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Jun 13, 2009 12:28 PM
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Salted Crab/Mango Salad at Ayada in Elmhurst

Seriously, this is the best new Thai place in Elmhurst/Jackson Heights. Me and my wife try to go at least 3 times a week. The best dish in my opinion is the mango salad with salted crab. The crab is not cooked, but don't be scared- the crab is salt and citrus cured. SOO good. AND ITS BYOB!! yeay

Ayada
77-08 Woodside Ave
Elmhurst Ny 11373

open 7 days a week

r,v to elmhurst ave or e,f,r,v,7 to roosevelt ave

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        1. not mango, should be green papaya. and yes, I love that dish!

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          1. re: bigjeff

            Ayada rocks seriously hard. Next to Srip, it's my fave these days.

            1. re: bigjeff

              Didn't love that particular dish, had it with the papaya. I much prefer the salads at Sri. However look under the fish section there are a handful of offerings, but only 1 steamed fish. Order it and thank me later, wish I could explain better: Was a whole steamed bass with a thin spicy green (garlic?) sauce on the side. I liked this one dish better than anything I've had at Sri, but overall my meals at sri have been better. I'll definitely go back tho, not fare to compare after only 1 trip. Man that fish was great. Mock Duck was good too.

              1. re: bigjeff

                icelandadam; apologies! my memory failed; went to ayada last night and saw that they have the salt crab served with both green papaya as well as green mango. wonder if there is any difference in the salad aside from the main ingredient, prep-wise. I just know som-tam as the green papaya version, would like to know the name of the mango version.

              2. We tried Ayada a couple of weeks ago. It was very good but, so far, we still like Sripraphai better. We got the salted/cured crab with mango salad, the sour curry with omelette, and the steamed fish (sea bass). All of these dishes were delicious at first, but curiously, I quickly got a little tired of them, which doesn't usually happen at Srip. I would have liked more mango salad with the crabs. The sour curry definitely seems "authentic" to me, because I ate some very similar curries in Thailand. (In particular, it reminded me of curries I ate in a Hmong village in Sangkhlaburi.) But, like those curries, it didn't have quite the same complexity of flavor as some other varieties, but maybe I just have more of a taste for more southern-style curries made with coconut milk. The fish was very good but some parts of it seemed a tiny bit understeamed. It was spiced nicely. The staff was very friendly.