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authentic Thai or Vietnamese in Vermont or New Hapshire?

hiddenboston May 24, 2007 11:53 AM

I'll be taking a few trips up north this year, hitting much of New Hampshire and hopefully areas around Stowe, Burlington, and Woodstock in Vermont. Does anyone know of any good Thai or Vietnamese restaurants anywhere in either state that is authentic, not Americanized? Thanks!

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    rcianci RE: hiddenboston May 24, 2007 12:09 PM

    Don't know how authentic it is, but I think Royal Orchid in Montpelier is the best Thai restaurant in Vermont.

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      dfrostnh RE: rcianci May 27, 2007 04:13 AM

      I'm not sure about authentic either but agree that Siam Orchid in Concord is great. We also like a small downtown Franklin NH place. (Asian Delight sticks in my head but it might just be my husband's pet name for the place.) The decor isn't very good and the place is drafty in the winter but we think the food is as good as Siam Orchid. We can't understand why it's never crowded. Franklin is the town south of Tilton if you are traveling to/from the lakes region. (Tilton is exit 20/outlet mall off Rt 93 so if you head south on Rt 3 after eating in Franklin you can continue south on Rt 3 and get back on Rt 93 at exit 17 in Boscawen/Canterbury).

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        jgraham65 RE: dfrostnh Nov 24, 2008 05:14 AM

        Thai is our favorite cuisine and have cooked Thai at home for many years. We once looked for the Tilton place you mentioned above, asking locals where it was. We never found it but did find a gem of a Thai place very nearby, at exit 20. It has no signs on the main road north of Exit 20 - you take a right at the Tilt'in diner and it shares a small plaza with Dunkin. It's called Kyaratip and they do an excellent job, dishes are nicely presented, great sauces, fresh flowers and linen tableclothes. Tom Yoong is different than normal broth but good, duck and basil was top drawer. Haven't had a bad dish yet.

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      spinturtle RE: hiddenboston May 24, 2007 05:51 PM

      My gf has been to Concord NH twice on business so far this year, and each time came home raving about Siam Orchid. http://www.siamorchid.net/

      1. whs RE: hiddenboston May 25, 2007 05:14 AM

        Pho Golden Bowl in Manchester NH on Queen City Blvd is authentic and delicious Viet. Thon Khao in Nashua NH does passable Thai. Avoid Chiangmai Restaurant in Amherst NH--terrible.

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          Gio RE: whs May 25, 2007 05:18 AM

          Harry's Cafe in Mt. Holly (Rte. 103 west) and Little Harry's in Rutland (West St.) Vermont serves Thai.

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            puppymomma RE: whs May 26, 2007 07:45 PM

            Beware when in Portsmouth, NH. I think Chiangmai has a location there too! I never liked their food either.

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            amyamelia RE: hiddenboston May 25, 2007 01:07 PM

            I don't know how "authentic" it is b/c I've only ever eaten thai food in America...but Tiny Thai in Essex, VT and Winooski, VT (both in the Burlington area) is really great. Owned and operated by real thai folks. See recent posts about it for more info.
            There is also a place in Burlington, that I have not yet tried, called Tantra. Supposed to be organic thai food. At the bottom of Church street just beyond where the pedestrians only part ends. Highly recommended by a friend.

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              Axalady RE: amyamelia May 27, 2007 04:57 AM

              We've skied for years up north and have found some restaurants we really like. Our favorite Thai Restaurants are Red Basil on Mountain Road in Stowe VT., and Spicy Lime Restaurant White Mountain Highway North Conway NH. If you get a chance try to visit Lake Winnipesaukee in NH., one of our favorite summertime places.

            2. cant talk...eating RE: hiddenboston Oct 2, 2008 08:49 PM

              I was out there (Woodstock, VT) for a wedding a couple weeks ago, and was surprised to find a Cambodian restaurant on the east side of Woodstock! We had to try it (being from Los Angeles), and we had a pretty good lunch. I had a beef soup which was pretty much pho, sort of on the weak side, and my wife had a chicken curry (dry style). Couldn't find anything about this place online, incl. the name, but Woodstock's not a big place, so maybe someone can fill in the details. Had a little mini-mart w/ dried noodles, sauces, etc.

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                greenstate RE: cant talk...eating Oct 15, 2008 07:38 PM

                I would love to know the place you are referring to. I am in the area and for the life of me I have no idea where this is.

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                  cant talk...eating RE: greenstate Oct 17, 2008 08:46 PM

                  Sure thing - it's on Rt. 4/Pleasant St., across the street and just east of the Shire Motel (we walked from there). From Google maps, the coordinates are:
                  (43.62675660019726, -72.50946521759033) - just paste these into the search box in Google maps.

                  Good luck, and post if you go!

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                biggirlco RE: hiddenboston Oct 3, 2008 05:12 AM

                Burlington area has 3 Vietnamese places, Pho Dang in Winooski (best Pho), Pho Hong in Burlington (best rice dishes) and Pho Houng in the New North End (best Spring Rolls). We have a refugee resettlement program that focused on Vietnam in the 90's so it's pretty authentic... I find the Thai options lacking, I'm not a fan of Tiny Thai in an authentic sense, it's fine but not great but The Royal Orchid in Montpelier is better.

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                  Bri RE: biggirlco Oct 3, 2008 05:21 AM

                  Just a note that Pho Dang doesn't serve their pho with the mint leaves (culantro), only basil. I like it with both.

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                    ThaiNut RE: Bri Oct 18, 2008 04:41 AM

                    Mint and Culantro are apples and oranges. Culantro is often called 'Sawtooth herb' though Thai's call it 'Vietnamese Coriander. Culantro is far more closely related to cilantro than to mint. There are lots of discussions about culantro on ChowHound.

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                      Bri RE: ThaiNut Oct 18, 2008 05:32 AM

                      I totally agree and am aware of that. However, the proprietor of the pho place in Winooski, VT told me that he and his family called them mint leaves. It was baffling to me, so I asked at other pho places and none of them knew what culantro was. Surprisingly, even the young man who works at Vinh Chau (that actually serves culantro and basil) called it just another kind of basil. You (and I ) are the only ones who seem to know what culantro is, apparently. But I stopped even calling it that since no one knew what I was talking about.

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                        ThaiNut RE: Bri Oct 18, 2008 06:05 AM

                        If you look at the following link you'll see that one of the myriad of names for culantro is 'Vietnamese Mint' so maybe that is why your Viet contacts called it 'mint.' And it may be that they were not familiar with the word 'culantro.' I certainly wasn't until just a few months ago.

                        You can order culantro seeds (Eryngium foetidum) very cheaply from:
                        At the site do a search for 'culantro' and that'll bring it up.

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                          Bri RE: ThaiNut Oct 18, 2008 03:04 PM

                          Interesting. Thanks for the links!

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                    chilihead RE: biggirlco Nov 24, 2008 06:13 AM

                    Another recent opening is M. Saigon next to Waterfront Video on Rt. 7 in Burlington.

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                    Tedmom RE: hiddenboston Oct 3, 2008 07:36 AM

                    Thai Garden on Main Street in Keene, NH is pretty good.

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                      RI Swampyankee RE: Tedmom Oct 19, 2008 03:26 PM

                      I like Thai Garden, too. My only complaint is they don't have sticky rice.

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                      bewley RE: hiddenboston Oct 3, 2008 07:47 AM

                      Pan Thai II in Exteter, NH: both food and service on numerous occasions have been excellent. They have another branch in Cambridge, MA that I haven't been to, but hear it's similar in standards. If you ask for a curry hot, they make it hot. Portions to prices are reasonable and their food is fresh. This place is by far the best Thai restaurant in the Seacoast region.

                      1. Bri RE: hiddenboston Oct 3, 2008 05:12 PM

                        I just tried Ocha in Waterbury, VT today and it was yummy. I can't vouch for authenticity, but both lunch dishes we had were delicious and we were able to order the heat level we wanted (mild, medium, hot, extra hot). They had a Tom Yum Noodle dish that was a totally satisfying mix of the classic soup with rice noodles and your choice of protein. Really great on a chilly day. The other dish's name escapes me, but it was #16. A curry soup with noodles, pickled mustard green and protein (chicken) with some fried noodles on top. Really rich and hearty.

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                          juliemaeboyle RE: hiddenboston Oct 14, 2008 11:08 AM

                          Golden Bowl in Manchester NH has the absolute most amazing PHO!!! We go there a few times a month for lunch.

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                            vtnewbie RE: hiddenboston Oct 15, 2008 08:33 AM

                            A second for Ocha Thai in Waterbury. Fantastic food, good prices.

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                              kennedha RE: hiddenboston Oct 19, 2008 12:37 PM

                              I've always enjoyed Chao Praya River in Salem, NH. The Hot and Sour soup is fantastic and the Choo Chee and Panang curries are delicious!

                              I'd also agree with WHS that Chaingmai in Amherst is no good. Bland and watery are two words that should never describe my curry order.

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                                gryphonskeeper RE: hiddenboston Oct 19, 2008 03:52 PM

                                There are two very good Vietnamese restaurants in Manchester NH, we are blessed to have the Golden Bowl on the corner of Brown Ave and another one on Hanover St. (it's name eludes me)

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