Thai House Express downhill?
Over the weekend, I had a disappointing meal at Thai House Express (Larkin). The broth of the pork leg stew noodle soup had less depth than I remembered, and it was served lukewarm. Pad kee mao noodles had no char on them and had a reddish sauce and a sweetness I hadn't noticed on previous visits.
Perhaps regular chefs weren't cooking over Christmas weekend? Or has the departure of one (or more? not sure of the story) of the chefs for Chai Thai meant that THE no longer stands out?
That's a shame. I haven't visited in about six months, but I'd found the Larkin outpost to be fairly consistent--the Castro location had seemed to have more fluctuation in quality and preparation.
Maybe it was just a bad day or not the usual cook over the holiday week, like you said?
Thai House Express
901 Larkin St, San Francisco, CA 94109
Have been twice in the last three months. Had Pad Kee Mao both times- very hot, nice char, some sweetness (many recipes call for a little bit of sugar which enhances the wok char taste). Once had pork leg stew a la carte and was the best we've had. Second time had the pork leg noodle stew soup and it wasn't as good as before but still tasty. I think perhaps it just depends on where the stock is at that point? None of the other dishes led us to believe there were any issues to be worried about.
I don't remember Pad Kee Mao being red at THE, that is for certain. Our visits were end of October and beginning of December.
I was just at the Castro location last week and had the pad kee mao and pork leg (not in soup) plus a beef dish from the specials. Everything was spicy and very fresh (we did ask for things to be spicy though). The pad kee mao definitely didn't have a red sauce on it, could they have brought you pad thai by mistake?