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Thai Crispy Chicken Basil

crisp444 Jul 7, 2008 08:26 PM

I have been living in New York for about a year now and have yet to find the delicious and spicy crispy chicken basil that is served at one of my favorite Thai restaurants in Boston. The name of the restaurant is Nud Pob and it is right across the street from Boston University on Commonwealth Avenue. If anyone has eaten this dish and can recommend to me a place ANYWHERE in New York City where I can find it, I will be extremely grateful! I have had some good Thai meals here in NYC but have never found anything that resembles the tantalizingly spicy and flavorful dish for which I am searching. Thank you in advance.

  1. c
    crisp444 Aug 31, 2008 05:22 PM

    So I tried Sripraphai this afternoon and it was hands down the best Thai food that I've had in NYC. The food was absolutely delectable and I am thrilled to report that the crispy basil pork is exactly what I wanted (I'm sure they could have done chicken but I just decided to go with the pork instead). The other things my friend and I shared were the crispy catfish salad, drunken noodles, and crab and pork rolls. I will definitely be back!

    1. t
      the_state Aug 6, 2008 01:45 PM

      there's a thai place on court street in cobble hill called Chili i think that does crispy chicken basil. i had it once, was pretty good but it was a lil too heavy for me.

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      1. re: the_state
        crisp444 Aug 7, 2008 06:25 AM

        Wow. That's right near where I live and I believe is the only Thai restaurant around there that I have not tried! Thanks for the info.

      2. c
        crisp444 Aug 6, 2008 11:46 AM

        Thank you everyone for the replies! I will have to try I Am Thai and Poodam out in Queens. I will give you guys an update and let you know if this is what I'm looking for.

        1. w
          Widmark Aug 5, 2008 09:25 AM

          Just noticed I am Thai in sunnyside has some sort of crispy chicken dish.

          1. hatless Aug 5, 2008 08:21 AM

            Zabb Queens (in JH) and Poodam's both do very good crispy pork basil (not to be confused with the regular pork), and if you look sincere when you ask for stuff Thai-hot at Poodam's, it's downright incendiary and delicious.

            Maybe if you ask them do do chicken the same way as the crispy pork, they can put something together.

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            1. re: hatless
              crisp444 Aug 6, 2008 11:40 AM

              Widmark: thank you so much. The crispy pork basil (maybe I could substitute the crispy chicken for that) seems to be exactly what I'm looking for. The funny thing is that I never had to ask for "extra hot" or give special instructions to get it spicy like I have to do pretty much EVERYWHERE in NYC. I guess the business owners here just play it safe and cater to a more European/Western palate unless the customer specifies otherwise.

              1. re: crisp444
                Widmark Aug 6, 2008 12:37 PM

                for the record, that was hatless w/ the Poodam's rec. I've eaten there once and enjoyed it though.

                1. re: Widmark
                  crisp444 Aug 7, 2008 06:27 AM

                  Widmark: I realize I credited you instead of him/her, so thank you, hatless!

            2. chompchomp Jul 8, 2008 07:56 AM

              I've had spicy chili basil pork and duck at several places in NYC -- Zabb Thai, Sripraphai, Pam Real Thai -- and I'm sure they all have chicken too. I think it's often called Pad Kra Prow on menus.

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              1. re: chompchomp
                bhill Jul 8, 2008 09:21 AM

                Kra Prow is standard at all Thai restaurants. I believe what crisp is looking for is the variation that uses chunks of fried chicken... not unlike general tso's, but usually not battered as heavily. I've had it in San Francisco but have never seen it here either.

                1. re: bhill
                  crisp444 Aug 3, 2008 02:04 PM

                  Thanks for the replies so far. I really haven't found really spicy Thai food here in NYC and I have eaten at a variety of places. Whenever I have ordered the Kra Prow, the chicken is not fried and even though it may be described as "spicy," to my palate it is very mild and tastes quite different than the variation I described in my original post. Do you think that I could request that they fry the chicken pieces and then make it EXTRA spicy at Sripraphai?

                  1. re: crisp444
                    Widmark Aug 3, 2008 07:14 PM

                    I've never seen chicken fried that way when ordering chicken basil at any thai place I've been to in NYC. The chicken basil at Sripraphai is ground up usually, unless you ask otherwise.

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