True Thai - MSP
We're thinking of going to True Thai on Friday. I've been there numerous times, but have only ordered their curries. I may do that again on Friday, because they're so good, but I'm also curious about their other dishes. What are some of their non-curry specialties that you'd recommend?
The wok-fried ginger and the pad see yew are standouts. I'm also a big fan of the sticky beef appetizer.
I really like the Stir-fried Sukiyaki noodles. I love that they are slightly spicy, highly flavorful and not too sweet, however you do have to like fish sauce to like them as that flavor is much more pronounced in this dish than in most other Thai dishes served around here.
You know, I have been less impressed by this place the last few times I've been there. I had a chicken curry a few weeks ago that tasted like the chicken had sat in the freezer for too long.
I can tell you to skip the pad thai and the cashew appetizer. The pad thai is serviceable but not outstanding. The cashew app is not spicy - just warm. Chiang Mai Thai's cashews are much better - in fact, it's the only thing there I consistently like.
My husband loves the purple yam appetizer. Me, I think it's best for 3 or 4 people to share - I like eating one or two pieces, but it's rich and filling. The dipping sauce is really sweet, so I spice it up with a big squirt of Sriracha (or something hot).
I like their salads - especially the papaya salad and the laab (ground meat) salad. They're both crunchy and tangy and full of interesting flavors. (I usually order them "medium" - the mild is too bland for me, and the hot is way too hot for me.) I once had the catfish salad with mango, and liked it, but I generally avoid fried food (the catfish pieces are fried).
And I really liked "My Mother's Salmon" - very tasty sauce, though quite sweet and gloppy (in a good way). My husband talked me into ordering it mild - I think medium would have been more interesting.
I think I've had the tilapia in tri-colored sauce, and I think I liked it, but my memory is hazy. Chances are it wasn't memorable because it was ordered mild (there's a trend, here!) and I think tilapia is kinda boring.
I wasn't wild about the pineapple fried rice. Too sweet, with not enough interesting flavors going on. (Again, I think it was ordered mild.)
Hope you enjoy your dinner!
I have to agree with galewskj . I haven't been impressed lately. The last two times have been a huge disappointment. I stopped there for some pad thai about a month ago and ordered it medium spicy and they clearly forgot to add any spice, it was very bland. Normally not a big deal but this was a take out order so it wasn't as easy to spice it up. Then I met a friend for dinner a couple weeks ago and ordered the Rama Spinach Curry with Roasted Peanut, with chicken and the chicken tasted like it was heated in the microwave. Very rubbery. With so many better Thai choices in the Twin Cities, I'm not sure i'll be back anytime soon.
It turns out we probably won't be going there after all. Our guest went there once and didn't like it, so I'm going to pick somewhere else. I'm thinking Midori's, Birchwood, or Brasa - the first two place I love but haven't been for awhile and the last I've always wanted to try.
I have the same problem - I always get the Sweet Green Curry because it's so delicious. The one time I tried something else, I was disappointed, so now I'm even more inclined to stick with my usual dish.
The something else I tried was their Pad Thai, which was almost sickeningly sweet. Good for a few bites, but I wouldn't want to eat any more than that.