Dishes at Rod Dee Thai
My wife and I went to Rod Dee Thai last night and it wasn't bad but not great.
I believe that we ordered the wrong things also didn't help that there displayed menu and there printed menu where slightly different. So whats good there???
Hows the green papaya salad?
One thing I always insist on getting here, without fail, is the beef salad (Yum Neau). It's a little on the pricier side of things at around $11 but is akin to crack-cocaine. There's lots of fish sauce in this one, but also lots of lime juice and spices, which balances everything out beautifully. Really a favorite. The wife is also a huge fan of their Pad Kee Mao with chicken, which is a flat noodle dish. I wasn't as big a fan as she is, but am turning around to it. We usually tend to round out our order with a curry dish - the current fav being the Choo Chee curry with duck. You'll have enough for 6 people eating until stuffed with these three dishes, or enough for a weekends worth of food for two at only around $30. Insanely good cheap eats in my opinion!
I mention in another post the steamed chicken over rice, you wouldn't be tempted from the description or even a pic, but it's fantastic (Thursdays only, and includes winter melon soup). Any of the noodle dishes are good from my experience, Rod Dee noodles, pad kee mao, pad see you (I almost never get pad thai so as to balance out the masses who only order this!). Their gaprows are great, and almost anything from the specials board I think. Also be sure to specify if you prefer spicy (or Thai-style) or they may tone it down and sweeten it for "American tastes".
Kao Soi is a typical and popular dish from Northern Thailand, and it usually includes wheat noodles (sometimes fried first, like "chow mein" though I hate to compare them), a spicy curry sauce with coconut, pickled/fermented cabbage, and other ingredients (chicken, scallion, sprouts, etc.). possibly from the older times when the Capital was in the North, though not sure of the pedigree. Good stuff! I ate if often in Chiang Mai. Kind of a noodle soup but not really.....
By the way, if you like the idea of Royal Cuisine from Thailand, check out the cookbook (much more than a cookbook) by David Thompson called, simply, "Thai Food". It is truly excellent and beautiful.
Another vote for Pad Kee Mao. I also prefer it with chicken. It's always good, but sometimes it's just amazing: you get that grilled, slightly burnt taste on the noodles, and not too oily like it can be. And the vegetable combo is better when they use broccolini or other bitter greens. When all the stars are aligned, it's fantastic.
I lived about a block away from Rod Dee for just over two years, and probably ate there 100 times. Highly recommend:
Pad Thai - maybe the best I've had
Pad See You - wide flat rice noodles, chinese broccoli, egg, and meat (I like it with chicken and sometimes request it spicy)
Pad Kra Pao - ground meat of your choice (I like chicken or pork), bell peppers, jalapenos, basil, and a sweet, sour, and spicy sauce
Indonesian Fried Rice - spicy curried chicken fried rice with jalapenos, crispy chicken, fried egg, and sweet and sour dipping sauce
Boat noodle soup - amazing beef noodle soup with steak, meatballs, noodles, bok choy, and a sweet, sour, and spicy beef broth
spicy crispy chicken with basil - crispy fried chicken pieces, jalapenos, basil, sweet, sour and spicy brown sauce
golden triangles - crispy, fried, full of curried potatoes, peas and carrots
Man I miss Rod Dee! They have a pretty respectable website, particularly for a little ethnic joint.