Tablespoons in place of the rice vinegar in this recipe. I also added a big scoop of peanut butter to my sauce, because I think it gives the whole dish an added creaminess and boost of flavor that I love. Thai Square Restaurant in The City London serving Delicious Thai Food
A mild, tamer twist on Tom Yum, this iconic soup infuses fiery chilies, thinly sliced young galangal, crushed shallots, stalks of lemongrass and tender strips of chicken. However unlike its more watery cousin, lashings of coconut milk soften its spicy blow. Topped off with fresh lime leaves, it's a sweet-smelling concoction, both creamy and compelling. Conor Maynard Cooking At YumYum Thai Restaurant

Pailin isn’t the most well-known name in Thai Town, and its dime-sized space (there are maybe eight tables total inside) isn’t going to jump out at you while driving down Hollywood Blvd. But it’s delicious. It’s all Northern Thai cuisine here, and that means one thing - khao soi. For anyone unfamiliar with the dish, it’s essentially a curry noodle soup and god’s greatest gift to mankind. Pailin has the best version in town. The tiny space is colorful and kitschy and a perfect quick lunch spot. The spicy shrimp balls are another must-order. thai boxin


One of the traditional takeout things about chicken stir fries is how they have chicken that looks like it was almost shaved, similar to Mongolian Beef in restaurants. The trick to this is to freeze the chicken for about one hour. Once you do you can very easily slice the chicken very thinly against the grain. Since the slices are so thin you’ll find that even though it was in the freezer, it will come back to a good cooking temperature very quickly.


Papaya salad is a pretty popular dish that many Thai food aficionados tend to gravitate towards. And understandably so! The typical som tam which is usually found in Thai restaurants is sweet and spicy, sour and refreshing, and contains nutty and crunchy elements. But the version most people overlook contains phu pala, or fermented crab, which adds a whole other element of flavor. Som tam phu pala still contains the fresh, crisp papaya you crave in a som tam dish but it’s paired with pungent, salty, and fishy crab that will no doubt convince you to order a second round. Technique Tuesday - Spinning Back Kick Max Holloway

In the U.S. now, there are reportedly over 5,000 Thai restaurants to choose from, with regional specialty spots popping up left and right. Chefs from every corner of Thailand are venturing stateside and offering up their best, abandoning Americanized pad see ews and yet another dish of massaman curry. As Thomas Fuller wrote in the New York Times, “A number of restaurants here serve dishes that respect the complexity of Thai food and its balance of sweet, sour, salt, and spice. They’re part of a sea [of] change that in recent years has produced ambitious and acclaimed Thai restaurants around the country.” LOVE SICK The Series - Ep1 [INDO/ENG Sub]


London has had decent Thai restaurants for decades, with menus dominated by Thailand's national dish, Phad Thai and green or red curry. These dishes are great but recently there's been an explosion of Thai street food and more unusual options available across the city, in posh restaurants, cafes and hipster joints. With Bangkok frequently topping lists of the best street food cities in the world, Londoners are fortunate to have such an excellent range of places to enjoy one of the world's favorite cuisines. Here are five of the best. The Great Gildersleeve: Community Chest Football / Bullard for Mayor / Weight Problems

Hungry for good food delivery in your city? You could search for “restaurants that deliver to me” or you could save time and go to www.amazon.com/restaurants and enter your ZIP Code--it’s the easy way to get the delicious food you’re craving delivered to your door. You’ll find all your favorite cuisines, including American, Chinese, Thai, Japanese, Greek, Vietnamese, Italian, Indian, Middle Eastern, and Mediterranean, plus vegan and vegetarian choices. As an Amazon Prime member, you have access to delivery from top-rated, popular restaurants in your city. That means you can use your Amazon account to get breakfast, lunch, or dinner delivered to your door. Customers love Amazon Restaurants because they can order from all kinds of restaurants—from popular food trucks to fine-dining restaurants. There are favorite national restaurants—like P.F. Chang’s, Denny’s, Five Guys, Applebee’s, Buca di Beppo, and Red Robin—plus much-loved neighborhood spots. You’ll find the same food—and the same prices—as you would in the restaurant, without the long lines to get in. Once you order a few times, you’ll notice your go-to orders are easily accessible for re-ordering. This is handy for the times when you just want your favorite food, stat. So the next time you’re too busy to cook a family dinner, or you need a special date-night meal, or you’re looking for the best pizza, burgers & fries, tacos, salads, or sandwiches in your area, skip the search and go directly to Amazon Restaurants at the Amazon or Prime Now websites or order on the Amazon shopping app or Prime Now app. To order from Amazon Restaurants, enter your ZIP Code to ensure you are in an area that offers delivery. Then search by cuisine or restaurant name; view menus, reviews, and ratings. Place your order using your Amazon account and track your delivery in real time. New restaurants are added daily, so keep checking back. Amazon Restaurants is available in many cities, including Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Chicago, Columbus, Dallas, Houston, Irvine, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis, New York City (Manhattan/Brooklyn), Oakland, Orlando, Phoenix, Portland, Ore., San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose, Seattle, Tampa, and Washington, D.C. Wherever you are, ordering is quick and easy, and another benefit of being a Prime member. The Great Gildersleeve: Gildy Turns Off the Water / Leila Engaged / Leila's Wedding Invitation
“Customers who order through our Toast website receive faster service than those who order through a third-party site because it’s connected directly to our kitchen. It takes 4 or 5 minutes longer per ticket if the order comes in through an external vendor. We always try to promote our Toast online ordering because the order goes in, pops out at the printer, and that’s it. It’s so easy and guests really love how it works.” Best Thai Chicken Curries - Gordon Ramsay

Having never cooked Thai food or visited Thailand, chef Mark Fischer found himself in a bit of an ah-jaht (Thai pickle) when he decided to open a Thai joint. But after staging at Michelin-starred chef David Thompson’s Sailors Thai in Sydney and multiple research trips to Thailand, Fischer was able to create an experience that is neither authentic nor fusion nor copycat. Rather, Phat Thai is a shameless love letter to Thai cuisine. The green curry with chicken and the pad thai (also called phat thai, hence the name) are each a triumph of flavor. Phat Thai makes its curry pastes in-house—a feat requiring 20 pounds of Thai chiles each week. Wash it all down with chilled Singha; the restaurant buys more than anyone else in the state. The Lounge Bar

Thai & Vietnamese are a natural combination, one that’s done well at this Uptown fusion spot. Giant chicken wings in a chili-garlic glaze make for the perfect accompaniment to one of Malai’s house-brewed beers, as does the green papaya salad made with candied beef jerky. When it's time to order entrees, go for pad thai or the chiang mai noodles, served in a spicy coconut curry sauce. Red Crab Thai Food Restaurant Ellerslie


"Everyone in Thailand eats this once a week," says chef Jet Tila of this spicy basil stir-fry.This dish is made by sautéing chiles and garlic in a hot wok, then adding ground meat along with peppers, onions, fish sauce, and palm sugar—all hit with a big handful of sweet or Thai basil. "The dish has been adapted regionally," explains Tila, so you'll sometimes see it with mint instead of basil. "Order it by saying 'Kra Pow,' and then the protein of your choice," says Tila—"but you have to eat it with a hard-fried runny egg on top, and over jasmine rice."

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If your idea of comfort food is stir-fried pork with eggplant, shrimp, chili, and more pork, then, yes - Senn Thai is comfort food. Stop here if you want surprisingly adventurous Thai on the Upper West Side. We wouldn’t say it’s comparable to the stuff you find in Queens, but we’ve been over this: you’re in Manhattan, make lemonade. Follow our advice, and you’ll find it’s some it’s some pretty good lemonade. Have a papaya salad, get the chicken wings with the spicy chili/lime sauce, and go for a curry (the green version does the trick). Lamai Thai: school of authentic cooking
While many ethnic cuisines are domesticated to Western palates, Thai food may be the most bastardized in America. “We have the same basic Thai dishes over and over again, many of which have nothing to do with Thailand,” says Andy Ricker, the James Beard Award–winning chef behind the bicoastal restaurant empire Pok Pok, known for authentic dishes like charcoal-roasted hen with lemongrass and tamarind. Rosa's - two Thai restaurants in London serving modern Thai food
Hailing from the Northeast state of Isaan, this outlandish dish is both great divider - some can't get enough of its bite, some can't handle it - and greatly distinctive. Garlic, chilies, green beans, cherry tomatoes and shredded raw papaya get dramatically pulverized in a pestle and mortar, so releasing a rounded sweet-sour-spicy flavour that's not easily forgotten. Regional variations throw peanuts, dry shrimp or salted crab into the mix, the latter having a gut-cleansing talent that catches many newcomers by surprise! Simply Thai, Teddington - Gordon Ramsay
From Cape Town to Khao San Road, the default international Thai dish! Dropped in a searing hot wok, fistfuls of small, thin or wide noodles (you choose) do a steamy minute-long dance alongside crunchy beansprouts, onion and egg, before disembarking for the nearest plate. A truly interactive eating experience, half its fun (and flavour) lies in then using a quartet of accompanying condiments - fish sauce, sugar, chilli powder and finely ground peanuts - to wake it from its slumbers.

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“Customers who order through our Toast website receive faster service than those who order through a third-party site because it’s connected directly to our kitchen. It takes 4 or 5 minutes longer per ticket if the order comes in through an external vendor. We always try to promote our Toast online ordering because the order goes in, pops out at the printer, and that’s it. It’s so easy and guests really love how it works.” Best Thai Chicken Curries - Gordon Ramsay
The stiff competition of the local tom yum wars makes it exceedingly difficult for any restaurant to stand out here, and in other New York neighborhoods Ploy would be a blessing. It’s spare but nice, if oddly decorated (see alternating succulents and lightbulbs), and some waitresses might take to, say, playing through the entirety of Britney. The restaurant is most notable for its noodles, stir-fried and otherwise, like rad nar, served in a bowl with Chinese broccoli and a generous helping of thick, sweet gravy speckled with fermented soy beans, the whole lot of which would be right at home at a neo-diner. The stir-fried rice noodles in the guay tiew kua gai are satisfyingly chewy and served well by the crispy egg, chicken, squid, and — an essential addition — sriracha hot sauce. Most famous are the pan-fried pad kee mao, which here taste pure and smoky. Always, though, supplement your noodles with a few appetizers, like the bracing miang kana, broccoli leaves served with shredded pork and a mix of diced chiles, ginger, rind-on lime, and more. NEW Silat Weapon (Thai Karambit/Mini Axe)
A great Thai restaurant and also a sports bar? Count us in. Hoy-Ka has established itself as one of LA’s finest not only because of their excellent food, but also for having a space that’s different from everyone else’s. The wood-covered interior feels kind of like a tavern, and with plenty of TVs playing sports, you won’t have any trouble finding a reason to drink. The pad ka prao, with its fried egg-topped tower of white rice, is your order. London Thai Restaurant | Thai Cuisine London | Blue Lagoon

Probably due to the fact it sounds like an all-girl group from Calabasas with a noon start time at Coachella, Summer Buffalo doesn’t really get the credit it deserves. But make no doubt about it, this place is great. And with locations in Burbank and on Melrose, it serves two areas largely in need of some quality Thai food. The feel inside is modern, and you could even pull off a casual date here. Must-orders include the salmon curry noodle, isaan sausage, and their pad kee mau. Also, there’s free delivery.

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P.F. Chang’s Chicken Pad Thai is a recent recipe addition to the menu. I ran a few tests based on a corporate training video that was posted online which gives away the basic recipe and cooking methods, but with all the ketchup it was too inauthentic for my tastes. If you would like me to make a copycat of the recipe I’d be happy to give it a try, but I’m pretty confident if you all love authentic pad thai, you will love this recipe. Yum Yum Sab - Oktober 2016
Lately, we’ve been telling a lot of people to get Uncle Boons in their rotation. It’s in a little space on Spring Street, and it’s the rare spot that exceeds the expectations of its trendy hype. Get the massaman curry with boneless beef ribs and the golden curry with a chicken leg. Also, try something from the charcoal grill (there’s a whole menu). The food packs serious depth and flavor, and it’s a guaranteed spot to impress out-of-town friends. And If you want to finish strong, don’t sleep on the coconut sundae. Alexandra Palace's East Wing Restoration Project
Book a table on the phone or ask for a table by saying “We’d like a table for 5, please.” This will let the waiter know how many people to expect. The waiter might ask “How many people are in your party?” In this question ‘party’ means ‘group’ not ‘celebration’. If you’re in a country where people are allowed to smoke in restaurants, the waiter might ask if you’d like to sit in the smoking or non-smoking section. If you’re in a hot country, the waiter may ask if you’d prefer to sit indoors or outdoors. Make it clear exactly where you want to sit for a perfect meal. Simply Thai, Teddington - Gordon Ramsay
Since 1992, Gene and Jay Potchana have been satisfying Dallas residents with bright Thai cuisine inspired by Jay’s mother, a cook just outside of Bangkok. Though the husband and wife have reconciled their dishes to tamer Texas tastes, the food is undeniably soothing—as is the restaurant interior, with its soft lighting, Thai art, and wooden screens. Try the tender tulip dumplings stuffed with pork and shrimp and Chiang Mai–style sausages perfumed with basil and lemongrass for proof. Don’t leave without sampling the fried-to-flaky-perfection whole red snapper topped with sauce that’s equal parts sweet and burn. A trip to Yum Yum Donuts!
Probably due to the fact it sounds like an all-girl group from Calabasas with a noon start time at Coachella, Summer Buffalo doesn’t really get the credit it deserves. But make no doubt about it, this place is great. And with locations in Burbank and on Melrose, it serves two areas largely in need of some quality Thai food. The feel inside is modern, and you could even pull off a casual date here. Must-orders include the salmon curry noodle, isaan sausage, and their pad kee mau. Also, there’s free delivery. Women Try Crotchless Panties For A Day • Ladylike
A great Thai restaurant and also a sports bar? Count us in. Hoy-Ka has established itself as one of LA’s finest not only because of their excellent food, but also for having a space that’s different from everyone else’s. The wood-covered interior feels kind of like a tavern, and with plenty of TVs playing sports, you won’t have any trouble finding a reason to drink. The pad ka prao, with its fried egg-topped tower of white rice, is your order. Restaurant Thai Zone - Restodequebec.com
In a large nonstick skillet, heat 3 tablespoons of the oil until shimmering. Add the shallots and garlic and cook over high heat, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned, about 3 minutes. Add the pad thai noodles and stir-fry until heated through, about 2 minutes. Add the shrimp and cook, stirring occasionally, until they begin to curl and turn pink, about 2 minutes. Scrape the noodles and shrimp to one side of the pan and add the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil to the empty side of the skillet. Add the eggs and cook, stirring occasionally, until nearly set, about 1 minute. Add the scallions and toss everything together, keeping the eggs relatively intact. Add the fish sauce mixture and stir-fry until the noodles are evenly coated, 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer the pad thai to a platter. Top with peanuts, cilantro and bean sprouts and serve with lime wedges. Kebabs best of Melbourne
Amidst all the chaos of Grand Central Market, you might miss Sticky Rice at first. But inside this food stall in the center of the market is a fantastic secret. And that secret is the best beef panang curry in the city. The rest of the menu is pretty great too, but something in that curry speaks to us unlike anything else. It’s sweet, savory, and a little spicy, and the braised beef is so tender that chewing is optional. Ruan Thai Restaurant

Tod mun pla is the quintessential Thai appetizer that should be on every table. Essentially a Thai fish cake, the dish is made from fish paste and long beans, and flavored with red curry paste and kaffir lime leaves. The lime leaves give the dish a citrusy and aromatic fragrance. Tod mun pla is usually served with a sweet and refreshing dipping sauce, or nam jim, which contains chopped cucumbers, chilis, shallots, and peanuts submerged in a syrup of sugar, fish sauce, and vinegar. The result is a sweet-and-savory starter that can easily be transformed into a meal over a plate of white rice. Yum Yum Thai Restaurant
Another Thai popup that’s become permanent due to popular and critical acclaim is Farang in Highbury, North London. Set in a former traditional Italian restaurant that was run by the grandfather of Farang owner Dan Turner, the original decor lends a slightly kitsch air. Chef Seb Holmes has top Thai food credentials having worked at Peckham’s Begging Bowl and Soho’s Smoking Goat before joining Farang. The restaurant offers Modern Thai street food showcasing the very best fresh Thai and British produce. We started with a brilliant version of miang, the classic appetiser of minced prawns mixed with green mango, ginger, and peanuts in a taramind and palm sugar sauce served with betal leaves. Also fantastic is gai prik, delicious crispy boneless chicken pieces, coated in a sweet and salty fish sauce glaze with lime, herbs and chilli sauce. And gaeng massuman neau, a braised beef curry with ginger, peanuts and basil, is melt in your mouth delicious. If you're really hungry or like me, terrible at choosing, go for the feasting menu (£45) which serves up everything on the menu, including dessert (around a dozen dishes) or the slightly more modest tasting option (£40) which offers the same except only one of the three large plates.

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Don't discount this egg omelet. It's dynamite in its simplicity, according to Tila. The eggs are whipped to a frothy, airy frenzy with fish sauce, sugar, and soy sauce. Unlike a classic French-style omelet, Kai Jeow should be golden-brown. It's eaten with rice, a protein, and sriracha. "People put sriracha on everything and that's bullsh*t," says Tila. "But this is one thing your really should eat it with." Travel Joy Hostel a Hostel in London offering Accommodation and a Bar
If a restaurant’s focus is northern, expect vegetables, bitterness, and earthy, oily flavors like coconut curry (khao soi), along with heaps of sticky rice. Northeastern (or Isan) tends to be tarter and spicier; order the larb (a spicy minced meat salad) and fermented sausages. Southern Thai is all about pungent, bold curries spiked with turmeric, while central prioritizes balance, best exemplified by traditional pad thai, made with tamarind, lime juice, dried shrimp, and salted turnip or radish—never ketchup or peanut butter, swaps made to satisfy America’s penchant for sugar.

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Thai Patio does not have the best food on this list. However, it has something that almost nobody else does - an atmosphere that’s essentially the afterparty from the one you just came from. Roll into Thai Patio at 3am on a Saturday night, and you’ll be greeted with 100 other late-night revelers. The order at Thai Patio is always noodles - their drunken noodles (coincidence?) are among our favorite in town. Then sit back, soak up that tequila, and listen to the teenage girl on stage singing an acoustic version of “Man, I Feel Like A Woman”. Jacqueline Kennedy: White House Tour - Documentary Film
Step 5 above is a duplicate of Step 4. Step 5 should read: Spread remaining 1/4C butter on top & bottom of sandwiches & sprinkle with remaining sesame seeds. Heat large skillet over medium-high. Place sandwiches in a single layer & cook until browned, about 4 min. per side. Transfer to a cutting board & cut each sandwich into 4 pieces. Please correct. Thai Street Food Michelin Star - GIANT CRAB OMELET at Jay Fai (ร้านเจ๊ไฝ) in Bangkok, Thailand!

From romantic, family-run spots in Beverly Hills to 30-year-old strip mall Valley joints, the bar for Thai food is set so high in this city, you have absolutely no excuse to be eating anywhere subpar. Get some cash (seriously, no one takes cards) and go experience the best this city has to offer. Here are the 25 Thai food spots you need to know about. London ✔ Seafood Restaurant Experience 🍴
Kana moo krob is the perfect way to get your greens in while still entertaining your tastebuds. The dish is composed of Chinese broccoli stir fried over high heat with garlic, chili, and crispy pork belly, which is then tossed in a soybean and oyster sauce gravy that is a winning combination of sweet and salty. Eat this with a plate of steamed jasmine rice and you’re in business. Pandan Leaf Thai Restaurant in London UK serving Pad Thai and Salad
The Halkin opened 20 years ago as London’s first design-driven boutique hotel and is part of Como Hotels & Resorts, a Singapore-based luxury group that also operates London’s nearby Metropolitan, the Metropolitan in Bangkok (where the other Nahm is), resorts in Bhutan, Bali, the Maldives, and the celebrity-laden, yoga-centric Parrot Cay in the Turks & Caicos Islands.
Since 1993, chef-owner Nok Suree Suksudecha has been serving San Diegans authentic curries at Amarin Thai, which was awarded best in the city by San Diego Magazine’s readers and critics alike. Chef Suree specializes in vegetarian dishes like tofu tod (crispy fried tofu served with Thai sweet chili sauce and crushed peanuts) and classic hot and sour tom yum soup. But her Mambo Mambo chicken (a hot pot of stewed chicken and ripe mango in red curry sauce) is equally mouthwatering. Unlike at many American Thai spots, the wine list here rivals the food menu—and has garnered awards from Wine Spectator five years running. For a sweet finish, try the coconut ice cream. Mango Tree, Thai Restaurant London serving Authentic Thai Cuisine or Thai Food
Add shrimp (if using) and combine with noodles. Push everything aside creating an empty space in the middle. Crack an egg, wait 15 secs to set, then mix into the noodles. Sprinkle some white pepper, add bean sprouts and up to 1 tbsp. more sauce. Stir everything for 1 min, then add scallions. Turn off heat and toss. To serve, top with crushed peanuts, dried onions and a generous squeeze of lime juice. 

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The name means "drunken noodle." It's a dish Thai street vendors sell to tipsy party-goers, and it's also Leah Cohen of NYC's Pig and Khao's pick for a satisfying late night meal. Like Laad Naa, this dish is made with wide rice noodles. "They're similar to Chow Fun noodles," explains Cohen: "Spicy, sweet, and salty, with Chinese broccoli, eggs, onion, meat, chiles, garlic, soy, fish sauce… a little oyster sauce." In other words: A little bit of everything. This dish is saucy and sticky and indulgent, which makes it ideal for both sopping up too much booze and for random Tuesday nights after a long day of work.

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I will NEVER step foot in this place again! I came in for lunch while I was working... I noticed my Pad Thai was slightly burnt tasting but nothing horrible until.... I was taking my last bite and on my plate was a very long black hair!!!!!!!! I mentioned it to the waitress who said the manager was not in but she would talk with them and get back to me.
Catch the waiter’s attention and ask “Can we have the bill, please?” or “Check, please.” to see how much you need to pay. The waiter might ask if you want to pay separately or as a group. Check the bill to see if a service charge or tip has been added. This is money that is given to the waiting staff for good service. If this hasn’t been added, it’s common in most English speaking countries to leave some extra money (usually 10-15% of the bill) for the waiter. Pandan Leaf Thai Restaurant in London UK serving Pad Thai and Salad
Book a table on the phone or ask for a table by saying “We’d like a table for 5, please.” This will let the waiter know how many people to expect. The waiter might ask “How many people are in your party?” In this question ‘party’ means ‘group’ not ‘celebration’. If you’re in a country where people are allowed to smoke in restaurants, the waiter might ask if you’d like to sit in the smoking or non-smoking section. If you’re in a hot country, the waiter may ask if you’d prefer to sit indoors or outdoors. Make it clear exactly where you want to sit for a perfect meal. Simply Thai, Teddington - Gordon Ramsay
Catch the waiter’s attention and ask “Can we have the bill, please?” or “Check, please.” to see how much you need to pay. The waiter might ask if you want to pay separately or as a group. Check the bill to see if a service charge or tip has been added. This is money that is given to the waiting staff for good service. If this hasn’t been added, it’s common in most English speaking countries to leave some extra money (usually 10-15% of the bill) for the waiter. Busaba Eathai | Kyle Craig Vlogs
From Cape Town to Khao San Road, the default international Thai dish! Dropped in a searing hot wok, fistfuls of small, thin or wide noodles (you choose) do a steamy minute-long dance alongside crunchy beansprouts, onion and egg, before disembarking for the nearest plate. A truly interactive eating experience, half its fun (and flavour) lies in then using a quartet of accompanying condiments - fish sauce, sugar, chilli powder and finely ground peanuts - to wake it from its slumbers.

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If you’re looking for fully authentic Thai on the Upper West Side, we need to have a talk about your expectations. The Upper West Side is where you take your niece to the planetarium or where you go to a Purim party dressed as John McEnroe. Now that we’ve cleared that up, feel free to enjoy something from the wok at Land Thai. This isn’t in-your-face Woodside food, but they do have sticky rice, and the curries are excellent. The same owners run Pure Thai Cookhouse, but the seating at Land Thai is more comfortable. Also, they do a two-course lunch for nine dollars. Plant Health Man reviews vegan options at Erindale Kebab, Burgers and Cafe
Hollywood Thai might look and sound like a tourist trap for unsuspecting visitors, and its American-friendly menu will set off more than a few "authenticity BS-detectors," but don’t be given to convenient thinking. Hollywood Thai specializes in some very specific Thai Chinese cuisine, including a salty, funky and savory olive and ground pork dish that needs to be eaten with the looser-than-most rice congee (they call it plain rice soup). Aside from a staggering array of seafood selections (including whole fried market price fish), there’s great barbecue pork and stir fried morning glory with pork belly.
In my opinion, the key to making great Pad Thai is to prep all your ingredients and lay them out nicely before beginning to cook, a.k.a. mis en place. Pad Thai is a quick stir-fry so you don’t want to measure out ingredients while you’re cooking. Another challenge for us was to find the perfect Thai ingredients, particularly tracking down the right tamarind concentrate. Most were either too sweet, too salty or not flavorful enough. We found one with 85% tamarind and only 15% water, nothing else in there. So try to find a similar concentration of tamarind without any extra additives. There are recipes and restaurants that use ketchup in place of tamarind, but I don’t wanna go there. Macari's Blanchardstown
This cozy spot in Woodside is charmingly down-to-earth and homey, thanks to the chef and owner Annie Phinphattakul, who presides over both the dining room and the kitchen and employs her teenage children as waitstaff. The food, then, is even more impressive for its sharp perfection — she may be smiling warmly but she is also cooking fiercely: a mix of traditional, mostly northern dishes and her own witty, playful concoctions. Sections of the menu are labeled “Food to Die For” and “Something So Special” and the dishes within them tend to earn these distinctions. The “egg sandwich” — which turns out to be richly sauced, sticky chunks of stir-fried pork, scattered across one shatteringly crispy fried egg and topped with another, plus basil — is the sort of thing you might think about wistfully until you get to eat it again. New Zealand's Hottest Kebab (Double Spice)
Just a few doors down from the super-popular SriPraPhai, Thailand’s Center Point is the insider alternative. If you want somewhere homier, go to TCP. The owner does the cooking and her daughters wait on tables. The food here is also a little more fun. Their papaya salad, for example, is deep fried and piled high with green beans and shrimp. Also, the tamarind fried rice comes unmixed to the table, leaving it up to the diner to get the right proportions of sweet tamarind and super salty “salt egg” with each bite. It’s hard, but worth it.

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