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Chao Thai - Elmhurst Queens

Chris Kwok Dec 24, 2005 02:54 AM

The former cook (owners?) at Boon Chu have resurfaced at Chao Thai, which is right around the corner at Whitney and Broadway. Its the space of the former Chao Zhou Bowl.

The food was really good! The Tom Yum was clear - no tomato and very "clean" tasting - its flavors precise and balanced. Very interesting variation.

The Shrimp Thai fried rice was done extremely well. Great technique, producing perfectly wokked rice, egg and shrimp.

There were four condiments on the table: sugar, dried pepper flakes, hot peppers in vinegar and another pepper fish sauce concotion.

I definitely recommend a try. I am going to be back.

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    babar ganesh RE: Chris Kwok Jan 4, 2006 08:11 PM

    how does the food compare to the ex-boon chu?

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    1. re: babar ganesh
      Riley RE: babar ganesh Jan 5, 2006 02:17 PM

      The original poster is incorrect - the owners and cook at Boon Chu are still the same - I was just there 2 days ago and had the same great food as before - I walked by the new Chao Thai and went in and took a menu from the cashier area and tried to glance into the kitchen - couldn't really see any familiar faces.

      But I can guarantee the same lady is still cooking at Boon Chu and she is cooking up a storm !

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        Chris Kwok RE: Riley Jan 5, 2006 08:18 PM

        The lady that is cooking at Chao Thai is
        short (about 5 feet), very round features
        and dark skin. She used to be the cook
        at Boon Chu 2 years ago and when she left,
        I didnt see her until she resurfaced at Chao Thai.

        Are we speaking of the same people?

    2. jen kalb RE: Chris Kwok Aug 16, 2006 06:44 PM

      The NYT cheap eat column recommended this place today. How do hounds think it stacks up against Sripraphai, Zabb, etc?

      Ive seen no more recent reports.

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        zemilideias RE: jen kalb Sep 14, 2008 02:57 PM

        better than overrated Srip

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        babar ganesh RE: Chris Kwok Aug 16, 2006 10:16 PM

        i went twice about 6 months ago and thought the food was very good though not on the sripraphai or zabb level. solid and not ameri-thai, but not brilliant or adventurous feeling.

        i also thought that the place could improve from where it was and i'm going to try it again.

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          babar ganesh RE: Chris Kwok Sep 10, 2006 02:17 AM

          we went back last night and i'd say that it had improved. quite a tasty meal, and the menu is fairly adventurous.

          i still think sri is the clear winner unless you want noodle dishes. i've been unimpressed with zabb.

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            squinchy RE: Chris Kwok Sep 11, 2006 03:21 PM

            I live very close to Chao and wish it was as good as Zabb, Arunee, and Sri...but I think it misses the mark more often that hits it. I think that NY times article sang its praises a bit too loudly...
            I've had curries there that were pretty good, but after the reading the times review I thought I should try to larb...and MAN was it spicy. I like hot and usually can get all macho about it but this was absurd. It was painful. All heat and nothing else.
            I think the two indonesian places up the street and the dumpling place on Whitney are much worthier of a visit.

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              jayal RE: squinchy Sep 12, 2006 06:26 PM

              I also got the larb, it is tooooo hot to really enjoy. I got flat noodles with a chicken gravy (to go), but it didn't come with enough noddles for the amount of gravy. The stir fry was very good.

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