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Thai food in and around Cupertino?

bomobob Apr 28, 2008 12:03 PM


I'll be in Cupertino/San Jose in a couple of weeks for work, and would love to find a really good Thai place to eat at. Something closer to authentic Mom 'n Pop Thai home cooking would be much better than some glitzy, pretentious "fusion" kinda place. I've spent a lot of time in Thailand, and have little patience for so-so attempts. Coming from Montreal, I just KNOW you guys have some hidden gems.

In fact, if you know of any good Malaysian/Indonesian joints too, I'll be eternally grateful.
Have car, will travel.

Fill me in...please!


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  1. Robert Lauriston RE: bomobob Apr 28, 2008 12:15 PM

    This topic might be helpful:


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      ceekskat RE: bomobob Apr 28, 2008 01:38 PM


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        kickboyface RE: bomobob Apr 30, 2008 06:25 AM

        hey bomo,

        hit your posting on a fluke google blog search and registered just so i could answer the question ...

        the SF bay area has 6,000,000 people, of which over 30% are some form of asian. you'll find a myriad of great asian food out here. the best thai in the immediate area is, as one post suggested, krung thai (essentially it's 280 & winchester). i like the "new" one (nearby to there), my foodie friend likes the old one.

        malaysian is harder to find (but not impossible). there's a good one in campbell (can't remember the same this second), and probably the best one in america in san francisco (< 100 km to the north -- i also can't remember the name).

        the sushi out here is of a standard that the japanese organize sushi tours to the bay area from japan -- the preparation expertise is as good, and the fish is better (remembering what the water in tokyo bay is like).

        you'll love it here,

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          Hapa Dude RE: bomobob Apr 30, 2008 01:07 PM

          Thai Pepper in Sunnyvale has good Thai food and good portions too. I only go there for lunch so I can't comment on the dinner menu, but hopefully it is the same quality if not better.
          103 E Fremont Ave
          Sunnyvale, CA 94087
          (408) 739-7717

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            danielmaung RE: bomobob Apr 30, 2008 02:01 PM

            Krung Thai is probably the best one in the area. They have two locations and we like
            the old location better. Just be careful when you ask for extra spicy - they have often
            made the food so spicy that my taste buds took an hour to recover.

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              bomobob RE: danielmaung May 5, 2008 05:44 AM

              Thanks you guys.
              Seems like Krung Thai is the almost unanimous winner in this category. We'll definitely have to give it a try. Extra spicy is good.

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              Claudette RE: bomobob May 5, 2008 12:10 PM

              Krung Thai is my fave, too, but Olarn Thai is a little mom-and-pop closer to you in Cupertino: http://www.olarnthaicuisine.com/

              Banana Leaf in Milpitas is very good Malaysian. It's a quick drive on 237 as long as you don't attempt it during rush hour (weekdays 4-7pm). http://www.bananaleaf-usa.com/

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                smlee RE: bomobob May 5, 2008 09:15 PM

                Another vote for Krung Thai. But if you don't want to drive too far, there's a couple of decent Thai places in/around Cupertino. Olarn Thai & Thai Delight are both in Cupertino & pretty good.

                For Malaysian/Indonesian food, Layang Layang in SJ (on the Cupertino border) is yummy. I've noticed though that my Indonesian/Singaporean friends really like it here, but my Malaysian friends prefer Spice Islands in Mountain View.

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                  smlee RE: smlee May 5, 2008 09:19 PM

                  forgot to mention..."drive too far" (Cupertino to Krung Thai) = 10-15min w/o traffic & 20-35min w/ traffic. Post-kid, I've gotten too lazy/busy to drive that far for Thai food, and I used to drive an hour to get Ethiopian food when I was college.

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