Bangkok Thai Deli Revisited - Recs?
After an underwhelming first visit, the wife and I are returning on Friday.
I've tried the Tom Kha Kai and the Beef stir fry w/ Basil.
What's good there lately? HuaGung, any tips?
Their version of Naam Tok Nuea is the best in the cities by a long shot. I have to get it every time.
The wife and I are fond of the Hoi Jor appetizer, which is pork, crab meat, and a few other tasty tidbits. Foureyes rec on the Neua Nam Tok is a great one too. If you like strong curries (no coconut milk variety) try the Gaeng Bha, known as Jungle Curry in other restaurants. It is generally served VERY spicy. Order it with the meat of your choice. We like it with pork or shrimp.
Other favs include the DooDee noodle soup, and Khao Moo Daeng Moo Grob (red roast pork on rice with crispy pork belly).
Hope you enjoy your meal.
Just got back from a fine meal. The steamy warm restaurant was a welcome antidote to the miserable weather. It's hard not to love the space. A cosmopolitan feel with a homey touch.
We wanted to begin with the Thai sausage appetizer, but they were out tonight, so onto the mains. Wife had pad thai, and I started with the beef Nam Tok. I also tried to follow HuaGung's recommendations, but I was confronted with both Ka Na Moo Grob and Khao Moo Dang (Gaeng Bha wasn't on the menu). I went with the former.
No one would ever mistake the Nam Tok for a bland dish. There is a LOT going on here, and the full suite of Thai flavors are on display. Ordering it spicy really turned up the volume. They don't mess around. At one point, the back of my jaw went numb. This was a winner, though I found myself wanting a bit more cilantro.
Whether or not I picked the right pork dish, what I got was excellent. Crispy pork belly and Chinese broccoli, stir-fried in a savory oyster sauce. The simple dish had a lot of depth, and plenty of heat. I was reminded a bit of the boiled beef with szechuan hot sauce at Tea House.
The wife's pad thai was as good as last time. At $24, this place is obviously one of the best values in the city, and the low prices encourage experimentation.
I'm glad we gave this a second chance, and we'll definitely be back.
Honestly, the owner of the restaurant says even if something is not on the menu, she'll make it. I sometimes go and tell her what I"m in the mood for "soup and seafood" or "spicy with noodles," etc. and then she whips something together of her own accord. They are always very good.
Not sure you can request to talk with the owner, but if you can, then that's my suggestion.
I always have liked the Pho Special. It isn't like a soup that does tricks and sings, but it always satisfies my appetite and hunt for something delectable.