Can you eat non-spicy at Sripraphai?
We've got a little group that has been wanting to try Sripraphai but one of us doesn't like spicy. What's good there that's not hot?
You can definitely tell them not spicy, and, in my limited experience, often "spicy" isn't spicy. The fried watercress salad is wonderful and not spicy, and I think the various soft shell crab dishes can be not spicy and also very good.
In my experience, the fried watercress salad is a spicy dish. It's not like swallowing a handful of hot peppers, mind you, but it's the type of dish where the heat sneaks up on you amongst the other layers of flavor and texture.
I would recommend asking about their noodle soups as well, which I haven't yet delved into at Sripraphai. I suggest this, though, because I had an outstanding Chicken Noodle Soup at Nusara just this past weekend, a non-spicy dish that included flat mee fun noodles, chunks of chicken and chicken skin, fresh fish balls and cakes, sprouts, and was topped off by fried bits of garlic in a subtle but wonderful broth. I would be curious to try a similar noodle soup at Sripraphai.
We go with our kids often to SRI and they don't order any spicy dishes. Among others, try:
the steamed dumplings, very, very good.
the pad thai
fried shrimp wrapped in wonton skins
Some of the fried rice dishes.
Also, they generally seem responsive to spice requests. Have fun. We have become SRI addicts over the past year or so.
re: Miss Needle
the pad thai at sri is not very good.
my kids love spicy food, but when we go with other adults or kids who don't like spicy,we often order:
the BBQ pork app
pad see yew
crispy pork with chinese broccoli
pork or shrimp with garlic and pepper
chicken with cashew nuts
chicken with ginger
there's a menu for sri somewhere online (bridge and tunnel club?) check it out and you'll see that there's plenty.
also, IMHO, someone who doesn't like spicy food would consider the fried watercress salad spicy.
be careful with salads...we've ordered the papaya and mango salads and asked for them to be mild, and they're often still pretty spicy.
I went last night and had the Thai vegetable salad (the standard Thai salad but better than anywhere else I've ever tried) and the Chinese broccoli with crispy pork, which is a bit like Chinese roast pig but with a substantial portion of broccoli, which I prefer. This was a completely non-spicy meal, although I do prefer their spicy dishes.
You could try one of my favorite Thai street foods - the beef noodle soup with dark or light broth (I prefer light). The heat is added by what condiments you add or don't add. Thai style fried rice would also be like this, in that it is only spicy if you add the fish sauce/pepper mix onto the rice.