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Asian Mint???

organix May 23, 2010 05:35 PM

Just came back from eating at "Asian Mint" and noticed all of "The Best Of ...." this and that awards posted on the wall.......

Best part about the whole experience is that I am never going back!! An example of a "wanna be" Thai(?) restaurant. Nothing was spicy, we weren't asked if we wanted anything spicy, there was no soy or hot chili sauce on the table, the service was was rude, and wayyyyyy overpriced!!!!

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  1. twinwillow RE: organix May 23, 2010 09:45 PM

    Now you've discovered what many of us already have. Try Royal Thai next time in "Old Town" on Greenville Avenue. Just north of Lovers Lane.
    Excellent Thai cooking.

    Royal Thai
    5500 Greenville Ave Ste 608, Dallas, TX 75206

    1. LewisvilleHounder RE: organix May 24, 2010 07:45 AM

      You can go for Royal Thai but if you want the real stuff save up for a trip to three restaurants across the metroplex:

      Bangkok Orchid in Irving
      Never have met the chef here but the wait staff sure do light up when you ask for the Authentic thai menu dishes.
      Recs - Pad Cha Chicken, Basil Leaves with Catfish Flakes, Grilled Pork with Lime Juice (I believe this is Nam Tok), Fish Nuggets with Red Curry, and Basil Leaves with Crispy Roasted Pork. They also had a special dish on the menu board that was avocado curry. Sounded interesting so I will get that next time.

      Andaman Thai in Denton
      Achava is the chef there and Kanda is his wife both can bang out any request for special dishes or the regular menu is also great. If you want it spicy they will give it to you spicy.

      For recommendations off the regular menu; Nam Prik Ong (Northern Thai Dip), Nam Tok, Larb, Nam Sod, Volcano Catfish, Southern Style Curry (Geang Som - no coconut milk, just turmeric and lime juice, etc), Thai Fried Rice with Garlic Pepper Pork. Here is a special meal I organized

      Jasmine Thai #1 in Plano
      Unfortunately it looks like their website is down. I only go to the one on Spring Creek and Custer (never to the others). Attached are the photos of the Thai Menu you have to ask for it. Ask for Paul and he can translate it for you. The grilled or Fried Prawns are spectacular, the crispy water spinach salad was a crowd favorite, green papaya salad with crab, Southern Yellow Curry (Keang Lang Tay Thai), Thai Herbal Chicken, bataba and Jungle Curry. If you like hot order the Jungle Curry Thai hot and tell me what you think. I think it was not near as hot as the Khua Kling at Andaman in Denton.

      Royal Thai
      5500 Greenville Ave Ste 608, Dallas, TX 75206

      Andaman Thai Restaurant
      508 S Elm St Ste F, Denton, TX 76201

      Spring Creek Restaurants
      1993 N Central Expy, McKinney, TX 75070

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      1. re: LewisvilleHounder
        Scagnetti RE: LewisvilleHounder May 24, 2010 08:41 AM

        LH, as I used to live in that part of town, I've eaten at Royal Thai more times than I can count.

        Now that I'm back in the 'hood, Bangkok Orchid is much closer to me. Would you say that Bangkok Orchid is more of an authentic Thai experience than Royal Thai?

        And to the OP, I've never gotten Asian Mint either.

        Royal Thai
        5500 Greenville Ave Ste 608, Dallas, TX 75206

        1. re: Scagnetti
          LewisvilleHounder RE: Scagnetti May 24, 2010 10:37 AM


          Yes I would say that Bangkok Orchid is more authentic in that they will have some dishes you won't see at any "wanna be" and even some more authentic places. I have been to Royal Thai several times and just have been underwhelmed each time given my experiences at Bangkok Orchid, Anadaman and Jasmine.

          I had Pad Cha both at Bangkok Orchid and Andaman within a week of each other very recently and I preferred the Bangkok Orchid version. Basically the dish is your standard stir fry but special ingredients are krachai and prik thai. Prik Thai is green peppercorns that have been slightly pickled and come still attached to the stem. Krachai is fingerroot or lesser galangal, so a type of ginger. Bangkok Orchid has a more herbaceous flavor from the large amount of krachai and basil. Andaman there were little flecks of the krachai, so I would have preferred more and he likes to fry the thai basil, making it taste flat.


          Restaurants are in the biz to make money and Asian food in Dallas is a hard sell to most people. People like their food tame (2 on the spice scale is pushing it) and sweet. The more authentic Thai dishes are less sugary because of the use of palm sugar vs refined cane sugar. The palm sugar is sweet but it lets the savory aspects of the fish sauce used in the base of the curries and pan sauces to shine a bit. This is just one of many. Another would be the Thai people like their dishes hot for one main reason, it is hot along the equator and thus a spicy dish would make you sweat and sweating in turn would cool you off. This is true of any cuisine around the equator. The more authentic dishes start at a level 3 on a 5 level scale (some dishes can never be tamed down due to the inherent nature of the ingredients, Khua Kling - translates to roaring chilies being one of them


          Sorry if the post sounded like a lesson but not I am not sure of your knowledge of Thai ingredients/cooking. Below is a great recipe website. And Clay's Kitchen website above is great for a list of all the ingredients.


          Royal Thai
          5500 Greenville Ave Ste 608, Dallas, TX 75206

          1. re: LewisvilleHounder
            CocoaNut RE: LewisvilleHounder May 27, 2010 12:27 PM

            To expound a little more on Bangkok, the waitresses are very patient with diners and are willing and (as LH noted) happy to explain any dish - to the point of almost cautioning if they think necessary; ie, my friend was warned, "crispy pork are pork rinds and "most" people don't like it cause it's very hard". That was appreciated, though my friend did order it, ate it, but wouldn't order it again...... because it was very hard. :)

            I've been in there a couple of times and one of those times was a Sat, mid-afternoon and they were unusually *packed* for that time of day on Sat. There was only one person to seat, take orders, serve and cashier. Most anyone else would have been in a frenzy, but this woman remained calm, treating each table as though it were her only table. And thankfully, the patrons remained patient also and began sharing menus, pitcher of water, etc.

            1. re: LewisvilleHounder
              pgwiz1 RE: LewisvilleHounder May 23, 2012 03:26 PM

              have you seen krachai at any of the stores in dallas?

              1. re: pgwiz1
                LewisvilleHounder RE: pgwiz1 May 25, 2012 03:53 AM

                Yes I have...it will be with the pickled items along with the Prik Thai. I got mine at the Vietnamese store in Irving at Rochelle and Beltline....this was a few years ago. I would imagine Hong Kong and the Thai market in Garland would have them both.

        2. twinwillow RE: organix May 24, 2010 03:26 PM

          'Hounder, Your recommendations have always been "spot on" as far as I'm concerned. But for me, Royal Thai is very good and, close enough to me for my occasional Thai meal.

          Royal Thai
          5500 Greenville Ave Ste 608, Dallas, TX 75206

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          1. re: twinwillow
            LewisvilleHounder RE: twinwillow May 24, 2010 06:28 PM

            If you live in the area it is good b/c frankly there isn't but say four or five Thai places in the Uptown/HP/UP/M Streets/Lakewood/SMU area. Royal Thai is the best of that bunch. I used to go there for lunch from Preston Center (where I used to work) to get some sort of Asian food. The area is severly lacking any kind of Vietnamese though, Vietnam would be my only choice.

            Royal Thai
            5500 Greenville Ave Ste 608, Dallas, TX 75206

            1. re: LewisvilleHounder
              J.R. RE: LewisvilleHounder May 25, 2010 12:15 PM

              As far as I'm concerned, there is really no good asian or any sort in the area you stated. I live in that area, but am spoled as my offiece is in East Richardson. Is there anything "in town" that I've missed?

              1. re: J.R.
                luniz RE: J.R. May 25, 2010 12:40 PM

                Oishii seems fairly popular.

                2525 Wycliff Ave, Dallas, TX 75219

                1. re: J.R.
                  LewisvilleHounder RE: J.R. May 25, 2010 01:53 PM

                  I would have to agree Oishii mixes both Vietnamese and a few Japanese dishes. I do know the chef there , Thanh, is from S. Vietnam. If I were going in there I would be pressing him for something special that is a specialty in the South.

                  As far as Thai, Royal Thai is the best followed either by Bangkok City or Bangkok Inn on Oram (Skillman @ Live Oak). I thought Bangkok Inn was a edged out Bangkok City by a slim margin on personal experience.

                  I have heard several rumblings of Thai Noodles and Rice on Fitzhugh in a dodgey area and heard of the monks in the neighborhood dining there. I have never personally stopped in but it looks like the other fast food gloppy prepared restaurants. I would not have high hopes going there. You can be the judge.

                  2525 Wycliff Ave, Dallas, TX 75219

                  Bangkok Inn
                  6033 Oram St, Dallas, TX 75206

                  Royal Thai
                  5500 Greenville Ave Ste 608, Dallas, TX 75206

                  Bangkok City
                  2500 N Central Expy, Plano, TX 75074

                  1. re: LewisvilleHounder
                    twinwillow RE: LewisvilleHounder May 25, 2010 03:28 PM

                    That "dodgy" area on Fitzhugh is changing so rapidly, soon it will be known as, "Yupptown".

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              foiegras RE: organix May 25, 2010 04:46 PM

              I was a bit mystified by Asian Mint too & how it's gotten a good reputation. I had something that was fried in oil that wasn't fresh. The best part of my experience there was the conversation, and luckily we can do that anywhere ...

              I wasn't aware it was meant to be a Thai restaurant tho ... it seemed to be Asian this and Asian that.

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              1. re: foiegras
                amokscience RE: foiegras May 25, 2010 05:19 PM

                I had a few dishes a few years ago that were pretty good. Something with noodles and soup. Haven't been back since learning about Jasmine Thai.

                Oh, they have the *worst* chairs ever.

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                Analisas mom RE: organix May 27, 2010 11:40 AM

                Sorry to hear about your not so great experiece at Asian Mint. I have been there many times and have always thought the food was fantastic. I think thePad Thai is the best in the city. I have also been to the Sister place Mint and really enjoyed it as well.

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                  richardsonchow RE: organix Jun 10, 2010 12:12 PM

                  Just a few miles up the road - check out Thai Soon at Coit and Beltline next time. They bring the heat.

                  Thai Soon Restaurant
                  101 S Coit Rd Ste 401, Richardson, TX 75080

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                  1. re: richardsonchow
                    OCNC RE: richardsonchow Jun 10, 2010 01:13 PM

                    We wen t there once and couldn't eat anything because of the smell from the fingernail place nextdoor.

                    1. re: OCNC
                      taldeac RE: OCNC Jun 11, 2010 09:44 AM

                      I am a fan of Asian Mint but it definitely isn't the height of authencity. It is what it is. Like any number of other cuisines that people make restaurants that are generally the same food but more americanized. As a bunch of people have pointed out, if you want more authentic thai food, there are lots of good options, but I would say if you are taking someone to lunch who might not be as into or familar with different asian foods or spices, then Asian Mint is a good place. It is clean and nice (they definitely charge a little more) but it is not exorbinant.

                  2. shannydiva RE: organix Jun 12, 2010 05:16 PM

                    Try one of the three "Jasmine" locations in Plano or "Banana Leaf" in Dallas on Preston Rd. near the Plano area-both are far better and cheaper than Asian Mint.

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                    1. re: shannydiva
                      jh75 RE: shannydiva Jun 13, 2010 03:34 PM

                      I find Best Thai (Frankford & the Tollway) to be my favorite in the Plano area. I like the atmosphere - the ladies that work there are extremely nice to my children and the appetizers (satay, spring rolls) are great. I liked Banana Leaf, but they are horribly inconsistent in preparing the dishes we prefer in terms of sweetness/spiciness, etc. Jasmine is good, but not great IMO

                      ETA: So annoying - I can't figure out why this is posting twice. It's not showing that way when I edit it.

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                      energystar RE: organix Jun 3, 2012 09:10 AM

                      I had some good meals at Best Thai but when I ordered take out it wasn't very good. Banana Leaf is ok but not the top of my list. I have never had a bad meal at Royal Thai and the prices are reasonable.

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