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thai food ordering question

alkapal Jan 15, 2009 05:09 PM

how should i ask for pad kee mao to get the noodles charred on the edges with caramelization from the sauce in the super-hot wok. i now ask for "well-done." is there a better way to describe my preference to a thai server?

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  1. bitsubeats RE: alkapal Jan 15, 2009 05:13 PM

    perhaps ask for extra wok hei? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wok

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    1. re: bitsubeats
      alkapal RE: bitsubeats Jan 15, 2009 05:17 PM

      wok "hay" or wok "hi"? how do i pronounce?

      1. re: alkapal
        bitsubeats RE: alkapal Jan 15, 2009 05:34 PM

        hmm my reply got deleted? I'm not chinese, but I've heard it pronounced wok"hay"

        Then again you have to wonder if the Thai server understands Cantonese

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          ThaiNut RE: bitsubeats Jan 16, 2009 06:25 AM

          Alkapal,
          You're not going to like this answer. My Thai wife says that the noodles in Phad Khii Maw are not supposed to come out charred and with a lot of carmelization. If they do come out that way, the cook screwed up. I just looked at the Phad Khii Maw recipe in a new Thai-language cookbook that I brought back from Bangkok last month and though it does say to turn the heat to high when the noodles go in the wok, it also says to stir-fry them only briefly enough to get them hot and well mixed with the other stuff. Below is a line of Thai text that asks that the noodles be cooked a little longer than normal.
          ขอผัดก๋วยเตี๋ยวนานหน่อย
          Also, my wife thinks that if they use medium sized noodles instead of the wide noodles that Phad Khii Maw normally calls for you might get them a little more well done and with some charring. The below line of text asks them to substitute medium sized noodles for the big ones. Good luck.
          ขอใช้เส้นเล็กแทนเส้นใหญ่

          1. re: ThaiNut
            alkapal RE: ThaiNut Jan 16, 2009 06:19 PM

            hooo, boooo hoooo, thainut! i did not like that! ;-(.

            i'm happy though that maw is not mao. thanks, though. i like 'em with caramelization bits!

          2. re: bitsubeats
            k
            KTinNYC RE: bitsubeats Jan 17, 2009 05:10 AM

            You're right, wok hay is the proper pronunciation and you are right that there is no expectation to have your Thai server or cook understand this term.

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