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Nov 20, 2007 09:55 AM

Sunnyside's "I Am Thai"

Had a few meals delivered from here over the weekend, not too bad at all. While the places in Woodside/Elmhurst have nothing to worry about from "I-A-T", I feel this is the best Thai so far in this nabe: the "spicy" request had some heat, not just extra cayenne added as Greypoint has done to my dishes in the past. The Penang curry had some lime leaves in it which isn't always the case with Westernized Thai places. The sauces had a certain degree of complexity when compared to these places also, but Zaab & Sri they are not.
The Bangkok noodle soup was a redolent mishmash of peanuts, fishballs, citrus & sour (tamarind?), not necessarily balanced all that well, could've used some more cilantro & hot chilis, but I did get a flashback of sitting at a plastic table near Soi Sukhumvit so I'm happy enough. Perhaps they are new enough that their spicing methods are tentative until they figure out their customers' tastes? I think these noodle dishes will become a staple for me as the winter approaches.
It took about 1 hour till delivery, they are about 6-7 blocks away, I think they must have one guy on a bike now. The cuts of meat were cheap and a bit overcooked for me, Thai_Malay has had much better quality meat in the past (I really thought T-M's rendang meats were terrific for cheap take out, altho the last time I got some it was a bit tougher than the past, don't know if that's luck of the draw or a downhill sign.)
I have always preferred Thai-Malay for my take out /delivery, even tho' their food is so mild, it's still pretty tasty & the ingredients have always seemed fresh. But it's not really Thai food to me, more Thai-styled instead.
I Am Thai also had a number of Isaan dishes which sets them apart from a lot of other takeouts.
Anyway thumbs up for I Am Thai from me.

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  1. I agree with you for as much as I tried from them.
    They're no Sri but they're incomparable better than the chinese take-out places in the nabe and much much better than Thai Cafe on Skillman.

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    1. re: RedVelvet

      i'm clueless when it comes to thai in sunnyside.

      i've read less than stellar reviews of grey's point (is that what it's called?) on greenpoint and 42nd st.

      where is thai malay and i am thai? i can't locate it on google. thank you.

      1. re: Linda

        I Am Thai 49-08 43rd Avenue

        Thai Malay cafe 51-20 Skillman Ave

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      1. ordered from there twice, food was ok but they messed up the orders both times, first time giving us the wrong appetizer, second time giving us appetizer rolls without any sauce. Hope they iron that out!

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        1. re: Widmark

          Service has gotten much better (not many people speak English there). I have to say the food's been getting really good too!

          1. re: Monkey Man Jake

            I really-really want to like them but every time I give them another try there's something that doesn't let me enjoy their food to the fullest - i.e.. the ginger duck was too soupy, my Bangkok soup just yesterday had some small pieces of what appear to be some sort of a nut shell (I hope that's what it was)... The soup was delicious though. I don't know, I have mixed feelings about this place.

            There's a new Thai opening on Queens Blvd. where Sunnyside Grill was, called Dee. Let's hope that one of all these Thai places gets it right. And I mean really right not just good enough.

        2. Hmmm, tried it twice. Both time the chicken/meat in the curry was tasteless. It was not seasoned at all. I ordered the roti with curry app, it came out of a frozen package that you can get at any Chinese market, compared to the hand streched one at Penang.... It is just like the rest of the Chinese takeout in the neighborhood, NOT recommended.

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          1. re: Smokyduck

            Agree with Smokyduck. I appreciate that Sri doesn't deliver, but still, jeez. It's hard to get motivated to try this place more than the twice I did already, given the discrepancy in quality between it and what's nearby.

          2. Didn't even realize this place existed! I usually order from Tasty Thai when I am too lazy to go to Woodside for Sri, mostly out of loyalty to my laundry lady (the owner of Diamond cleaners on 45th and QB also owns Tasty Thai). I like Thai Malay Cafe too, although I agree that it's more thai-styled than real thai.

            I'll have to give this a go, though. I am eagerly awaiting the opening of Dee as well, since it is RIGHT around the corner from me and it's about time that awful Sunnyside Grill closed.