Kao Soy - Sonoma County [moved from Ca. board: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/389173#5400652
Yes, there is good Kao Soy in Norcal. Lynn's Thai in Cotati, in Sonoma County, offers excellent Kao Soy. Creamy, noodly, spicy deliciousness. Lynn's husband Lim, who is the chef, is from Chaing Mai, and his version, like everything on the menu, is made fresh with good ingredients. I have never had a bad dish there. Try the Pad Thai and Rolls of paradise too. There are other dishes from Northern Thailand on the menu as well.
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Fell upon this restaurant on my way back to the freeway a couple of weeks ago. We stopped to get a cold soft drink to quench a thirst brought on by a very warm day. Ended up wandering inside Lynn's to get a bite to eat, where we were pleasantly surprised by the quality of the food. I wish I had posted about it at the time because now I can only remember the specifics of a couple of our dishes. We started with an order of salt and pepper calamari, which was refreshingly tender to the bite, although I'm always a lot happier when there are tentacles and there were none. I can't recall my own main dish, but my husband had the ginger chicken salad and was quite enthusiastic about it.
The highlight was a dessert of mango and sticky rice, which was a last minute decision to order after hearing a discussion about it at another table. Given the option of black or white sticky rice, we ordered the black (it's rare to see it on a menu). The mango was at the perfect point of ripeness, with a tiny hint of sour which only highlighted the intense sweetness. The rice was fantastic--sweet from the coconut milk, nutty, and perfectly al dente. I could have happily had a 2nd order of it, if only I had room. I've thought about the dish many times since.
I'm not in the Cotati area very often, and I don't think I would hop in the car just to go there, but I'm very glad to have found it. The server was Lynn, and her husband popped out at one point. We had a great conversation about food they enjoyed when they are in San Francisco. They are fans of Burmese food, as it turns out, and didn't know about Burmese Kitchen, so it felt good to be able to (hopefully) turn them on to that. All in all, a great chowhound type of experience--a little place in a strip mall with an entirely unrevealing name turned out to have some genuinely tasty, fresh, well-prepared food. Yay!
re: Melanie Wong
Melanie, to put the restaurant in perspective, I do not feel it is the same category as Lers Ros or Thai House Express in San Francisco. The menu seems to be written with an eye to folks who are generally either unfamliar with Thai food, or are comfortable only with pad thai. Having said that, they did a great job in terms of fresh ingredients, friendly service, and a really exceptional dessert.
Thai House Express
901 Larkin St, San Francisco, CA 94109
I stopped there today for lunch and had the ginger chicken salad. It was delicious, with lots of small bits of chicken, red onions, cabbage, lettuce, and lots more tossed with a very good spicy dressing. All very fresh. I'll be stopping again to try some other things.