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Can you eat non-spicy at Sripraphai?

empka Jun 25, 2008 06:28 PM

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?

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  1. MMRuth Jun 25, 2008 06:37 PM

    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.

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      yt28 Jun 25, 2008 06:58 PM

      Buried somewhere in the middle of that thread is a discussion on non-spicy food at Sri. I like the fried watercress salad and the pork with mustard greens.

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      1. re: yt28
        empka Jun 25, 2008 07:14 PM

        Thanks - both that discussion and the additional link within were helpful - though I tend to agree that sometimes even things marked "non-spicy" on the menu are often spicier than my friend tolerates... if anyone has particular recommendations, I've love to hear them

        1. re: yt28
          Polecat Jun 26, 2008 09:29 AM

          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.

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          comiendosiempre Jun 25, 2008 08:25 PM

          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 satays.
          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.

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          1. re: comiendosiempre
            Miss Needle Jun 26, 2008 06:48 AM

            Just wanted to mention that Srip is not known for their pad thai. I haven't had it, but many posters have been very disappointed.

            1. re: Miss Needle
              missmasala Jun 26, 2008 07:30 PM

              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 sate
              the BBQ pork app
              fried tofu
              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.

          2. janie Jun 25, 2008 08:34 PM

            Chive Dumplings, Chicken Satay, alot of non spicy options on the vegetarian menu

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            1. re: janie
              LNG212 Jun 27, 2008 09:21 AM

              I agree. The chive dumplings were great but totally not spicy. I order off the vegetarian menu and I ask for spicy and it never comes spicy enough. So my guess is that the vegetarian menu items are just naturally non-spicy.

              1. re: LNG212
                Miss Needle Jun 27, 2008 11:32 AM

                I wonder if that has anything to do with Buddhism. You're supposed to avoid or limit items that cause "desire" like hot chile peppers.

            2. Astoria Lurker Jun 26, 2008 06:59 AM

              The crispy pork with Chinese Broccoli, not spicy but oh so good.

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                Widmark Jun 26, 2008 07:27 AM

                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.

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                  LloydG Jun 27, 2008 08:32 AM

                  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.

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                  1. re: LloydG
                    dhs Jun 27, 2008 12:18 PM

                    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.

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