Cold Thai Sausage Salad
- Derek Mancini-Lander
When I was a kid there was a fabulous Thai restaurant in Nyack, NY called "The King and I" which has since changed hands a few times and has really gone down hill.
But in the old days of glory, they had a weekend special that was a cold Thai sausage salad... fairly simple but astoundingly delicious. It was basically grilled pork sausages (mostly fat) and various different kinds of peppers (mostly volcanic chilis) in a light fermented fish, lime, and coconut sauce. It was probably the hottest thing I've ever eaten, but also probably the most delicious. I think I've been able to almost recreate in my own kitchen. . . but I'm recreating it from childhood memory. Does anyone know somewhere I can find a restaurant the really knows how to prepare this? Does it have a name?
Sripraphai in Woodside (search on Queens boards for the address -- lots of recent discussion) serves the sausage salad, though it didn't send me and wasn't that incendiary. Their other salads are superb though, mine being the bean thread salad, with silver fungus, ground chicken, toasted dried shrimp and a knock your socks off dressing; and the beef tripe salad.
They will also prepare a plate of sliced grilled sausages, with sauces to dip, which I preferred. Neither the sausage nor the sausage salad was on the menu, though they recently extended their menu a bit and may have added it -- I forget. They have packs of sausage at the counter if you want to take home.
They have this at Bua Thai House, near Battery Park City (I can get exact address if needed). It's good, but not all that spicy.
This is one of the most reliable dishes at the much-reviled Jaiya-Thai (Third Avenue between 27th and 28th in Manhattan, check with a Queens maven for the superior Elmhurst location).
The place is maddeningly inconsistent but does not deserve the abuse that has been hurled at it here.
In Manhattan, about the best Thai sausage salad (I believe these salads are called Yum) I've tried has been at Chanpen, 9th Ave. in the 50's. It was good even before their move from Lexington and 26th street when they called themselves Krungthep City. Enjoy!
Know this will sound corny-but I used to go to that restaurant and was looking up where to buy that sausage-love the stuff and can't get enough of it. I now live in atlanta, but go home often and will agree the last time we wanted thai we went to erwan. but there are a few places here in atlanta that have that same salad-delicious!Can you buy the stuff on line?