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Justo Jul 28, 2010 10:24 AM

just visited Sunset Lemons 2 in weymouth good place for Thai. Another place is Phuket in west roxbury!. Another recommendations?

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    yanz RE: Justo Jul 28, 2010 11:02 AM

    I love the pad thai at Bamboo in Brighton. It's my fave in the Boston area and has been for years.

    1. hiddenboston RE: Justo Jul 28, 2010 11:34 AM

      I like the Pad Thai at Thai Moon in Arlington. East Asia in Somerville also has a good version of it.

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      East Asia Restaurant
      868 Broadway, Somerville, MA 02144

      Thai Moon
      663 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA 02476

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        Parsnipity RE: hiddenboston Jul 29, 2010 07:22 AM

        Ugh. Had East Asia's Special Pad Thai (purported by the whiteboard to be much better than the original) last month and it was soupy, wet, bland mess. I do not recommend East Asia anymore. Have you eaten there recently?

        I do agree on Thai Moon.

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        East Asia Restaurant
        868 Broadway, Somerville, MA 02144

        Thai Moon
        663 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA 02476

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          marcreichman RE: Parsnipity Jul 30, 2010 06:28 AM

          Agreed on no East Asia for Thai food except that their Tom Yum soup is nice and spicy. I like their chinese offerings though, and that homemade tofu is something amazing!

          Also, yes. Thai Moon > *

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          East Asia Restaurant
          868 Broadway, Somerville, MA 02144

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            enhF94 RE: Parsnipity Aug 31, 2010 03:50 PM

            I liked the special PT's wetness, but wished for stronger flavors.

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            nasilemak RE: hiddenboston Jul 29, 2010 11:23 AM

            third Thai Moon. in fact, all of their stir-fried noodles are very good.

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            Thai Moon
            663 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA 02476

          3. SeaSide Tomato RE: Justo Jul 28, 2010 11:57 AM

            Pad Thai, sigh.

            My two fav's are Siam Lotus, Norwood and Little Duck, Quincy.

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            Siam Lotus
            1331 Boston Providence Tpke, Norwood, MA 02062

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              southie_chick RE: SeaSide Tomato Jul 28, 2010 05:27 PM

              2nd you on Little Duck - & their duck with yellow curry is great too. I've never had the Pad Thai at Siam Lotus - I usually get one of the squid or duck dishes - but they're great too.

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              Siam Lotus
              1331 Boston Providence Tpke, Norwood, MA 02062

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                brandywiner RE: SeaSide Tomato Jul 29, 2010 06:53 AM

                I go to Siam Lotus frequently, and love their duck dishes, short ribs, tod mun, etc.

                But their pad thai? I had it once, and it was almost completely unseasoned! I don't mean "not spicy", I mean almost no flavor whatsoever! (Fortunately, I had plenty of broth left over from the chimichurri wings app, to liven tings up.)

                My friend had had their pad thai for lunch previously, and had the same experience. Are we not ordering correctly?

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                Siam Lotus
                1331 Boston Providence Tpke, Norwood, MA 02062

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                  SeaSide Tomato RE: brandywiner Jul 29, 2010 08:12 AM

                  I usually order it with 2 peppers--but that adds more heat than flavor. I have always found SL's PT flavorful (although I actually like Little Duck's more now). Siam Lotus's was the first Pad Thai I ever had--oh so long ago when they used to be further north on Rt, by the golf course. Maybe I'm just so used to it that I don't question it any longer. Iwill hav eto try it again soon and pay closer attention.

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                  Siam Lotus
                  1331 Boston Providence Tpke, Norwood, MA 02062

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                lilninjette RE: Justo Jul 28, 2010 12:08 PM

                S&I in Allston, Brown Sugar Cafe in Allston, Thai Thani in Norwood, Krua Kruh Yah in Ashland

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                Brown Sugar Cafe
                1033 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215

                Thai Thani Restaurant
                481 1/2 Washington St, Norwood, MA 02062

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                  kimfair1 RE: Justo Jul 28, 2010 12:12 PM

                  Justo - You couldn't ask me this? (I work with Justo). I like S&I Thai in Allston as well.

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                  S&I To Go
                  168A Brighton Ave, Allston, MA 02134

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                    Chocomom RE: Justo Jul 28, 2010 03:54 PM

                    We love Lime Leaf in Weymouth. They are our current favorite place for Thai. I am trying to go thru their whole menu.

                    Had their regular pad thai and their crispy pad thai both has a good flavor balance. Their Pad See Ew is great too. Love their wonton soup. I can go on. I don't think I had a bad entree there. On the other hand some of their appetizers need some improvements.

                    They can made their dishes vegan too just ask.

                    http://www.limeleafthaicuisine.com/

                    If you like Little Duck in Quincy, you should like Lime Leaf also. Relatives of Little Duck opened Lime Leaf.

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                    Lime Leaf
                    435 Columbian St, Weymouth, MA 02190

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                      Justo RE: Chocomom Aug 6, 2010 06:00 AM

                      will have to check out lime leaf this weekend. maybe some spicy soup can knock my fever

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                        Chocomom RE: Justo Aug 6, 2010 06:07 AM

                        Look forward to your review.

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                      smtucker RE: Justo Jul 28, 2010 05:54 PM

                      We have enjoyed the Pad Thai at Pho N' Rice with the crispy chicken option. They use chilis and everything!

                      1. greygarious RE: Justo Jul 28, 2010 06:21 PM

                        I really like the slight heat in the Pad Thai we had at Southeast Asia in Lowell several years ago. The place is a dump, and very hot in summer, but good food! Maybe takeout is the better option there.

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                        Southeast Asia
                        343 Market St, Lowell, MA 01852

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                          sinned61 RE: greygarious Jul 28, 2010 08:44 PM

                          Had some Spicy Pad Thai at Imari Fusion tonight in Winchester...EXCELLENT!

                          http://www.imarifusion.com/about.html

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                            allwirka RE: sinned61 Jul 29, 2010 06:12 AM

                            i've tried pad thai from probably a dozen restaurants in the downtown boston area and by far the best i've had is from siam bistro on pearl st in the financial district. the regular chicken pad thai is very good but the crispy, not crunchy, chicken pad thai is outstanding especially if you like your chicken fried.

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                              davis_sq_pro RE: allwirka Jul 29, 2010 09:52 AM

                              I tried Siam Bistro a few times when it first opened and was disappointed both by extremely long waits and food that I didn't find to be especially flavorful. Have had much better fare from Rock Sugar and, more recently, Thai's Bistro (actually had pad thai there yesterday and enjoyed it quite a bit).

                              How does Siam Bistro's compare with the other two places? And in your experience have they adopted somewhat more efficient processes (in other words, are they getting orders out the door and not making customers wait 40+ minutes)?

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                              Siam Bistro
                              150 Pearl St, Boston, MA 02129

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                                allwirka RE: davis_sq_pro Jul 29, 2010 10:12 AM

                                have to admit i only discovered siam bistro about 3 weeks ago. i haven't encountered any wait problems and the three or four orders of pad thai i have ordered have all be very good. i work nearby so i usually call ahead and it ready when i get there. i've tried the pad thai at both rock sugar and thai bistro (boy that’s a little confusing) and while i liked both i preferred siam bistro’s. I liked the way they prepared the chicken in either their fried or non fried versions.

                        2. Science Chick RE: Justo Jul 29, 2010 08:17 AM

                          New Rod Dee in Brookline (Washington Sq). Also amazing is their crystal noodle, which is a broad noodle and dark savory sauce.

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                            galleygirl RE: Science Chick Jul 29, 2010 09:13 AM

                            I've always said that Rod Dee does the best pad thai (a lot like mine!), so I'm guessing New Rod Dee is gonnah satisfy, too. I like it lightly coated, not goopy, a pinch sweet, a pinch salty, a pinch sour...Mmmmmm

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                              Science Chick RE: galleygirl Jul 29, 2010 10:11 AM

                              Exactly.......

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                                Bob Dobalina RE: Science Chick Jul 30, 2010 09:57 AM

                                Are they still planning on opening in Cambridge?

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                              BJK RE: Science Chick Aug 6, 2010 10:13 AM

                              Enthusiastically second (third? fourth? fifth?) Rod Dee! My favorite pad thai anywhere. Brown Sugar and their sister restaurant the Similans would be my second place winner.

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                              The Similans
                              145 1st St, Cambridge, MA 02142

                              Brown Sugar Cafe
                              1033 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215

                            3. kobuta RE: Justo Jul 29, 2010 11:09 AM

                              I generally shy away from pad thai, but when I do get a hankering I like the country style pad thai from Similans/Brown Sugar. It's spicier and generally has more oomph than the usual pad thai.

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                                lergnom RE: kobuta Jul 30, 2010 05:48 PM

                                You can ask for country style at Rod Dee and at least some other places. You can also get the chicken fried if you want.

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                                Reed422 RE: Justo Jul 29, 2010 11:59 AM

                                Rod dee!

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                                  acadian RE: Justo Aug 6, 2010 07:53 AM

                                  Ronnarong Thai Tapas Bar - Somerville, MA (Union Square). Consistently really good!

                                  1. ipsofatso RE: Justo Aug 6, 2010 05:28 PM

                                    Can't find great Pad Thai on the NS - Siam Delight in BEVERLY is 'pretty good' but not transcendent.

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                                      maxim0512 RE: Justo Aug 8, 2010 05:32 AM

                                      I'm a big fan of Erawan of Siam in Waltham. Very good pad thai, even better country style pad thai, which adds some spice without losing the basic flavor. Similarly, Sugar & Spice in Porter Square, Cambridge, has good pad thai and country style pad thai.

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                                      Erawan of Siam
                                      469 Moody St, Waltham, MA 02453

                                      Sugar & Spice Restaurant
                                      1933 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02140

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                                        nurit RE: maxim0512 Aug 31, 2010 10:28 AM

                                        +1 Sugar & Spice. Their crispy pad thai was great.

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                                        Sugar & Spice Restaurant
                                        1933 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02140

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                                        mleighn RE: Justo Aug 8, 2010 12:57 PM

                                        I definitely recommend Brown Sugar in Allston/Boston, but I suggest trying the crispy pad thai. The texture is an interesting change and the flavor is awesome...its my perfect pad thai.

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                                        Brown Sugar Cafe
                                        1033 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215

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                                          adobokid RE: Justo Aug 26, 2010 07:34 PM

                                          I consider myseelf a Pad Thai purist. That means nothing crispy or bright orange. The most authentic, home style, rendition I have found is from Smile Thai in the food court at Hong Kong Market in Allston.

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                                            Jenny Ondioline RE: adobokid Aug 26, 2010 08:29 PM

                                            I like their country-style pad thai: it's got the best marriage of sweetness, heat and funk.

                                          2. tatsu RE: Justo Aug 31, 2010 04:26 PM

                                            Well I do like Rod Dee a lot, the food there reminds me of the great Thai street food in Bangkok. I really should make it down to S & I though. I'm not the biggest Dok Bua fan, although it's got it's die-hard fans.

                                            Here's my recipe, which coincidently, I just wrote for someone an hour ago!

                                            Tatsu "classic" Pad Thai

                                            Prep EVERYTHING before, down to the peanut garnish. Have ingredients in plates near you, in the stage they go into the wok. Everything goes down fast, so you have to cool-headed and prepared. This is for 2, but I recommend cutting everything in half and cooking twice, as home stoves just don't have enough power. A restaurant cook can cook Pad Thai in 2 minutes, so for every extra minute you cook, the Pad Thai is just disintegrating in your wok.

                                            Stage 1 Ingredients: Few tbsp veg oil, 1 tbsp crushed Garlic, 1 tbsp Shallots, 5-6 Peeled Shrimp, Pickled Radish, Diced or Julienned Tofu. (optional dried crushed red chili, called prik pon, I gotta have it.)
                                            Notes: Ingredients vary somewhat region to region in Thailand. This collection is pretty much the classic Bangkok. Be sure to drain excess water from the tofu. IMO, the pickled radish is a key flavor, it adds a sort of "umami" flavor to the dish. http://mindfulmeals.wordpress.com/201...
                                            Cooking: Start off by frying the garlic and shallots, then the shrimp and rest of the stuff, making sure stuff isn't getting watery.

                                            Stage 2 Noodles: about 500 grams WET for 2 servings, which is about 1.5 pounds
                                            Notes: Basically a few ounces dry, use your dried pasta portioning as a guideline, but a little less since rice absorbs more water than wheat.Notes: Fresh rice noodles are probably available to Thai cooks, but the best way to reconstitute is cold water. It can take up to an hour, but it's worth it. Warm or hot water will basically start cooking the outside and make them sticky as you cook. If you can't wait, at least rinse in ice water or running cold water after, and shake off the excess water, you might even pat them dry with a clean kitchen towel. Let them come up to room temp. Moisture content is pretty critical and will make or break your cooking success.
                                            Cooking: How wet the noodles are your taste, but it's pretty important that the noodles actually get "fried" a bit when they first go in. If they don't, they will start to break down and everything will suck. If you like a bit "wet" you can add a tbsp or more of water after a minute or two. Restaurant cooks have more latitude because the stoves are so strong, they can drive off excess water in seconds. But if you have too much water, you're dead. Undoubtably, you'll need more than 1-2 minutes to cook the noodles here, so keep sampling the noodles, leaving a minute to spare for the rest of the process.

                                            Stage 3 Sauce: 4 tbsp Tamarind, 3 tbsp Fish Sauce, 4 tbsp Palm Sugar or regular sugar.
                                            Notes: As this has key flavors in your dish, it's important to get this right. The fish sauce HAS to be quality, I prefer lighter colored ones, in smaller glass bottles. If it's really dark, you know it's gone bad. People think fish sauce is forever since it's fermented, it's not. The tamarind juice is vital as well. Tamarind is one of the sweetest fruits in the world actually, and you can buy it fresh, but making pulp or juice from it is really hard work. (Believe it or not, I just saw fresh in the pod tamarind in the Fresh Pond WF, it's a nice snack by itself.) Quality varies in tamarind paste/juice/pulp so I recommend this: http://www.thaifoodandtravel.com/ingr... If you think your Pad Thai is coming out too dark looking and unappealing, here's a trick, substitute some vinegar for the tamarind juice and some extra sugar to balance it.
                                            Cooking: Hopefully you are happy with your noodles, now it's magic sauce time, incorporate as best you can without breaking apart your noodles. If you can do the pro chef pan shuffle and mix with your spatula simultaneously, that would be nice.

                                            Stage 4 1 Egg
                                            Move stuff to the side of the pan and break the egg in the wok. As it starts cooking, start scrambling and then before it's really cooked, start mixing with the rest of the noodles.

                                            Stage 5 Scallions, Bean Sprouts
                                            Right after your egg, incorporate these two and save some as a garnish if you like.

                                            Stage 6: Peanuts, Lime Slice, other garnish
                                            Notes, if you wanna top chef it a bit, buy whole shelled unsalted roasted peanuts. put a handful in a plastic bag, smash them with a pan, and toast them in the toaster oven for a minute, 90 seconds. (i do this for almonds with salads.) Plate your Pad Thai with tongs, garnish with scallions, bean sprouts, peanuts lime slice and take pictures!

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                                              tatsu RE: tatsu Aug 31, 2010 04:28 PM

                                              I also like Tamarind House's pad thai a lot. Their Pad Kee Mao is awesome as well.

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                                              Tamarind House
                                              1790 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02140

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                                                Chocomom RE: tatsu Aug 31, 2010 06:14 PM

                                                Thanks for sharing. Can't wait to try it.

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