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Jun 20, 2009 08:25 PM

Muang Thai

I'm just gonna throw this out there.... best pad thai in austin.

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  1. Ok, I'll bite. I've had seven or eightof their twenty nine lunch options but haven[t had the pad thai. I always feel like I'm selling out when I order pad thai. But that's stupid, because pad thai is a great dish.

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    1. re: rudeboy

      I know.... it's like going to an Italian place and ordering the spaghetti and meatballs, right?
      But, I happen to really enjoy a good plate of chicken pad thai. For the first time in Austin I've found a place that actually bothers to put all the little goodies on there too (bean sprouts, grated carrots, chopped peanuts, green onions, and a lime wedge).... that's how it was made when i first fell in love with it many years ago in SF at a place called "Phuket".

    2. Bloody Hammer

      Where is Muang Thai located?

      How is the yom nua?



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      1. re: scrumptiouschef

        It's in the former Sea Droagon location on 183 and 620.

        Ambiance is OK. Staff is really nice, little Buddhist shrine in the dormer. Haven't had the beef salad yet.

        Prices are fine - there are some specialty dishes on the dinner menu that I'd like to try. The onyl problem is that they are trying ti limit credit cards to two per table. I don't mind this at all, as I usually carry cash. Even though it is lame for lunch people to all pay with their own credit cards, it's just how it is.

        1. re: scrumptiouschef

          the pad thai is all i have tried so far.
          the prices seemed good to average.
          i'm not a big ambiance guy but it's a nice looking place.

        2. Went there for lunch today since I needed to make a stop at Strait Music next door. Staff was extremely nice. I must have missed the lunch crowd, as I was one of two tables in the place at around 1:30. Service was very friendly and attentive. I had the Monsoon Rolls (Thai Spring Rolls with Shrimp : $3.95 for 2) and the Guey Tiew Neur Puey lunch special (rice noodle soup with stewed beef, bean sprouts, scallions, fried garlic and cilantro : $6:95) The soup was pretty good and a large portion(similar to a large pho.) The broth was very rich and dark and had a french onion soup feel to it. Very deep flavor. The beef was brisket or chuck, and it was very tender and flavorful. Quite tasty overall.

          The monsoon rolls were also good, although the shrimp we're a little tired and I suspect they were thawed packaged precooked shrimp. The veggies in the monsoon roll were top notch though. Clean, crisp, and the flavors of the mint and cilantro came though nicely. A little chili paste to the peanut sauce was all it needed. I would get this again, but I would get the tofu version instead of the shrimp version. My fav spring rolls in town are still Sunflower's, but these are a respectable effort.

          Also, since I got the lunch special , I received a complimentary cup of Tom Yum Gai. It was also pretty good, with chunks of tomato, onion, mushroom, and chicken. The signature sour taste from the lime leaves and lemongrass was there.

          This place was good enough that I will come back to try some of the other dishes.

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          1. re: Homero

            Great to see you back on the boards. I may have to check this place out just to see you posting.

            1. re: amykragan

              Went again today (Sunday the 5th) and they STILL serve the best chicken pad thai in Austin. They are 3 for 3 in my experience. Maybe next time I'll force myself to order something different.

              tried the fried egg rolls (vegetable) today too and they were fantastic.

          2. I went there for takeout and found it all kind of bland.
            Even my masaman curry seemed under seasoned, or maybe there was too much coconut milk in it. But the beef was really tender.
            I prefer Thamnak, but I'm willing to give this place one more try.

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            1. re: MyySharona

              who else do you think has good masaman curry? I love it at titayas. Madam mam's is ok.

              1. re: ieathereforeiam

                I've really enjoyed the masaman at Titaya's, Thai Kitchen, and Thamnak. The places that start with T, apparently.
                Really tasty, mild, but still with enough of a kick to remind you that you ARE eating a curry.
                And Muang's version could have been pinkish coconut milk with some onions in it.

            2. Tried it yesterday and will go back. The soup of the day (complimentary) was very flavorful with a light broth and ground chicken meatballs & bok choy.
              The Thai dumplings were "ok" seemed a little bit doughy, but the toasted garlic on top was a nice touch.
              I had the chicken pad thai based on hammer's rec. and wont' get it again. Too sweet for my taste, but a huge portion. Lots of other lunch specials around $7 that I'll go back to check out.
              I was the first one there at 11:15 and there were 2 other tables filled when I left. Of course, it was the Monday after a 3-day weekend for most folks.

              They do have a sign in the window that says BYO wine so might be a good dinner spot.

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              1. re: amykragan

                Hmmmmm "too sweet". I hadn't noticed it being overly sweet but I suppose that's fairly subjective. Sorry you didn't like it but I'm glad you tried it. One of the things I like about it (compared to other places) is that it's not dripping in sauce. I like that the sauce has all soaked into the noodles rather than pooling up on the bottom of the plate. I do doctor it up some with the dried chili flakes they set on the table... maybe that offsets some of the sweetness?