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Sep 11, 2010 09:03 AM

Yum Yum Thai Restaurant in Sunnyside

Believe it's at the corner of Queens Blvd and 43rd St?
Rather tasteful neon sign has gone up in the last week or so: "Yum Yum Restaurant Thai Cooking," or something like that. Absolutely no other details but: Damn, that's a nice sign.

Replaces a dusty-looking Korean BBQ place I never tried.

Anyone know anything about Yum Yum?

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  1. All I know is that they are owned by the folks that run the Thai restaurants by the same name in Manhattan (which I've never tried).

    1. I've tried the Yum Yum in Hells Kitchen & unfortunately it is barely mediocre, tried it 2-3 times & that was it.... always go to Pam's now. I hope that the Sunnyside branch steps it up a notch & I will try it, but I'm not overly optimistic.

      1. I'll try to write something more extensive and helpful when I have more time, but I've now tried this place twice, once for delivery and once eating in, and I thought it was great. It's no Chao Thai, but it's by FAR the best Thai I've had in the neighborhood. You might want to ask for extra heat if you like your Thai really hot, but otherwise I thought the flavors were outstanding, everything tasted really fresh, and the restaurant itself is really lovely inside -- much nicer "ambience" than most places in Sunnyside.

        Not that Chowhounders are known for caring much about ambience.

        Chao Thai
        85-03 Whitney Ave, Queens, NY 11373

        5 Replies
        1. re: righter

          better than dee thai on qb btwn 46 & 47

          1. re: yorkchu

            Different. Thai food is not uniform thoughout Thailand. Its hard to find two Thai's who cook the same! Lets take Thai Fried Rice with pork. Dee uses deep fried CRISPY pork, while Yum Yum's pork is just stir-fried. Both are delicious, and different and within walking distance! LOL. I really like the Pad Kee Mao at both places, again...they are both different and delicious. I hope the BOTH do well.

          2. re: righter

            I found Yum Yum to be boring, with relatively small portions and a pretty small menu as well. I only went once, but with I am Thai in the neighborhood, there's really no reason for me to go back.
            For what it's worth, I like Dee Thai better than YY, but I also find Dee to be mediocre at best.

            Dee Thai
            46-17 Queens Blvd, Queens, NY 11104

            1. re: tracyk

              Had Dee Thai yesterday, and really liked it. Had soup, pork leg, penang curry, and pad thai, with coconut rice. Found them all to be great.

              Dee Thai
              46-17 Queens Blvd, Queens, NY 11104

              1. re: Delucacheesemonger

                Dee used to be good when they opened. They got worse lately.

                My partner and I call Yum Yum, Yuk Yuk. Dee is far better.

          3. Had delivery from them a few days ago.
            Coconut soup w/shrimp, curry puffs, pad woon sen and seafood karee.
            The soup was ok but had 2 little shrimps in it.
            The curry puffs, delicious, I could have a dozen at a time.
            The entrees were good, tasty - although a bit bland looking. What surprised me the most was the portion size: if barely half the height of a round plastic container. The seafood karee seemed a bit fuller for the two big mussel shells, but really not too much food for $40 (after t&t).
            I wish I thought about taking a picture of the portions, they were ridiculously small.

            5 Replies
            1. re: RedVelvet

              I get takeout a lot when in the area at I am Thai, and their portions are very good.

              1. re: janie

                Yes, we usually order from I am Thai also, but we wanted to try Yum Yum to see how it goes.
                I wonder how YY portions are dining in.

                1. re: RedVelvet

                  The LUNCH is a good deal [5.99$] and the portions are generous. I have tried several of the lunch specials - chicken, shrimp....panang, red curry ] and all were fine. Overall a super deal for the price.

                  1. re: micheal

                    Unfortunately, lunch is usually near work, in Manhattan. YY is dinner and to me it's on the expensive side for what I got.

              2. re: RedVelvet

                I've had takeout a couple of times now from YY and their food is bland, very bland. I can't even recall what I ordered the first time, it was that forgettable. More recently I've tried some of my staples in hopes that my nabe has another decent Thai, but it is not to be. It actually reminds me a lot of it's neighbor across the street, Chips, another place serving up a monotonous style of bowdlerized "ethnic" food.

                Specifically, the curry puffs were meh. The King Chicken is supposed to be in "red curry peanut sauce" which was a very one note peanut sauce with a slight bit of heat, really boring & hard to eat after a while until liberally doused with Sriracha & fish sauce. Same same the Penang Curry but worse, Penang Curry is "the sweet curry" that is usually reduced to just sweet in most Thai places over here, this just had a generic curry flavor with a tiny bit of pepper in it, not a bit of sweetness or citrus notes at all, really dull.

                The Pad kee Mao fared a bit better since, I think, fried noodles & beef taste intrinsically good to me & the sauce fared better relative to the other dishes, but still...bland. Portion sizes were fine, delivery was prompt, but I won't be ordering again. I'll stick with I am Thai & Thai Malay for takeout.

              3. Agree with all the mehness comments re: yum yum. My neighborhood favorite is I Am Thai by FAR. regular order is drunken noodles, tom yum soup. both are excellent and they make things killer spicy there.

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                1. re: gkang

                  I Am Thai was opened by a guy with a couple of restaurants in Bangkok. He had a Kaffir lime plant in the window. I asked him where he got it, and that's how I got to know him. He sold it about a year and a half ago. Now it's run by a Chinese family, with Chinese influence.

                  1. re: JakesSunnyside

                    Is it still good or have the flavors changed completely?

                    1. re: Pookipichu

                      I've only had a two dishes since they changed ownership. I didn't like the daughter of the owner, who acted like she was doing me a favor. The previous owner was more down to earth and was sincerely interested in satisfying the customer, suggesting dishes etc.

                      As far as the food goes, it was alright but I've only had the dumplings and I don't remember the other. Not out of this world - average. Also, the menu did not reflect what you get - at least with the dumplings. Menu says 5, we got four. I asked and the twit said. "Uh, that's what you get, 4." Portions seemed smaller too.

                    2. re: JakesSunnyside

                      I'm not sure what you're talking about with I am Thai, it's the same owners, husband and wife and they are Thai not Chinese. He's the chef and his wife is chef, and it's the same people who've always been there for several years.

                      1. re: janie

                        I don't know why the girl told me they changed ownership a couple of years after they took the space from the chinese place that was there prior. I specifically asked her about the thai owner, and she said they were now chinese. I also didn't see the guy and his wife in the kitchen.

                        Maybe the girl was on drugs.

                        1. re: JakesSunnyside

                          maybe there was a misunderstanding, but was in there a week or so ago, and they were both there--what's nice about i am thai is thay if you're on a special diet they will accomodate you--they can even put it in their computer so you don't have to repeat it if you get the same thing often.

                          1. re: JakesSunnyside

                            I swore off Thai in this 'hood a few years ago, after sampling Dee's wares, but I gave I Am a try today.

                            Salad: the peanut dressing is terrible. (I like creamy dressings if they're tasty.)

                            Red curry with chicken: nice sauce, coating dry chicken, a few specks of red pepper, and a way-too-large pile of bamboo shoots (boring).

                            Spicy noodle with chicken: a brown mass of firm noodles and overcooked vegetables and chicken in a dull-tasting sauce that no amount of Sriracha could brighten.

                            In other words, as bad as what I had from Dee. I feel like a crank these days, and in fairness, it was takeout, but I don't think that can totally account for such unappealing food. This doesn't even come close to the delicious Thai I've had elsewhere.

                            1. re: lvecch

                              Yes, we used to order from I Am Thai at least once a week after Rhompal changed hands and names and went downhill. Now, there are no Thai restaurants in Sunnyside worth going to. How does this happen? There are now almost 10 Thai restaurants in this area, none of which are good. Ingredients and spice levels in all these places are all weak and boring. These owners are underestimating the populations of Woodside and Sunnyside by serving us lame americanized crud; so they end up changing hands or going out of business regularly.
                              Fortunately, Elmhurst is just a bike ride away. I wish Thai Center Point delivered!

                              1. re: Paulomet

                                I don't understand it either. The Thai here is miserable.

                                1. re: Paulomet

                                  So I'm not the only one that noticed it's demise because the owner sold? Somebody here says the same owners run the place, but I'm almost certain they aren't. The same thing happened with Dee. It was actually very good for the first year or so. Now it's almost like the others - average -and americanized. I spent a month in Thailand eating fantastic food almost everywhere and Dee was actually pretty good. Not anymore. Incidentally, I walked into I am Thai a few weeks ago for take out and the guy was busing a table. I waited. And Waited. And waited some more. He went to the back and STARTED TO CLEAN THE DISHES! Needless to say I walked right out when he finally arrived at the counter about five minutes after walking in to an empty restaurant.

                                  SriPraipai (sp?) is the best, so far. They were better before renovating, but the food is essentially the same. But I've heard good things about Thai Center Point.

                                  1. re: Paulomet

                                    Last I checked (a long time ago), Thai Center Point delivered. I think once the owner/chef hand-delivered our food. I guess it was slow and they were understaffed. Maybe kids were busy with homework. Otherwise, it's Srip or Chao for us.

                              2. re: janie

                                I agree. I Am Thai is where we get take out and has not changed its good quality in the three years since we started ordering from there. They have never been rude to us. Jake, are you writing about the old Rumpal's change to whatever it is now?

                                1. re: Paulomet

                                  Yes. It used to be chinese joint forever. Then it was I Am Thai, and as I said, I think he sold it.