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May 1, 2007 08:48 AM

Thai Nakorn or Bust!!!

Alright....I have to be in OC this weekend for an event I am positively DREADING! I decided that a first time visit to Thai Nakorn afterwards might make the venture bearable as I grit my teeth.

Give me your top 3 entrees/dishes there + dessert. I'm not keen on fruits in my dessert at all, but if enough people chime in about the mango in sticky rice thing, I might give it a go. I do like the coconut/egg custard on sticky rice concoction (???)....not sure if that's the same thing or not (don't think so)....


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  1. My entree suggestions are far too boring for many here.

    I will suggest the pumpkin custard in coconut for dessert.
    To me, sticky rice, although good, is about as exciting as mashed potatoes!

    1. 3 of my all time faves:

      Stir Fried Watergrass with Bean Sauce
      Deep Fried Fish with Mango Sauce
      Clams in Chili Paste with Basil

      Dessert: Coconut Jelly

      5 Replies
      1. re: elmomonster

        I haven't tried the watergrass, but I love the wild boar... Elmo's fish and clams are also way up there on the "YES YES YES" list and I love love LOVE the mango and sticky rice.

        1. re: Das Ubergeek

          Who needs to be exotic when you can go with the best

          Pad thai + sticky rice and mango.

          1. re: ns1

            The mango and sticky rice is one of my favorite desserts of all time.
            Mango salad with catfish is also very good.

            1. re: dagrassroots

              3rd (4th??) the Mango w/Sticky Rice. Absolutely delish!

              1. re: WildSwede

                4th/5th the Sticky rice and mango. I can't stop eating it, its addictive!!

      2. What a coincidence! I'm thinking of hitting up Thai Nakorn this weekend too. Which day?

        I would think the green mango salad w/ crispy catfish would be good.

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        1. re: kingkong5

          The mango catfish definitely seems to be the frontrunner!

          I'm planning Saturday night, but I have no idea what time because it depends on when t his event lets out, and if I know Vietnamese can't be too soon for me....

        2. Went again tonight. Had the catfish with green mango, that was good, but I think that I will go for the Beef salad next time. Also had the Beef Panang on the recomandation of the waiter. It was so tender and tasty with a hint of lemongrass. For dessert, I had the custard in the coconut shell. It was ok, disappointed b/c they have to nuke it to warm it up. The top of it was not so tasty. But the combo of the coconut meat and the egg custard was nice. Next time, it's the mango sticky rice.

          1. Just went there for the first time. I know everyone likes the items on the specials list. If you want some standard noodles, the pad sew ewe is good. Also for soup the tom yum hot & sour is yummy although not as tangy as maybe canh chua. I like my curry with coconut milk but not the thai soups. I hope to be more adventurous on my next trip. Hope you survive your event! Beware of the karaoke!

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            1. re: groover808

              I *much* prefer the savoury pad see ew over the sweet pad thai. I rarely get the pad thai now (unless someone in our group wishes it). That and the mango sticky rice...quite heavenly!

              1. re: OCAnn

                haha that's funny. After reading this thread I too went there. Pad thai was spectacular as usual, as was the sticky rice/mango. Fried fish/mango wasn't as good as it usually is - fish was good but something about the mango salsa thing that they put on it was off - not "saucey" enough/flavorful enough IMHO. tom yum soup was quite good also though.

                But yeah, that pad thai god. So good. So, so, very good.

              2. re: groover808

                Hmmm, groover808, I always prefer coconut milk in my thai soups. I'm not crazy about canh chua, but there's a definite nostalgic quality to it for me, which is soothing in an entirely different, non-culinary way....I *always* steer clear of the karaoke...