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May 11, 2009 10:12 AM

Wondee Siam - What to order?

Hey everyone,

Going to Wondee Siam tonight for the first time. What do you recommend I order? From the other posts I read it seems like their may be a more authentic menu that is in Thai? Please fill me in.

Thanks in advance!

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  1. No-one replied to this, so I think I'll post here. I went to Wondee for the first time tonight, and I had possibly my best-ever Thai meal in Manhattan, almost certainly my best in the last 15 years or so. I told the waiter that we like not very sweet and Thai style. We got an excellent Yum Talay (seafood salad), the day's fish special (deep-fried red snapper with sweet/chili sauce), and a generous appetizer portion of pork with fresh turmeric/lemongrass sauce, an enthusiastic recommendation from the waiter (he said it was awesome, and it was in fact great). My only slight criticism is that the red snapper wasn't entirely fresh, but hey, it's July 4, so they couldn't have gotten it fresh today. The seafood in the salad (squid, scallops, mussels) tasted very fresh, which I presume is because it was frozen or on ice (a good thing). Everything was sneaky spicy - moderate at first, but ended up buzzing our mouths. The lemongrass was very fresh and all easily edible. Just an excellent meal, with delicious, balanced flavors. We parted with the waiter on friendly terms, with him telling us he hopes to see us soon and will recommend more Thai-style dishes for us. We told him we will indeed see him soon.

    One word of advice, relevant to exchef's question: Our waiter told us that if you want Thai style, you need to say that right away when ordering, because they cook very differently for Thai style than for non-Thai style. So while I can't go through a list of dishes to order, I can definitely recommend that those who can handle a good dose of chili should say they want Thai style dishes.

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    1. re: Pan

      Thanks, this is very good to know, after many up-and-down reports from the various Wondees. Which location did you try?

      1. re: squid kun

        The original one, I think, on the west side of 9th Av. between 52nd and 53rd.

    2. From the "secret" menu or whatever they're calling the small plastic menu that sits on the table, get the dried pork salad with broccoli leaves. It's amazing!

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      1. Here's a link to the "Secret Thai Menu" and some reco's from it:

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        1. re: D...DF

          Thanks D...DF. It should help those seeking the real Thai stuff. I went there with Thai friends and I was surprised how good it was. Better than Sripraphai when Sri is having a bad day. But I suspect ordering Thai-style and off the special menu is key. We had pak grapaw moo (pork w/ chili and basil) and penang curry that I recall being very good.

        2. If they still have the soft shell crab special, definitely order it with the sweet/spicy mango sauce.

          1. Never will I order from the regular menu again. I ordered the Yum Moo Yang (Spicy Pork Salad) for lunch today. It was incredible. Spicy, big, and flavorful.