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Tuk Tuk Thai (North Beach) tips

felice Jul 15, 2008 03:46 PM

Tuk Tuk Thai has been open for most of this year but since there is little coverage on chowhound I thought I'd add my tips. I live in the neighborhood so I've been there several times - it'll do in a jiffy since Thai House Express is farther away. The only dishes I've tried that I thought were above average/excellent were the bamboo shoot salad and the chicken satay. I asked for the bamboo shoot salad very spicy and they delivered. There were plenty of herbs and ground rice powder. The chicken satay was the best I've had outside of Thailand. The chicken is very thin and well-seasoned, served with good peanut sauce and the requisite cucumber accompaniment. I find that at most Thai places the chicken satay would be more appropriately called "chicken on a skewer with Thai spices", so this is a refreshingly good version.

  1. Xiao Yang Jul 16, 2008 07:57 AM

    Thanks, but can you expand your tips a bit and tell us what dishes you consider average/acceptable as well? It's also my neighborhood, and I wouldn't necesssarily want to make a meal of just those two items.

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    1. re: Xiao Yang
      Robert Lauriston Jul 16, 2008 09:45 AM

      At the original in Berkeley (which I go to only late at night after better places have closed), my favorite dish is the BBQ pork, unless they've run out of the pickled cabbage and substitute just lettuce--usually I ask for all cabbage instead of 50-50. Some of the curries are decent, papaya salad is OK. Haven't been happy with their noodles.

      1. re: Xiao Yang
        felice Jul 16, 2008 09:46 AM

        I've tried their pad thai, pad see ew, and another rice vermicelli dish and they were all okay. I would try some other items before ordering these dishes again.

      2. rworange Jul 15, 2008 11:35 PM

        link

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        Tuk Tuk Thai Cafe
        659 Union St, San Francisco, CA 94133

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